Interview with Dremur
Name: Andre “Dremur” Manning
Location: Jersey City,NJ
Links: http://whoisdremur.com , http://twitter.com/dremurmusic
Describe your sound as if we were deaf
My sound is blue skies, bright sun, cold glass of raspberry-lemonade with a patron shot you know everything thats sweet has to have a little kick to it.
What producers, songwriters and/or artists do you see as your primary inspirations?
As an artist my primary inspiration comes from other artist working hard on their craft, the simple answer would have to be Jay-Z, Common, Lupe and Kanye. Personally I feel those are models of inspiration when your hearing their story about their grind, know what i mean? For me to know someone personally and see their grind and be able to understand their grind from a first person perspective is more inspirational BUT if you still want me to name a few (lol) they would be YC the Cynic, Kalil Kash, Scienze, L.A. and so many more.
Do you have a favorite musical project that you’ve worked on?
At the moment my first project “For the Love of Dilla” is my favorite at the moment. “For the Love of Dilla” was a semi-tribute tape to the late great artist/producer James “J.Dilla” Yancey , I say it was a semi tribute because not every song was crafted to be dedicated to Dilla actually it was really just me mentally working with a producer that helped me develop a new sound for myself through his music. But I’m getting this gut feeling that my second project “One Step Away…..Miles To Go” just might bump “For the Love Of Dilla” out of the way (lol)
What was the main factor for launching your career when you did?
I was in college to make my mother happy but my heart was in music. Trying to make my mother happy and myself happy as well, I ended up getting academically suspended from college.I just couldn’t focus. So my girlfriend who was just a friend at the time looked at me andsaid, “maybe you need to do what it is that you love to do!” And after those words of advice I hit the ground running and haven’t stopped since then.
Who are some people you would like to work with?
I would really like to work with J.Cole not only as an artist but as a producer as well he’s pretty dope. I just started listening to this new cat he goes by the name of J.F. Brooks I would really like to work with him he’s pretty ill! Of course I want to work with some of the greats in the music industry and not only hip-hop artist but also Jazz musicians and Opera singers. I think that would be dope a crossover of hip-hop and opera. Anybody I work with I want to make timeless music with them. I want people of great-grands to know my music not just the lyrics but the production of it as well. So when I’m either retired or somewhere in the galaxy I can know the great-grands have listened.
How is the internet changing your craft?
It’s helped a lot I have had the opportunity to expand my base of supporters, producers and bloggers from all different regions of the world, because of the internet I was able to perform in different cities along the east coast all in my first year of performing and recording music,2010 was really good to me.
Do you feel like what you are doing is important?
It must be and I’m not saying that to sound cocky and arrogant but recently i have been in a motivational slump. I feel like the WHOLE industry is becoming over saturated with “wanna be overnight” success. Nobody seems to want to take their craft serious and elevate it to the highest power to where the need of a big name co-sign is irrelevant, and a few friends of mine told me that I cant give up. In reality whats going on SUCKS. but my friends told me I have the type of music they can play to their parents, to there little brothers and sisters. They also told me that despite how I feel about the whole industry that just me pursing what I love to do is motivational to them, and thats when I truly realized people do I have an open eye and ear to what I’m doing.I realized what I am doing is not only important to me but also important to the people that have invested there time, strengths, and attention to me.
Lastly, could you talk about any long-term goals or talents you have in mind?
One of my biggest goals that I want to reach is to write a HIP-HOP musical and when I say that I want all aspects of hip-hop not just a specific region or sound. I want to tell a story through the culture that will not only capture the minds of the youth but will also elevate the culture and show people that just because stereotypes exist not all of them are accurate.