D. Woo is the definition of cool, calm, and collected. On the surface he reflects the average college student- always running around trying to get things done except he isn’t running to his student apartment to take a nap, he’s going to make beats. He describes himself as an establishing music producer that will disrupt the industry soon enough. His high paced beats laced with haunting underlying chord progressions have landed him production credit for three songs on Chaz French’s latest album “These Things Take Time” including the title track. While Wooten looks up the likes of Mannie Fresh, 40, and Hitboy, he’d rather the comparisons be made rather than him talking about it. Clearly D. Woo is all about action.
Do you find it difficult pursuing your dreams while being in school?
Of course juggling school along with staying up to date with my beats can be a challenge, but I really have a passion for my music so I always find time for both.
What sacrifices have you made for your career?
I make sacrifices daily for my career. Music takes time and persistence so I often have to stay away from toxic people who hinder my growth as well as miss out on events that serve no real purpose.
What opportunity do you feel you missed out on?
I can only miss out on an opportunity if I skip music related events. Anything else is really just leisure stuff. Time is the only commodity, so maybe if the beat doesn’t come out how I like it, I can think of a million other things I could have done.
Why did you choose music, specifically producing?
Music runs in my family on a professional level. I’ve always been around music producing equipment so everything happened naturally. Curiosity developed into a passion.
How do you work? What is your creative process?
My creative process usually starts by just playing around on the piano. After I find a progression or melody I like, I take it to my computer software and every snowballs from there.
What role does music have in society?
Music is a big reflection of our generation’s culture. I try to relay the vibes of the youth through my beats.
What has been a turning point in your career so far?
A turning point in my career has really come from being at UNT and being around active producers more often. It’s one thing to be a dope producer in the comfort of your own room or studio. But when you are networking and just having fun with other artist and producers who share your passion, you’re more likely to raise your level and stay active.
How has your creative process evolved?
Lately I’ve really been making beats with live musicians that really pulls a new sound from me. I’m having fun mixing live with digital.
What can you tell me about your newest project?
Right now I working with a lot of dope new artist that ranges from an acoustic sound to tracks that will move a club!
Which part of the producing process do you most enjoying doing?
I think it’s a tie between creating wavy chord progressions and programming creative drum patterns.
What themes do you pursue in your music?
As far as themes, I always seek to blend wavy rnb or gospel soul with new age rhythm and sounds
How did your collaboration with Chaz French come about?
Well Chaz came out to UNT for a few weeks collabing with my homie Kal Banx who is a producer as well. Kal and I stayed not even 2 mins away at the time so we worked on beats nearly everyday. One day I stopped by the studio for a normal beat session and Chaz so happened to sit in with us. After I played my first beat, which later became the track “These Things Take Time” and the name of his project, Chaz instantly wanted the beat and we stayed in touch from that day on.
Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?
Seeing anyone striving for greatness inspires me. It could be watching Lebron James winning a championship, to listening to my pops play the guitar for my church. My inspiration comes from others showing how great they can be which pushes me to show what I have inside of me
What is your outlook on life?
Just be great. Time is limited.
What memorable responses have you had to your work?
“ You made that?” lol. Most people are still tryna grasp my sound or box. I try to keep my beats evolving.
Is the artistic/creative life lonely? What do you do to counteract it?
I definitely feel like I am my most creative when I have some alone time. I have a lot of great people around me to give my mind a rest or feedback between making new stuff. But my music is something I can enjoy all by myself.
What do you dislike about the music industry?
The music world is pretty saturated. When i started making beats I was different among my peers. But now everyone does it, but not necessarily for love of creating. I feel like long term music producers true value has diminished in the midst of get rich quick movements.
What do you dislike about your work?
Mixing can always be better.
What do you like about your work?
I bridge a certain melodic 808 sound that I feel is me.
What is your dream project?
A dream project would be making a soundtrack for a major motion picture.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Keep doing what you’re doing, don’t change just polish.
What do you feel is your purpose?
Share the creativity that I absorb from life. Show the world that kids from Dallas (Oakcliff) is full of special talents that can operate smart.
You can keep up with Darius on Twitter and Instagram @_dwoo, Soundcloud at D. Woo,and Snapchat at d.woo72.