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Born and raised in the Toledo, Ohio area, Determined aka Billy Madatchu has been in and around the music business for nearly 30 years. His mother was a country singer locally and his father, a bassist and singer playing with bands such as Johnny and the Hurricanes. He has been influenced by everything from Country to classic rock to hip hop, blues and even some classical. Blending live guitar and bass with software based programs like Reason and Protools he creates "soundscapes" that often cross genres and stand out among the average tracks on the market today.
"I try to build tracks around the artist rather than for the artist" says Determined when asked how he goes about his productions. "They like to stand out and it's my job to make that happen." He produces for artists around the world including such names as Sik Da Don Sikosa, VL Slim, Ca$mir, 90 Day Jane, Rosking and many more. His latest project "Feed Me" is due to be released in mid May 2011. It's a collection of tracks with multiple artists in a "mixtape" style format with all original music by Determined and even features some of his own lyrical and singing talent.
Recently he has found a new passion for video editing and production. Being the quick learning "sponge" that he is known for, Determined (or "D" as his close friends know him) is already gearing up for a video business and has been hinting at an interest in the film making process.
"I feel like anything is possible in our lives and we just have to try and have faith in ourselves." says Determined when asked if he has any advice for people trying to make it in this ever changing entertainment industry. There is no doubt we will be hearing more to come from this multi-talented workhorse.