“Little kids want to watch and pay attention to things that’s gonna inspire them to live the American dream …”
Check out the interview with D.RIMson exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
D.RIMson: I started playing music at the age of three. Me growing up in church, I was obsessed with the drums and I never turned that down. I started out in the entertainment business when I was 17. That was my first time seeing a contract and signing to someone. Being young I learned that I wasn’t ready and took time to practice and also start college that I’m finishing up now.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
God has given us all a gift. If your gift is music then go after it. Don’t let people tell you otherwise. We live in a world where you’re only entitled to be successful if you do the normal. Take a chance and believe in yourself, and do what you love and it will pay off because doing what you love is more like therapy sessions and not like going to “work” every day.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Distraction plays a role in everything. It’s easy to be distracted than being focus. Taking a risk can cause you to lose friends, keep you single for a while, but sometimes a dream you’re chasing isn’t gonna require you to have a life like the average young person would have.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Social media, website, putting out music, and networking outside of your home. It’s easier in this day now because people are getting noticed from posting covers on YouTube and 30 second clips on Instagram and getting signed. As much as I try to not be on social media all of the time, every day I have to find a strategy to stay on people’s minds.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Blessed to say I’m near New York City now. I moved from L.A. I just moved to the east coast a few years back, so I’m learning from both coasts. If they rock with you they will remain to rock with you. I still have a lot of love in the California area which has gotten me opportunities to work with more independent artists in the L.A. area.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
As a producer, I’m currently getting involved in licensing with TV and film, and also putting out more albums. Trying to sit at the table with elites with the top guys (Kanye, Pharrell, Cole, etc.) and be one of the best, sooner than later. I really want to do damage to this industry and have the world know about it.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
God first to start off. Plus a lot of people call me weird when I tell them my biggest inspiration to create comes from women. I have a publishing company called The Way She Moves Publishing that talks about my inspiration to create because of a lady. That’s how I get my songs done from the production side.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I like everything. At first, me being a diehard hip hop and r&b guy I would get irritated by this new wave of sound that’s out. I learned that you need it. Everything doesn’t have to be super serious. Little kids want to watch and pay attention to things that’s gonna inspire them to live the American dream and we need those fun records.