What is your name age and where you're from?
My name is, Certified and I'm 25 coming out of Austin, Texas.
What influenced you to get into producing?
It was always in me I believe…I started around 12 years old. Believe it or not I started out being a rapper, but as years progressed, around when I was 15 years old, I was introduced to beat making.
How long have you been producing?
Since I was 15 years old.
What keeps you focused on your style and concept of hip hop?
Seeing everyone's style and just liking the concept of it, I like all ranges of styles, so I like to expand my mind…
Where have you been and how have you felt when someone recognizes you somewhere?
I've been to Houston, Waco, Dallas, basically all around Texas I have people come up to me, and ask for pictures, autographs, Etc….
What are your goals?
My goal is to have every producer come together to make one dope track, that will be remember for years down the line… sort of a legend track.
When did it become a career and stopped being a hobby?
When I started to take it serious, I dropped out of school to do this. (Joe da Astronaut does not condone dropping out of school, I believe that Jay thought it as his best choice to make, so he took it. Kids a higher education will get you further, just be patient, we are not all blessed to be rappers or producers.)
Where do you see yourself in 2015?
I'm already where I need to be…
What are your goals past this year?
Go on tour, which I am on right now..
How does it feel when another artist asks you for a feature/beat and to produce for them?
It feels good I'm always down to do tracks with other artist it's more work and more exposure for me as a producer.
How do you feel, when I tell you that not only do I play your music on air, but I added your track/s to my phone's playlist, so not am I just an acquaintance but also a fan?
That's dope… that's how it should be… nobody can shine solo we all grow as a team.
Who would you like to work with in the indie or mainstream scene?
I would have to say, J Cole, he has a lot to teach.
Who do you listen to or is on your playlist?
Montana of 300….
This is character defining question, once getting the recognition and the money what would you do with that power?
Give back to the people who didn't make it. Make a music scene for underground people, and give back to the community.
What venues or countries would you like to perform in?
Just The US, soon I'm going to be doing a show in Canada, sometime in October of 2015, watch out for that.