Wondr is a guy of poise and raw talent. From his fashionable sense to his released his melody lyrics. His new single “All For You” music video has been released. He has been building up this year and starting to drop music consistently in November with a new record and will follow up with 2 to 3 more records over the next couple months.
1. When did you know music was apart of your life?
It has always been a part of my life. Thinking back, a big moment was when my father, who got me into music, gave me my first guitar in elementary school. In high school, we lost a student to suicide. This was when I really turned to writing and rapping. I had been drumming and playing guitars in rock bands my entire life up to that point, but I could only get what I was trying to say out in rap. Since then music has been my life.
Looking back years later, what would you have changed about your life that would have made a better experience?
All of the things that have happened to me in the past have shaped who I am today. With that being said, it’s hard to say I would ever want to change it. The only thing I could maybe say is I do wish I took music more serious as a career earlier on. But then again, I truly believe everything happens for a reason.
2. What do you like the most of the music industry? What are some things you believe you bring to the industry that is different from others
I enjoy music creation. It blows my mind how many new sounds, genres, and forms of writing a song are created every single day even though music has been around for thousands of years.
My team and I are bringing a new flavor for the listener’s ear and an innovative way of conducting business with SYFR projects (the management & publishing company co-founded by myself and my manager Sean O’Leary) to the music industry. Something we are working to champion is 100% ownership of the composition. Really 100% ownership of any IP we create. So many artists are concerned about their masters when the bottom line is if you outright own the composition, you have full control over what the license agreement for your master looks like. Masters are only the tip of the iceberg as far as business opportunities for your composition.
3. Think about when you made your first song, what feeling was going through your mind? Think to now, having millions of streams and thousands of fans, what do you have to say about yourself?
It’s honestly wild to go back and listen to some of the first music I created. Back then I was recording with earbuds and the microphone that was built into the computer. I was using Garageband to make beats and I didn’t even know how to quantize or loop a track. I was just recording single tracks all the way through, the drums, the melodies, and whatever ever else I found in the standard Garageband packs. I think about that and then look at the music I have out now and it’s humbling. All the learning experiences that led to this, and all the ones to come. I’m even looking at the music I’ve released recently and comparing it to the newer sounds on my laptop recorded
just days ago. I’d say I’m not even close to where I’m heading, but I’ve found a sweet spot and will continue to ride the groove as we start dropping new music this fall.
4. How would you describe your every day life? (whats a normal day for you)
A normal day for me is getting up early and hitting the gym. I have a standup call with my manager where we go over what happened yesterday and what we’re working on today. After that I’m in the studio either practicing, recording, writing, or working on any business we’re conducting within the realm of music and entertainment. My weeks and days are never really the same though. Up to this point, I’ve been funding my music career by modeling professionally. Some weeks I could be flying out to Colorado or Portland, or driving to different areas around North and South Carolina to shoot with various brands for all types of products. Recently, we’ve been able to merge the two career paths collaborating alongside Perry Ellis America for our first fashion in music campaign.
5. Who can you see yourself working with in the next year? next 3 years? next 10 years? Who have you worked with that your enjoyed?
This is hard to answer because I’m open to working with a lot of different people in the entertainment industry. The big thing for me is, do we, personally, mesh well together? Do our brands and images mesh well together? I may get introduced to someone in a completely different realm of music or entertainment, but we create an instant connection. From there, we may end up working together even though are career paths aren’t the same. Some people that I would love to work with or even just have a conversation with one day, though, are Matthew McConaughey, Serena Williams, Quincy Jones, and the Dalai Lama. But that’s just to name a few.
6. Explain your fashion in a few sentences. How important is it in your life?
Fashion has been important to me for as long as I can remember. I guess what started it all was my obsession with shoes. I was really into skateboarding growing up and with that, your shoes would only last a few months until they were almost torn off your foot. So, since I was always replacing them, I grew more interested in how they looked, how effective they were, and what brands they had to offer. From there, the rest of the outfit would soon come into play.
Now that fashion has become my job in both music and modeling, it’s more important than ever. Establishing an image is one of the hardest jobs of an artist. It’s not easy to define exactly what makes you, you. I was fortunate enough to realize that my passion for NASCAR and racing was already rolling over into what I was wearing on a daily basis. I also lucked out that fast, bright, and loud energy of NASCAR just happened to make fly merchandise, as if almost on accident. I don’t think they had the intention to become a part of pop culture in terms of clothing, but they have. I design my own race suits now for shows so I can project my love for both music and racing into my performance. I’ll race professionally one day though. I promise you, in some form or fashion I will.
7. Who inspires you musically? in general?
Musically, it’s almost everyone. I think about every song I listen to, and I listen to almost anything, and I’m always comparing it to my music. So in a sense, that’s inspiring my next record. In general, though, it’s family. My dad as a businessman, my mom as a person of immense character, my sister as a hard worker, and my brother as a leader. In short, I’m inspired by a combination of artists and people who care about sharing the art that inspires them.
8. Describe your music in a few sentences. What do you want fans to leave feeling when listening to your music?
I just want you to really feel something when you listen to my music. Everyone has their way of perceiving things, negative or positive. As long as it creates a feeling, it’s doing something. I don’t think I’m just shooting for them to have one exact feeling either. I want each song to deliver my thoughts and emotions, but always in a unique way from the previous. So even if the topics are similar, the emotions are twisted or tweaked just a little or even a lot. The music I have coming out is hopefully going to make women feel like they want a f*cking man and men feel like they need to step their shi*t up.
9. Describe your typical fan (what do they do, age range, background, etc)
While it is still early, I know I have a sweet spot with women between the age of 18 and 28 as an artist according to social analytics. That said, men between the age of 18 and 30 have been spinning my music the most. It’s honestly a diverse crowd. From the kid in the valley hustling to the student in New Zealand who loves racing and festivals. Something I have noticed is that a lot of my fans are entrepreneurs, artists, or people who have a bug to do something they are passionate about. This is super dope and definitely something I hope I am encouraging.