“Getting the truth from people around you. So many people in this business are sensitive to what they tell you … as an artist you need the truth so you have a basis to build and improve artistically.”
Check out the interview with Dae Juan exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Dae Juan: I am not that different from anyone else who wants to be rich and famous. The only difference is I have found myself to be blessed with many talents that I have had the opportunity to develop them through the years. I guess you could say I’m the jack of all trades type. But that has not been by decision but by accident. I have always wanted to perform music that is and always has been my passion.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Get your music to deejays which has always worked for me.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I would like to become a mogul much in the same as P Diddy. I want to get in a space where I can help the little guy, the underdog.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
Getting the truth from people around you. So many people in this business are sensitive to what they tell you as this is a confidence game. However, as an artist you need the truth so you have a basis to build and improve artistically.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
The music seen in LA is competitive and crazy. Everybody’s going overboard in their presentation of their music just to try and stand out.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Present your music to people outside your social circle, it’ll be the only way you will get an honest reaction to your talents.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
Having a consistent number of name celebrities tell me that they love my music and what I’m doing. My music’s Earth Wind & Fire, Ohio Players, Ray Parker Jr., Confunkshun meets EDM. When I get people who are hardcore rappers complement me it really becomes the best thing to happen to me.
What is your inspiration?
My inspiration is David Guetta, Dr. Dre, and really any producer that pushes the envelope.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Not anyone I think can. The opportunities are limited because the lane for people who don’t have much talent are clogging it for the truly talented making it more and more difficult.