Producer To Watch: Great John

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Hailing from New Jersey, Great John is the producer behind two of New York’s hottest acts, Sleepy Hallow and Sheff G. He’s been making music since 2005 and has certainly seen the transformation of hip-hop first-hand. It’s clear that Sleepy Hallow and Sheff G have grown accustomed to his production, as he’s produced on an impressive number of their songs. Stamped by the tag, “Great John on the beat by the way,” you’ll hear how his style has shaped the sound of the two rising superstars.

Great John creates an open, yet fluid style of production that leaves plenty of room for an artist to explore various melodies and cadences. His unpredictable drum patterns might throw you for a loop, but somehow it never feels like his beats are missing anything – the beauty of his production is his minimalist approach. When you listen, you can expect to hear eclectic guitar progressions complemented by thumping kicks and thunderous 808s. His work on Sleepy Hallow’s most recent album spawned the hits “2055” and “Basketball Dreams.” It won’t be long before Great John is a go-to producer for many artists in the industry.

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