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Featured, Indie Focus Published: March 2, 2013

Cheerioo – Me

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Exclusive Interview

Tell us about where you are from and how you got to this position today.
I grew up in a small town in Arkansas by the name of Fordyce. It started back in the day when me and some of the guys used to stand around and free style to a beat box. It didn’t really hit me until I was in my late teens. I knew at that point I wanted to do this. Growing up in a small town we didn’t really know how to go about pursing music so I first began in my late twenties when I used a broken Karaoke machine that I would wind with my finger while I would record.

I ended up moving to another town where I stated hanging out with this guy that was recording. He was older than me and more experienced. I really didn’t know how to use any of the recording equipment so I would observe as he recorded and mastered his music. He noticed my interest and one day he gave me a couple of programs to get started. I ended up doing a couple of free styles, nothing major, no mastering, no shows.

One of my friends ended up moving to Arizona where he was doing shows and wanted me to come down and try it out. I came down and we did a couple of shows. We put a group together called Dirt House Records, it didn’t go anywhere but I kept on going; writing music and recording. At that point it become repetitive and I got better and better. I got to the point where I knew it was my time and I was going to do it. I said to myself, “This is it, I am going all the way.”

Tell us more about the current song you are promoting to everyone.
The song Me  is about my starting point. I would always try to get others in the same spot or feeling that I was in so we can grow but it didn’t work that way. I finally came to a point where I told myself it was just me, so I had to keep it moving.

Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in the industry?
The hardest point I had to face was to see myself take ten steps back when I had just moved two steps forward. Even though music was my passion, life is reality and I had to deal with other things. Not being heard or not being able to record because of life challenges is a big set back. Money has always been an issue: bills, family, responsibility, not trying to put myself in a situation where I couldn’t provide.

What was one of the biggest set backs in your career and how did you bounce back?
One of my biggest set backs was being able to find a hustle to maintain my lifestyle. In order to bounce back I had to reflect in my actions, the situation I was in, and the changes that needed to be made in order to find that stability.

What are some things artists need to be careful of?
Artists need to be careful of bad situations that can only get worse. You need to be able to see right from wrong, not only see it but realize it at the point in time when a decision has to be made. You can make it harder or you can make it easier for yourself and that is one thing everybody should know, not only as an artist. Take time to breath and reflect.

What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
First things first, you should know what you want, understand it and then move forward. Time and sacrifices will be made, big or small, so you need to prepare for it all.

What is one of your favorite ways to promote yourself and your music?
One of my favorite ways to promote is to put out samples of my music on Facebook or YouTube for the public and getting their feedback. They will be the ones who determine if you will succeed or not, feed back is important.

Where can people visit you?
I can be found on:
Facebook: dba DSGR
YouTube: Cheerioo
SoundCloud” Cheerioo.

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