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Arsonal



Biography

Arsonal is a producer/songwriter from Washington D.C. with versatility and a command of
music that puts him a category by himself. His style is influenced by the sounds and cultures of
the world and he uses inspiration from his international travel to find new ideas and push the
envelope.

Arsonal started producing in 2001 after watching Timbaland and the Neptunes remix a
track on an MTV version of the opera “Carmen.” Arsonal soon took his connections and met with
one of D.C’s most known and respected DJ’s, DJ Alizay who has been instrumental in getting his
name and music out. In 2004 Alizay introduced Arsonal to an up and coming artist in the DMV
named Wale. In the years to come Wale and Arsonal created dozens of songs including his first
hit “Rhyme of The Century.” Arsonal has gone on to work with area heavy hitter Raheem
Devaugn on his “Spectacular and Dancehall” tracks; Tabi Bonney on his MTVJams singles “Make
a Killin (feat. Pusha –T), and “Get Me,” and on Fat Trel’s “Do what I Do”

In 2006 Arsonal moved to Atlanta and quickly got to the studio producing songs with
Sean Garrett, Pusha-T and Akon. While in Atlanta, Arsonal meet another up and coming super
talent from Jamaica named Akshan. Not long after meeting Akshan, the duo created the
underground masterpiece “island rocker” (infusing pop, rock and reggae) to great acclaim totaling
500,000 total YouTube views and 30,000 downloads. Recently, arsonal has been splitting his
time between DC and New York, producing records for Wyclef on his recently release Mixtape,
April showers. While in New York, Arsonal has also produced records for T.I. Waka Flocka, and
Trae tha Truth among others.

As a student of the game and a student of music, Arsonal is ready to have an impact on
music globally. Not limited to on style or genre, Arsonal is looking to continue to produce more
R&B, Reggae, Dancehall, top 40 pop, and hip hop.

Watch Past Performances

Video 4/13/2014: Target Family Night: One Mic Creative Ecosystem Presents A Hip-Hop Fusion Drum Call

The Drum Call showcases the international roots of hip-hop music, from the traditional drum to contemporary electronic rhythm machines, via collaborations and solo creations from drummer Kiran Gandhi (M.I.A., Thievery Corporation), all-female percussion group Batala, and noted beatmakers Asma Maroof, Hezekiah, and Arsonal. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.

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