What’s your chemistry like musically?
Mira: We have the perfect chemistry because we share emo, rock, and hardcore backgrounds — even ‘70s and ‘80s hard rock. My beats and his melodies mesh together.
How did you and Taz meet?
Mira: In 2015, Taz had some livestream on Twitter, so I went in there and started talking to him. We ended up playing PS4 together. At the beginning of 2016, he told me about this movement he wanted to start pushing called Internet Money — to show that any producer can make their way online.
You’ve gone from being an “internet producer” to landing placements on some of hip-hop’s biggest records all while being under your parent’s roof. In what ways did your life change?
Mira: I got a lot more confidence in my music. I like to think I’ve stayed the same, because I’m still the same person from a year ago. It also showed me that really anything is possible regardless of what you have. I didn’t have the opportunity to go out to Atlanta, LA, New York, or any of these major music hubs. Building organic relationships online got me here. I’m just on my computer in my bedroom doing all of this.
Internet Money strikes me as a well-oiled hit factory. What is the day-to-day like in there?
Mira: Whenever I’m there, we have people going to studio sessions. Upstairs in the kitchen there are speakers everywhere where people are cooking up, and downstairs is the actual studio space where we crank out songs and get writing done. It’s not like everyone has to be working every second of the day — there are TVs and video games for us to do nothing too.
I’ve read that you guys are filming a reality series focusing on the shenanigans within the internet money house. Do you view music as a stepping stone to other opportunities?
Taz Taylor: At this point, we’re accomplishing so much that I’m just about doing shit that nobody would expect us to do. I want to write a book, I want to do documentaries, I want to do TV shows — I want to do whatever we can do.
Can you describe navigating the online marketplace for beats?
Taylor: It’s a shit place, I’m going to be honest with you. The internet is so grimy. Everybody is so thirsty for a dollar. People are undercutting prices and buying fake views. If you’re doing better than another person, they might go buy fake dislikes on your videos so they don’t get shown on YouTube. It’s a crab in a barrel mentality. I’m glad that Internet Money isn’t associated with that anymore, because we’re doing different shit. I haven’t sold a beat online since, like, August 2017. There are some people in Internet Money who still do it because they’re not in the same position as me and Nick. They still need to get their feet wet. Nick and I are focused on getting placements and expanding our boundaries.
For a period it was your primary hustle, right?
Taylor: It was my bread and butter, I was one of the biggest internet producers. I made half a million dollars a year selling beats online. I did that for seven years. You get tired of it.
What about you, Nick?
Mira: I stopped a year or two ago. Ever since I didn’t have to rely on selling beats to get by, I focused on other things. Selling beats is a building block. There are a bunch of other ways for producers to make money besides uploading beats to YouTube. It’s a good stepping stone, though.