Behind The Board: Jahaan Sweet On Working With Boi-1da, Drake & What Makes A Great Record
Producer Jahaan Sweet has crafted records with the likes of Kehlani, Drake, Eminem, The Carters, Ty Dolla $ign, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, and more. We tracked him down in Los Angeles to hear more about his journey in the latest episode of Behind The Board. Take a look:
Playing blues in his middle school jazz band led to paid church gigs on sundays. Once a friend showed him GarageBand, and his parents got him a laptop, Sweet's fire had been ignighted. Sweet's first serious step toward his successful studio career was to attend GRAMMY Camp in 2010, where he learned more about how to make a career making music. As a burgeoning musical force, he began to develop his own style of collaborating with artists in the studio.
"In my eyes, my thing is more so to help make whatever vision [the artists] have come to life. I'm not too forceful," Sweet said. "I just go into everything with an open mind and ready to do whatever is going to sound the best and make the artist the most comfortable."
Early in his career, he linked up with mentor Boi-1da, where he was able to pick up how to be the most efficient in the studio, not getting stuck on any one idea too long. Their partnership worked and yeilded big time production credits, including work with Sweet's favorite rapper, Drake. Along the way, he developed a special ear for what makes a record connect with listeners.
"For me, it's whatever makes me feel the most is something I think is a great record, or if it takes me back," Said Sweet. "If people from different cultures, from different places on the earth, can feel the same emotion, that's what makes a great song."
Watch the video above to find out more about Jahaan's journey in the latest installment of Behind The Board.