Welcome readers and young artists! Today I will be interviewing Dyondre Thomas, who will be my first interview of many in this series. If you are an experienced young artist or professional in the industry and would like to participate in an interview, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. So, here we go!
Q: Hey Dyondre! Where are you from?
A: I am from Nashville, TN.
Q: When and how did your interest in music begin?
A: I have been interested in music since I can remember.
Q: If your interest is career-based, what would you consider your
title to be?
A: After joining band when I was in 7th grade, I wanted to make music my career. I am a producer, poet, and aspiring audio engineer.
Q: So how many years of experience do you have?
A: I have been producing and writing for 6 years now.
Q: What are some of the biggest opportunities you’ve
been presented with?
A: Some of the opportunities that I have been presented with over the years were story boarding for an artist music video, preforming at two semi final poetry state competitions, hosting multiple open mic events, organizing my own networking event, and I was an event planner for the Southern Word poetry organization.
Q: Wow so you really have a lot of experience for your age, which makes sense because Southern Word is an excellent way to gather experiences. But you really have talent! Who are some of your favorite artists?
A: Some of my favorite artist are Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams, and Kanye West.
Q: Yeah I absolutely love all three of them as well, especially Kendrick Lamar. Who would you consider to be your best connection(s) in the industry?
A: I believe that my best connection to the music industry is Musiq Queen. She worked for BMI for years and has alot of knowledge about the business of the industry.
Q: Absolutely! I had the privelege of meeting her during Summer Studio as well. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for my readers as well as myself?
A: The advice that I would give to you and anyone reading this who wants a career in music is to be patient, create your own style, and be proactive with your artist. Don’t wait for opportunities to fall in your lap.
Q: What great advice. Taking big leaps can be scary, but essential. I will continue to keep this in mind! So I know you and I have a lot of the same mentors because of our connections with Southern Word, but you’ve been in it a lot longer than I have. Who would you consider to be your closest mentor(s)?
A: A mentor of mine would Jarrell “DJ Vu” Pierson. He has taught me alot of about music production and building relationships with people.
Q: That’s awesome! Do you have any music of your own you’d be willing to share with us?
A: Yes, I would like to share something that I have created:
I literally love that! Guys, go check it out, all his music is super creative! Thank you so much for your responses Kid Cool. It looks like you really know what you’re talking about for someone so young, and I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to interview you and steal some of your awesome experiences to share with my readers. And I can’t talk for my readers, but I know that I personally took a lot away from this and I definitely consider you to be an artist that I look up to. And an interesting fact about our very new connection, is that you made beats for “Misinterpretation”, which I unfortunately couldn’t add because of technical mistakes on my end of that project (which is typical lol). But yeah in addition to that the only thing I can really say from my brief time knowing you is that you did an excellent job as host for the final showcase, and I look forward to hopefully working with you again. Thanks Dre!