Check out the man behind the music production on some of the tracks by Gigi Lamayne, Yanga, DJ Speedsta and Buffalo Soulja. Njabulo “Bulo” Binda. Initially starting of as a rapper, he didn’t let the lack of equipment in his town stop him from finding beats. He took it upon himself to make beats. He continues to navigate his way around the industry obstacles, as his recording studio continues to grow with each day. – Tatenda Mark
Tatenda Mark (TM): Beats by Bulo. Tell us a bit about the man behind the name, Njabulo Binda, and how that evolved to Beats by Bulo?
Njabulo Binda (NB): I am a music producer from Newcastle, Kwazulu-Natal.
I started making beats in 2012 but I only started taking it seriously as a business when I sent a beat to an industry artist. They reverted back to me wanting to know a price… never looked back since.
TM: So have you worked with any mainstream artists?
NB: Yes, I’ve worked with Gigi Lamayne, Yanga, DJ Speedsta and Buffalo Soulja. Just to name a few…
[Check out the links to the songs at the end of the post]
TM: Nice. So where did this love for making beats come from?
NB: I actually started making beats because there were literally no recording studios in Newcastle at the time. Equipment was hard to come by. At that time I was a rapper. So I eventually got my hands on a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) called FL Studio which I use for music production till this day.
I’ve worked with Gigi Lamayne, Yanga, DJ Speedsta and Buffalo Soulja just to name a few…
In 2014 I came back from Johannesburg and opened up a recording studio. I ran it with some friends and co-producers. I soon realized I could provide a service that no one else could, and that’s quality music creation.
TM: Quality is key. It really does set businesses apart. That, and exceptional client service. So, what’s the life of a producer like? Do you face many challenges within your industry?
NB: I have faced many obstacles in my journey and honestly face more everyday. Some of the obstacles have to do with Globalization, others with the historical difficulties our people still face today. Let me elaborate…
As much as the world seems smaller because of the internet, it also makes an internet producer’s career difficult. This is simply because there are thousands of producers who give out free beats online. This makes artists a bit reluctant to purchase beats these days.
My advice to aspiring music producers is:
“DO YOUR OWN THING”
It seems very common for young producers to have a desire to sound like somebody.
Secondly, because of our countries past, the majority of the people that aspire to make music find it hard to prioritize investing in music when they probably need money for other living essentials like food and studying.
I try not focus on the challenges. I can only send out positive vibes if I should attract them.
…there are thousands of producers who give out free beats online. This makes artists a bit reluctant to purchase beats these days.
TM: You have already given some great insights into the life of a producer. What other advice would you give to aspiring beat makers?
NB: My advice to aspiring music producers: “DO YOUR OWN THING”. It seems very common for young producers to have a desire to sound like somebody. “Oh yeah, you sound like Tweezy”. “How can I sound more like Boi1da?”
Imitation and copying sounds are a good way to learn stuff. But don’t feel like you’re not on the right path if you can’t categorize yourself or directly compare your music to someone else’s.
It’s very OK to be you, and, after all, even if you manage to sound like the next Black Coffee, well, you’ll be another Black Coffee, and ain’t nobody gonna be impressed about that anymore.
Mainstream Music Produced By Bulo:
Yanga – Mantshingilane
Gigi Lamagne – Blaka Blue
Gigi Lamagne – Look So Good
Buffalo Soulja – Irie
Moz Kidd – Too young part II Ft Blayze
DJ Speedsta – HMKT FT Reason and Blayze
Be sure to get in contact with Bulo to find out more about Music Production: