Behind the Boards
Interview: Robby Seabrook III
Editor’s Observe: This story initially appeared within the Summer season 2022 challenge of XXL Journal, on stands now.
Pivoting from taking part in the bass in highschool, Patrizio “Teezio” Pigliapoco’s perseverance earned him a studio engineering internship at 16 years previous. By the point he was 18, he was Juicy J’s engineer. An opportunity telephone name in 2016 led Teezio to recording Chris Brown’s Heartbreak on a Full Moon album, leading to him turning into CB’s recording and mixing engineer within the course of. Teezio, a 31-year-old Los Angeles native, tapped in with XXL to debate his path thus far, working with rappers and believing in Jack Harlow’s “First Class” early on.
XXL: How did you first begin working with Chris Brown?
I get this name from [Justin Bieber’s engineer] Josh Gudwin. He advisable me to Chris’ previous engineer, Brian Springer. [He] shoots me a textual content out of nowhere, “Yo, I’ve been on the lookout for an engineer for CB. Do you need to take the job?” I knew Chris’ periods had been loopy. Lots of people, partying. I used to be like, “I don’t actually know if I need to do this shit.” I attempted it, and me and him clicked straight away. It nearly grew to become an adrenaline rush realizing, “This document’s going to return out and it has the prospect of hitting high 10 Billboard.”
What’s your function within the studio?
Recording is one factor, then there’s the blending, however there’s so many issues in between that occur for an artist of Chris’ caliber. I’ve the laborious drive at all times on me with every little thing organized and filed. Write down their names in order that if we use a beat, I can return to the producer, inform them which beat we used, have him put it to the facet, put the stems collectively, ship it to me. I’m doing all of the work that usually possibly a supervisor or an A&R would do.
How did you find yourself mixing Gunna’s Wunna?
Once we do the [Chris Brown’s] Indigo album, there’s a tune known as “Warmth” with Gunna, and Gunna hears the combination and he tells his supervisor, “Yo, whoever combined the CB tune, I would like him to combine my album.” That’s after I combined Wunna for Gunna and that was my first get away of Chris Brown, mixing into one other artist as a mixer and never a recording engineer.
Did you foresee Jack Harlow’s “First Class” being an enormous hit tune?
Jack is doing “Nail Tech,” which has horns in it. He’s like, “Yo, let’s have the man who did ‘Business Child,’ combine this document.” I combined “Nail Tech,” he loves it, after which I combined “First Class.” I used to be like, “This tune’s fireplace.” I didn’t have any concept that it could be a single. Then they introduced, “‘First Class’ goes to be a single.” I began to hearken to it with that perspective. It began to essentially click on after I was like, I may actually hear this on the radio going loopy.
Examine engineer Teezio’s work with Gunna, Jack Harlow and Chris Brown, on newsstands in all places now. The problem consists of extra interviews with the Freshmen that includes BabyTron, Cochise, Saucy Santana, Babyface Ray, KenTheMan, SoFaygo, Large Scarr, Big30, KayCyy, Doechii, Kali and Nardo Wick, 2022 XXL Freshman producer Wheezy Outta Right here, Lupe Fiasco, Kevin Gates, NLE Choppa, D Smoke, Yvngxchris, producer Dahi and singer Chlöe, plus a breakdown of each Freshman Class from a numbers standpoint, a glance again at what the 2021 XXL Freshman Class is doing, the story of why the 2016 XXL Freshman Class will get a lot respect now and exploring rappers’ most precious collections. You too can purchase the 2022 XXL Freshman Class challenge right here.
See Each Artist within the 2022 XXL Freshman Class
Which rapper is your favourite?