We had the good fortune of connecting with Andrei Lgnd and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Andrei, what’s your definition for success?
To me success is having total freedom with your time. The ability to do what you want exactly how you want and when you want to do it. Creativity is something that can’t be scheduled and my version of success is having the means and time to make music without being limited by other things or people.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Coming from Pittsburgh to LA has been a long journey. I used to have a studio in the south side of Pittsburgh and now I have my own spot in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. We opened in February and have been hard at work ever since. We took an empty retail space, built a studio room-within-a-room and filled it with professional equipment. Having my own professional studio has helped me grow immensely from networking to giving me a place to push myself to make better music. My beats started out all over the place and after a few style changes I’ve carved out my own sound in the west coast. I think I have a unique sound and the fact that I’m now working with artists I used to be a fan of gives me confidence in that. I see everything I’m building as a platform to eventually start a label and grow the studio into a household name with my business partners. It’s been incredibly difficult, from being behind on rent, to creative differences and all other obstacles that come with starting a small business in an extremely competitive industry. Both our head engineer and I have a lot of songs coming with some buzzing up and coming artists as well as some of the current heavyweights of the culture, which makes me extremely excited for the future.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I don’t go out a ton but if you wanna spot to eat hit up Rainbow Bar and Grill cause the portions are massive and you can smoke outside there. Also Kluckin Chicken got the best fried chicken period.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give a shout out first and foremost to my girlfriend Olivia, to my closest friend and business partner, Villan, his girlfriend and the whole team at The Lot DTLA, Tony, Dave, Brk and everyone else. Additionally, my family for supporting me and believing in me every step of the way. These are the people that make everything I do possible and without them I would not be who I am today.

Website: andreilgnd.com

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Twitter: andreilgnd

Youtube: andreilgnd

Other: andreilgnd.com/beatstars

Image Credits
@thehomiedave_ @daveshotit_

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