IAA SPOTLIGHT: GET TO KNOW – HIYDRUS – NORTH CAROLINA’S HOTTEST STAR!

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Hiydrus was born April 21st, 1986 as George Quincy Cundiff III in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. At the age of 5 he started playing the drums, but shortly thereafter with the separation of his parents he no longer perused music. Growing up, he was influenced by many different musicians within his family and professional artists. His musical influences would help mold him later in life when he would reconnect again with a passion he had stepped away from. After graduating high school Hiydrus enlisted into the military and after being Honorably Discharged he still did not see his potential to reconnect with music other than listening to it. It wasn’t until 2012 when he found out his true calling. After work he sat down and tried writing a poem this ignited a fire within him to pursue a once lost childhood dream. Hiydrus got his name from wanting to be truly unique. Using the name from a constellation named Hydrus and what it represents the name Hiydrus was born.  Since then he has been collaborating with other independent artists to build a foundation and is working on his first mix tape. Hiydrus being self-taught in song writing, vocals, music theory and engineering his songs he has recorded shows his dedication to his personal growth and development as an artist.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:  What city and state are you from?

HIYDRUS:  I was born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in the Piedmont Triad. A lot of people from here refer to it as “Tre-Fo” or just “Winston”

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?

HIYDRUS:  My music background was really driven from my father’s side of the family being musically inclined. My grandmother went to college in Chicago when she was younger for music. Her background revolved around vocals and piano. My grandfather background included the strings, vocals, and he played the piano as well. My father took up percussion as his main discipline which he still does to this day. He also does vocals, wind and string instruments from time to time. My uncle on my father’s side was strictly bass guitar and my aunt was vocals as well. I could go as far as to say it’s in my blood. When I was young I played drums and eventually branched away from that. I was also the singer in a band in high school. After high school, I stepped away from music to pursue other career interests but just shy of the last two years I have reconnected with it again. It went from me seeing if I could write a poem which turned into a song that led to a passion for it.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:  Why do you want to record and release your own music?

HIYDRUS:  Recording and releasing my own music gives me and the listener a feeling of it truly being genuine and original from the time I write a song, record it, mix and master it then release it. When you do something yourself and you put forth the man hours in making sure it is perfect. When you work on making it the best, then it’s something you can take pride in. It in turn shows people around me that I am dedicated to my craft.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:  What are your songs about?

HIYDRUS:  My songs are drawn and written from experience, teachings, lessons learned and everyday events throughout life. I feel cover a multitude of subjects pending the person/s listening. If someone were to ask me about my life I would tell them to listen to my music. There are times where I may put something in there about myself so there is another avenue for a person to connect with what I am saying.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:  Who are your musical influences?

HIYDRUS:  I grew up listening to Nas, Jadakiss, Talib Kewli, Common, Black Ice, Atmosphere, DMX, Lenny Kravitz, Jimmy Hendrix, Pantera, Nirvana, Muddy Waters, Ray Charles, Sade, Isaac Hayes, The Isley Brothers, Marvin Gaye, Audioslave, (Hed) P.E., P.O.D., Taproot, Bob Marley, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Tupac, Disturbed, Gang Star, Incubus, Sevendust, Paul Wall, Slim Thug and many more. These artists, people and bands are important to me due to all of them connecting with me through real life situations across decades and many genres of music. They did make music that was for many people to listen to, but it always delivered a message. Individuality and being you, are the core reasons on how they influenced me.  

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:  How would you describe your music to people?

HIYDRUS:  My music is for everyone to listen to. I say this only because it could be that one line, word or emotion sent to the listener that could change how they approach a situation but may lead to how they resolve it as well no matter how big or small, positive or negative. My lyrics inspire and excite. It opens new windows of thought but can be played while at a party or a workout. All in all it’s me.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:  What makes you stand out as an artist?

HIYDRUS:  Things I have been through in life and the different cultures I’ve seen and experienced give me the ability to show people different sides of the spectrum that they may not ever experience in their life time or on a day to day basis. By not having a one tracked mind at a young age and listening to different genres help me adapt that much quicker to a song I want to write. This includes the direction I want to go with the song and how it’s put together from start to finish. Being a well-rounded artist is very important to me.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face I your music career and how did you overcome?

HIYDRUS:  One of the hardest things to overcome but the easiest are the sacrifices I make for my family. As a man I have to provide my child with everything I did not receive as a child because every generation builds for the next. At times over the past two years I have had to slow my progression with music to make sure she is taken care of. Parents sometimes give up on their dreams. I am showing her what it is like to chase them in the mist of what I have on my shoulder.  To always have drive, dedication and determination but to most of all believe in herself.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?

HIYDRUS:  I am currently working on a mix tape that I am going to release in the near future. In the mean time between then and now I am still collaborating with artists from my hometown and the US to other places in the world.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in ten years?

