The production group
known as The Order was formed in Tampa, FL in late 2009. The Grammy
nominated, multi-platinum production group consist of Brian Soko,
Andre Proctor, & Rasool Diaz. As college freshmen of the Arts,
they were coincidentally housed together. Living in the same quarters,
there was a lot of friendly competition naturally, a household where
no one wanted to be the first to quit. Pushing the limits, some
recording sessions would go 16 hours straight.
As a group, The Order
brings wide-ranging musical diversity. Contributing a plethora of
different sounds and influences from sonically different places.
Rasool hailing from the Midwest, Andre is from Maryland, and Brian
is from Zimbabwe. Through persistence, dedication, & many late
nights, The Order was recognized by Detail in Miami, 2012, through
a mutual friend. From that point on, the group made frequent trips
from Tampa to Miami in efforts to get formally established.
Later, That same year,
The Order solidified their first major placement under Detail for
the production of No Worries by Lil Wayne on his anticipated
album I Am Not A Human Being II. This hit single would
propel The Order new heights. With the help of the label Warner
Chappell, the highly sought out sounds of the The Order brought
forth some of the industrys best such as Beyonce, Drake, Future,
Flo-Rida, Jennfier Lopez & more
first, please introduce for me the members of The Order...
The Order is
made up of 3 producers; Rasool "Sool" Diaz, 24; Andre
"Dre" Proctor, 23 and Brian Soko, 24.
How did the
3 of you actually come together to form the collective?
We met in Tampa
Bay our freshmen year of college...Dre and Soko were randomly housed
together, and Dre and Rasool had the same classes...We just starting
working together and helping each other improve.
exactly do you all hail from? And growing up, who all did/do you
all consider to be your strongest musical influences?
Brian Soko, born and raised in Zimbabwe; I grew up listening to
a lot of African music like Afro pop and Afro gospel...And, I try
to apply that to the music I make today.
Rasool Diaz, from Bloomington, Illinois...I started playing drums
at an early age and that was my biggest musical influence...And,
that eventually transitioned into making beats.
Andre Proctor, from Maryland; Prince George's County
to listen to a lot of 2Pac, Aaliyah and Timbaland
that was playing on radio at that time.
At what point
in time did you all even opt to pursue music on a professional basis?
Soko: Once I
started selling beats online in high school, I knew it was something
I wanted to do. But collectively, I think when we all signed up
to go to College for Recording Arts we were pretty serious.
all have already worked with a who's who; Beyoncé, Drake,
Lil Wayne, Teyana Taylor and J.Lo, among others, of the industry's
top tier talent, is there anyone, specifically, who still remains
on your "wish" list?
want to continue to work with those artists on future projects,
and were also looking for the right new artists to get involved
with as well.
Take me through
a typical studio session with you all; is there a "method to
your madness" when you're crafting for others, or does it vary
from artist to artist?
no set method; it varies from artist to artist. We like to make
something different every time.
Do you all
have any funny/memorable stories and/or anecdotes that took place
while you all were working in the lab?
Dre: The first
time we came to work with Detail in L.A., we got off the plane and
went straight to Encore Studios in Burbank. We were drinking and
working, and Mike Posner stopped by the studio...He challenged us
to a beer chugging challenge; he won easily
Soko started throwing
up in the parking lot.
Soko: The first
time we worked at The Hit Factory in Miami, we were celebrating
a placement we had just gotten...And Dre got really drunk and threw
up. It was bad because that was our first time in a big studio.
I know it's
probably not "politically correct" to really ask this,
but is there any one specific individual(s) that have been your
favorite(s), when it comes to previous collabos?
We worked with
a lot of artists and a lot of different projects, but we did a lot
of classic music with Detail.
With that being
said, how then would you all describe and/or define the style of
music that you all create and perform?
describe it. Wed rather just let you hear it and define it
your moniker The Order originally derive from? And, what do you
all feel you all offer the music industry that we don't already
have in other producers?
The Order came
from us always feeling like we were the next in line and we had
the next sound
And, we feel like our sound allows artists to
do songs outside of their usual comfort zone.
all encountered any problems in getting to this point in your career?
Yes, we encountered
many problems and obstacles in getting to this point, but with the
support of our family and friends, we were able to keep working
and focus on the music and let everything else fall into place.
What do you
all want people to get from your music?
We want people
to feel inspired by our music. And, we want people to be able to
feel the same energy we felt when we created the songs.
been your greatest achievement(s), thus far anyway?
for multiple GRAMMYs has been our biggest achievement so far. Were
blessed and honored to be a part of such big records this early
in our careers.
If you all
could collaborate with any one DREAM artist, living or dead, who
would it be and why?
Bob Marley and Beethoven, because those 3 people were the voices
of their respective generations and thats what we hope to
be one day.
of yours that you think defines you all and why?
by the "next track, because thats what we're all
about; the next beat, the next song, the next hit. We havent
made our best stuff yet, so its always about the next song.
for The Order? And, lastly, any "parting" message(s) for
working on new music, and looking for new talent to help cultivate
the sound of tomorrow. We're looking to really establish and expand
our brand this year; weve got some dope stuff planned! #OrderUp