How did you get started? Tell us your story!
My name is Lakewude or just Reggie and I started writing music when I was 9 but I didn’t notice my potential growth until I was 12. I didn’t get serious with recording until I was 16. That was after a very tough time period in my life when I wanted to express how I really felt about a lot of things.
What is your experience in the music industry? Do you have any formal training or schooling? If not, are you self-taught and how did you learn your craft? What is your learning style? What are your favorite educational resources (ex. college, Youtube, etc.)?
Before I made it into Playlist Academy, my stepdad (DJ 931) taught me everything I needed to know about the industry. I taught myself how to write songs but I didn’t know much about performing. Everything was brought to light when I made it into Playlist Academy. I learned everything I needed to know, not just by performing, but through physically and mentally going through every step it takes to sell tickets, run promos, and run events in general.
What are some credits and achievements that you have? Who have you worked with? Who have you collaborated with?
I dropped two tapes in 2018. Both were completely different from each other and I wasn’t performing until 2019 when I finally got a spot at this huge event I kept attending called Lotus Rosery. I made it into Playlist and I learned more about the industry and I also got to go to Patchwerk Recording Studios to record songs with The 808 Wave at The 808 Experience. From there, I worked with Ahmad Anonimis, LoKii AD, Sawyer Jeorge and a few other people. I ended forming my own collective UGLYNATLANTA.
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?
Eminem, Lil Wayne and Kanye were the first rappers I knew about as a kid. They were considered goats so I checked them out and studied their styles. Kendrick Lamar and Tyler The Creator became my favorites when I was 12-13. Tyler taught me how to be myself and Kendrick taught me how to tell a story. I always thought it was cool rapping from a better perspective. I listen to myself and my friends because we are the future. What’s in my playlist right now at this exact moment though is some R&B and soul music. I’m very big on soul music and neo soul in general.
What are some of the biggest obstacles you’ve encountered or faced in this industry?
The people and having a better understanding of myself as person. It’s so much I could work on and it’s hard to grow with constant negativity. I also had to cut off some friends who never really put forth the effort to support me. They came to not one show and any time I asked about it they always had an excuse. Message for the kids: if they act like it’s so hard to support you and your movement then they’re not your friends. They’re just background characters waiting for you to blow so they can act like the main ones who helped.
How would you describe your sound and style?
Not sure. Because I’m never sure of what style I wanna do next. If I had a word for my newer work though, it’d be raw and introspective because that’s how I view my emotions when they hit the paper.
What are some of your goals this year?
My goal this year is to get my life together. I don’t really care about music right now. It’s really hard to focus when everything is out of whack. Once I get every tool needed for my essential growth then I’ll be able to focus on music and finishing my project. Until then, I,m going to just continue doing 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?
Tyler The Creator
What is your creative process like?
All over the place. I focus on too many things at once sometimes so I take a stepdad and try to focus on certain things at time. I write in fragments of the inspiration isn’t always there. What’s your favorite go-to order?
Spicy Chicken Sandwich combo with waffle fries and an Arnold Palmer at Chick Fil A.