ISM Beats

by Terry Watson | November 13th, 2013
Ishmael Sadiq Montaque (Photo by Whoshotya Photography)

Ishmael Sadiq Montaque (Photo by Whoshotya Photography)

He has an ear for music and hopes to share his signature productions with the world one day. Ishmael Sadiq Montaque is also know as ISM Beats. He describes himself as a go getter, entrepreneur, and being very social. It is also safe to say that he is a young music protege that is quietly making noise as a producer. “I like anything that sounds good. I listen to all genres of music to learn anything new. All music is relevant and should be appreciated. My mission is to make music that people can feel,” he says.

At just 16 years old, he is an Honor Student at Enloe High School in Raleigh, N.C. He has been told that has skills when it comes to making tracks. He has produced music in several different genre’s from Pop, Hip-Hop, and R&B. Montaque has also produced House and Reggae tracks. He is inspired mostly by his dad, James Montaque. He also find inspiration in other producers including Timbaland, 40, No ID, and The Renegades. He even has interest in artists such as Jay Z, Kanye West, and Meek Mill. “Basically anyone who has pursued and fulfilled their dreams I can make a connection with,” Montaque says.

His musical journey began when Montaque started playing drums at church, talent shows and at school. “I have always loved all types of music. I needed something to do with my time because I was bored,” he says. His dad told him to find something productive to do or he would find something for him (cleaning, laundry etc). So he taught himself to produce music and realized a new talent.

Montaque says that music is always different, new and fresh. No matter what even if it sounds the same. “To me it is creating life and emotion. Music has the ability to change your mood and your thoughts. When I have nothing on my mind I turn to my music to fill that void,” he says. He has been fortunate to showcase his music to accomplished artists Meek Mills, Wale, Rihanna, Slim Dollars, and others. At the age of 15, he attended the SCMC conference and was discovered by RocNation A&R Malik Baker, president of MWE Management. Montaque says that encounter put his career on a bigger path and divulged more possibilities with the music industry.

To reach his goals, Montaque acknowledges that he has to do more each new day than he did the day before. “I am learning to manage my time. My dad always tells me to learn to manage my time or someone else will do it for you. I am learning to balance my school work, homework, and music production,” he says. This also means keeping his grades at school in an excellent status.

Montaque says he wants to take his musical talents and gifts as far as possible. He desires to be internationally known as “the go-to Producer”. “I also want to do product endorsements and maybe start my own product line in the future. His Brand Manager Britteney K of MWE Management is working to make sure that these things happen.

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