“As a kid I always looked up to rappers. I always wanted to be a gangster with all the jewelry, cars, girls, and street credibility. Then later on in life I realized that all that stuff isn’t what’s really important. What’s important is love.”
Check out the interview with Dimi Dez exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Dimi Dez: It all started when I was a kid around seven or eight years old. I wanted to make music for the sole reason of stunting because I would watch hip hop videos and see the lavish lives they lived. I wanted to be able to say, “Hey look at me, look what I’m driving, look where I’m living, look at this lifestyle.”
But as life progressed I learned that there’s so much more to life than to showcase. I realized that I had a higher calling and that I could use music to make a great change in the world. I’ve come a long way but the journey is far from over.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
The best advice I can give the youth who wish to be a music artist is to be genuine with what they preach. Always ask yourself how can people benefit from my music and does it harm the mindset of my listeners. But if you’re just making music for yourself you might as well keep it to yourself because music is very influential and what you say can either have a positive or negative impact on those who listen.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
For someone in my position which is independent, I’d say the most challenging obstacle is trying to get people to listen to your music. People don’t lend an ear to independent acts unless they have a buzz, so they just assume you’re the average run of the mill music artist.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
It is very tough especially for independent acts trying to break into the industry because nobody is checking for independent acts unless they have a buzz. With me I used to promote my music with YouTube, but I’ve realized that an act has to take advantage of social media because if the material is good than once share can turn into 100 shares than a 1,000 shares and so on.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I’m from Boston, Massachusetts but I refer to it as The C.O.C, City Of Champions, due to the fact that we have the best sports teams. Boston is a great place to live with good people but when it comes to music acts we’re barely a factor in the industry.
I feel as if artist here, when it comes to hip hop/r&b try to imitate other cities styles instead of creating our own. And when it comes to the hip hop/r&b fans here, I feel as if they’re waiting for that one guy/group to step up and make Boston a big deal in the scene. I plan to be that guy.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
A year from today I see myself being much bigger and better than I currently am. And the year after that I’ll be bigger and better than I was. And so on.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
As a kid I always looked up to rappers. I always wanted to be a gangster with all the jewelry, cars, girls, and street credibility. Then later on in life I realized that all that stuff isn’t what’s really important. What’s important is love. Love is God and God is love. That’s who I look up to.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
In regards to my genre which is mostly hip hop and r&b, I enjoy the music of today. Every era of hip hop has foolishness in terms of artists on the side, but today’s hip hop over shadows the foolishness with great artists such as Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Big Sean, PartyNextDoor, Tory Lanez, and so on. The music out today is great and there’s a lot of great artists known and unknown.