Gregory Grant (aka Prof.Logik) is a musician based out of South Carolina. I first met Greg through SoundCloud 3 years ago when he kindly donated a track to my Music 4 Japan album to help raise money to help support Earthquake relief efforts in Japan.
Greg has produced a total of 17 albums to date. Last week, I had a chance to reconvene with this prolific producer via Skype.
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Gregory Grant. I’m a music producer/dj and sound designer. I explore synthesis techniques to make beats and explore new sounds.
What are you currently working on?
I’m currently collaborating with rapper Brisk in the House on a new record. I’m really picky with the artists I work with. I collaborate with artists who share the love for music and balance the commercial aspect. I always try to create something with the hint of the underground.
I’m also creating all sound and visuals for clothing line Marble Mansion. Having full creative control challenges me to sync both the audio and visual product. Stay tuned for an official release date.
Where do you like to work?
As a musician, the studio is where I do most of my work. But I’m on the road a lot doing live shows so I really like making music on the go. I use various field recorders to capture ambient sounds in the environment around me. In fact, I still use my Sony Walkman with a built-in microphone.
I then export these sounds to tape when I get back to the studio. I prefer tape because it preserves the original sound which I then mix into my beats. The best way to hear my music is on Vinyl so you can appreciate the raw pops.
“I want music to reflect the world we live in.”
What was your earliest ambition?
I always wanted to be an archaeologist so I could discover ancient relics. The thirst for discovery led me to drawing and graffiti when I was growing up in Queens. But then I got the music bug. I got my first keyboard at 6 years old. I started djing at when I was 9. Like an archaeologist, I continue to search for the perfect beat.
What motivates you?
My motivation comes from fans and listeners. The most inspiring moments are when I receive pages of fan mail thanking me for making the music that gets people through tough times. Making music has the same visceral impact on me.
A few years ago my studio got flooded and my fans raised a substantial amount of money to help me rebuild it. That’s when I knew that I had to keep making music. Life is full of curveballs. Emotion and mood shine through my music and art.
Who’s your inspiration?
Nikola Tesla. He’s one of the greatest thinkers to ever live. He wasn’t afraid to test the waters like I test sound.
“The things that people are afraid of is what interests me the most.”
What are you looking forward to next?
I’m looking forward to making my live shows more interactive. I’d like to allow fans to make sounds that I can recreate on the fly and play live.
You can find out more about Prof.Logik’s work online here: