Wonda is an artist from Chicago who tries to incorporate all types of sounds into his music and wants to be able to connect with everyone. He can’t label his music with a specific genre and likes to tell everyone he “grew up on Biggie and NSYNC.” Mechanical Dummy sat down with the Young G to hear about how his diverse musical influences helped create his distinct sound.
words by NJ.S
Mechanical Dummy: Who are you and what do you create?
Wonda: My name is Wonda and I’m an artist from Chicago. I create beautiful music – that’s what I like to call it. I’m influenced by everything so I can’t really specify my music to a genre; I just know the sounds are beautiful. When I talk beautiful music I’m not even talking vocals, my vocals are the last thing, the way I set up my songs and the production. I’m very worldly. I pay attention to what’s going on around the world and I think it’s so different and I try to bring it to American and urban hip-hop music. Being able to fuse all these sounds to something that’s beautiful on the ear is what makes it beautiful.
MD: What are your early musical influences that made you want to start creating?
W: Timbaland and the whole Missy and Magoo ear. It was different. Biggie definitely. Michael Jackson always, I was always trying to be like Mike. Even some of the pop acts like NSYNC and Backstreet Boys, something was catchy. There’s nothing wrong with being catchy and I always feel like people hate on that. I always tell people I grew up on Biggie and NSYNC. I listen to everything.
MD: How do you feel about Trends? Is that something you try to stray away from?
W: A trend is something I identify but make sure I’m not following. Because usually when you identify a trend, whoever you saw doing it – is doing it best. I’m a big fan of Drake and I think he makes great music, but I could never try to do what he does, with Kanye too, who would be my number one of who I look up to. You can’t copy the trend or ‘what’s hot’ because whoever is doing it will always be the leader. You can take bits and pieces and infuse it into your style, but as far as copying trends – I try and never do that.
MD: This project that you just put out, what was the concept of putting it out?
W: I think it was more so just tracks I had to throw away. It’s very long and I meant for it just to be a compilation but when everyone got wind of it they called it a mixtape. It’s just songs that I had been working on over the past few years that I wanted to get out there while I work on my debut project.
MD: What’s your ultimate goal with everything?
W: I don’t ever want to have just one type of person liking my music. There are so many different types of songs on my project and each sound caters to someone different. My goal in general is trying to reach everybody. People that don’t even speak the same language as me listen to my music, people in France, Japan, I’ve seen tweets from my fans from everywhere. Realizing you can reach across barriers with music makes me never want to cater to one type of crowd. I just want to relate to everybody.
MD: What would you tell young artists to keep them inspired?
W: You can’t be afraid to be different. Even when it seems like it’s too far. Risks are what make you remembered. Being different is what will set you apart.