Who Am I ?
1: Who am I?
I am Mik Beltran. I do the production along with Mendoza.
2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?
Aside from making the beats, I also mix everything. I have the vision in my head for what each song is supposed to sound like to the ear so it sounds pleasurable.
3: Where are you from and where are you going?
I was born and raised in New Jersey, and where am I going? Well after this I’m about to hit up the grocery store and prepare my dinner. If that answers your question.
4: Who is your biggest hero?
My biggest hero are my parents. They raised me, and well, I think, for the most part, so they are my heros.
5: What book is your bible?
Not a big book reader. Didn’t read many books in my life but I have read the Bible and what it carries are cherishable. Religions aside, the stories told holds a lot of value.
6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?
I love women and food. Italian, Spanish, or the usual American, and that goes both ways as well. Some things I hate? A dirty apartment and cereal, but no milk.
7: What is your raison d’être?
Reason for existence? To make awesome music for the world to enjoy. Then take over the world!
8: What is your favorite color?
Black. Navy on a happy day.
9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?
Batman. No superpowers. Respect!
10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?
To hang out? Around Times Square at night is always awesome. To eat? Dallas BBQ man. It’s tradition.
11: What turns you on?
A pretty face and a cute butt. Hey, you asked what turned me on.
12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?
Mik, how’d you get so fly?
The Dean’s List is an eclectic trio of musicians whose versatile sound appeals to fans indie music to electronic to hip-hop. Comprised of MC/songwriter Sonny Shotz, producer and manager Alexander Mendoza, and producer/engineer Mik Beats, the group arrived on the scene in late 2010 with the release of their debut mixtape “Undeclared.” Following the critical acclaim of the first project, The Dean’s List found commercial exposure with their follow up release, “The Drive In,” which appeared in early 2011. The mixtape blended elements of hip-hop, techno, house, rock, pop and classical influences, resulting in a sonically conscious album that made their legions of new fans dance and think. On April 3rd, The Dean’s List released their next official project “Generation X” with aveNUE Music Partnerships. The album showcases the growth of the group beyond the college audience, demonstrating a genre bending appreciation for music that can’t be classified as anything but enjoyable. Mixing a combination of socially conscious lyrics and high-energy production, the 17-track compilation will speak to fans of pop, indie rock, hip-hop, techno and country due to the diverse inspirations of the three band members. Often labeled as Indie Pop, The Dean’s List make their music for an advanced audience that doesn’t identify themselves with anything besides quality songs. The lead single off of the upcoming project will be “YOUTH,” a modernly rebellious anthem that expels the trials of growing older over complexly upbeat production. The track will be followed by a series of singles including the airy “Take Shape” and the confidence filled “Sex.”
Questions by PMc Magazine
Edited by Meaghan Coffey
Photography Courtesy by Susan Blond, Inc.
Design by Jillian Mercado
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Mik Beats, Photography Courtesy by Susan Blond, Inc.
The Dean’s List, Photography Courtesy by Susan Blond, Inc.