DJ Pain 1 Gives Back To His Community By Teaching Kids How To Make Beats


I have known DJ Pain 1 for almost 10 years, and for every year that goes by, he impresses me more and more.

Most of you know him from the BeatStars interviews he conducts with various industry producers and artists, while others may know him for his platinum producer tag, and credits with artists such as Jeezy, The Game, and Meek Mill.

I know DJ Pain 1 as being an incredible human-being first…and a producer second. I think a lot of people miss the countless hours he puts in within his community and his genuine passion for helping others.

After seeing the recent video of him teaching kids how to make beats at a local business expo in Wisconsin, I had to ask him how he got involved with the event and what drives him to give back to the community, as well as helping the youth.

Trampe: What is the HMP Business Expo and when did you attend it?

DJ Pain 1: The Heymiss Progress Business Expo is the largest African American consumer trade show in Wisconsin, and it took place at Madison College in July of 2017.

Trampe: How many years have you been involved?

DJ Pain 1: This was my first year attending the expo, but I look forward to next years.

Trampe: I see that you setup a portable production studio, how come?

DJ Pain 1: There were a lot of professionals and business owners networking with one another. I was playing music throughout, however, a lot of kids wanted to come by and try out the DJ equipment. I finally turned my DJ set-up off completely and set up the production studio so the young people could actually participate and create.

Trampe: That’s amazing. What did your portable production studio consist of (equipment wise)?

DJ Pain 1: I used a PC laptop, an audio interface that I plugged into the main system, an M Audio keyboard and a Keith McMillen Queneo MIDI controller.

Trampe: What methods did you show them or what was the focal point of teaching them?

DJ Pain 1: It was pretty organic. I gave them some sound options and we worked out the tempos together, and then I pretty much just tracked whichever ideas they had. They worked together to put together about 5 or 6 tracks per beat.

Trampe: Why did you want to teach kids how to make beats during the expo?

DJ Pain 1: I initially didn’t want to run a production workshop because the event was so lively and I didn’t want to try to impose structure on the atmosphere, but the kids had an interest in getting hands-on with the music. So really it was their energy that convinced me to set-up the mobile studio.

Trampe: How were the children selected?

DJ Pain 1: The kids and teens were either relatives of the professionals and business owners or they were volunteers.

Trampe: Any advice or words to fellow producers about working with the youth and giving back to the community?

DJ Pain 1: Do it! Find the community centers, the teachers, the non-profit organizations in your community and tell them your skill set and your ideas. The average youth worker doesn’t know how to make beats, so you have a talent and a knowledge base that will really engage a young person.