“So forget trying to be cool, forget trying to fit in. I wasted at least a good decade trying to fit in and be normal. It isn’t worth it.”
Check out the interview with D-Lo $uave’ exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
D-Lo $uave’: I’ve been making music all my life. As a kid I was in choir for school and church, made songs with my friends, but I’m a dancer at heart. I traveled the country with a local dance group in Killeen, TX called the Fancy Prancy Dancers lol and growing up I got made fun of for being the music kid so I played basketball to stay afloat. As I grew I started to realize music is my calling.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Just be true to yourself and who you are now. What you do today and who you are today will have a big effect on your future. So forget trying to be cool, forget trying to fit in. I wasted at least a good decade trying to fit in and be normal. It isn’t worth it.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
My hardest task is just being an indie artist. I have no manager, no budget, so everything you see is done by yours truly. It’s not that it’s necessarily hard, it’s just juggling work, music, and I’m also a father. It’s time consuming and at the end of the day I’m often too exhausted to start writing or recording.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
I feel the best way to promote your music is, and this is the plan I’m trying to implement with Skilly Magazine, is to build a relationship with a decent blog site. Find one that’s right for your genre and submit, submit, submit until you get noticed. Then as you grow, that blog grows with you.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Dallas, TX is the home of one of the largest fairs in America. The fans support local talent to the fullest; it’s not the lack of support from fans stopping Dallas from its come up, it’s the lack of cooperation amongst artists. A lot of the old heads don’t want to let us youngsters eat and most of the “almost on” artist act too Hollywood.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
On tour. I’ll probably be opening for Tory Lanez or something like that a year from now. That’s a realistic goal, right?
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
MJ, both MJs. Michael Jackson and Michael Jordan. In today’s world I honestly don’t look up to anyone but my older brothers, the people who I see on a day to day basis.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I like the music today. Drake definitely overshadows pretty much the whole music industry but he definitely is running hip hop. I feel the music today is more about the beat, not necessarily the lyrics. We’re living in what we call the “Age of the Engineer/Producer” which I have no problem with because without the producers there would be no music.