By day, Daniel Wood does foundation work for Theis Construction. The rest of the time, he usually can be found in the basement of his parents' home, recording rap under the name of Woodro in a tiny studio he constructed.
For about a year, Wood has been recording his music and that of others and putting it on CDs. Wood estimated he spends 30 hours a week in the studio.
"We have about 40 Ohio artists. ... there's 10 or 15 of us that are in here every single week. We get a couple projects done a month," Wood said.
PHOTO BY MARYANN KROMER
Daniel Wood, who raps as Woodro, poses in his basement studio.
PHOTO BY MARYANN KROMER
Daniel Wood (left) moves the laptop into the recording booth for a “short cord” session with Dakota Martinez (center) and Seth Young.
About three years ago, while still in high school, Wood got interested in rap through two Columbian classmates, Cody Runion and Dakota Martinez, who enjoyed composing their own works. Before long, Wood joined them, and the group expanded to about 15 people.
"We would just sit there and listen to them for hours," Wood said. "We always dreamed that we should open a studio. There's no place for anybody to go. If you don't have money, you can't go anywhere and record. That's a problem for a small town like Tiffin."
Then Wood decided to record his music on his laptop computer, along with Martinez's and Runion's pieces. The more he worked with it, the more tricks he learned. Wood invested in more equipment and got permission from his parents to move everything to the basement.
They didn't seem to mind Daniel's friends coming and going.
"This all started with just my laptop up in my closet. I called it 'the closet studio,'" Wood said. "I did that for a couple months. I figured I loved it, so I might as well do something huge with it."
The group sessions have continued and the regulars have become Wood's "crew." Some days they start at noon and end after 9.
As soon as school lets out, the high school rappers start showing up at the Wood home. Most evenings, they take turns at the microphone until about 9:30 p.m.
One night, the group brainstormed a name for the studio - Primetime Clique.
Some of the artists Wood has recorded include Uzi, Ren@$@nce, Beef, Farva, Casper, A Train, Zak, Morsen Vel and many others. Those who do not have enough songs for a full disc can have their music compiled with others for a longer collection.
"They might have five or six tracks, so we put them on a big CD with a lot of guys on it," Wood said. "Seth Young, who goes to Columbian, he's very good with artwork, so he does designs and helps set up for music videos and photo shoots."
Besides those previously named, the crew includes Richard Valentine, Antonio Frisch, Kyle Marquis and Shawn Cole. They all take advantage of social media to promote the studio, but they also travel to talk with artists in person and pass out CDs.
Wood has compiled a list of musicians who are willing to back up or fill in on recordings.
He said he enjoys mixing the tracks himself.
Sometimes, Wood organizes a meeting place where people from various towns can get together to jam and record. He packs his laptop, a microphone and a few other things to set up and record. Wood said he and his crew have passed out about 1,300 CDs made in Tiffin at Primetime Clique.
"Now that I've got this movement going and getting all these people connected. ... We've done about a dozen shows around Ohio," he said.
Besides Tiffin, the shows have taken place in Sandusky, Toledo and Columbus.
Wood said it's up to the performers to promote themselves, but he keeps tabs on shows in the area, puts out the word to his contacts and signs up as many people as are available to participate in the shows.
The local rapper plans to hang onto his day job, but Wood's new dream is to rent a house in the country and set up the rooms for various parts of the production process.
"Most of this came out of us having fun. We just figured we would do it," he said.
To learn more about Primetime Clique or Woodro, find them on Facebook, call (419) 448-1504 or call (419) 618-1102.