New York has long been home to hustlers from all walks of life, from the streets of Wall Street to Trump Towers, from Jay Z to Puff Daddy. Made Status recently linked up with NYC native and the very ambitious music producer-DJ Rick Wonder. Get to know our homie Rick, the first international artist to collaborate with Made Status.
Hey Rick, What’s happening? Thanks for taking the time to link up with us. Tell us a bit about yourself, bro.
Hey guys, glad we could link up! I’m a producer-DJ based in New York City who goes by the name Rick Wonder.
New York is a real hustler’s paradise – from Wall Street to Brooklyn – and the stomping grounds of P. Diddy, Biggie and Jay Z, just to name a few. They say if you can make it in New York you can make it anywhere, and you’re well on the way. Tell us about your journey to this point.
It’s crazy how that statement is so true. NYC is such a competitive place that you really have to be on your toes here and always be hungry. I’ve been blessed to have been able to make the right connections to really be able to grow in this market. It’s been a constant hustle for a while, from the early days when I was playing at small clubs in Queens & side rooms at Manhattan venues to now being able to play well-known rooms such as 1OAK, Catch Roof, No. 8 & Highline Ballroom on the regular.
Man, there’s no doubt your always on the grind – we’re following your journey your always traveling from Mexico to Magic City. Tell us: what inspires and motivates you to keep going?
Honestly, I’m truly motivated and inspired by the people and the party. I really love just playing music, creating and vibing off the energy of a room, no matter where I am, what genre I’m playing, the party size, or time of night. It’s really just an amazing experience to be able to travel all over, show up somewhere and make an entire crowd of people vibe with you in such an intimate way where everyone is connected. Lately I’ve been playing some really great venues on the regular all over the country that have been showing me some real love outside of NYC, like Bijou in Boston, Coda in Philly, Providence in Atlantic City, The Exchange in Minneapolis and The Roof @ The Wit in Chicago, just to name a few.
Bro, your music is dope twith a variety of different genres and songs reminding a lot of us of the days of Walkmans and Discmans. What artist did you listen to growing up and got you in to DJing?
First off, thank you for the love! Growing up I really listened to all genres of music and always had an appetite for “more”. I was always switching up what I listened to, whether it was hip hop like Biggie, Cam’ron and Kanye West, to rock bands like Green Day, Daft Punk and early David Guetta, or even underground house and everything in between. I developed a deep appreciation for all genres and styles, which I think reflects now in my sets and shows as well as my productions.
You’re the first international artist to collaborate with us. What was it about Made Status that resonated with you?
You guys have such a dope vibe and positive outlook and stretch beyond being just a clothing line and more into a movement. I love it and it’s something I strive to do with my brand as well. I don’t want to be just a DJ, which is why I’m constantly trying to connect with people in as many ways as possible, whether it’s my music, through my photos on IG (@rickwonder) or being involved in streetwear, sneaker culture, and collaborating with brands and companies,. There’s so much out there and so many opportunities if you are hungry and work hard.
Made Status’ whole vibe and mentality is awesome – chasing your dreams and making something of yourself is what I’m all about and it’s a theme you guys really promote and portray in a dope streetwear brand. Fashion and music go hand in hand and I’ve always had a keen interest in both. Your motto “From nothing to something” is so true in both our fields. No one really gives you a plan on how to be a DJ-producer or a clothing line; it’s something you have to go out there and do on your own. It’s your own journey you create and I feel like you guys really promote that positive attitude that I’m all about as well!
From your journey to this point, is there any advice or wisdom that you would like to share with aspiring dream chasers such as yourself?
Believe in yourself & keep pushing no matter what. It’s a journey… There’s always going to be ups and downs, setbacks and bullshit. Don’t let it affect you, learn from it and keep moving forward. If someone says you can’t, tell them “Fuck you” and prove them wrong. EVERYONE’S journey has to start somewhere and EVERYONE’S journey has a day one.