It’s been a wonderful ride and after taking a break from the hustle and bustle, its only right TWIB Meets return with brimming confidence for 2019. We set things off right away with the hard-working producer AC3 Beats who recently put out a solid reflective instrumental project aptly titled Nostalgia.
For the benefit of anyone who’s been living in an underground bunker for the past few years…who on earth are you?
My name is Christopher Williams a/k/a AC3Beats. I’m a Music Producer from Pomona California. I’ve worked with artists such as Young Drummer Boy, Brotha Lynch Hung, Chuuwee, The DPG, Curren$y, Kevin Gates, and many more.
How did you get started in music, and what drives you to continue?
I actually started off making beats on a PS2 game called MTV Music Generator 3. It was a super cheesy game but me and the homies would sit and try to make beats on it all day and night and we made some dope beats at the time. What drives me to continue pushing and creating music is really just the love and joy I get out of it. You have to love what you do or you’ll never give it your all. I’ve been creating music for 11 years now so it’s become a part of me.
Do you remember the first beat you ever made? How did you go about it?
Nah, I wish I did but I’m pretty sure it was pure hot ass garbage to be honest [laughs]. We all started from the bottom at some point.
If a movie about your life in music was to be made, what interesting/strange moments and stories
would you share to make the movie cool?
Man, that’s a hard and good question! One crazy story I’d throw in the movie would be the time Young Drummer Boy was having a show in L.A. and a full blown rumble breaks out on stage while I’m DJ’n and I ended up slipping on some beer and fell off stage in front of everyone. Shaking my head.
Are there any other interesting facts about you that hardly anyone else knows?
Nah, I’m not really interesting. I make beats, smoke weed, and play Xbox [laughs]. Before I became a Music Producer, I was actually going to become a Computer Animator or a Chef. That’s kind of interesting….
What is the greatest thing about working in the music industry? And what would you change if you had the opportunity?
The greatest thing about working in the industry is being able to get paid doing what you love and getting to meet celebrities and make valuable connections with other artists and creatives. If I could change one thing in the industry I would change the way labels operate and treat artists. They don’t care about skill anymore, just what sellls or is popular on the radio.
Looking back, what have been the most important moments in your life so far?
The most important moments of my life would have had to be back in the early 2010’s when I was just getting out of high school. I had a choice…either work for someone and help build their dreams, or focus on following my own. I made the choice of quitting my job and going full time with my music and I haven’t stopped since. Best decision I ever made.
What have been the biggest highlights?
I have a few highlights. Getting my first million views on YouTube was a big goal of mine. Another highlight is when I landed a placement with E-40 and got a track on The Pharcyde’s up and coming album.
What has been your biggest challenge…and how did you overcome it?
My biggest challenge was when I lost everything on my laptop back in 2016. I almost gave up on making music back then. To make matters worse it wasn’t the first time. I ended up just starting all over from scratch. You can either complain and quit or get back up and go harder.
Who are your heroes? Why do they rock your world?
A lot of my heroes are the artist and producers I grew up listening to…DJ Quick, DJ Premier, Dr. Dre, 2Pac, Big L, and Biggie to name a few. I looked up to them a lot cause of the talent they had. They influenced a lot of my sound.
Who have been the coolest, most memorable people you’ve met along the way, and how did they make an impact on your life?
I’d have to say the homey Young Drummer Boy and my boy 1Hundred. Since the day I met them it’s been nothing but real genuine love—when we come together we make nothing but classics.
When you’re sitting on the porch age 97 what would you like to look back on and smile having achieved?
I’d look back and be extremely happy that I didn’t stop doing what loved and I stuck to it no matter how hard things got.
What has been your most memorable or inspirational gig and why?
My most memorable gig was performing at the West Fest 2017 in Ontario with Young Drummer Boy and the squad. We performed in a packed out stadium and got so much love it was crazy.
What has been your strangest celebrity encounter?
My strangest celebrity encounter would be with Wale. He showed up to the homies music video lit and like seven hours late and threw up all on the floor hall way floor. It was ugly.
Who would be your ideal dinner guest, living or dead, and what would you serve them?
As cliché as it is I’d have to go with 2Pac just cause I’d love to hear what he had to say. Dude was super smart and had a good head on his shoulders. Sad how it ended for him.
What are the greatest songs, albums, books, movies, TV shows, websites you’ve ever come across?
Greatest movie ever would have to be the Dark Knight Rises. Hieth Ledger Killed that role as the joker. Greatest TV show, in my opinion, was Sons of Anarchy and Rick and Morty. That’s all I got.
Name 5 songs (yours excluded) that we would expect to find on your iPod or Music Player
• DJ Quik – “Tonight”
•. A Tribe Called Quest – “Award Tour”
• Mark Morrison – “Return of the Mac”
• Big L – “Put It On”
• 2Pac – “I Get Around”
What special-hero type skills are you blessed with?
The ability to detect bullshit. Dead ass not lying either. I think it’s a Virgo thing [laughs].
Where can everyone reading this interview keep up with your adventures?
Catch me through any of these platforms, and be sure to go support Nostalgia☛ HERE