PRODUCER - ARTIST - WRITER
Fingazz is a producer, writer, musician, and artist in Los Angeles, CA. His whole life has centered around playing and making music. Growing up appreciating all genres of music gave him the ability to write and produce any style. A self-taught keyboardist, Fingazz played for years in funk bands opening for old school legends like P-Funk All-Stars, Zapp and Roger, The Time, The Gap Band, The Commodores, and more. During these years he mastered the Roger inspired effect called "talkbox", allowing you to sing with a synthesizer. He was also recruited to play keys and talkbox live on tour with the multi-platinum group En Vogue on the EV3 tour, performing nationwide for crowds of 30,000. After this Fingazz started playing drums professionally for live bands, all the while locking himself in the studio in all his free time to master his utimate calling...producing.
While performing with the funk band Slapbak at the House of Blues in Hollywood, his talkbox skills were noticed by Baby Bash and Kid Frost. He was approached after the show to feature on a record for Frost's album and B-side single. "Get Down" became Fingazz first official album release credit.
In 2000 Fingazz finally broke into the industry with the success of the West Coast classic "I Love Cali (in the summertime)" by Young Roscoe of the Dogg Pound. This was the first Billboard charting song that started it all. This song was also used as the opening/closing theme for the Harrison Ford and Josh Hartnett movie "Hollywood Homicide".
This G-funk style production with signature talkbox hook made Fingazz a sought-after producer for many of the West Coast's biggest MC's. Fingazz productions have been blessed by legends like Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, Daz Dillinger, Bad Azz, Nate Dogg, Kokane, Mack 10, Suga Free, Kam, and Too Short to name a few.
Fingazz style also complimented the sound of Chicano rap, with his experience performing funk and oldies music, and he became an integral part of the movement.Â Having already worked with the legend Kid Frost, he later created monumental Chicano rap records with artists like Lil Rob, Baby Bash, Down aka Kilo, Capone-E, Lighter Shade of Brown, Lil One, Mr. Sancho, Ms. Sancha, Brown Boy, Knightowl, and Mr. Shadow to name a few.
Over the years Fingazz has created independently released hits that were making marks in the charts that typically only major label machines could make, such as Brown Boy's "Superman" which featured Fingazz singing with the Auto-Tune effect before T-Pain was on the scene. This record reached #22 on the Billboard Rap chart. Then Fingazz paired up with Lil Rob on the smash "Summer Nights" which was the #4 most played rhythmic radio record in the country. MediaBase reported spins of nearly 6,000 a week in the summer of 2005 which took this record to #13 on the Billboard Rap Chart. The next milestone from Fingazz was hit with the pop culture phenomenon from Down aka Kilo called "Lean Like a Cholo" which had the country buzzing. In 2007 this record reached #15 on the Billboard Rap, #34 on the Hot 100, #32 on the Hot Digital Songs, and #14 on the Ringtones charts. This single has been certified Platinum with over 2.5 million ringtones, and nearly 2 million digital single sales.
Not only has Fingazz been busy producing hits, he has also been performing around the world with his custom talkbox instrument called the TalkStar. Talkbox players and fans have recognized Fingazz as one of the most notable players of the instrument. His talkbox has been heard on features with mega stars like Bryson Tiller, Flo Rida, Mike Posner, Tyga, Far East Movement, and Just Blaze. He has even released three of his own albums which pay tribute to some of his early influences called "Classics For The O.G.'s Pt 1 & 2" and "Classics 3". (avail on iTunes). 2017 saw the release of Fingazz first all original talkbox album VI$IONZ and the 2nd called 7DAYZ in 2019. The TalkStar professional self-powered talkbox is now available for everyone, for sale exclusively HERE and comes with FREE enrollment to the world's first comprehensive online talkbox training course - the Talkbox Master Class - taught by Fingazz himself. The TalkStar family has grown worldwide, with customers in over 20 countries!
Dancers have become some of the biggest supporters of Fingazz music, with the futuristic funk sound that is perfect for popping. Season 13 of Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance" featured 3 of Fingazz songs including "Winning", which is exactly what season champ Kida did.
The Fingadelic brand is now known globally, with production and writing credits on projects worldwide, including #1 records in Japan, South Korea, and China. Numerous credits also include film scores, TV themes, and commercials.