(Part one of two)
By Jeanie Summerville
Whatz up, babies?
Check this out: It pleases me so, to bring these two young men to you because through music, they’re changing lives and are surrounding themselves and others with beauty—the beauty that one feels when they’re able to express themselves and let their talents flow naturally while being positive. So at this time, all we want you to do is just sit back, relax and enjoy. Or, stand and jump and shout if you want to! You can do that because Frost Illustrated is gonna take you there, in the name of love and this is what they have to say:
“Hello, Frost Illustrated readers. My name is Ken Miles aka Tragic and I’m a rapper/ movie director/ producer and we’re going to you from WaxTrackz Recording Studio that’s located at 4225 Lafayette St., on the corner of Lafayette and McKinney. Our main goal right now, is trying to bring exposure to all of the local talent here in Fort Wayne, whether you’re a rapper, actor, singer, dancer and etc. Because right now, in Fort Wayne, there isn’t a lot of spots where you can expose your talent and they have very few people that they put on the radio. So we’re trying to make avenues to put the talent out on a broader scale. We have a lot of different avenues for people in the city, no matter what their thing is in the arts and entertainment realm—even if you’re into making clothes. Myself and Wax pretty much collaborate and help each other on whatever we create and now we’re making it available for you.
“One of our biggest projects right now to date is our movie. We have a movie called Moves Getting Made,’ and we also have a soundtrack with all the locals of Fort Wayne and you can come and be a part of it to promote your music and your talent. The movie is based strictly in Fort Wayne and is mainly on the south side of town. To be included in this movie, just contact us at email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. We also have a TV show to support the locals too. It’s kind of like a 106 and parks type thing but it’s strictly for the locals here and we have a video countdown show that’s called, Holding Down the Fort, that’s on public access and it’s all good.
“The way this all came about is. I’ve been a rapper for 16 years now and pretty much, when you have good talent and you’re doing the right thing, it just bring you into your own thing. Like, I didn’t really ask to do the movie, it kind of came to me and I knew that it was something that GOD wanted me to do. So, I just followed it and it actually worked even more than the music at this point. Then other ventures started spiraling from even the movie, so I went from doing the movie to doing this whole 9-4 show, to my friend having his own clothes line and to him having this business right here, it’s just been good.”
“Hello, Frost Illustrated readers. I’m Dennis Watson aka Wax and I’m actually the owner of WaxTrackz Recording Studio and I’m also the lead producer/engineer, I also do video work. Right now, I’m actually going to take and turn myself into a teacher. That way, I can be duplicated and give some of my skills to some of these other people out here.
“I’ve been trying to actually come up with a way to teach for about seven years. I started off at the Euell Wilson Center teaching in their studio and I taught a music class at the Urban League and I taught a lot of kids personally, so now is the time to put it in plan English for everybody. Not just for youth, kids or adults but a open door for opportunity for everybody to learn, to record, to experience what I’ve seen as growing up and doing the music thing and being really ready for a studio that’s going to help them grow.
“I was used to going to a particular recording studio all of my life and working with Tragic and different artist before they moved and that’s where we would record on a regular basis and that was the best recording studio that we had here in town and probably in the northeast region and it was a regular thing to record there. So it wasn’t a big deal but they would still get it wrong. The way they’d mix and the music was wrong, the choice of engineering was wrong, the way that they’d do things were wrong and it’s not the experience that we live to do this for. But it wasn’t our place to tell them how or what to do because they were to know what is right and wrong. But the problem was, they simply couldn’t feel us. And, as time went by, we knew more than them so it was time to go because we had to head towards the future. Everything we did there was analog and we outgrew that a long time ago because we found out that a computer could actually record and that was the next era.
“That’s when we seen that the street was to big for us and we could just lay in the street now because we were so use to having to record one time correct, all the way through and you couldn’t mess up from the beginning to the end. You got to know your hook and your verse and we were fully efficiently recording at the age of 12. Then two or three years after that, we met Paper First Entertainment. They were very efficient, had studios and were actively doing their own shows. They’d also open for a lot of acts and were constantly busy plus they were close to us in the neighborhood. But of course, life styles has it way of working and we outgrew Paper First Entertainment but we were constantly starving for more because we knew there was more to it. We also knew that people are living a life off of music and right here at WaxTrackz Recording Studio, we’re making it happen because the time is now to get the mind set together.
“I had two other buildings, with two other people before having this building and both of them failed. The one thing that was in my mind was, maybe it was who were in charge of those places or maybe their vision wasn’t quite the same as mines. Doing something for so long as 15 to 20 years and never stopped, I might have a better way of doing somethings. I’m not saying that it’s the best way but I definitely know from the ground up how to do this because this is all I had and have been doing. What we’re doing now is, the clientele that we currently have is about 50 to 52 clients and they’re bringing in more people because they take pride in the work that they do here and they’re the one’s that parade and advertise what’s going on here. So, as much as I give them, much is given back to me plus more because I don’t have as much energy as all of those guys put together. So they take something from here like it’s a steal and give it to somebody else so that way they’ll keep coming back.”
Then Tragic says:
“It’s like a hub for the artist here, it’s like the home for them and we going to give them the best deals that we know and we give them what they want. We show love to break that curse that Fort Wayne have because a lot of people wasn’t really working together that was above us and we really didn’t have the same help coming up, so we want to give some back to the community and we figured this would be a good opportunity to do that and that’s why we’re located right here. So pretty much, if you’re talented, we try to build that outlet to bridge that gap and that’s what we stand for. And, just like our first label Paper First Entertainment had everything to pull us in, we’re trying to pull everybody else in to further their career. “
Now Wax has this to say:
“I love what I do and the only way I can go to work is if someone is depending on me that is counting on me to be there besides a boss. Because it’s easy for me to say, I’m not going to go to Walmart anymore and work, which I did. I’m not going to go to Elmco Steel Co., anymore which I did. I cried at Fort Wayne Foundry and they had to pull me out of there because I fainted and I didn’t want to stop because I was making a lot of money so I cried and almost died and everything but now I’m doing what I want to do and what the people need me to do.”
Now in closing I’d like to say, great job Ken and Dennis and I’m so proud of you. And babies, by the way, the attire that Wax is wearing, he made and it’s a part of his clothing line Cabacci. Which he believe is a lost island in the middle of the Bermuda Triangle and is the gateway to the inside of the earth. So until next week, when part two comes to you with the entire crew, you’ve been Up Close with Jeanie. Bye, bye, babies.
P.S. If you would like The Spotlight shined upon you or someone that you know, all in the name of love, just send me an e-mail to upclosewithjeanie@yahoo. com. I’d love to hear from ya.
P.P.S. I’d like to thank all of you who have been sending me e-mails to give me some feed back on our journey. Keep up the good work & to those who haven’t please feel free to do so because I’d love to hear from you too.