HIYDRUS:  I have set both short and long term goals for myself. My short-term goals at the smallest level are to always be better than yesterday and to strive for nothing less than perfection in anything and everything I do related to music. My long-term goals are to continue to make music for not only my generation but many generations after mine. I want to be looked at as a timeless artist. 10 years from now I still see myself helping people through music by providing good entertainment for them to listen to but giving them something to link to special moments of their life to and provide an escape. Songwriting and engineering but with my dedication and drive producing artists that started from the same place we all do and to build them up from there.

 

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:  How can your fans access your music and contact you?

HIYDRUS: http://facebook.com/tre0327

    http://reverbnation.com/Hiydrus

    http://soundclick.com/Hiydrus

    http://Twitter.com/Hiydrus

    http://soundcloud.com/Hiydrus

    http://instagram.com/Type6792

    http://myspace.com/tre0327

    http://Hiydrus.blogspot.com

 

 

 

 

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79 COMMENTS

  1. George you inspire me, when we serve the military together I would look up to you because of the brightness that you have. Good luck on your career and bless your family and you.

  2. Big bro yu really inspire me with ur music . From the lyrics down to the beats . Keep doing ur thing . Ur going to make it far , love yu !

  3. The well roundedness of this guy is unsurpassable. You can’t throw anything at him that he can’t take and turn into something beautiful. Having a chance to work with him was a blessing and a constant lesson, to me, of how to chill the hell out. If he continues to pour his life experiences into his work it will be amazing to see how it positively affects people.

  4. All I have to say bro is knowing where you came from and seeing where you are now go es the pride and joy of calling you my brother from another mother 🙂 im proud of you bro and i can’t waittto hear the mixtape you come out with. If it is anything like I have already heard then I know its goin to be sick. Good luck brother and I can’t wait to see how far you go with your music

  5. Hiydrus…Ma’ bro…I knew you would make it to the top…Every time, I get to listen to your new tracks herein Afghanistan…Its impressive the talent that you show. I am very happy for your success by reading this great article. Keep doing your thing, pursue those dreams you are all ready successful my friend.

  6. George is truly a workoholic. I have known him almost 5 years now and he has never took a break from pursuing every goal he set his eyes on. He is an inspiration in the fact that he is one of the few people I know who had the courage to truly follow his dreams. His music is amazing and he is an awesome person. I wish him the best of luck and hopes he achieves everything he set out for.

  7. Bro! “Your Kung-Fu is sick”! Your light shines so bright that, you give others around you permission to shine themselves. You’re doing amazingly positive things with your life, and your music. Truthfully it is an impressive path that you are on, and I know you will see it to the end! I would wish you luck, but a man like you does not need it, because you will make away when others cannot!

  8. This is AWESOME!!! I’m so proud of you!!! I have grown up with you and couldn’t be more proud to see the man you have become!!! Congrats!!! Get him out everyone…he’s AWESOME!!!

  9. Hiydrus has been making music for a couple o years now, and I’ve had the chance to listen to his earlier work. He has progressed immensly (sp) from when he started. I think he is going to have a very bright future in music. Go man!

  10. Glad your doing so much in life! I’m sure you will get the absolute credit you deserve in life and music! Keep it up and maybe one day we can collaborate!!!

  11. Looking forward to seeing Hiydrus’s career continue to rise. Seems to have a wide range of musical talent, something for everyone – I particularly like his inspiring tracks such as “What You Make It”. Real, inspirational and smart vocals tell a story over a soulful beat. “Came A Long Way” is another mellow track that evokes plenty of head bobbing and highlights Hiydrus’s strengths as an artist IMO. Great article and very interesting learning a little about the man behind the music. Keep up the good work and good luck in your inevitable ascent to stardum.

  12. Your music is dope nephew. I love every song on the tracks. Keep doing what you are loving to do. You are already a star. Can’t wait to get my CD and jam on it the right way. Very good job. 🙂

  13. Cuz , I’m really glad I checked this out kinda inspired me to be serious about the musical talent that I have keep up the great work

  14. Hiydrus is dedicated to his music and you can hear it. His unique style is fresh. It stands out against other artists. You can hear the diversity of the artists who influence him in his music. He puts his heart into it, there is no mistaking that. Because of that, I think he will grow to appeal to a wide audience.

    If you haven’t listed to his music, click a link above! You will like it!

  15. This article is great. It is really awesome to know some of what makes Hydrus who he is. Small beginnings do have major impact. I looking forward to seeing this emerge into mainstream music. Great music is meant to be heard by everyone.

  16. My man! Couldn’t be more proud of you for what your doing. We served together at home and abroad and I always knew you had your eye on big things. Takes a lot of of courage to stop doing something you know to do something you love and you have all the respect in the world from me for it brother! Stay hungry bro cause your headed place if you do.

  17. Wassup BEAR i can thank you enough for being “THAT GUY”. The Who actually is pursuing his dreams and goals.people nowadays need some one to look up to. Your that guy.i will keep your career and family in my prayers.

    Super Doc Goodwin

  18. One hell of a human being, an outstanding Marine, a committed father, brother and friend. These are just some of the ways to describe you my brother. All of that shines through in your music. You are a force to be reckoned with and I look forward to seeing the impact you will have on the music industry. Wishing you all the success you deserve.

