For “Studios Sessions,” we delve into the stories behind the long hours in the studio and all that goes into making an album by talking with artists, producers, engineers, photographers, and more who are intimately connected to the recording process with some of the biggest artists in the world. These are the stories that rarely leave the booth.
Peezy is the sort of engineer who can work with six artists at the same time and still make each of their unique sounds come alive. So, it’s no surprise that a pandemic couldn’t stop the prolific engineer from working with Key Glock and Young Dolph during quarantine.
“We’ve done a lot of recording. I did a lot of recording for (Key Glock’s) Son Of A Gun mixtape when we came back off tour into quarantine. We kept working and are still working,” he told REVOLT.
In this installment of “Studio Sessions,” Peezy explains what the first recording sessions were like after Dolph was shot at in 2017, how the two have developed their in-studio chemistry, and upcoming music. Read below.
You first linked with Young Dolph around 2009. How did you two grow your chemistry?
We never got complacent with what we were doing. Welcome to Dolph World was the first thing I did for him and then I moved to Atlanta right after that. Every time he’d come to Atlanta, he’d call me to go to the studio or we’d hang out over at Drumma Boy’s house. We just never stopped working with each other.
What are the most songs you two recorded in one session?
I can’t even answer that because it’s so unpredictable. You never know what would happen in the studio.
Would it be roughly eight songs in a night?
Not in a day. If we’re talking just recording, I’d say four to six songs. We never leave the studio without having a record done.
In videos with you two, it seems like Dolph doesn’t record in the booth. What’s the setup like in sessions?
It’s a normal session. The cameras only catch us during playback or talking about something in the song. The camera doesn’t really catch him in the booth and me in the control room.
How involved is he in the recording?
He’s very involved. We’re so involved, we have telepathy with one another. When we work, we don’t talk to each other. We just know what lines are good and what lines have to be done over. We both automatically know.
“I Think I Can Fly” with Snoop Dogg was a major look for Dolph. How did that song come together?
We went to L.A., went to the Compound (recording studio) to record it. It was a total vibe with Snoop. We did that s**t in one day.
You and Dolph smoke heavy. What was in the air for Snoop?
It was normal. It wasn’t like, “Hey, we’re going to the studio with Snoop. We have to smoke him under the table.” It’s not like that. It’s hard to say how much Dolph and I smoke in a session because we roll our own blunts. We don’t pass anything. We might grab a blunt or out of each other’s pack, but we ain’t been doing that for years.
Both of you were in the studio together in April with masks on. How has it been working on music during this pandemic?
(Laughs) Actually, I was actually mixing some records. It was cool. Our flow never stopped. We always got done what we needed to get done. We never let a situation stop us from doing what we need to do.
So, have you and Dolph recorded since the pandemic started?
Yeah. We’ve done a lot of recording. I did a lot of recording for (Key Glock’s) Son Of A Gun mixtape when we came back off tour into quarantine. We kept working and are still working.
Did you two record in a home studio or regular studio?
What’s your best talent as an engineer?
I’m not a regular engineer. I’m doing more than just pushing buttons. Let’s say you’re a producer and you don’t know where to route your gear or can only get your music up to a certain level, I can help with that. I’ve been doing this since the ‘90s and 2000s with Three 6 Mafia. It’s a lot I do. A lot has changed, but I still do a lot.
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What’s Dolph’s personality like?
He loves to laugh and have fun. As long as everything goes as it goes, he always keeps a smile on his face.
He was shot at over 100 times in 2017. What were those sessions like afterward? Was there a difference in his personality then?
I don’t think it was a difference in his personality. At that time, no one was worried about the music. We didn’t care about the music. We just wanted to make sure everything was good. We did not rush him to start back working.
Do we have a new Dolph project coming up?
What I can say about that is….you’ll have to just wait and see. I can’t talk about it (laughs). But, it’s special. It’s going to be what you’ve been waiting for.