Making a Difference: Artists Who Have Share Their Wisdom

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photos by Marco Torres
"Joni Mitchell once said that singing, crying, and laughing all come up out of the same need. So, I think that's what art is for..."
-- Erykah Badu

A certain array of life questions are essential to one's own personal growth and development: who am I? Where am I going? What do I want to be when I grow up? None of these queries are particularly easy to ascertain, because the answers almost always prove to be in a constant state of evolution. Attitudes can range from "I am somebody" to "I don't give a fuck," or the infinite number of possibilities in between.

For many people, the journey towards answering these essential life questions revolves around music. Something as simple as a sound wave making contact with an eardrum becomes almost as important as the air you breathe and the earth you walk on.

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(L-R) Matt Sonzala, Mannie Fresh, & Bun B
That relationship is the focus of the feature film entitled What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music, which premiered Monday in 65 cities worldwide, including Houston. Presented by the energy drink/entertainment company Red Bull, the documentary was filmed during the 2013 Red Bull Music Academy in New York City, which itself is described as an annual "world-travelling series of music workshops and festivals: a platform for those who make a difference in today's musical landscape."

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Prior to the film, a Q&A session led by veteran music promoter Matt Sonzala took place, featuring DJ/producer Mannie Fresh (Cash Money Records) and the Trill OG himself, Bun B of UGK. Invited guests included a talented pool of H-Town's most talented musicians, rappers, singers, DJs and producers. Attendees included rappers Fat Tony and B L A C K I E, singer Asli Omar (The Tontons), musician Lucas Gorham (Grandfather Child), and DJ Fishr Pryce and DJ Navo, among many others.

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DJ Fishr Pryce
The two hip-hop legends were asked about their early influences and motivations to pursue music, and provided advice for achieving success through music. Here are a few key thoughts pulled from the session:

"All music is World Music." -- Matt Sonzala


"Success is achieved when you stop worrying about what other people say or do. In the end, it doesn't affect you. Just get up everyday and do what you love! That's success!" -- Mannie Fresh


"Treat music as a culture, not a business. The future is in your hands." -- Bun B


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