Having spent the day with TrakGirl, I was able to take away a lot from the conversations we shared. Right away I could tell she was focused and motivated on being a pro when it comes to not only being a Producer but also an all-star business woman. Instantly, as soon as we linked she had gifts in hand, gearing us up with her Signature TRKG hats that you’ll see many of her supporters and team members sporting around the world. She is a star in her own right; one that shines bright but also burns a trail for future producers to follow.
One of the key things that was notable about TrakGirl is her commitment to women empowerment and she explains it all started with her mother who inspired her at an early age to take a step in music because she plays several instruments, wears a go-getter’s mentality and exudes what being a strong woman is all about. This left TrakGirl at the age of 15 beginning her journey into music production and it’s been a blessing she’s cherished every since.
TrakGirl made sure to share some of her interest including producing music, songwriting, and recording her personal production sessions using her Go-Pro. Her prior night was spent hanging out with her big homie Luke James, and recovering from all of the excitement during the Howard Homecoming week. She then went on to speak about her upbringing in West Palm Beach, Fl where it all started, the importance of her family influences, and her thankfulness for all of the support from her friends back at Hampton University. Shortly after wrapping up breakfast we took off for The Hall of Champions.
While there it was easy to tell how much she appreciated art and how it influences her sound, creation process, and mood. Her curiosity showed as she would observe some of the cool art pieces in the rooms. She immediately wanted to check out as much history as possible while at The National Art Museum and I could tell she appreciates art not just from this time fame but also pieces throughout history. Knowing that a lot of her past has influenced her guerrilla work ethic, business savvy, and her natural ability to produce quality music, it did not surprise me she’d take a liking to understanding and appreciating the history of the good music we value within our culture.
She shared that while in college she started out majoring in Computer Science but after her freshmen year she decided to change gears to major in Marketing and minor in Business Management. She explained how college took her to a different level because she was able to build her network and grow into her passion for music much faster then she anticipated. One of the things I favor the most about Trak Girl is she’s an anomaly because she’s a versatile producer period. She can easily score a movie, make a pop hit, and even slap you over the head with a crazy fresh hip hop instrumental if need be.
One thing for sure is she’s not just a beat maker and that’s refreshing to find in someone that has truly become a student of their craft and doesn’t take it for granted. As we sat down to do her interview she shared some of her upcoming projects including working on a song titled, “Where You Are” by Mansions on the Moon and outputting some tracks for notable rappers left unmentioned and even a beautifully produced track titled, “Bad News” for the R&B homie Luke James.
When asked how she feels about being a music producer putting on for the DMV she added, “I hope to leave my mark on the DMV because it has a lot of talent and I view it as the mecca of music because it’s where heavy hitters like Timbaland, Pharrell, Missy, and many others are from”. She then smile and shared her hope to be able to contribute to that legacy as well. Take a second and listen to some of her music below and you can easily see how she’s on her way to doing just that.
Her music matches up to what she was saying by providing many sounds from some of her musical inspirations including her mother, Prince, Michael Jackson, Timbaland, Missy Elliot, Ryan Leslie, Pharrell, Hudson Mohawke, Quincy Jones, Teddy Riley, and her friends. Also when finding out that her dream list of artist to work with in the future includes Coldplay, Missy Elliot, Adele, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Sam Smith; it’s easy to see she’s on a mission to make the masses hear her music around the world.
Although there is a lot of adversity for female producers I believe they will be running the industry with TrakGirl in the forefront. When asked how she felt about the lack of female producers she stated, “I feel like there is a bunch of female producers out there that just want to come out and I feel like I just want to create that path for them”. When asked if there were any other female producers out there she was feeling she quickly stated, “Yes, WondaGurl she’s one of my fav’s and she’s doing it big with credits having producing records for Jay-Z and Travi$ Scott.”
Overall after spending a day with TrakGirl it was proven that there are two sides of her including the tomboy side but also her strong sexy beautiful woman side. Both at which she’s great at turning on for the right occasions. Don’t be surprised if she jumps on Playstation 4 and challenges you in Destiny or Call of Duty, then shortly after is down to go out for a nice romantic dinner before creating another musical masterpiece. Most importantly, just know she’s a sophisticated woman that’s out to leave her legacy in the world of music. When asked if she had only one message to leave with her fans, what it would be? She proudly says, “Follow your dreams and know that anything is possible.”