D. Woods Exclusive Interview

D. WoodsD. Woods, best known as one fifth of Making The Band’s super successful group, Danity Kane, chatted with us about her individual projects, the next Danity Kane album, and the upcoming Making The Band.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Some fans didn’t see you on Making The Band. What can you tell us about yourself for your newer fans?

D. WOODS:
I’m very eclectic. I have a lot of influences, and I’m not going to be able to express all those things all at the same time, so I just want them to stay tuned and watch me unfold, unravel.

THE STAR SCOOP:
You have some individual projects going on now.

D. WOODS:
Well, yeah. I’m doing a lot of writing. I have a writing team, and it’s called “The Girls Club.” So, that’s something that I’ve been investing time in. I’ve been writing since I was young, very young. I did a duet with a new artist on Bad Boy South, Gorilla Zoe, and I’m also featured on that song. It’s called, “You Don’t Know Me.” I have some other projects in the pipelines, a lot of artists I’ve been writing with, and of course Danity Kane’s album that I’m working on right now.

THE STAR SCOOP:
As far as individual projects go, what prompted you to pursue them? Has this always been a goal for you?

D. WOODS:
It’s a never-ending process. Even going into Making The Band, I still pursued my writing, because I know it was so important that you continue doing that as an artist in this industry in this day and age. It was never like, I woke up one day and said, hey, I’m gonna do this; it was just like, I’ve been doing it, you know?

THE STAR SCOOP:
What was Making The Band like for you? How have the rewards been from all of it?

D. WOODS:
We’ve definitely been successful. I mean, Danity Kane went platinum at 1.2 million worldwide. That was like a huge feat for us, because, who has done that coming out of a reality TV show before us? That was a big, big benefit. I think that says enough.

THE STAR SCOOP:
What do you feel that being part of Making The Band has given you that other artists don’t have?

D. WOODS:
I’d definitely have to say, you have to be on your toes. The process people get to see on the show is usually a process people get to do behind closed doors, and no one’s criticizing you, and the world doesn’t see all your flaws and what the real process is to come out on stage looking perfect. It’s almost like, staying on your toes because you know people are watching, but learning how to be transparent, connecting with your fans.

THE STAR SCOOP:
What is the best part about being in an all girl group?

D. WOODS:
The best thing…I guess it’s to know that you can be yourself, but know that there’s four other people who are just as dope. No one person has to be the same. We definitely allow each other to live in our own skin. Just being able to express myself as an artist in that way, and still be in a group, because a lot of times that doesn’t get to happen.

THE STAR SCOOP:
What can fans expect from the next Danity Kane album?

D. WOODS:
We are definitely pushing ourselves. The last album was great, but it was like an introduction. We did a whole bunch of different sounds on that album. But this one, we have more consistency, which is like a dance record, high energy, kind of an international sound, a little kind of techno but not totally just techno. Like techno mixed with R&B and pop. A little bit of alternative sometimes because, you know, different producers. Definitely expect high energy and dance, a lot, a lot, a lot of dance.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Why do you think Danity Kane has been so successful?

D. WOODS:
The fans. Definitely the fans. They tapped into us, believed in us. I don’t know why. I’m so glad they did. It could have gone a different way.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Because of Making The Band, fans get a personal look into who you are. When you run into fans, what is it like?

D. WOODS:
For me, and I take it kind of silly, because I’m just a silly person, it’s kind of like running into like a sister or brother, or old classmate. They’re like, oh my God! They really feel like they’re proud of you, and they want to tell you how they did on everything they saw you on, or they’re like, oh my God, what’s going on with you know, haven’t seen you in so long, because they used to watch us on the show, and we haven’t been on the show for almost a year. So, it’s kind of like running into an old friend.

THE STAR SCOOP:
You mentioned that writing is really important to you. When you’re writing, how do you go into that process of getting inspiration?

D. WOODS:
It comes different every time that I’m doing it. But most times, I might have an idea or a concept and I’m kind of looking for the right track to fit that concept. Or sometimes, you just hear in a track, and it’s whatever the track is making you feel like you need to say.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Is there an artist that you haven’t worked with yet that you would like to in the future?

D. WOODS:
Oh my God, there are so many people. We didn’t do any collaborations on that first album. There are so many people that I want to be able to get in touch with. Now that I’m at the level that I’m at, it’s definitely easier. Everybody’s schedule is different; you gotta just kinda wait. I’m definitely wanting to do something, I want to do a song with Andre 3000 in one way or another. You know what I mean, either it’s on his song, or it’s on a song of mine. The male artist Mario, because I think his voice is so dope. I like teaming up with other female artists, like “The Girl’s Club,” my writing team. We did a mix tape where we just invited a lot of different female artists to do something. There’s no rules when it comes to a mix tape, you can do whatever you want.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Do you expect to come out with a solo album?

D. WOODS:
It is definitely something that will not be immediate. I think it will be inevitable that each girl in Danity Kane eventually expresses themself in that way. Right now, we’re making the collective, and getting people to understand who we are as artists in this way on this platform. But my goal, I mean, I’m an artist, a true artist, being creative in any way, I’m happy. When I write now, Danity Kane, another artist’s project, I’m just always make material.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Making The Band 4
is coming out!

D. WOODS:
Yes, the boy group. I think they’re dope. They’re really talented guys. We’re filming the show together. They’re very talented and they wanted it, and I’m excited for them.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Is there a message you want to give to your fans?

D. WOODS:
Just expect the unexpected. Be open to us growing, because we want to grow, and we want them to grow with us.

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