The 19-year-old crafted the beat for Lil Nas X’s smash hit and sold it to him for $20.
It takes a whole lot of talent, luck, and style to get noticed in the music industry as a producer – but it could happen to anyone.
Thanks to the availability of laptops and relatively cheap software, all of us can have a go at chopping up samples and cranking out the latest trap banger beat. The next Kanye West is probably sat in a bedroom somewhere on FL Studio as we speak.
All of these people making music has lead to sites cropping up that serve as a marketplace for beat makers and artists. Producers can chuck their work online for a price, usually ranging from free to $100, and aspiring artists are then able to purchase them.
YoungKio is a 19-year-old from the Netherlands who was doing just that on Beat Stars, an international website and app that anyone can use. He got into beat making at the age of 16, and initially made the country-fused trap track that became ‘Old Town Road’ as a throwaway. Lil Nas X bought the song – though YoungKio was unaware for a while – and began to make waves on SoundCloud. Once YoungKio found the track on TikTok and realised it was a beat of his, he hit up Lil Nas X and the two have been working together since.
It’s a match made in heaven. Or on Beat Stars, whichever sounds more romantic.