DERRICK Hayes Interview with Music Mogul Preston “Prizzie” Reid

December 15, 2015

priz shot 2Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Preston ‘Prizzie” Reid who is an American mixing/recording engineer and record producer based in Chicago, Illinois, Atlanta, Georgia and Los Angeles, California. As a native of Chicago, Prizzie was born the son of a musician and was introduced to music as well as electronics at a very young age. Preston spent his teenage years developing his skillset, soon partnering with Space Jam Jaye as a collaborative duo. Shortly after attending Columbia College Chicago, Prizzie set sights for the music scene in Los Angeles where he quickly gained a name for himself not only in music, but in film audio and scoring as well under CannonVision among many other film production companies. Since then he has been primarily working out of his private studio in Chicago along with remote studios throughout Atlanta where he has mixed and/or produced records for Hip Hop, R&B, Pop, and several other genres for artists including Space Jam Jaye, T.I, Energe, Fetty Wap, Scotty ATL, Duru Tha King, Mykko Montana, Cam’ron, Cash Out, Gorilla Zoe, Ab Soul, Stuey Rock, Gucci Mane, Jerm 9V, Slide Dillinger, Zeus, Tim Stacks (W), 2 Chainz, Cap 1, Ronn Makk, Breezy Montana, Yo Gotti, GBE, various film credits and many other very talented artists and producers along with a variety of film credits.

D is for Dream. What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?

My dream is simple. Inspire. That’s what helped me get to where i am so far. And what propels me to keep reaching. I think people can achieve great things as long as we keep the fire burning and inspiring each other.

E is for Education. What is your educational background and how do you use it daily?

Well, as far as music goes….I attended Columbia College in Chicago, IL. But as far as where I’ve actually developed, it’s a little tricky. I grew up heavily rooted in church. I mean every Sunday (and Wednesday). So as far as watching what music can do to people and how it can move people emotionally…that’s where i learned it. As far as having the “ear”, I think it was genetically passed down by my father who is a lifelong musician and exposed me to a ton of music early on in life. But as far as overall creativity, I think life and living through different experiences is the best teacher.

R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?

I think the fact that i was exposed to so many diverse situations throughout my childhood, naturally makes me versatile and adaptable. My favorite music ranges from modern hip-hop to Zedd to Ingrid Michaelson to The Fray to Hoobastank to Earth Wind & Fire to Jim Morrison to Frank Sinatra. I can’t get enough of music. I love it all.

R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

Honestly, i don’t know if i was ever ready. I think it’s more so a matter of being ready to embrace whatever you are faced with and having an optimistic attitude.

I is for Individual. Name at least one individual in your network that others should learn more about and why?

Sounds crazy, but my Uncle Josef Cannon. He’s an actor living out in LA. He’s one of the craziest and most brutally honest people i know. But i think when you can get past his blunt approach, you’ll realize that there’s a method to his madness.

C is for Challenges. What challenges have you had to overcome?

Where do i start?? Everyday is a challenge. I think what a lot of people may not realize is that following a dream can be an extremely lonely path at times. It’s like GPS’ing a location and realizing the only way to get there from where you are at is through a long dark dusty back road. To make it even more tough, sometimes the weather may be bad and you can’t see what’s in front of you nor do you have anyone else’s taillights to guide you. But you know that you just need to keep going. You know you’ll get there as long as you don’t stop.

K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

I think to me at this point, the biggest key is to lead by example. Be brave and bold in what you want to do. I admire people like Ken Lewis, Miles Walker, Leslie Braithwate (i probably spelled that wrong) etc. I admire them not only for their skill set and ability, but more so for their mind and hustle. i’ve learned more from these people when in comes to taking care of business and doing good work. That you are a walking product and brand. At this point, almost EVERYBODY is good at what they do. We all have the same resources. I think what ultimately sets them apart is their sense of maniacal work ethic and professionalism.

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DERRICK Interview with Feel Good Music Singer Steve James

September 10, 2013

SteveJamesEncouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with “Steve James” an Indianapolis raised 27 yr old singer/songwriter, model, and actor who is the epitome of a 2013 renaissance man. His wide array of life experience has embedded a special charisma that is evident in his music. Music that will blow you away, find you, and bring you back to reality once again!

