Becoming a household name day by day, we had a chance to catch up with Dizzy Banko as he talked about growing up in the Bronx, falling in love with beat-making, and more.
If you haven't heard the 'violation' tag in any song of your favorite artist's songs, your favorite is missing out! From the Bronx, NY, Dizzy Banko has made a name for himself within the music industry with his unique beats.
Growing up, Dizzy developed his devotion for music from his aunt as she played music throughout the house as an adolescent. Playing music from different generations, Dizzy could carve out his sound, having an ear on what works for him and what doesn't—influenced by producers such as Dr.Dre, Kanye West, Timberland, and Swizz Beats. Dizzy describes his sound to be raw and unique.
Taking his passion for beat-making to the next level, Dizzy became the hottest producer out of New York. The 5x platinum producer has worked with hip-hop's most extraordinary acts, such as Pop Smoke, Fivio Foreign, Dream Doll, and much more. Dizzy has also worked with some of New York's up-and-coming artists like Lola Brooke, HDBeenDope, Young Devyn, and more.
2022 has been a very active year for Dizzy as he finds himself releasing his self-produced 2-pack EP 'PSA', available now on streaming platforms. Becoming a household name day by day, we had a chance to catch up with Dizzy as he talked about growing up in the Bronx, falling in love with beat-making, and more.
Bleu: Take us through your early days of learning about music.
Dizzy: I started playing the piano for a bit. After a while, I began to play the drums, and from there, I and the drums got acquainted. The piano is cool. There are a lot of sounds that come with it. But the drums run through your body, mind, and soul, so I had no choice but to move. Mastering the art of the drums and percussions is what got me here today.
Bleu: How did you come up with your tag 'violation?'
Dizzy: Long story short, my friend and I were producing a track, and he added the violation tag. I thought it was pretty cool. Whenever I produced a track, the sound had to match how the tag was coming. You want to come with that presence at the end of the day.
Bleu: You are very diverse in producing. What is your creative process?
Dizzy: To be creative, I'll watch movies or listen to classic records. Segments from those two things help me be creative.
Bleu: Produced by you, your latest single, "Wake Em Up" with HDBeenDope, is going crazy in the streets. How did you and HD develop a relationship?
Dizzy: I reached out to him after listening to one of his tapes with Earl on the Beat. One day, HD decided to come up to the 845. During his visit, we created multiple records, which started our relationship. From there, we brought that same energy back to the city. It has been fun working with him. Us being able to bring two different energies together is what makes our relationship through music the best.
Bleu: Was there a chip on your shoulder to make it big in music?
Dizzy: Not really! I felt no one took me seriously at the beginning, which is fine. I'm saying it from a perspective where others didn't know what I needed to make it to the next level. Being in that situation, I had to learn more about being respected in this industry.
Bleu: Who are some of the artists you listen to now?
Dizzy: Kai Cash, Zico Nico, Millano, Young Zay. Pardon me. I'm bad with names. *laughs* A lot of artists are coming up at this time. I'm still waiting to see what they would do to make it to the next level as an artist or producer.