Dime: You’re on 50 Cent’s label. How did that come about?
Hot Rod: I’ve been signed to him since 2006. How I got signed was, I sent him the demo. I had got a demo to someone from Arizona who was working with G-Unit. His name’s Taurus Scott. So he pretty much got me lined up. He got my CD in 50’s hand and as soon as 50 heard the CD, he was on a flight from L.A. to New York, as soon as he landed he called me and pretty much he just offered me a position on his label. It was just crazy cause usually you don’t get signed off a demo like that. But that was in 2006, and you know, I came out with my first single, didn’t do too well, bringing it up to date, now I got moved over to his new label, G-Note Records, which is geared more for R&B, pop, anything other than the aggressive hip-hop material that G-Unit will represent. That’s my current situation. I’m on G-Note Records and I’m the flagship artist of that. I got a lot of pressure on my back, and it’s really good though.
Dime: What’s it like working with 50 Cent?
Hot Rod: It’s cool because he’s like a big brother. He passes on a lot of knowledge. You know, of course there’s a lot of pressure too because he’s such a megastar. He’s like the hardest-working man in the game. He’s the guy that will get up at six in the morning and go work out, go to the studio all day, have meetings, go to sleep at one in the morning and then wake up again at six in the morning and do the same thing all over again. So that puts the pressure on me to work that hard as well just so I can impress him. He’s definitely a good role model to look up to and a great businessman. He has a lot of knowledge. He’s educated me a lot in the game. Definitely appreciative of him.
Dime: What made you change your style to dance-type music?
Hot Rod: When you travel the world, there’s different experiences, you’re influenced by different types of music, different cultures, and that’s pretty much what happened. I was touring for three-and-a-half years straight. I went to over 20, 25 countries. Asia, Europe, UK, UAE. So you gotta think, I was hearing different styles of music, and going to the clubs, I just did so many shows, so many things, met so many people. That just opened my ears. And I compare it to soccer. Soccer in the States, it’s not the biggest sport in the USA. But soccer is the biggest sport in the world. So house music and dance music, that’s the biggest type of music in the world. That’s all you hear. You don’t go overseas, and you don’t hear like a Rick Ross all day. You don’t hear Lil Wayne. You’d hear like David Guetta. You hear like all the house DJs and different types of interest. I just really got deep into the music and I started to create more on that level. And it’s fun, it’s a great vibe. And I just like to party, have a good time. So that type of music really fits within my personality as well so that’s kind of how I got into that.
Dime: How did your video with Keenan Cahill come about?
Hot Rod: We reached out. Keenan’s real cool. Keenan and 50 did the “Down On Me” video. So the relationship was already there between the camp and Keenan and his people. So we just kind of made it happen. We were in Vegas at the same time. So we went down, talked, had a good time. And we just took the video. We’re all cool, pretty much like family, just following the 50 Cent-Keenan video which is at like 35 million views right now. Big shout out to Keenan, hope he gets well real soon. He just had surgery so wishes go out to him.
Dime: What are your future plans with the album coming out this fall?
Hot Rod: My plans are to tour, for the album to be successful, of course. Just looking forward to seeing how everyone receives the music. Cause I’m really excited. I have a lot of good music on the album. And it gives you a look into my lifestyle as far as having a good time, partying, you know, just living free, no regrets. Just every night is a Friday night. And that’s pretty much what the album represents. All up-tempo, dance, fun, high energy. So I’m just real excited for it to come out. For everybody, just to hear the feedback. Just to see everybody enjoy what I’ve been creating for the past year in the studio.
Dime: Are you working on another album right now?
Hot Rod: I’m still recording. I have a lot of music. So when it comes down to it I’m gonna have to choose all the final records for this first album which I pretty much have, but you never stop recording until you actually turn the album in. I literally had maybe three albums done already but I had to take the right songs for this first album. So I guess you could say I’m working on a lot of albums right now at this point.
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