Producing has never been an easy, but age has never stopped anyone from learning the ins and outs of the game. The producers who are starting to run the show in the underground are a lot younger than you may expect. Leesta is one of them, born in Alaska and proving location shouldn’t prevent anyone from being able to make their mark. Some of his greater known accomplishments like his work with Famous Dex, Lil Tracy, and Madeintyo, have given him leverage, but its his continued work with lesser known acts like Kevin Kazi, David Shawty, Stacy Money and Lil Raven that prove he will be around for years to come. We reached out to Leesta to get a little more info on his past, what he is currently up to, and and what his plans are for the future.
Who is Leesta?
I’m a 17 year old producer from Alaska. My old friend Trevor Cissney came up with that name in like third grade so I stuck with that.
How long have you been producing?
What artists have influenced you most?
TM88, Bighead, Zay, and for artists probably Chief Keef, Tracy, and Lil Peep.
What pushed you towards music production or helped you decide to pursue it?
I just always loved music so I downloaded FL Studio mobile on my iPad one day and starting making beats. I looked up to bigger producers too, Sammy Safari and XanGang were some of the first producers to really fuck with me and inspire me to keep working.
What artists do you want to work with that you havent already?
I really wanna work with Fauni. Would love to work with Bladee.
Do you ever feel discouraged about reaching out to artists, and if so what discourages you?
Yea sometimes. I’m not too discouraged but what really fucks me up is feeling stuck, like stagnant, no progress. So I’m always working.
Sometimes you can’t force yourself out of those stagnant situations. Is there anything specific that you do to help get out of those situations?
Whenever I feel like that I usually take a small, 2-3 day break and just live life. Then I come back re-inspired.
What do you like to do other than music?
Winters here are crazy so in winter I do a lot of skiing and shit like that. I drum too.
What advice would you give to someone that’s just getting into production?
The best piece of advice I could give is to stay in your own lane. That doesn’t mean don’t support your bros, it means don’t trip over what other people think or what other people are doing. Just do you and keep pushing.
Where do you see yourself five or ten years from now? Do you plan on starting something outside of music?
I wanna move to LA for college after I graduate next year and just keep producing and working on music. I have no idea where it will take me but I just wanna keep expanding.
If you had a chance to work with a producer you look up to or like most who would it be?
Probably TM88. I like working with who I am now though.
Is there anything else you want to let our readers know?
Not really, just fw me and fw hellworld.