Detroit Performs

S1 E27 | CLIP

Detroit Performs Clip: Patrick Ward

The last words of Patrick Ward's mother inspired him to pursue a career in entertainment. Since then, the local music producer has worked with hometown greats such as Slum Village and J. Dilla, also winning Emmys for his work. Episode 122/Segment 2.

AIRED: November 26, 2013
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PATRICK WARD USES TECHNOLOGY EVERYDAY AT HIS JOB AS AN AUDIO

TECH FOR DETROIT SPORTS. BUT IT'S WHEN HE HEADS TO THE

STUDIO THAT HIS TRUE CREATIVITY SHINES THROUGH.

HERE HE GIVES US A GLIMPSE INTO HIS CHOSEN ARTFORMS.

>> YEAH. I WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME YOU

ALL TO MY THING. SIT BACK, RELAX, AND ENJOY.

>> I STARTED MAKING MUSIC -- PROBABLY WHEN I WAS 12 OR 13.

THE ORIGINAL WAY I GOT INTO MUSIC WAS, THE WAY I GOT INTO

MUSIC, MY MOTHER WAS DIAGNOSED WITH LUNG CANCER WHEN I WAS TEN.

BEFORE SHE PASSED ON HER DEATH BED SHE SAID, WHAT ARE YOU GOING

TO DO WITH YOUR LIFE? I'M NOT GOING TO BE

AROUND ANYMORE. >> I SAID I'M GOING TO BE

LIKE MY DAD. MY DAD WAS A BAKER.

>> SHE SAID, I DON'T WANT YOU TO DO THAT.

I WANT YOU TO BE AN ENTERTAINER. >> I SAID, OKAY, HOW DO

I DO THAT? >> SHE SAID, YOU WILL

FIGURE IT OUT. I'M NOT GOING TO BE AROUND.

FORTUNATELY, IT WORKED OUT 30 YEARS LATER.

>> IT'S BEEN A LONG BATTLE. STARTING IN THE EARLY '90S,

BEING ONE OF THE FEW WHITE KIDS ENTERING DETROIT HIP-HOP AND

BEING ACCEPTED JUST BECAUSE YOU LOVE THE MUSIC AND WERE TRUE TO

THE MUSIC, IS ONE OF MY EARLIEST MEMORIES.

NONE OF US KNEW IT AT THAT TIME. MAKING BEADS AND SLUM VILLAGE

AND BINARY STAR, WE WERE RECORDING AN ALBUM CALLED WATER

WORLD AND HONEST EXPRESSION, ONE OF THE SONGS.

THAT MADE ME LOOK AT THINGS DIFFERENTLY.

ANOTHER SONG CALLED "ONE MAN ARMY."

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>> BASICALLY ONE RAPPER PUTTING HIMSELF AS A FIGHTER PILOT,

AIRCRAFT CARRIER, GERMAN TANK, ALL OF THESE THINGS SO POWERFUL.

PUTTING ALL OF THOSE ENTITIES INTO METAPHORS AND WORD PHRASES

THAT YOU CAN COMPREHEND, UNDERSTAND, AND SEE EXACTLY

WHERE HE'S COMING FROM. IT'S THE LEER SCHISM THAT DOES

IT FOR ME ALONG WITH THE BEAT. I LOVE THE LYRICS.

I'M SPRINKLING ON THE PIXIE DUST TO MAKE SURE THEY SHINE IN THE

MOMENTS THEY NEED TO SHINE IN. SPECIFIC WORDS, MOVEMENTS,

METAPHORS WHERE YOU DROP THE DRUM OUT, HAVE A BREAK, AND

BRING IT ALL BACK IN. HOW IT HAPPENED FOR ME WAS BEING

AROUND MOTOWN AND DETROIT ARTISTS.

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>> I'M BIASED BECAUSE I'M FROM HERE, IN MY EXPERIENCE, WE LOOK

OUT FOR OUR OWN. FROM YOU ARE FROM DETROIT, YOU

CAN DO ANYTHING. >> WE ARE HERE AT PRO SOUND.

CHUCK IS A FRIEND OF MINE THROUGH KAREN WHO SINGS THE

NATIONAL ANTHEM AT THE RED WINGS GAMES.

I'M FRIENDS WITH HER. I SAID, I NEED A PLACE

TO RECORD. HE SAID, WE ARE ALL DETROIT.

IN L.A., YOU CAN'T JUST CALL UP AND SAY, I'M DOING THIS, CAN

I COME OVER? GET OUT OF HERE.

IT'S ALL LOVE. IT'S THE DETROIT THING.

IT'S THE MAGICAL MOMENTS THAT HAPPEN WITHOUT WORDS SPOKEN.

BEING INVOLVED IN SUCH A SPECIAL THING IN SUCH A VAGUE THING

CALLED MUSIC, BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER -- THERE'S NO WORDS

THAT CAN EXPLAIN THAT. >> I KIND OF KNEW HOW BIG OF A

DEAL IT WAS, BUT I DIDN'T REALIZE HOW BIG OF A DEAL IT WAS

UNTIL I BROUGHT THE EMMYS TO MY DAD.

IT WAS THE FIRST TIME SINCE MY MOM PASSED AWAY THAT I

SEEN HIM CRY. HE WAS SO PROUD, AND

JUST LOST IT. I WAS LIKE, WOW.

THIS IS REALLY -- THIS IS SOMETHING.

I NEVER EXPECTED TO WIN ANY OF THAT.

I WISHED I WOULD WIN AN EMMY, GRAMMY, AMERICAN MUSIC AWARD,

MTV MUSIC AWARD. THOSE ARE THE THINGS BEING A

YOUNG PRODUCER, YOUNG BEAT MAKER, YOUNG M.C. COMING UP, YOU

ARE LIKE NEXT YEAR, I'M GOING TO BE PLATINUM.

SOMETIMES IT DON'T WORK OUT LIKE THAT.

IT'S ALWAYS CURVE BALLS. IT'S HOW YOU HIT IT.

ARE YOU GOING TO STRIKE OUT OR KNOCK IT OUT OF THE PARK?

I DON'T KNOW WHERE I'M AT IN BETWEEN THAT.

I JUST WANT TO MAKE A BASE HIT.

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>> TO LEARN MORE ABOUT PATRICK WARD AS WELL AS ALL OF THE

ARTISTS HIGHLIGHTED TODAY VISIT DETROITPERFORMS.ORG

NOW LET'S CHECK OUT SOME EVENTS HAPPENING IN AND AROUND DETROIT.

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