“Sounds, that evoke chills, move bodies and remove pains”. “Lyrics that are sensual yet classy, progressive yet timeless”.

Steve James is not a secret. Don’t worry, everyone at some point in life has to be “put on”. And now, you have just been put on to Steve James! There’s so much more to write, but why just read when you can listen?

D is for Dream: My overall dream is to be on tour around the world as an Independent Artist! Some achievements that I have accomplished has been opening for Pusha T, Fabolous, Tank, Genuwine, Bobby Valentino, Faith Evans, and Kelly Price just to name a few.

E is for Education: I have a bachelors degree from Purdue University in Communication and a Minor in Organizational Leadership & Supervision! How I apply my degree daily is through my music! I have to be able to communicate my feelings through people hearing my voice through whatever type of speakers they using when they listen to my music! Communicating with my fans, supporters, and soon the be fan base! I have to sell myself to people daily verbally and virtually! If you don’t communicate to the people daily how can you expect them to know about you and what you bring to the table?? YOU CAN’T!!!

R is for Resource: What I bring to the table is a different sound when it comes to R&B Music! I have a wide range vocally which allows me to experiment with all different sounds from baritone to a Soprano bringing a smooth, sexy, yet classy Sound alive on the record!

R is for Ready: I realized I was ready to do my passion when I stepped away from my job and started doing the music Full Time!

I is for individual: I don’t have one particular individual in my network, but I can tell you that you need a Great Engineer and A couple of Dj’s on your side! Who else has the power to play all types of music to the world….

C is for Challenges: Some Challenges that I had to overcome was number one Moving to California from Indianapolis with 2500 dollars to my name and a taking a Leap Of Faith to Follow my Dreams! Also getting a job for a year and quitting my job to do music Full Time was and is the hardest thing to deal with! But I serve a Merciful God who I know would never put more on me then I can bare!

K is for Key: Some keys to Success that I can leave would be to always network, you never know who you may meet by simply opening your mouth and speaking to a person! “It’s not what you know it’s WHO you Know!

Continue to follow your dreams and strive to be the best daily!!!

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May 29, 2012

Photo by Paul Poole

by Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes

The song Go Get It by Mary Mary came on the radio as I was listening to the Yolanda Adams Morning Show and it inspired me to want to help you Go Get It. Through GO GET IT I’m here to give you a 7 step process so that you can wake up each day and GO GET IT.

The G is for Give. I learned early on that the best way to make something happen is to help someone else make something happen. You can’t think that someone will always do business without you getting to know them first. When you take time out and give without expecting to receive it opens doors to build relationships.

The O is for Offer. When others know that you are genuine you won’t always have to pitch your products and services but others will start asking you what are you pitching? Listen to what others have to say as they will share insight to show you exactly what people are looking for. This helps put more offers on the table.

The G is for Generate. A key to growing any business or organization is to generate quality leads. Start organizing your leads by who you can help and who can help you. This will cut down on your networking efforts as you will know who you are calling and why. Being specific leads to terrific.

The E is for Execute. The difference between the ones that do and the ones that don’t is in how they go about turning potential customers into regular clients. When you make offers and generate leads there is no guarantee that you will have success. If you keep asking the numbers will be in your favor.

The T is for Training. When you reach your growing point it’s time to elevate your knowing point. Figure out what you need to know or what classes you can take to make the most of your opportunities that come into your life. The better you learn the more you can earn.

The I is for Increase. Anyone can take a class but will you use what you learned to ask for more opportunities? My definition of increase is to find your niche and find a way to stay in your seem to success. Increase will come to your life through better opportunities and relationships.

The T is for Testimony. When you make it tell your story. When doors open for you will you tell anyone? Better yet, will you open a door for others? People need to hear the story of how you rose from the bottom to the top. Your life is a blueprint for another entrepreneur’s soul. Teach your dream so others can realize theirs.

Derrick Hayes is the Author of 1 WORD Is All It Takes, Creator of Derricknyms, Developer of the app Motivation To Your Mobile, Nominator of Today’s Honoree, and blogs as the Encouragement Speaker. Derrick Hayes, an alumnus of Tennessee State University is available for small and large meetings, church events, academic speaking engagements and workshops. For more information or to book Derrick Hayes for a meeting, conference or event visit him at,  email him at or call (706) 615-1662.