There’s no doubt that the music industry has a never-ending supply of up and coming musicians including rappers, producers, and engineers ready to dive headfirst into the industry. However, not all of these musicians understand the task at hand and they may lack guidance from industry-minded people.
That’s just what Sean Williams received when he first started interning at Goldie Sound Productions. But with the help of the studio, he was ready to start building his musical talents.
Williams, 24, was born in Miami and moved to Tallahassee after leaving tech school to purse his dreams of becoming a music producer. As a Miami native, he longed for that local connection with other upcoming artists and musicians but wanted to be involved deeper in the music scene to network locally.
After interning at the local recording studio, Goldie Sound Productions, he was able to hone in on his efforts of pursing music. He gained insight from the owner; Adrian Dickey, who has worked with Usher, Young Dolph and Kodak Black, and has more than 10 years in the music production industry.
After seeing the day-to-day duties as a desk clerk by morning and music producer by night, Williams was ready to start pursing music, especially during this era of social media. Dickey played a hand in motivating Williams.
“The biggest thing AD taught me was to establish my meaning behind pursuing music, because many people aren’t serious about their craft and claim music as their hobby. He made me sit down and think, ‘Is this something I really want to do, or something on the side.’ You should also think of pursuing music like a business, so protect your image/brand integrity,”Williams said.
Since opening the music studio, Dickey has trusted the process, and the long road to success that’s necessary for growth. With the help of his industry insights, clients and interns are given musical gems for inspiration in their careers.
“My mission has always been to build something to help and inspire others. My journey has not been easy, but it’s truly a blessing to wake up every day and do what I do,” Dickey said.
Williams soon sought another fellow intern who is an engineer at the studio for practice sessions to build their crafts. Mike Vasilyev, 22, had been interning at Goldie for over a year before Williams and he began working together, which soon became a daily event.
“Me and him try to make music in the studio whenever we possibly can while there aren’t any sessions going on that day. It usually ends up with some random melody and a beat that goes unfinished, but it’s just cool being able to mix whatever and practice on the systems with other musicians, because we feed off each other’s ideas,” Vasilyev said.