NiceGuyxVinny of Soulection is a local Long Beach native and you have probably seen him with Melziah Dia, his long time bud and emcee. Born & raised in Long Beach, he thoroughly loves the history of Long Beach’s music especially the hip hop scene. He believes Long Beach has a certain cool factor from the fact it is part of LA but is whole another world. The diversity has provided him to meet all kinds of great people. The city isn’t perfect but, with all his close friends residing here, it’s the place he has learned plenty.

His start came from his family of musicians, DJs and just music lovers in general. He has dabbled in playing instruments growing up but the drums stands as his favorite. His drum set was at his uncle’s so he had limited time playing but still had the itch. It was then his DJ uncle gifted him a computer program to create drum loops and the sort to fulfill the itch. Following that, his brother got a MPC controller and they learned together the basics and dynamics of beat production. Vinny stuck with production while his brother tailed off into DJing. His uncle came to them again kindling their music endeavors with giving them a copy of Reason. From then on, he’s been experimenting and pumping out all sorts of beats during middle school. Vinny was also into the aggressive inline, like T’mon, and began to provide beats to his buddies’ skate video edits.

When he reached high school, he had a music production class in first period (his school was the only school in the district to offer it). No one in the class really took it seriously other than him. It also helped when the program being was Reason which he had good knowledge of. Due to other things in life and as he says “just being dumb”, he started to ditch classes which he regrets. His music production teacher later killed himself. He was hurt because his teacher could have been a great amplifier in his creative endeavors. His learning of production would have definitely been faster connecting with his late teacher. His teacher acknowledgement of his talent and suggestions to come to class more is now a deep motivation. He’s focused and that’s all he has been doing since.

Through his connections with Soulection and the beat scene, he has performed plenty of shows in Long Beach, LA, and even in the Oakland, CA. In Oakland, he performed with Freddie Gibbs. In Santa Monica, he opened for Sango. And yet, the shows that are close to his heart are the local long beach shows. He says it feels great to see the people of his hometown support him and his fellow local music makers. He enjoys playing live and he doesn’t have any plans stopping any time soon. Be on the look out for his upcoming shows on Facebook and Instagram.

Music makes him happy. It takes him to another place. Through his craft, he’d like everyone to know that if his music can make you feel that way then he is enormously grateful. His music is his expression. He also doesn’t stick himself inside a box. He’s an adventurer of sound. He listens to several different sounds sparking unique compositions. He’d rather not ride on some trend. Everything you hear from Vinny is him doing him. He’s having fun and hopes his music inspires people.

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About the Author

Shea Newkirk

Executive Editor, Long Beach Independent

Shea has been involved in the Long Beach music scene since 2003 helping to promote unsigned, independent bands and musicians through various media including photos, video, event production, and marketing. Founder of LongBeachIndependent.com and Folk Revival Festival as well as a musician with over 15 years experience, Shea has a great ear for finding the best independent music coming out of the local Long Beach music scene.

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