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Check out Norman Woods

Today we’d like to introduce you to Norman Woods.

Norman, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I grew up skateboarding all over LA. As a teenager, I moved from the Valley to Inglewood and eventually found Hollywood. Most of my longest lasting friendships were forged at Hollywood High School, where I spent most of my late teens and early twenties skating day and night, and wasn’t ever a student (I went to Birmingham High School), or at the street-punk gigs I travelled to every weekend with the members of my teenage band, “Social Chaos”.

Today, I’m skating professionally, teaching skateboarding lessons, writing and performing music solo and with “Alternative Facts.”

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
My passion is self-expression. Whether through music, or skateboarding. Writing songs allows me to add a sonic dimension to the feelings I wish to articulate. Finding the appropriate chords to represent happiness or indifference, is like solving a puzzle. Only with infinite pieces and resolutions. Skateboarding is the most rewarding way to interact with my environment. It has influenced how I look at my surroundings, introduced me to some of my best friends, given me self-confidence, allowed me to travel, and is the reason I still challenge myself every day.

I hope anyone who sees my skating is inspired to get outside, take risks, and explore the world. The best reward for making music is being able to share it. My goal is for someone to listen to my lyrics, and be able to rest assured that someone understands their ups and downs.

Artists face many challenges, but what do you feel is the most pressing among them?
Today is a great time to pursue one’s artistic dreams. The ease of distribution has made it difficult to monetize creativity. However, if you stick to your craft, and use deliberate practice to perfect it, you can hopefully reach those willing to support your creations. Look for people who’ve achieved what you desire. Study their habits, and (if possible) offer to help them. Welcome, criticism. View your art as a form of communication. I try to step out of my comfort zone often.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Instagram is the best place to keep up to date with my skateboarding: @norman_woods. I also use my own music in some of the videos you’ll see there. Brujariaskateboards.com is where you can grab one of my pro-model decks.

My EP, “Another Day,” is streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, and all of the streaming apps (artist: Norman Woods). My band, “Alternative Facts,” has a single called “Transplants,” which is on the same platforms.

I’ve recently contributed music to iDabble Video Magazine, the first issue of which will be available on iTunes shortly. Check their Instagram: @idabblevm.

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Image Credit:
Scott Leon, Oleh Samchenko

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