Miami's Mad Skrews: "Twerk Is Just a Knock-Off From Booty Music"

Categories: Local Music, Q&A

Andy Diaz, AKA Mad Skrews.

Mad Skrews is a Miami Beach producer with more metal in his face than Kanye West, hence the name.

And in the four years since Crossfade last caught up with him, he has continued landing placements on albums from the likes of Funkmaster Flex, Trina, and Ky-Mani Marley.

Now the Colombian studio wizard is releasing 100 beats in 100 days for his "Centennial Project," and giving the tracks away to inspire others through music. Here's what Mad Skrews has to say about business, bundas, and a 2,000-watt smile.

See also: Five Signs You Might Be a Shitty Rapper

Crossfade: Introduce yourself to the people out there.
Mad Skrews: Hello, how are you?! Thanks for reading. My name is Andy Diaz and I'm a music producer from Miami Beach that also goes by the name Mad Skrews.

People ask me, "Why Mad Skrews?" Reason for the name is that when I was in the Marine Corps, I had to get maxillofacial surgery for a defect I was born with. After seven hours of surgery, I came out with 17 screws, three plates, and a wire all in my face and during my healing time, while my mouth was wired shut, I said to myself, "Damn, I got mad screws in my face."

People think the word "Mad" is, like, for mad scientist or angry, but the word "mad" is slang for quantity of something, like Mad Cool, Mad Money, or Mad Decent. So, I'm even more screwed up than Kanye West. (You know, "through the wire.") LMFAO! And it was at that moment that I decided to use it as my producer name, because it was as different as my music is, with enough edginess so that people would remember it while still remaining true to myself.

What are the biggest songs you've done?
It's hard to say, some have relatively been successful commercially and some others have been more successful virally. For instance, there was a Trina record I produced called "Rest of Them," which was later labeled a Lil Wayne diss and that did over five-million views on YouTube alone. Or the Kelly Rowland, Beyonce, and Michelle Williams remix of "You've Changed," which did 25,000 views on YouTube in one month. Also, the Lil Wayne and Jae Millz record on the Funk Master Flex mixtape of the year, Who You Mad At? Me or Yourself, which was called "Buy This, Buy That," which was recognized to be downloaded a few million times around the world. But my best music is yet to be released. For updates, check YouTube and search "Mad Skrews."

Who are some artists you have produced for or are working with?
Lil Wayne, KJ (who is the best rapper alive), Ky-Mani Marley, Gucci Mane, Jae Millz, Trina, Jagged Edge, Maffio, Mike Beatz, LMS, Selena Serrano, and many others. I have some new remixes featuring Ariana Grande, Bruno Mars, and Justin Timberlake, along with a few more artists on Billboard's Hot 100 coming soon to my YouTube channel!

I'm currently working with the hottest R&B group on YouTube, Ahmir. They are the number-one R&B group online with 70-million-plus views and I'm definitely excited to be working with them again. They are incredibly talented to the point people associate them as being the next Boyz II Men.

I've also been working with Ky-Mani Marley for his next album, The Evolution of a Revolution, as well as his son's latest mixtape, Konfrontation Muzik Presents, KJ - First Blood. Shoutout to the whole Konfrontation Muzik Camp, the talent on their roster is unmatched by their passion to create timeless music, shoutout to Ky-Mani's band, J Vibe, their killer drummer, the beast on the bass, and the young Hendrix on the lead guitar, they deliver music on another platform and are all masters at their craft.

And last but not least, shoutout to the good folks at SpanGlish Global.

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