April 26, 2011
Here is an interview from our very own Hood on this project. It’s personal, so I didn’t want to cut anything out. It’s a bit longer than my usual posts, but I think it will really open all of your eyes to this project.
Why put this project together?
After meeting so many wonderful people we wouldn’t have ever met through TSO, band members, after living with each other and depending on each other, we got to really look at each other as true family. Some of us, like the group of us involved in this project, we never took the word family lightly. If we called someone family, it wasn’t a cosmetic name, or anything to perpetrate an image, it was how we truly felt about each other. And we knew that as great as it was to be a part of someone else’s initial vision but, just like with any other project, we knew one day there is a chance of it coming to an end.
I had a friend early on that I moved to LA with to pursue acting. He said to me “We are not fair-weather friends. There’s no such thing when it’s a friend or family member, you all grow together if you’re in each other’s life.” So we felt that same way about our relationship with TSO. We were a group of people who genuinely enjoyed spending time performing and being together that we wondered why it only could be under the guise of performing with TSO. We spent all of our time together, went on outings. We were a genuine Family. We made a lot of fans and extended family with the fans because they saw how we truly had so much fun with each other. The fans saw that and loved us for that and it also broke down the barrier between performer and real person. They saw that it may be just a job, but it’s what we love to do.
This isn’t just something that happened over night. This is something that we talked about for years. This was our ultimate dream to do. But the drawback was people living in different locations, time, families, and other projects. I personally had, well, I dreamt this particular project happening. I didn’t know when it would happen, how or where, but I knew it would happen. I prayed every day for this project. And I made sure it was my business, year after year, month after month, to stay in contact with everyone so that this could happen.
Long term goal in your perspective?
My long term goal is that we will succeed in moving forward from one idea to another creating an ultimate vision, together, as a unit. I want us to be, sort of, ambassadors for people out there who don’t think there’s much hope left in the world. We want to successfully breathe a new breed of entertainment into our current fans, and we want to cross over and reach a much wider audience such as the urban audience, the Black Americans, Hispanics, and a younger audience. We’d like to inspire a younger generation. And that 20 to 30 years from now, I would like to see us have a long catalogue of respected works that we’ve created. A body of work that will last the test of time. I don’t want anyone to say that we came and went, I want us to live in the lives of this generation and the next forever. I want people to say we did it on our own, that we did it our way. I want to sit on a porch somewhere 30 years from now talking this and about how great of a life this was, we can’t wait for the next one.
Your personal opinion on the music and its meaning?
I think that in this music there is something for people of every genre, every age, and every class of life. I think that this is a really deep look into the hearts of four genuine, average, fun loving guys from completely different walks of life who found something to love in each other and wanted to show people who we really are. Somehow, somewhere, people have lost the meaning of Christmas and this music is to bring our meaning of Christmas to the tradition. A special time that brought all of us, four completely different men, together as family in life.
Any hints or tid bits?
For those people who have seen us live, live on stage, or who have seen us in our fun and happy go lucky selves off stage, wait till you see us with no one handcuffing us. Performing on our terms. It’s going to be like the rat pack in their hay day, a group of guys who got on stage and just had fun. That’s who we are. We are the modern day rat pack.
On a personal note, everyone is entitled to their own opinion to what we are doing. I just want to say that I truly love and appreciate the experiences and the opportunities that came along with TSO and that just like any other child raised by its parents, you get to a certain age you go and make your own way into the world. As for those people who have something negative to say, who don’t know the whole story of where we come from, that they may not particularly like the idea of our own project aside from TSO but I’m hoping that they respect us for having the courage and the ambition to proceed on this path that we’re moving on. I love you all for whatever opinion you have.
Just wait till you get a load of us…..
And so dovelies, this is where I leave you until next time…..