We had the good fortune of connecting with Royce Woolridge and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Royce, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
One quote that really changed my perspective about music is “Nobody is going to go harder for you then you”. I remember having a conversation with one of my friends and being upset because I felt they weren’t going hard enough for my music. I was mad because I felt they could do more in helping me and they weren’t making it a priority. My friend looked at me and told me that if I wanted it I had to go harder for myself that I had to fully commit myself to the grind because they have their own lives. Even though I was a little upset it was something I really needed to hear. This motivated me to learn all aspects of my craft and depend on myself. I started learning how to make my own beats, market myself, learn piano, book my own shows and edit videos. Learning all these things allowed me to really grow as an artist. It made my persona and music something that is 100 percent authentically myself. It has taken a while to get to this point (my piano skills needs a lot of work) but it has shown me that if you truly believe in yourself and put the work in theres nothing you cant overcome.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I first started making music with a group of friends in high school. We made our first record “sneaking over” when I was just a junior in high school. Even though we were making good music we wanted it to stay low key because I was nervous it would mess up my basketball opportunities. Throughout college a couple friends and I continued to make music that we mostly kept between us and our friends. I didn’t start taking music seriously until I met Rob the Heart after college. When I went overseas to play basketball I got a whole new perspective on music and art. I lived near vienna one year and met some friends that really helped me find my own personal style and sound. When I got back home from the summer I was finally confident enough to drop my first ep Circle. Getting to where i am today definitely has taken a lot of patience. People generally think you go viral and blow up quickly in the music game, but people in the game know it takes time. You have to be persistent and believe in your music. Alot of people dont show support (especially those that know you) until you’ve showed some type of success. Its important not to focus on them and focus on finding an audience and fan base specific to your type of music. There will always be haters so its important to focus on those who support and continue to grow in your craft. Throughout my music journey I have learned a lot of life lessons but the most important I’ve learned is that it is ok to try different things. A lot of people get mad at artist when they try different things but they dont understand that the artist is growing as a person as well. Its ok to do something out of the box because it might help you find your niche. Recently I have been working on developing a new sound entitled the Jigwave. The Jigwave sound is a mix of soul, funk, rnb, hip hop, jazz, and house. I went to a Sango concert about two years ago and was amazed to see black electronic artist killing it on stage. I had always been a huge fan of Sango and Kaytranada they are huge inspirations. I was so inspired by the concert that I Immediately went home downloaded protools and began to learn how to make beats. This is what has developed into my new sound. Rob the Heart and I dropped the first Jigwave EP in March and have the second one coming later this year.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If there was no covid. The first place I would take them is to get some fire food at Locostylezgrindz or my favorite pizza Hanny’s. We would spend most of our time downtown because thats more of my vibe. I would take them to my favorite little bar the sazerac and have a few drinks. I would also take them to a show at crescent ballroom or the van buren. We could hit up the studio downtown and have a session too. The night cap would be the rooftop at bar smith, thats one of my favorite places in the world. If there is covid it would be a lot of Bob’s Burgers and Cooking with my air fryer
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Rob The Heart Instagram @Rob_the_heart_ He is an amazing producer and artist. He is the one who taught me how to produce and make beats. Rob has been a mentor to e in the music game and has a lot to do with where I am at as an artist.
Other: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1YsAN1ZD7iRKGXv6Ih3BL9#:~:text=Young%20Dad%20is%20an%20up,grunge%2C%20alternative%2C%20and%20r%26b. Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/youngdadmusic