“I think the future of music will allow “love” to take form within the musical interpretation of feelings. I believe RnB singers like myself will have an audience of people ready to groove to the motion of romantic timeless lyricism.”
Check out the interview with Sonny Dumarsais exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
SKILLY: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
S.D: I started from humble beginnings playing lead guitar for my church. I joined a band of talented musicians from the New Jersey area who were my best friends and we all grew up in church. My friends and I formed a band called “Plan B” and later changed the name to “The Plan Band.” The Plan Band helped form my signature sound by introducing me to rhythm and blues. The Plan Band went on to participate in many local and national gigs including the McDonald’s gospel fest. The trajectory of my musical career changed when my family suffered a terrible four-alarm fire that destroyed our family’s home. My family lost everything in the fire, including my prized guitar. Down and out, the life-changing experience inspired me to begin writing lyrics and composing songs to express real-life stories of hope. My musical talent as a guitarist allowed me to share the stage with artists I admired such as Angie Stone, Neyo, and Anthony Hamilton to name a few. I played in legendary venues such as the Howard Theatre and BB Kings, alongside the likes of Lyfe Jennings and Elle Varner.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
As a solo artist, I consistently use social media to promote performances that take place throughout NYC. The NYC performances take place at venues that promote all artists on the bill, which allows me to have social media contact with them. The venues I performed at in NYC include The Delancey; Lovecraft – Stage 1; The Well (Indoors in the No Vacancy Room); Pianos; and The Bitter End to name a few. Additionally, I do radio and magazine interviews to get the word out about my music.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The greatest challenge I originally faced in today’s entertainment business was finding a management team who would support my development as a solo artist. Now, I am represented by Jeremiah’s Kall Production, C. NaTasha Richburg, who has helped me evolve from musician to solo artist.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
My hometown of Union, NJ is in close proximity to NYC that provides me with a great opportunity to benefit from the best of both worlds. I really like how my hometown understands and supports my musical journey. The support from my hometown in that regard outweighs any negative comments that come from naysayers.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
I think the future of music will allow “love” to take form within the musical interpretation of feelings. I believe RnB singers like myself will have an audience of people ready to groove to the motion of romantic timeless lyricism.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Get representation that will help you with business responsibilities associated with your career in music. Study the music business, practice your music, remain humble, and continue to learn.
What inspires you to write your next song?
For me, the inspiration comes from experiences that in life I’ve personally gone through. My music expresses the way my life experiences make me feel. I do my best to relate real-life feelings within the lyrics of my music. In short, my inspiration is always life, and God of course.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
1) I usually start with my guitar;
2) I put chords together on my boss gt-10 looper that I use religiously;
3) I try to sing or hum out a melody;
4) I usually stack the melody within the loop and have it play on repeat so I can feel the vibes;
5) Next, I just write about what the music brings out;
6) If the words come first, I’m usually writing it in poem form first; and
7) Lastly, the words then become the lyrics of my songs.
I’m always writing.
What do you think makes a great song?
Great question! To me, a great song is how the song makes you feel! How many times can you play the song? Where does the song take you? Some songs can make you remember a date in time (e.g. summer or winter). Music is powerful. A great song has to be believable and relatable. A great song has to have that thing that makes it something special. A great song may be a hit made by Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder or a current group like the Migos. A hit is a hit.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Facebook: Sonny Dumarsais
Websites: www.sonnydumarsais.com // www.jeremiahskall.com