Producer Spotlight: Eddie Word

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Today we are highlighting a man who wears a few hats, Eddie Word of Corrigendum Radio. He runs a podcast that features some of the latest underground heaters, as well as reporting hip hop news and giving his own take on things. He also doubles as a producer, having just laced Hus Kingpin’s Wavo EP (the sultry ‘Clouds’) and dropping two instrumental tapes over the past year. Eddie’s a hard worker and a good dude, you need Corrigendum on your Mixcloud list as soon as you finish reading this piece.

RD: Let’s start with Corrigendum, how does the song selection work? Do you take submissions, or select favorites from your personal library?

EW:  I do accept submissions, at least half or more of what’s played on Corrigendum Radio comes from artists sending tracks. The rest are personally picked, or recommended by others.

RD: How hard is it to keep plays up while playing lesser known artists?

EW: It’s a challenge. Everyone wants to partake in popular music to be seen and heard. I’ve never been a clout chaser, I’ve always root for the underdogs. With Corrigendum Radio, I try to give a platform to emcees who wouldn’t get airplay on mainstream radio. I’m more willing to play someone unknown to give them a chance to be heard than someone well known.

RD: Talk to us about the ups and downs of maintaining the station, is it a constant grind if you want to air on a consistent basis?

EW: It’s not easy maintaining the show. I’ve had times where there were delays from blackouts, slow internet connectivity, equipment malfunction, etc. There’s always a situation you have to deal with so you have to be prepared at all times. It is a constant grind; the best way to not fall off is to keep going no matter what happens.

RD: What are some of the rewards?

EW: The most rewarding thing that’s happened since the launch of Corrigendum Radio is the love from the artists and producers that have been played on the shows. Also befriending Nick “Fadeaway Barber” Gauder he’s a genuine Hip Hop head, and like a brother to me. That’s why I do it. Hip Hop isn’t just a culture, it’s a community. I can only keep the show going if the community backs what I’m doing. The other reward was connecting with K.Burns his work ethic is unmatched, always creating. Him adding me to Team Fame Music Group for production has been one of the most humbling moments in my career.

RD: There’s a lot of talk about today’s underground scene being a renaissance of sorts, what’s your take on the landscape of underground hip hop?

EW: I grew up during the Golden Era, and today’s scene is very much reminiscent of that time in Hip Hop. It amazes me how a good amount of these emcees and beat makers who were possibly too young to comprehend the music I listened to, have been able to emulate and execute the sound the way they have.  I believe that 2018 is one for the books. I’m a fan of music first, I’m enjoying this moment in Hip Hop like it was 1994 all over again.

RD: What radio DJ’s/personalities influenced you? Who did you rock with growing up?

EW: As far as DJs and radio personalities go, there’s too many to name. Being from the Bay Area, of course listening to Sway & King Tech on The Wake Up show was the ultimate for me. Shout out to Sway for representing Oakland and Hip Hop all of these years. Of course Fab Five Freddy, Ed Lover & Dr. Dre, Funk Flex, Kid Capri, Julio G, Chuy Gomez, Big Von, Kay Slay, Greg Mack, Mr. Magic, World’s Famous Supreme Team, etc.

RD: You just landed a placement on Hus Kingpin’s WAVO EP, how long have you been on the boards?

EW: I appreciate that. I’ve received a lot of great feedback on the track. Shout out to Wavo for taking a chance on that joint. I started around 2000, but back then it was just a hobby I had between school and work. In 2005 I knew this is what I wanted to do, so I practiced for 3 years then got into it seriously during the SoundClick & MySpace era. Remember that?

RD: What pieces of gear did you start on, and how has your setup changed with time and technology?

EW: My setup has evolved tremendously. I started off in ‘94 making loops off a boombox with the dual cassette decks. We used to call that “dubbing”. Then after high school I got my hands on a 4-track recorder & Alesis SR-16. Had a few keyboards, until I got a bootleg version of FL Studio & Cool Edit Pro that everyone had at the time. From there I’ve been all DAW in my production,using ProTools more. I mainly use M-Audio products: M‑Track 2X2 interface for portability, an Axiom Air Mini 32 keyboard, BX5 speakers, Uber Mic, a few external hard drives, and an Audio Technica LP60 turntable for ripping samples from vinyl. I still choose to use samples because it’s probably the best instrument to use without playing the same old chords.

RD: You just dropped an instrumental tape, ‘Fine Arts’, what can listeners expect from it?

EW: Fine Arts is a small EP that I put out to show people I can touch other genres, and still make it Hip Hop. I listen to Classical music a lot. Last year after I release my debut King Tides, I wanted to switch it up a bit. So I made a small batch of beats with classical samples that have a boombap feel to it. I might do a longer version with more of the joints from that session in the future.

RD: What’s your ultimate goal for both Corrigendum and your production career?

EW: My ultimate goal with Corrigendum Radio is to expand it out to other outlets both online and airwave. Get more artists heard, hopefully break some world premiere tracks, and have more people to hear what they consider “the underground” has to say. As far as being a music producer goes, I just want make as many good beats as I can, and get them to those who will go beast mode on them. Eventually I’d like to work with some of the greats, but right now working with people, building something and being a part of it is where it’s at for me right now.

RD: The standard! An Eddie Word album just got green lit, who are the first 5 calls you make?

EW: Wow, that’s a good question… One of my first calls would be to an accountant to make sure all of my finances are straight. Then to my fiancée if she’s not right there at the moment because she’s held me down throughout my process. My parents, my brother, and a conference call to those I want involved in the project.

You can find Eddie on Mixcloud https://www.mixcloud.com/CorrigendumRadio/

Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/eddiewordmusic

@eddiewordmusic on IG and twitter

 

 

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