Exclusive Interview- Pop/Rock Artiste ERYN WOODS

I had finally found the time to interview this up and coming musical phenom(via email). Hailing from Atlanta, Eryn Woods is a constantly rolling ball of …for lack of better words..AWESOME! Ahaha. She had intrigued me from the moment I discovered on a music site online. I hunted her down and contacted her immediately! Just within a few moments I was drawn into the allure of Eryn Woods. From her edgy 80s punk mohawk to her funky style and kind demeanor, Ms. Woods is a genuine sweetheart and I am officially a ‘kupcake’!! (A term she uses to describe her fans. Hahaha!!)

I took the liberty NOT to edit this interview so much, because I wanted the reeaders to really get a feel of Eryn’s persona. :) Happy reading!

1. What inspired you to become a performing artiste?

-I have been singing probably since i was able to talk! I have always been surrounded by music (good music) and I was always encouraged to do what I love to do.

2a. What influences have had a hand in your image? I’m seeing a little Cyndi Lauper, Madonna and Grace Jones, haha.

-Well, I guess you could probably name certain people from different generations but I definitely am just doing ME. Being an artist gives you the ability to express yourself the way you want to.

2b. I absolutely LOVE the mohawk! When did you get it done and what drove you to it? :)

-THANKS!!!! ;) My mohawk was done in stages….and this was the end product. LOL I always loved trying different things and hair was my outlet, so this is what came from it.

3. Tell us about your music. Which kind of genre would you say you fit most?

-If you want a description of my music….i have been told “If Cyndi Lauper and Gwen Stefani had a love child….it would be me” LOL So i guess you can say that its pop…but of course i add some edge which brings in the rock!!! :)

4. Who are your idols/role models in music and furthermore, in life.

-Some of musical influences would be Cyndi Lauper, Missing Persons and Madonna.

5. Did you always see yourself getting into music, or did you have other major ambitions?

-I always told myself that if i didn’t or don’t do music…i don’t know what i would do in my life. Thats why i never stopped pushing….because I wasn’t going to give up on the one thing i knew I was meant to do.

6. Are you currently signed to a label?

-I am not currently signed to a label but i am signed to a. production company, Pharsound Productions. We are doing everything independently until the fan base expands!!!! :)

7. What have been the most difficult trials as an artiste?

-I believe that the most difficult trials would have to be the whole journey of getting to the top…I’m not even all the way there yet and I’ve been through more then I’ve ever thought. Its a lot harder than just…being a good singer and then getting signed. You have to work 24/7. But to be more specific…being a woman in this industry is probably the most difficult thing.

8. Name two (2) things you love about being an artiste.

-I love making all my kupcakes (fans) smile and happy. And I love traveling and meeting all different people all across the world.

9. Do you write your own songs? If so, what inspires you?

-I have other writers that I work with in the studio to write my music. We sit down, talk about what I am going through or have went through and write about that. But the one thing some people forget when writing music, is you still have to think about the consumers/fans and what they can relate too.

10. If there is one person in your life that you live to make proud, who would that be and why?

-The one person that I have always wanted make proud of me now and in the past was/is my mom. She has always been there for me and has encouraged me to pursue my dreams since I was a little girl. She came to every choir performance, theatre performance, competitions, etc. Sitting there supporting her baby girl. Even when she had a million and one things to do. Especially since I have 2 older sisters and 3 younger brothers. She has never let me down, so I never want to let her down.

11. What are your guilty pleasures? (Eg. food, fashion, cars, etc.)

-I would have to say the 2 things that I probably spend way to much money on are sunglasses and shoes (heels to be exact). I can’t live without them!!! hahaha

12. What is your biggest dream accomplishment as an artiste?

-My ultimate goal would have to be getting to a point in my career where “my words” make a difference in the world. And being able to help any one in need, especially young girls.

13. Last but not least, what advice would you give to all those asiring performers read this interview right now?

-I don’t know if i can say everything in a couple sentences but I’ll try to summarize it. lol :)

DON’T GIVE UP….there will be times that you want to stop because there will be some steps backwards but if you keep giving your all, you will go 2 steps forward. When you are meant to do this….DOORS WILL OPEN FOR YOU. And never think that it will all get done for you….you have to put your heart and soul into it and work hard. Even if you have a great team around you, remember its YOUR career and life.

I asked Eryn just to give a random quote to sum up the interview. She replied, “Kupcakes are about to take over the world!!!!!” ;) <3

You can't NOT love this girl! Hahaha.

Dre DeCarlo, xx

Threads of Scarlet in Concert! – Review

Booming with excitement and spilling over with anticipation, the atmosphere was nothing less than epic. Saturday night, March 26th 2011, Threads of Scarlet proved to be not only the best rock act in Barbados but showed they are ones to watch.

From jamming to their original musical fusions such as Hot Box (a song promoting marijuana use) or rocking out to Falling From Far, a more classic hard rock ballad fully equipped with screams and high notes, Threads of Scarlet, for lack of better words, BLEW THE ROOF OFF! The event was highly publicised and the fans kept flowing in throughout the night, emitting an atmosphere reminiscent of Woodstock!

The event was also attended by fellow musicians Mahalia Philips of Nexcyx, which recently tore up the SXSW Music Festival in Texas, and Coverdrive‘s Amanda Reifer. Coverdrive got signed to Geffen Records this year and were spending most of their time in the studio. Look out for even more Barbadian musicians abroad.

Amanda Reifer and I

Amanda Reifer and I

Dre DeCarlo, xx