Interview with Dante
Describe your sound as if we were deaf
Its like listening to a real smooth and attractive female with a sexual but smooth voice, speaking on things ranging from real life to partying and swag. Most of her songs give off a happy and energetic feel, making it hard not to want to dance to the kicks and snares of the song.
What producers, songwriters and/or artists do you see as your primary inspirations?
The typical mainstream artist and producers I’ve looked up to for years, Jay-Z, Swizz Beatz, Sade’, Drumma Boy, and Gucci Mane. I could go on, but primarily I find inspiration from artist/producers who I knew/know on a personal level such as Kid Cudi, Dot Da Genius, and Kayla Bliss.
Do you have a favorite musical project that you’ve worked on?
My last project Square In A Circle (SIC) was real dope because it was created over a period of time. Even though the project as a whole had an upbeat feel, I was going through highs and lows in my life. During the process of making SIC I was introduced to new talented artist and learned a lot on what to do and what not to do on my next project.
What was the main factor for launching your career when you did?
I was making music as a hobby, so it wasn’t for a paycheck. I mean everybody including me has dreams of fame and fortune but, that wasn’t my motivation. Many times I stopped rapping but music would always follow me. For example, I could be walking down the street, and a rhyme or melody would come to my brain. I feel like I was meant to do this shit.
Who are some people you would like to work with?
To name a few Gucci Mane, Paramore, Drake, Soulja Boy, Keri Hilson, Polow Da Don, The Dream, and Kid Cudi.
How is the internet changing your craft?
Thanks to the internet people know more about my music than if I wasn’t using the internet to promote myself. Myspace isn’t what it used to be, but people still use it as a promotion and networking tool. Can’t forget facebook and twitter. I’ve met a lot people off of twitter. I can put up where I’m performing, new music downloads and get feedback from the people directly. Even though there are creeps on the internet, it’s a great promotional tool and for listeners to get their hands on my music, videos and info instantly.
Do you feel like what you are doing is important?
Hell yeah its very important, especially as a female trying to make it in this male dominated industry. Right now the main chick is Nicki Minaj. Her image is something she’s selling and she’s selling it well, but not every female is like her. So I feel it’s important for me to show the world that not every female dresses or thinks that way. You can also be sexy with clothes on and a tomboy swag.
Lastly, could you talk about any long-term goals or talents you have in mind?
I wanna be known as one of the greatest female artist that ever did it. I want to use music as a stepping stone to other ventures and eventually help out my community in the long run. Longevity. Yea I want Longevity.