Ambitious features focus on young adults that are creating their own paths for success. I feature noteworthy individuals who are trailblazers in their craft of choice. I highlight their stories, first and foremost to recognize people of our generation who are doing positive things, and furthermore in hopes that their stories inspire someone else.
Who is "Hot Rod"? What makes you AMBITIOUS?
I am someone who works hard and is very humble. I do what I have to do to succeed in life.
What made you decide to produce music?
I figured, if I could think of a cool beat in my head, then I could make it in real life. It was not easy, and some of my early work was straight trash. After a while, I got the hang of things and kept working at it. People began to suggest I sell my beats. After posting my work on myspace, I landed my first gig working with 8Ball & MJG's group, Da Volunteers. That is how my career started.
How did the track "5 Star Chick" come about?
My freshman year of college, I cut a math class. I remember because I woke up late for a test and decided not to go. On that fall morning (LOL) the 5 star beat was born. If I went to class maybe I wouldn't be doing this interview. Who knows? But, for the record, all the people who love doing music, GO TO CLASS!
What can we expect from you next?
We are still in the works for some major opportunities. I have a few things laid out on the table, as far as placements. We are moving at a steady pace and making sure we make the right moves to benefit our future. So all I can really say is be on the look out. But trust me there are a few surprises in store, I just ask that you be patient. (LOL)
What is your ultimate goal?
My ultimate goal as a person is to mold my daughter into the woman I know she can be. As far as my music, I want to eventually start my own label and teach artists or producers along the way. Hopefully, I will have gained all the knowledge I need by then.
What artist(s) would you definitely want to work with in the future?
One artist in particular, I would definitely want to work with is Beyonce. She took the female R&B game by storm. She has great music and she is definitely going down in history as one of the greats.
Most important, BE INDEPENDENT, remain humble at all times, and be prepared at all times. You don't know what great situation may arise. If you are looking for a different route, try to attend some DJ retreats with your work, or a few Indie award shows. There are new artists looking for music. Another thing I would like to give, my own words of advice, don't make music your only option. It is not for everyone, some will make it, others wont. Have a plan to fall back on. Go to school, get a degree, because music is not promising. It can be here today and gone tomorrow, then what would you be left with?
Who influences you?
The two most influential people who have changed my world, are my fiance Jamaica Hedrick, and our lovely beautiful daughter, Jamaya. They have been here through it all, the ups and the downs.
What do you want people to know most about you?
From a musician's point of view, I want aspiring producers to know that just because you make a hit, doesn't mean you are "ON". A lot of people from the outside looking in think my life is in lights. But, I am still working hard to make it. This is only the BEGINNING!
For Serious Interest ONLY!! Hot Rod can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org , myspace.com/hotrod901 , email@example.com or visit youtube.com/hotrodonthetrack
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