.Here is the first project accomplished by Hutch! Records artist Waldronix. About 2 years ago, shortly after I made the move to The Valley of The Sun, my homie Cole (A.K.A Waldronix) hit me up and informed me that he wanted to start taking the music seriously and if I would be willing to help him get better at the craft. I was hyped and said I absolutely would and with pleasure. Cole and me go way back to the college days. I remember when I first met him... I was in the Pi Kapp fraternity and he was pledging it, but he carried himself like an older dude and I just figured he was like a senior or something and that we hadn't met the year before. Soon enough though, I saw him blindfolded outside the house in pledge attire. During those days I lived in the frat house and would be eating stimulants, packing chews, and smoking blunts on the regular, steadily cooking up beats in my room while the pledges roamed around the house. I remember Cole and the homies cruising through and digging the tunes whenever things lined up. About a year later I lived off campus and had a microphone set up. One day Cole and some homies came through to lay down some raps on the beats and while nothing really came of that session, I knew Cole was a real dude with some real shit to say. Over the next couple years we connected on issues of substance abuse, an older brother who was fighting to stay afloat, stress and anxiety and depression, and the woman in our lives. We, as with so many, have been fighting the good fight to do right ever since.
The first sessions we did at the house were dope. I would cue up a beat and just let him go and get used to being on the mic and overcoming the fears that come along with recording your own voice. Society has a way of muting our voice if we don't make the effort to use it. I was living at the place I do now, except at that point it was pretty devoid of furniture and the homie PJ didn't live there. It was typically just Chopo, MJ, and myself most nights and so having Cole cruise through was wonderful. We did a few sessions like that one and each time walked away with a track to bump and show homies. My intention with those session was two-fold: one was to help the homie increase his abilities, and the other, and primary intention was to strength the outlet of music for a man who needs it. We all go through shit and when our ability to express it is out of proportion, it eats us alive and turns our world dark. After a couple months Cole took a job in San Jose, CA and moved out there in search of what we all search for, ourselves.
After settling into San Jose, Cole got to writing new songs over the Beets 4 My Homies project I'd put out around the same time. He touches on themes of self love, privilege, racism, drug and alcohol addiction, depression and anxiety, love and loss, life and death, and the search for meaning we all go through. After finding a place to record tracks, he began laying them down week after week and eventually delivered them my way in person. During that same visit we made the video for "Waiting Room" you can watch above. It was great weekend of homiehood and we walked away with an awesome video that captured the essence of the song. There is most definitely more in store for Waldronix as he continues to fight in the War of Art and find his voice. Stay tuned!