Today, Product of Society brings you a young lady who is not only changing the music industry, but paving a way for future aspiring female producers. Shakari “TRAKGIRL” Boles has written and produced for numerous popular artists. In fact, her innovative style of producing even grabbed the attention of the legendary music producer, Timbaland.
Check out the Q&A below to see how TRAKGIRL began her career and why she will be one of the most influential producers in the music industry!
For starters, where are you from and what university did you attend?
I’m originally from West Palm Beach, Florida. I earned a degree from Hampton University in Marketing.
There aren’t a lot of female producers in the music industry, what inspired you to write and produce?
I’ve always been surrounded by music. My family has a strong musical background. My mother plays several different instruments from a classical standpoint. My grandfather sang in a quartet back in the day and a few of my uncles played the piano. So it safe to say, I definitely gained my musical inspiration from my family. I first started creating music when I was 15 – I saved up my chore allowance and purchased my first beat machine. It was an Akai MPD 16 to go along with my small, red gateway laptop equipped with the program Fruityloops (Talk about “Started”..lol)! Since then, I just practiced and surrounded myself with producers who were better than me; I just..LEARNED! I’ve gained some awesome mentors, stayed focused, kept perfecting my craft, and always listened to different types of music. Being eclectic is essential and refreshing.
Word, that’s pretty’s cool! How has it been getting into this rigid industry, do people take girl producers seriously; and if not why should they?
Getting into the music industry is definitely tough, but once you are in it, you have to remain consistent and just continue to make GOOD music. Music has no limitations so I try to steer away from what’s “trendy”. I think people are slowly taking us [women producer] seriously..there’s not too many female producers really getting into the industry, but the year of the female producers is coming..very soon! Trust me. I think the industry should definitely take us seriously because at the end of the day, producing should be about talent and merit. Regardless, it’s all about the musical content at the end of the day.