My man Massifbeatz
Didier Hallemeesh, Massif Beatz himself, was born on June 20th, 1961. His love for music started at a very young age, 7 to be exact. That was when he started to play the accordian. As he grew, so did his love for instruments. He learned to play the guitar, drums, harmonica , clarinet, oboe, piano, and violin, as well as others.
Later, he started to DJ at parties furthering his love for music. Massif declares, "Hip hop has always been an important part of my life. My beginnings in hip hop started in the 80s." Massif went on to talk about his influences, "The one that inspired me the most was Mr. James Brown. To me, he was the very first real MC, then came KRS ONE, Run DMC, Ice Cube, Tupac, and Biggie." Then I went on to ask him about his main hip hop producer inspirations to which he replied, "Hmmm...there are so many but to name a few, Dr. Dre, J Dilla, and DJ Premier."
Due to a kiting accident, he was unable to play instruments and work his normal 9-5. For about 7 years, he was confined to a wheelchair and he fell into depression. Thanks to his son starting to rap in 2007, he began to really put producing hip hop to the forefront using Fruity Loops. He gives young artists a chance to spit on his beats for free and that is his main objective so that the young artists can really hone in on their mic skills.
You can feel the excitement coming from him when it comes to the future of his studio, Studio Starbuxx. Studio Starbuxx is based in Belgium and he is the founder and CEO, along with being a producer. He does it all for the love of music and he is a really inspiring individual to talk to. Big ups on the interview Massif!
Links to the Belgium fam out at Studio Starbuxx: https://www.reverbnation.com/massifbeatz
Here is a bit of info about the people who surround his music and his studio,
Founder/CEO/Producer: Didier 'MassifBeatz' Hallemeesch
Producers: Massif (B) - Laupi D (NL) - LvStong (NL)
Recording/Mixing Engineer: Massif (B) - Dempsey 'Dekz' Clarebout (B) -Laupi D (NL) - LvStong (NL)
Beat producers: MassifBeatz (B) - Daily Bakers (B) - Dekzbiets (B) - Laupi D (NL) - LvStong (NL) - Mindtraveller (D) - DJ Valentinoo (ROM)
DJ's: LvStong (NL) - TRUST (B) - Iulian Badea aKa DJ Valentinoo (ROM)
Recording Artists: Dekz (B) - OdC (B) - TizIk (B) - NM²C (B)- Laupi D (NL) - LvStong (NL) - Dillemma (B) - J.V.C (B) - and more
Video Editing: SouthStoneRetroVideos (NL)
Visual Artist: Olivier Ollischlaeger aKa Don Vasion (B)
Webmaster: Cedric TheDon (B) (official website under construction)
Overseas working with RebelzNoizProductionz (Ca)- Rebelz 2 Da Game[R2DG] (Ca)- PT The Last Tycoon aKa Mr. International (Ca)