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 Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jr.

September 3, 2012

Encouragement 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, entrepeneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jr. and this opportunity was made possible with the help of the TransMedia Group. Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jr. called to interview with me right before he was about to go in and meet with Russell Simmons. Now that is something awesome to interview with Uncle Derrick and then go right in and meet with Uncle Rush

Dr. Chavis is the President, CEO and Co-Founder with Russell Simmons, of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN), the world’s largest coalition of hip-hop artists and recording industry executives.

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

My dream is similar to the one that Martin Luther King, Jr. had and that is to have total equality and equal justice for all. We still have a long way to go where one day every human being will be treated just and fair with an opportunity for economic empowerment.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

I get encouraged when I receive knowledge from  studying the history of African people. My civil rights background is over 50 years and the struggle for freedom and economic empowerment inspires me especially when young people can go into business and be successful.

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

I’m a committee organizer and knowing how to mobilize one’s community is a great resource. I know how to mentor, lead, and develop the skills in others that will push them to success. 

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

Everyday I realize I’m ready. Readiness is a process of  being educated and prepared. Being an optimist puts me in position to respond to what comes in my direction

I is for Individual. Name at least one person that you know that you feel others should learn about and why?

Patrice Motsepe  and the reason is that he became the first Black Billionaire in South Africa. In 1994 Patrice Motsepe started African Rainbow Minerals which now is a leading South African diversified mining and minerals company, with world-class long-life, low-cost assets.

C is for Continue. When you fail, things look bleak or are not optimistic what makes you want to continue?

One of my favorite sayings is a Portuguese slogan A luta continua  which means “the struggle continues.”  I know the struggle continues so I must keep moving the dream forward. Life moves on and it is up to us in how it moves on.

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

1. Make sure educaton is your foundaton 2. Stay focused on your success 3. Understand the importance of math and science and how they can help you maximize your education and entrepreneurial development 4. Always learn from other succeess stories

Anything else that you would like to add that has not been mentioned already?

Currently I’m the Company Spokesperson for Energy Edge Solutions that is publicly traded with the  stock symbol EEDG. More people should have their own companies that one day are taken public. Brother Hayes I would like to thank you for interviewing me and I wish you well on all of your success.

Thank you Dr. Chavis  for allowing me to DERRICK Interview you and since you are about to meet with Russell Simmons challenge Uncle Rush to get his own DERRICK Interview.

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