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Saturday, January 15, 2011

WBM Features: H.Wood City

The difference between try and triumph is a little umph.
-Author Unknown

What does the effort put into a particular area of interest? Truthfully speaking a lot. In fact, the energies put forth into anything correlate significantly to the outcome of what one sets to accomplish. Want little results? Put forth little to no effort into it. However, should one wish to attain major results, more focus and energy is required of that individual to succeed in whatever it is he or she wishes to make a reality. By doing such, or at least taking strides to move in that direction the perspective of what we expect verses what actually can take place changes as we maximizing the potential of our efforts.

On the other hand, very much aware of what it will take to make impact in the world of arts and entertainment, work isn't something that our next WBM Feature plans to take a lax approach to. Interestingly enough, it is the efforts of H.Wood City that have enabled him to work with some of the more successful artists in music, establish a place for himself and also land him a leading role in an upcoming reality television show.

So here to present to you another outstanding reason Why Blue Matters while get up close and personal with a fresh talent who every day works toward his personal goal of success here is H.Wood City.

[As Told To Why Blue Matters]

Who Is H. Wood City?

HWC: The New Guy. Aside from being completely awesome (sarcasm), I’m a recording artist. Although I’ve been actively paying my dues for the last 5 years, generally speaking I’m a newcomer on the scene. What separates me from a lot of artist is that 1. I’m not afraid to take risks, whether it be in music, fashion or business ventures and 2. I’m blue collar. What does blue collar mean? It means I have realistic expectations and understand that it’s going to take a lot of work to be where I want to be and I don’t mind putting that work in. I’ll stand outside the gas station and pass out Cds, I’ll invest my money to print up business cards and promo material, etc. I’m not waiting for the light bulb in anyone’s head to go off and say “Wow! We may have something here!”, I’ll invest in myself, work on my own behalf and do it with or without the support of others.

What does music mean to you?

HWC: Freedom. Freedom to be who you are and a tool to unify people instead of dividing them. Creative expression.

Describe your style of music?

HWC: My music is a colorful blend of Hip Hop & Pop fused together. Tastemakers have described my sound as “Chris Brown meets Lil Wayne” and although I wouldn’t argue those comparisons, eventually I want people to hear one of my songs and say “that’s H. Wood City!”.

What goes into the creation of your songs?

HWC: At this point in my career, every song I’ve done has been written 100% by me and come from real life experiences and thoughts. Whether I’m being silly or I’m sad or upset, each song is a piece of me.

Who are some of your influences?

HWC: My musical influences are wide and eclectic. Everybody from Lauryn Hill, Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers, Tupac and Prince have influenced me in one way or another. However, when it comes to a direct influence I would have to say Lil Wayne & Kanye West. I’m influenced by Wayne’s work ethic and Kanye’s courage, he’s never asked permission and never needed acceptance and that’s how I live my life.

Working on any new projects?

HWC: Right now I’m finishing up my debut mixtape titled “The New Guy”. I was very apprehensive about releasing a mixtape because everyone has a mixtape out. I went back and forth debating on making the project an EP or an album, but ultimately decided that I had too much material to qualify as an EP and I've always wanted my debut album to be released through a major label so I could share that feeling and triumph one a larger scale.

Tell the world a little about your upcoming reality show

HWC: I star as apart of an ensemble cast on the new reality show “The Real Teens of Hollywood”. The show consists of me and 5 other upcoming teenagers who all are on different roads to success ranging from modeling, music, acting, etc. It’s a real depiction of what it takes to make it in the entertainment industry and the pressures and prejudices we all face. Many people are quick to call me a “socialite” and are unaware of any of the work I’ve put in. Yes, I know celebrities. Yes, I’m known in various circles, but none of that defines me and with this season of “The Real Teens of Hollywood” people will be introduced to me as an artist and really get to see what I‘m about. The show is produced by Dick Clark Productions (So You Think You Can Dance / Shaq Vs.) and will be coming soon to a television near you!

What are your thoughts on success?

HWC: Having no regrets.

Who have you worked with so far?

HWC: A Tribe Called Quest, Special Ed, Lil Mama, The New Boyz, Master P, Romeo, Lil Kim, Charlie Wilson, Tila Tequila, Ghostface, Rah Digga, Slum Village, Too Short and more.

Any anyone you like to work with in the future?

HWC: I’d love to work with tons of people ranging from Gwen Stefani to Simple Plan, but my top three collaborations on my bucket list are; Lauryn Hill, Jay-Z & Drake.

Any advice for those looking to pursue their aspirations in music?

HWC: Be yourself. I know it sounds cliché, but it’s the truth. What’s the point of being able to sound like Chris Brown or Drake if both of those artist are clearly still around and dominating their markets? Bring something new to the table, create your own niche and dominate it!


Anonymous said...

awesome feature, thanks A.L!

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