Vinylz is staying ahead of his peers by never repeating himself.
Anderson Hernandez grew up in Washington Heights, an area in New York City he says no one has ever come from before. After putting in a short time as an emcee, Hernandez fell in live with producing and never looked back. Against the wishes of his parents, he eventually dropped out of school to pursue music full time, and later earned their approval when they started hearing the songs he produced for Drake all over the radio.
Hernandez adopted the name Vinylz as a tribute to his father's record collection, where he found inspiration for his sample-based beats. As he progressed as a beatmaker, he dropped the sampling technique, but kept the aesthetic, always making an effort to keep the "feel" of the sample alive even when doing original productions -- and in some ways continuing in the tradition of New York rap, while always attempting to set himself apart from current trends.
His chance connection with Boi 1da has given him not only a great creative partnership, but opened up opportunities to work with the likes of Rihanna, Jay Z, Tinashe, Fabolous, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Jeremih, PartyNextDoor, J. Cole and of course, Drake. The producer spoke to us about some of his biggest placements, his very critical approach to making music,and the inspiring work ethics of his collaborators. Click through to read our conversation.