Check out the new song from DMT (Doin My Thang) – One In A Million
Tell us about where you are from and how you got to this position today.
I’m from all over the place; my parents divorced when I was 3, and my mom, brother, and I have lived in over 20 different houses. Mostly, though I’m from Bay Shore, New York. My high school was big on hip hop. We would have battles in the cafeteria at lunch and outside the school; I used to be known as Beatbox Dan. My lyrical skills got better and better, and I ended up building my own studio and training myself how to use it.
Tell us more about the current song you are promoting to everyone.
The song is called “One In A Million.” The beat is from a Drake sample I’m sure you all know very well. The song is basically about my life and some of the women I’ve been with, all with their real names (I tagged them to it on Facebook, a few weren’t happy about that).
Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in the industry?
My hardest challenge in the industry today is getting my music ahead of the swarm of mediocre music to the right ears. Not to insult any musicians, but let’s be real, in this day and age everyone and their mom is making music, so the internet is flooded with tracks that (let’s face it) will never go anywhere commercially. Getting music ahead of that tidal wave of mediocrity is the biggest challenge that underground musicians today face.
What was one of the biggest set backs in your career and how did you bounce back?
I had a falling out with my old business partner at one point that almost turned physical in the studio. He took some equipment on his way out, and I didn’t stop him. The studio was crippled, but I bounced back and invested in all-new equipment, re-painted, put in new furniture and linked up with Sha Boogz akaTerifik, an old friend of mine who is my current business partner. Ever since, we’ve been steam-rolling uphill, pumping out tracks, music and ideas for our movement, Live In Freedom Entertainment.
What are some things artists need to be careful of?
Artists need to be careful of putting all their eggs in one basket and playing the waiting game. Invest time and effort into as many avenues as you can. Just because one A&R, executive, or “connected” individual is making you promises doesn’t mean that you should stop networking or invest all your hope into that one possibility. The more people you reach out to, the more chance that your music will be heard by the right ears.
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
Don’t stress, keep working hard, and believe in yourself. If you don’t believe in yourself then who will? Set huge goals in the long run that can be broken into smaller goals you can handle daily. Don’t worry about haters, not to be cliché, but when you start doing well, they’ll pop up everywhere. Work with your competition, not against them. Listeners love hearing two skilled emcees with different styles on the same track. Above all though, the world is what you make of it, so every day make sure you remind yourself what you’re working toward, and see yourself where you want to be.
What is one of your favorite ways to promote yourself and your music?
Internet radio, by far. I’ve been getting great results with Jango and services like Tunecore, but I also use the more guerrilla style of promotion such as Soundcloud and Bandcamp. Like I said, the more avenues you invest in, the more chance of your music being heard by the right ears while picking up fans along the way.
Where can people visit you?
My Soundcloud Page: soundcloud.com/danault/sets/live-in-freedom-entertainment/
The L.I.F.E. Site: www.liveinfreedomentertainment.com/
My Bandcamp: liveinfreedomentertainment.bandcamp.com/
Jango Internet Radio: www.Jango.com (Search DMT Hip Hop)