HHW: Introduce yourself to our readers, let them know your name and where you’re from.
Shane: I’m Shane Foster aka Mr Foster , repping all of North Carolina especially “Bertie” aka 252.
HHW: I see you have a military background. Anything you learned in the military help you in the music industry?
Shane: Simple things like discipline, Loyalty, honor , integrity, being organized and consistent are characteristics that were instilled in me as a young adult thru the military I carry over and apply to my brand DFD Music and the entertainment industry . Learning and becoming fearless in combat also plays a vital role to my success thus far in the industry.
HHW: When did you know that music was actually going to be your career?
Shane: I always kinda knew as a young youth that I would be in the entertainment industry because of musical talents of playing the drums. The final like “you’re gonna do music ” was when i was about to get out the Army and have to start over in a new career . So my last year in i developed a plan that would set me up for success and been executing every since . From moving to Hollywood ( which folks use to laugh at me and think i was crazy for doing) , going to college , gaining knowledge, networking and perfecting my craft for this industry. Since Jan 1 2016 I’ve been at this full speed day to day and hands on.
HHW: If you could get advice from any producer in the industry, who would it be and why?
Shane: My Biggest idol producer would be P -Diddy. I remember watching him move up thru the ranks and progress to be one of the biggest moguls in the industry. Would love more pointers on how he became wealthy not just rich in the entertainment industry.
HHW: What or who influences your music?
Shane: My music preference have been rooted in the brain since birth. I grew up on hip hop and the gritty tales because i can relate . Majority music i work on now is the same way I’m in a happy place in life so i just be having fun and dancing so majority of records i work on show that vibe . Happy, energetic, and lively. Major influences have been Timberland, Puff daddy, DJ Kool, Junkyard Band, Suge Knight.
HHW: Has anyone helped you or guided you in getting your foot in the industry?
Shane: Man huge shout out to my business partner Davis Chris . He has been with me since day one and we’ve been rocking out ever since thru every step of the way . My Father (rest in peace). always told me to chase my dream and do what makes me happy . “Step into the industry standing on something you believe in from the heart , never switch up because if you don’t stand for something you’ll fall for anything .” Me and Davis Chris time and effort in this industry has really gotten us this far; no one handed us anything. College also played a vital role. I have degrees and certifications in Paralegal Studies, Audio Engineering and Entertainment Business. My paid internship with EP Entertainment / Def Jam and employment with Live Nation / Ticketmaster Entertainment taught me a lot too.
HHW: How many albums do you have placements on?
Shane: I’m looking to get on a few more albums this year but currently I have a few credits with Yo Gotti, Young Dolph, Boosie Badazz, Duke Deuce, and a couple of TV/FILM Sync Placements.
HHW: What differentiates you from other producers?
Shane: Being consistent no matter what. Not only have I mastered my craft but the ability to walk into any room and get along with anyone from all walks of life. (military skill) Understand being able to articulate music theory with an artist and simply understanding business and branding.
How can artist looking to purchase beats get in contact with you?
either on IG @therealshanefoster or website www.dfdmusic.com
HHW: You have a deal with Empire how did that come about?
Shane: Lots of hard work and networking. Marketing and Promoting the music and brand simultaneously. You truly never know who is watching and who knows who and that’s why marketing is such a vital trait to have as a producer , engineer , songwriter and artist . A couple of folks were hitting me up during this pandemic and respected that we did everything independently: no label help, no management companies , no agents, not one soul but us and the fans of our music. Empire was the best choice because Empire has an awesome reputation for distribution , and a known track record for success.
HHW: What do you hope to get out of your involvement in the music industry?
Shane: My ultimate goal is for my music and name to be immortal through music and business . Long after I’m gone I still want my name and brand to continue on as a legacy.