L.I.T BAND FEATURING BLACK WOODSON AND GABBY MOE
By Nigel Jamal
Who are the members of the L.I.T Band?
BW: L.I.T Band is myself, Black Woodson, its Gabby Moe and its Lady Roe. The backline is legendary. We have my man Los (Huck-A-Bucks), Uncle L on the bass, Thumper on the drums, Big Scotty on the congas and C Dog on the percussions.
How would you describe the sound of the band?
GM: It’s an original sound. We’re coming with all originals. Of course we have to spoon feed ‘em with a little industry sh*t, you know what I’m saying to just maintain in the game. But for the most part, L.I.T Band is an original band. We’re trying to bring something different.
BW: It’s based off the artists. Me, Gab and Roe each have original material. Plus we have producers in the band. Yeah, we do some covers, Go-Go, some crank and everything, but we have originals too.
Before the band, what were you doing in music?
GM: Like Black said, we were artists. Me, Black Woodson, and Lady Roe have been DC Artists for a brick. Out here trying to get our music heard. Just like our keyboard player Huck-A-Bucks original, he’s a producer. We’re just trying to get in where we fit in. We built this whole sound, this band around real artists from the DMV. It’s nothing like that live sound. That live DC sh*t.
BW: We’re rap artists with original material. We have history. We both have features with main stream major artists. So, we decided to bring that to the band dynamic.
How often does the band perform?
GM: Every first of the month at Takoma Station. We also have scattered shows, here and there.
BW: And me and Gab always do shows on the rap thing. With L.I.T Band, a lot of the times we get booked as we move along. We’re always trying to fill up those dates so get at us.
As artists coming out of the DMV, do you think being with a band is the key to success?
GM: To each his own. That’s what we’re trying to do. Build a live sound around real artists. But everybody has to take their different avenues. Trying to be an artist is not as easy as people think. It’s different roads to take. We chose to still do our rap sh*t and at the same time form live music around exceptional artist. Any avenue we have to take to get that music out there, that’s what we have to do.
BW: As artists it’s about getting the opportunity to bless the stage. That’s giving yourself a chance. Doing these shows is like working out in the gym shadow boxing preparing to hit the stage for like 8000.
What are some of the benefits of being in a band vice being a solo artist?
GM: It’s just about giving them that live sound. Everyone wants to hear that original. That live sh*t, not spitting over your tracks with the words in it, just give ‘em that whole live real vibe.
BW: Also, to be able to feed off each other and vibe of each other. It keeps us sharp being able to be creating and finding vibes from different types of music forms, not just Go-Go, not just Rap, but it could be Jazz, Opera, Rock, Country… any genre. We’re vibe dudes.
Do you have any positive words for other artists trying to get on?
GM: Grind hard. Never give up. It’s like a crab in a barrel out here and it’s a million people that rap. People Grandmother and Grandfather out here rapping, so do whatever you have to do. You have to be serious about this sh*t. No days off. Go hard or go home… real sh*t.
BW: All artists and performers should register with ASCAP or BMI, because you can get performance royalties as long as you register. So every time L.I.T Band or Black Woodson performs I get paid. I always get paid because I get performance royalties. Make sure you register and you submit your shows.
GM: So even if the promoter is not paying you at the show, if you register you get all that. Know your business. The rap game is 98% business and 2% talent. Real talk. It’s all about how you work it.
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