Gentleman’s Corner: Tristan “Mack” Wilds on Music, Macking, and Mentorship

Aren’t you forgetting Jay-Z? He’s always seemed to support and show love throughout your career. Has he offered any advice along the way?
Aw, man, Uncle Jay. Yeah, of course. I remember calling him up when I was doing “90210” needing advice. I can’t remember exactly what it was but he said, ‘If you love a person, you figure out what’s going on. If not, you let them hang themselves.’ He always has these one-liners that just stick.

Besides Lauryn Hill, what other female artists could see yourself working with?
It seems like right now is a great time for women as artists. Like Elle Varner is ill and Bridget Kelly. Honestly, anybody who’s willing to sit in the studio and make some art—I’m down.

Tristan Mack WildsSpeaking of women, are you dating now?
I like going on dates. I haven’t been on one since we started working on this album, but I definitely date.

At kind of woman gets your attention?
Honestly, confidence and intelligence are the biggest things. I love having a conversation and hearing how she thinks and where a woman is in her life. Confidence is key. And what she’s wearing, and what she’s not wearing…

I heard that you absolutely don’t drink at all. In order to keep sane with such a hectic schedule, you must have a vice. What is it?
You definitely do need a vice to keep sane. Right now, my vice is work. I’m a workaholic. I’ll drive myself crazy listening to the same song over wondering if I should go back into the studio to fix something. They have to literally snatch stuff out of my hand and say, ‘You’re done.’

What other projects are you working on?
I’m always seeking to learn and figure out more. So, in that quest for constant betterment, I’m going down every avenue that I possibly can. More art forms—directing movies, or fashion—I want to explore it all.

Any last minute advice for Amanda Bynes on breaking into the music industry?
I would have to ask her, ‘Do you accept Jesus Christ, Lord and Savior in your life?’

Check out Mack’s debut single “Own It.”

What do you think, Vixens? Does he “own it?”