By Ben Westhoff and Sarah Purkrabek
By Steve Brennan
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By Kelsey McClure
By RFT Music
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By Gabriel San Roman
What other artists are you working with?
FS: We just did a track for Tef Poe and Rockwell Knuckles, so I'm looking forward to hearing that. The song's called "Impossible" off their upcoming project, and everybody's been telling me how good it sounds. Theresa Payne sings the hook, I think.
RR: We've been working a lot with Ms. Kriss; we produced most of her new project. We transitioned into the new sound I was telling you about while we were working with her, so it's still a work in progress, and we haven't come up with a name for it yet. But she's put out "Keep It Moving" as a single. Our home artist Jayryde has the No. 1 mixtape in Missouri on ReverbNation.com. We produced his mixtape The Phenom from beginning to end. We also work with Bradd Young and Aloha. [Foxx] is actually in Aloha's band.
So you opened for John Legend at Fair St. Louis last year?
FS: Yeah, I was up there. We almost burned to death, but it was worth it. I'd do it all over again — It was a lot of fun.
Where do you get most of your work done?
RR: We've got the home setup, of course, but our main spot would have to be Annex Studios over in Brentwood. That's where Foxx would be practicing with Aloha, and I'd be working the board for Ms. Kriss. We'd like to spend a little more time over at Shock City, though — that studio is off the chain!
What's your take on the local scene right now, and whom would you like to work with?
FS: I think we have an overabundance of talent. I don't want to say it's oversaturated, but there are a lot of people that want to rap or produce right now. As far as people I'd like to work with specifically, there's Teresajenee and Katrina Reece. But I'd really like to work with everybody.
RR: I agree that there's a lot of talent here, but I think sometimes that talent comes with arrogance. The arrogance leads to crabs-in-a-barrel syndrome. With that said, we support the local scene, from out in St. Charles to little hole-in-the-wall clubs on Grand. I'd like to work with anyone and everyone who's doing something, because there's always something you can learn.
Is there anything else currently in the works?
RR: Well, I haven't really put this out there yet, but we were recently offered a production deal with Universal Republic. That's the most exciting thing we've been working on. It's not a done deal yet, but we were approached by the CEO Monte Lipman about signing with them, and now we're just trying to get the numbers right. Once the papers are signed, the door should be wide open for us.