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Established Sound Engineer and CEO Cruz Chats With ONE37pm

Cruz is an accomplished engineer whose professional career has spanned close to a decade, working with many well-known artists including: J Cole, DJ Khaled, and Meek Mill amongst others. With Meek Mill in particular, Cruz has become a trusted part of the artist’s inner circle, helping him to discover his musical sound and style. Cruz approaches each project with a certain hunger and tenacity. Catching up with ONE37pm’s Mike Boyd as a part of his Monday to Monday series, Cruz talked about his latest musical efforts. Below is a snippet of their interview.

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Boyd: For everyone listening and watching—you’re with Meek Mill all the time right? 24/7 almost?

Cruz: Almost—if I’m not with him in person we tap in almost every day just remotely or kicking ideas back and forth about the music and stuff like that. 

Boyd: I want to hear your story a little bit. How did you get introduced to engineering? What was the first moment where you were like this is for me?

Cruz: The first moment was basically when I was on the come up producing. I started off with the love of producing hip-hop records, and I would buy production software. I bought a used MP, and I wanted to learn how to create records that were radio quality with some of the homies that I thought were talented locally. I got a cheap version of Pro Tools with the Inbox Mini back in the day, and with the challenge of trying to learn that, I figured out how hard it actually was, how untapped that part of the business is, and how important the engineer’s are. I went full blast on it. 

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Boyd: What have you learned from being around Meek that most people wouldn’t know? What is something he has shown you or taught you about the game?

Cruz: Keep workin! Since I met Meek his stock has gone up so much. His work ethic never stops—we’re always moving and constantly going. Up until recently I’ve been around The Dreamchasers probably more than family on a whole because of how driven he is and how hard we work. Also his humble nature. A lot of people don’t understand that Meek has this bravado as an artist, but he is super humble. He is the type of guy that will wake up like “Wow I really have all these cars and a big house—my mom has her own house!” It is still to this day amazing to him and it never gets old.

Boyd and Cruz had a great conversation that you won’t want to miss. You can watch the full interview above, and follow Cruz on Instagram.

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