Already a GRAMMY-award winning producer, Printz Board could have easily rested on his laurels and let his legacy do the talking. But the Ohio-born artist wasn't so easy satiated and is currently working towards solo stardom, most recently dropping "Rock N Roll" this summer.
But what inspires a hitmaker—whose hits include Black Eyed Peas' "Don't Phunk With My Heart," Keyshia Cole's "She," and a —who's now vying for the solo spotlight? We found out. Take a listen to Printz's curated picks in this exclusive Spotify playlist, and read on for what the songs mean to him.
Printz crafted an exclusive playlist for FM that gives insight to his mind as a newly reincarnated solo act. He made personalized picks, like the Black Keys' "Ohio"—"This one is pretty obvious because that's where I'm from. I still love the dirt they put on this one. It's like my personality." They're also inspirational, like Gorillaz's "Feel Good, Inc." He says that one "inspired me to keep going, at a time when I wasn't sure of what path to go down. It was a resurgence of 'cool shit.'" Smallpools' "Dreaming" is one more in that realm: "Another song that inspired my project, with its fun uplifting vibe. Not to mention, those guys are great songwriters."
He also showed love for badass females in the biz like Lianne La Havas and her single "Forget" ("That guitar line...shit, and then that hook on top of it. It just let's me know that you can still be who you are in this business, even though it's so hard to get above the noise"), Elle King's breakout hit "Ex's and Oh's" ("I really dig this one because of where it sits in the pop world, yet has that dirt that I love on it, especially in the guitar...the swing is great, the subject is great, and the release on the chorus, too") and Brittany Howard ("She is one of the best of our generation," he says of the Alabama Shakes singer and "Gimme All Your Love").