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Name: S1 (aka Symbolyc One)
Occupation: Super Producer, Songwriter, Engineer, Videographer
Reppin’: Waco, Dallas, Tx
Affiliations: G.O.O.D. Music (Kanye West), Erykah Badu and The Cannabinoids, Soul Kontrollaz Production, Strange Fruit Project, Cassette Union, Beat Fanatic, Aeonz
Big Breakout Joint: Kanye West – “Power”
Weapons of Choice: Propellerheads Reason, Pro-Tools, Roland Fantom, Dave Smith Prophet and Evolver Refills.
S1 Inspiration Scripture: “I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me”. -Phil. 4:13
Symbolyc One (S1), born in 1976 as Larry D. Griffin Jr., was born and raised in Waco, TX. As a child, S1 grew up infatuated with old tunes that played on his parents’ turntable. This led him to learning alto sax and piano through out his teen years. As a devoted Christian, S1 began playing piano for Sunday school at his local church which developed his insight on music even more. After forming a hip hop group with his cousin, Myth, back in 1996, S1 would eventually venture into the Art of Production and making beats. In 1999, he received his Associates Degree in Applied Science: Audio Engineering which required him to take his music theory and ear training to another level. Through a decade of hard work, sacrifice, rewards and disappointments, he continued to work harder and put ALL his trust in God to guide his life and career.
In 2007, S1 began competing in National Beat Competitions (I-Standard, Red Bull Big Tune & Sha Money’s One Stop Shop) across the U.S. In those competitions, he would go on to win 1st, 2nd, or either 3rd place along with acquiring many new fans and meeting people including Major label executives and Industry big wigs. Participating in these competitions and conferences allowed S1 to build numerous key relationships in the Industry.
Today, S1 is the main producer of the highly acclaimed group Strange Fruit Project. His style and production range stretches beyond all genres from R&B to Soul, from Underground to Urban Pop and everything else in between. As an upcoming super producer, S1 has gone on to work with great artist such as Erykah Badu, Stat Quo, Rhymefest, Rah Digga, Ghostface, Little Brother, amongst others as well as being a core member in Erykah Badu’s electronic band, The Cannabinoids.
Ultimately, he’s gone on to co-produce(along with Kanye/Mike Dean) the Hit single “Power” for Grammy Award Winning Artist/Producer Kanye West.
The Journey now begins.