Brown’s Beats

By: Isabella Brownlee

It’s just like any other school day; teachers are buzzing desk-to-desk, teaching students who have barely gotten an hour of sleep. Students talk with their friends and act as if life is anything but a struggle. Nathan Brown can be seen shrugged into his seat with a pair of headphones drowning out the outside world. These days seem to blur together, the only way out through the lyrics and beats of the music.

“Not a lot of people know about my SoundCloud that I made with my friends,” Brown said. “When people find out they immediately go and check it out because I think it’s a shocker that someone like me would make music.”

Brown, a senior, produces music using his own lyrics and collaborates with friends who have also taken a part in it. Brown believes that the music is just another way for him and his friends to have fun and cure boredom.

“Making music with my friends is a way I can be creative,” Brown said. “It’s like no matter if it’s the best or the worst it still shows that I tried.”

Toward the beginning of his music career, Brown was unsure of how to create the beats and add the lyrics in order for it to flow properly. However, with much practice and help from his friends, Brown has created a personal SoundCloud account with multiple hits.

“Sometimes while I’m listening to music it makes me feel creative,” Brown said. “I think of short phrases and beats that could become a song I can produce. It’s where I just want to write but sometimes – like right now – I don’t have the words or at least the words I want.”

Although Brown was at first focused on having fun and creating music, he felt that his writing had become stronger than before. Earlier this month, Brown found himself an internship with the Daily Journal where he writes for the sports article.

“Writing for the Journal isn’t really hard but it isn’t something that you just do without putting in the effort,” Brown said. “I enjoy writing so when I heard about the job I thought I’d at least try it and see what would come out of it.”

Brown says that not many people know who the real “Nathan” is outside of school. He can be found writing for the Journal two to three times a week and on the side is continually searching for the words that will produce a one hit wonder.


“Nobody really thought of me as a “sports” guy but I think I’m pretty good at it,” Brown said. “It’s all about trying new things because I think it helps doing things you’re not familiar with. Once you do things over and over you’re no longer are afraid of it.”

Today, Brown can be seen in the back of a classroom quietly focusing on his words and the music that runs through his veins. He says he looks forward to the future and what will come, whether it involves his music and writing or something completely different.  

Roach’s Rhythm

Most of us listen to a song and are amazed by the vocals, the smooth guitar, the beating drums or the powerful lyrics.  Few of us take the time and think about everything that had to be put into that song, the person behind the scenes who puts everything together like a conductor to an orchestra.  That person does not usually get much love even though he brought all the elements together to create the songs that we all love listening to.  Junior Blake Roach is one of those few people who is passionate about creating music, producing it from start to finish.  

“I started freshman year,” Roach said. “I was always fascinated with how people created music and I wanted to do it myself.”

Although he produces different genres, his favorite is hip-hop.

“Freshman year was also when I started getting heavily into hip-hop and rap music; I loved it and I wanted to see if I could make beats like the ones I was hearing,” he said.

Much like how different mediums of art are used to portray different emotions, different types of moods produce different music for Roach.

“When I’m sad, I like to make softer beats that show emotion, and when I’m angry, I tend to make more aggressive sounds that show darkness,” Roach said.

Roach draws many inspirations from people in the industry today. He was first inspired by Young Chop and now he draws from classic producers like J Dilla, Madlib and FlyingLotus.

“I really would like to do this forever, probably on the side and see where it takes me,” he said.

You can check out Blake Roach’s music on Soundcloud at blakeroach12.