  19. Awesome Article and good job dude!!! Not a lot of people can say that they have achieved or are in the process of pursuing a dream and life long goals that they set fourth. Keep working at it and you will make it dude! Awesome Music BTW!!!

  20. George is a inspiration to all. He is a great and up in coming artist, with big dreams and a great head on his shoulders. This is a great article. George keep up the great work.

  21. Way to go, Hiydrus! You have amazing music and your love and drive for what you do is inspirational. Keep on cranking out new stuff and following your dreams, I can’t wait to hear what you put out in the future! Love it!!!!!

  22. I have not known you long George, but I have come to admire you as a person. The article gave me more insight into who you are as a person and now I know why I like you so much. I too come from a musically incline family and I really admire you for following your dreams. Your music is awesome and I wish you all the best in pursuing it.

  23. You are a very driven and inspiring individual.. I must say, my favorite part of the article is when you speak of your daughter and family.

  24. Hey big cuz keep doing the damn thing luv to c the family do good and productive and positive things luv u and keep ur head up♡♥

  25. I am very happy for you George! I am glad you have found something that makes you happy. You are a great person all the wat around you deserve nothing but happiness. I am ready to hear the new mix, I know it will be amazing just like you. Keep striving for your dreams and you will go as far as you want! 🙂

  26. This is to my best friend in the whole world. George we have known each other all of out lives I I am truly glad to consider you my friend my brother and my family. My brother you truly are an inspiring person. You have a beautiful family and as well as your heart and soul my brother. Your music is deep and rich just like your passion. Keep up the good work, I WILL ALWAYS SUPPORT YOU BRO NO MATTER WHAT! May God bless you and all your ways my friend and I look forward to hearing more of your music as well as seeing you sometime real soon!

  27. George,
    I have know you on a personal level and I can truly say I know you will follow your dreams and make it. Music is a small part of the ma I have had the honor of knowing and I know what you speak of in your music is from your heart and not just off the top of your dome. I know you will stay true to your music as well as your family and friends.

  28. Congratulations for all ur success so far love… ur an amazing person n it shows thru in ur music… u have been n always will be a truly inspirational person… n I have no doubt dat ur music will touch n inspire millions… keep doin’ what ur doin’ sweets… ur an inspiration to us all…

  29. I am so proud of everything that Hiydrus has accomplished over the last ten years. He is an inspiration to those around him, and to me as well. Thank you.

  30. Cuzzo you kno i am living proof that what your saying is the truth. your ambition an drive is outrageous an i love it. you keep me motivated to keep pushing cuz i kno our time is coming. pretty soon your going to b in everybodys house an cars changing there everyday life an when u do imma b rite there wit ya talking about what u went through to make it. I love ya cuzzo an when you do pop you kno how its going down! Keep grinding

  31. So happy for your success bro. I admire you for following your dreams and I wish you much success in your future. Proud to have served next to you brother, god bless and semper fi.

  32. George’s focus on his dreams are an inspiration to everyone. He’s a wonderful role model and citizen and deserves the absolute best. You’re a talented man George and right now you’re on the edge of something wonderful. God be with you and your family always!!!

  33. It seem’s like you was trying to run but instead every time you run you was redirected right back to music, this will happen every time, it’s a blessing that you can’t run from and now that you have accepted it look at what is happening, keep making great music sir and keep your head up at all times keep on pushing.

  34. Cool interview bruh, appreciate you hitting me up wanting to do a track, we will definitely make that happen. Show love on my article also and leave a comment if you don’t mind. Til we link up keep up the good work.

  35. I really like it when you express your songs are like “ONE WAY OF ESCAPE”, I think that’s what you really want when listening to music whatever its genre. With such a family of musicians, it is impossible not to take the rhythm in your blood, I congratulate you, your music is breath of fresh air in this world so polluted!! would be fabulous to hear more of your music, here in my country Argentina, Greetings!!

  36. It’s amazing that you get to do what you love . They say that if you do what you love , you will never have to work a day in your life . Good luck !

  37. Very interesting bio.. GREAT musical influences…and wonderful interview 😉 I hope you have nothing but pure success in every endeavor you seek and have in your life…Thank you for the connection… 🙂

  38. Spactacular George. Your an inspiration for many I know! Best wishes in your adventure you call life! You are a true warrior and loved from many!

  39. What a great article to read. George, you have a very interesting family history and it is obvious that you are very passionate about your music. I feel that this is only the beginning for you and I look forward to seeing your journey develop. One of the key features of your music is that you put a little bit of yourself into the songs you write. The songs that resonate the strongest with people are those that they can identify with, and your songwriting takes them down that path. Hopefully, one day I get to see you play live.

  40. Awesome article! Continue to follow your passion, greatness is created by those that never give up. Wish you the best of luck George!

  41. Your beautiful wife had a lot to do with your new passion I’m sure. Make sure u put that wedding ring on for next pic 🙂 Good Luck.

  42. There is no such thing as overnight success … and after years of developing his knowledge and craft, Hiydrus is one of the most anticipated outstanding artists of 2014.

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