How did you get started? Tell us your story!
My name is Jonathan Hood, and I am professionally known as HoodMusik Beats. I’m an army kid so I grew up moving around a lot, but I claim the amazing city of Vicksburg, Mississippi to be my home. I’ve always been involved in music as my parents had me in piano lessons at an early age. Once I got a little older I began playing drums at church. I also have been singing with choirs for a very long time as I went to Alcorn State University on a full music scholarship for vocal performance. It actually wasn’t until my junior year where I took my career in music seriously back in 2013, even though my cousin sparked my interest in music production back when I was in the fifth grade (FL Studio 3). One of the biggest moments of my career to this point was the feeling I had at Josh Waters's listening party for his “Honey” project. It was the first time I was in a room full of creatives and likeminded people who were genuinely impressed with my art. That was true confirmation and actually was the beginning of my journey with BNDWTH and WLPWR.
What is your experience in the music industry?
My experience extends to an early age growing up learning piano. Once I got to high school I did a little rapping on my own beats but that life was short-lived regardless of the buzz I generated in my hometown as an artist. I knew rapping wasn’t for me cause I realized, I couldn’t keep coming up with two good verses PER song. (The pen was running dry 😂) Luckily, I found another avenue and was able to get myself into college for free on a music scholarship (Alcorn State University) where I became a classically trained vocalist. Once I graduated from Alcorn, I moved to Atlanta where I attended SAE Institute of Technology to get a certification in Audio Technology where I graduated Salutatorian with a 4.0 GPA. After SAE, I attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music where I earned my Master’s in Music Production. Even with all of this, I would not have gained as much knowledge without first-hand industry experience that I get while under the mentorship of WLPWR at BNDWTH.
What are some credits and achievements that you have? Who have you worked with? Who have you collaborated with?
I have worked with plenty of people throughout my career so far. My earlier placements came with a very popular artist from Mississippi by the name of Slimm Pusha. He actually just released a short film based around one of our more popular songs called “Iz U Down." I also have a few placements with our artists here at BNDWTH, mainly with Josh Waters. I have a lot of work coming with my guy Davante Liv3 as well. I have also co-produced and played keys on a few records that have been placed with major labels. I got a few in the chamber with an artist that I won’t speak on yet but just stay tuned because you don’t want to miss that. As a producer, I have collaborated with all of the phenomenal producers out here at BNDWTH.
Who are your biggest influences growing up and why? Who do you like to listen to now and why? Who’s on your playlist right now?
Growing up, my influences were producers and musicians as opposed to artists. However, I am a huge fan of the funk era of music so I liked listening to The New Birth band, Parliament-Funkadelic, and Amnesty. Also, we can’t exclude the greats like James Brown, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and David Ruffin. Currently, I really am influenced by the same things as I was growing up. Funk and Soul music is going to always inspire me regardless of the times. Right now, I’ve been listening to a ton of Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin, Knxledge, Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah, and Cory Henry. I watch everything they have on youtube over and over. It never gets old. My playlist currently is full of music produced by D. Mile, who produced the recent music for Lucky Daye and Vicotria Monet. And of course, I listen to stuff like Webbie and Lil’ Phat on a constant basis, to awaken the Mississippi in me. 😂
What are some of the biggest obstacles you’ve encountered or faced in this industry?
The biggest issue that I have encountered in my career is one that is still a constant me for now which is still having a full-time job being a school teacher. Everybody has their struggle story, and for some, it’s the whole “I moved out here with nothing” story, which is commendable and takes true courage. Mine isn’t that. Mine is the fact that I am fully invested in two different careers at the same time. I constantly grinding, therefore I’m constantly tired. However, I do get rest and peace in knowing that God provides me with the strength to fight through the fatigue.
How would you describe your sound and style?
I would definitely describe my sound as soulful. At the very root of it, regardless of what genre I am producing in whether it is Trap or Gospel, you can always find that touch of soul in my production.
What are some of your goals this year?
This year my goal is to help those around me be better. I feel like I am in that space where I am most impactful when being a service to people who need me at the moment. However, I’m also doing the best I can to continue to build up my industry network and credit list too. This is a true “in the trenches” type year for me.
Who are the top 3 artists, producers, engineers, videographers, or others you would want to work with that you haven’t worked with yet?
My top three artists that I want to work with right now is Bas, Kehlani, and Rexx Life Raj. I definitely want to work with Terrace Martin and D. Mile in regards to production. The work that would come out of these collabs would be ridiculous.
What is your creative process like?
For those who have been in sessions with me, they know I have an extremely fast-paced workflow. I don’t know how I do it honestly; it’s a gift from God. In a good 4 hour block, I could FULLY produce and bounce out about 6 beats. I find inspiration either through a sample or something that I may have heard while clicking through my sounds, and I just get it popping from there.
What’s your favorite go-to order?
I love a good Chicken Philly man. Geeeeez. I’ll order that and a side of fried rice and smash that up real quick.