“Now we have been taking a different approach, Tory James and I. He’ll send me something basic like a drum track, no melody or anything. I’ll put down whatever I’m feeling in my head, build a hook, and send him the vocals.”

Check out the interview with Bobby Wood exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Bobby Wood: It’s been a long road. I’ve been writing for a while now and really got my start like a lot of guys in this business. Over time it progressed into a more serious aspiration. Getting older and taking on more responsibilities in life had me at the point where it was either keep this as a hobby or make it a profession. I’m really just getting my foot in the door. It’ll be cool to see what the future holds with the new opportunities that have been laid out in front of me.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I started with cyphers. I’m always meeting new people like ay, peep this verse. I like to leave people with something.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Just really getting to know people who can help you advance in this profession. There’s so many people who claim to be with this label or this distribution company, but a lot of the time it leads to a dead end road. You have to really do your research on cats claiming to be someone. I’ve got a great group of people on the team and we all do our research before committing to anything or signing any papers.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
I grew up in a bunch of different places, so pin pointing a hometown isn’t really something I can do. But the music scene is heavy around me especially in the hip hop section. There a lot of good emcees as well as a lot of shitty ones. There’s not really anything I don’t like about it. I like to keep any negative vibes out of my head, I don’t pay any attention to anything like that.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
The game has been progressing slowly, there are so many great artists out there now really talking about something. If we keep getting more Mac Millers and Kevin Gates and Hopsins, just to name a few, in the game I see it progressing like it has been. For new artists, just think outside the box and tell a story. If the best part of the song is the beat, try again.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
To be honest, I feel I haven’t reached a point yet where I can say I’ve achieved success myself. I can’t really give advice on that matter yet.

What inspires you to write your next song?
Just life. My music is really just what I’m feeling at that point in time. I just go with what’s happening in my head. Whether that be something from the past or something in the present.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
It used to be just finding a good beat and building around that. Now we have been taking a different approach, Tory James and I. He’ll send me something basic like a drum track, no melody or anything. I’ll put down whatever I’m feeling in my head, build a hook, and send him the vocals. He takes that and builds the beat around what I’ve put and then it progresses from there.

What do you think makes a great song?
Passion and substance. If I hear a track and I’m not feeling the person’s style, but I can tell they are passionate about what they’re saying then I still dig it.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Reverbnation: bobbywood
Soundcloud: bobby-wood-4
YouTube: Official Bobby Wood Channel | ToryJames Music
Twitter: @BOBBYWOODMUSIC1