Nola Gates

Nola Gates


Producer/Composer – Douglas (Nola Gates)Hardin

#Blaque Beethoven#

Music Producer, Douglas Hardin, (professionally known as Nola Gates and the Pseudonym #BlaqeBeethoven), began his music career at the age of 14 by playing in a top 40 band called The Black Hole. From the hard work and sacrifice of his mother, Hardin was able to attend Krell Music Institute, a private music school in Santa Monica, Ca. At Krell, Douglas learned to play guitar, drums, piano, horns, and acoustic upright instruments as well as reading and writing music. The exposure helped hone his skills in music and music production. Douglas Hardin is able to write, play and produce music in hip-hop, R&B, pop, gospel, jazz, rock and fusion, just to mention a few.


Born: Magnolia Ark

Raised: Homer, LA & Los, Angeles Ca

BA Music Theory- University of Southern California

Associates of Arts- Los, Angeles City College

Krell Music Institute

Influences: Byran Bird Man William, Master P, Jay Z


·         At the age of 16 he composed music for ABC  Channel 7 Children After School Special

·         Susan Miller Dorsey High Workshop annual perform at the Play Boy Jazz Festival

·         Taught Producer Keith Coley to play the bass

·         Played bass & piano for the Imperial Gospel Singers

·         Founding member of Top 40 group The Black Hole

·         Produced projects for artist including but not limited to LaLa Anthony, Omar Cruz, DeAngelo, Qween Ching Belo Zero of Do or Die, Janelle Nadine The real  Latoyia William Douglas

·         Produced projects for record labels – Interscope,  EMI Rick Ross Music Group, as well as indie labels such as Zobe Records, Shorty B Records, and Deswab Records

·         Film Score Credits with IMDb: Back To One

·         Productions: Transmutation: Deep Water Horizon

·         Snoop Dog’s Mouse Trap Video – Keepin On The Low

·         Instruments: bass, electric & acoustic guitar, piano, drums, keyboards, organ, trombone, tuba, harp, upright bass, cello and violin



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