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Rey Reel: The Producer Behind Your Favorite Music

Thursday, November 27, 2014 Cora

You’ve heard his music, but you probably don’t know his name. He’s responsible for Beyonce’s “Flawless” Remix, Drake’s “Trophies”, and Will.I.Am’s “Scream and Shout” Remix . The list goes on and is a who’s who list of Hip Hop, R&B, and Pop favorites. Producer Rey Reel lives in the studio and has an exciting 2015 coming up.

When he was seven, Reel (nee Raymond De Andre Martin) moved to Inland Empire and lived in the same apartment building as Audio Push, who at the time was known as The Push. He fell in love with composing. He loves sound from orchestrated to synthetic. “I enjoy putting something together and watching it blossom,” he said. He started making mix tapes for Audio Push and evolved from there. At fifteen, he worked on his first real project with producer Hit-Boy, who has worked with Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, and Kanye West. When they see a teenager enter the booth, some people may wonder who this kid is and what does he know, but Reel felt there was no trust issue with his age.
“It’s all about creativity and being a creative influence,” he says. “We just go in and have fun.” Reel is a hands-on producer so the artist gets something tailored to what they need. He likes to meet them personally and see what they’re trying to do. “They might say, ‘I’ve been doing a lot of ballads so I want to do something up,’ so we do something up,” he says. “Or wherever they want to bounce around.”
He brings his fun, vibrant personality to projects. Clients trust his ear and sense of direction where fans want the music to go. He wasn’t able to share any light on his 2015 projects, but feels they’ll up his production value and make him a household name. Reel advises anyone who wants to produce to never give up. “You never know how far you are until you reach success,” he says.

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