Growing up as an overall fan of music, what producers and artist, did you see as your primary inspiration and how have they affected the music that you put out?
–Growing up in the late 80′s / early 90′s in a home where I was listening to all sorts of music from latin to freestyle, soul, r&b and rap. I guess for the time period I really admired and still revere such producers as Quincy Jones, Rodney Jerkins & Teddy Riley. While the artist that probably has had the biggest impact on me was Wyclef Jean, around the time that his album “The Carnival” came out, I was completely floored and inspired to create my own sound.
What exactly does the stage name C-Sharp mean to you?
–Haa.. Well first off for those who dont know “C-Sharp” is actually a note/key on the piano. Aside from that fact, I remember being in my sophmore year in highschool and Id go home everyday to practice playing piano and somehow Id be stuck in playing in that key scale. For about 2 months I was completely stuck. I figured since I know the ins and outs of that scale Id run with it as my name but adding another “c” in “Scharp” which is from my first name “Carlos” to add a more personal touch to it, hence “C-Scharp”.
When you look for inspiration in your music, what are some things you turn to?
–Reality would be the first thing I turn to. Then my past trials and tribulations. Its a way of helping me cope with a situation or releasing the emotion I tend to keep bottled up inside of me.
You do other musical things aside from producing, so could you tell us about those other things and how they all tie together?
–Aside from producing I also, sing, song-write, engineer & arrange all of the music, preferably “direct”. All of it ties together because I believe having a fundamental knowledge for the music itself is vital & key to create not only something that sounds similar to something else but its also the key to creating and sustaining music that is completely fresh.
With some many individuals trying to make a name for themselves in the industry, how do you make sure your product is distinctive from all the others?
– I make sure I let you know everything I’m capable of doing every time chance I get to.
Tell us about some of your favorite musical projects that you have worked on?
– Some of my favorite records I have worked on were a lot of records I have with an artist named “Kali” who’s signed to Dj Statik Selektah’s “ShowOff Records”. The chemistry and capacity for us to make music together is not only abundant but clear. I am looking forward to finishing our little project we’ve been working on.
When it comes to the music you work on is there a specific style of both genres and artist that you like to mainly work with?
– I really have no specific preference of what genre or what artist I would like to work with. I guess my ultimate goal would be to transcend the status quo and do it by sticking to my strong musical foundations.
From an entrepreneurial stand point, what are some things you are doing to promote yourself so that you stick out and that people are seeking you out to produce for them?
– A few things are, having a strong internet presence, knowing the correct dj’s, and having the right music. Also, uploading videos of me playing piano onto websites such as youtube.com or google.com helps me to showcase my talents.
We know how music has played an impact on you as a producer, but how does your overall environment impact your sound?
– In the areas that I’ve come up, it has allowed me to see what people enjoy listening to. Having been a bit of a nomad, moving around a lot as a child, I had the opportunity to grow up with a variety of different styles for the same genres of music. As a producer one has to understand that there is hours upon hours of great music that can be heard that never hits the radio, so people never hear about it. So when I produce a song or an instrumental, I like to think of things that no one has ever heard before, or using different sounds to make people think “I never would have thought of using that sound as part of a beat or melody, How’d you think of that?”
Since beginning in the industry, how have you grown as an individual and what do you envision for yourself in your future?
– When you’re starting out in the industry there are a lot of things that you may think you know about and how to handle them, but in reality, you can only really learn by 1st hand experience. These experiences have allowed me to grow as an individual and realize that music is much larger than just Massachusetts, or the United States even. Music is a worldwide entity that has the power to move people in the right direction for the betterment of the planet, and for ourselves. For the future, I envision starting and helping organizations to really help push music education back into the schools for our youth. The future of music, will be decided on what we teach to the next generation. If music education is taken away, music will slowly fade away. As a musician, it pains me to even think about people wanting to cut budgets for music class.