Interview with Dondre Green | Edition XIX.2

• Performing Artist •

Name: Dondre Green
Age: 19
Hometown: Bronx, NY
Location: Bronx, NY

Describe your sound as if we were deaf
I’d like to think of my sound as a cross between aspirations, dreams, and things I set out to accomplish with a taste of reality; just the daily occurrences I go through on a daily basis.

Do you have a favorite musical project that you’ve worked on?
Right now, I’d have to say the new stuff that I’m working on has been the most fun creating. It’s sounding awesome so far.

What producers, songwriters and/or artists do you see as your primary inspirations?
I’d have to say Michael Jackson, Kanye West and Lupe Fiasco. I’ve always felt these individuals pushed their genre to the limit and did it exceptionally well. Also, I could play all of the previously mentioned on my iPod for days without skipping any tracks.

What was the main factor for launching your career when you did?
Time waits for no one, correct? With that being said, you only live ONCE. Why not live out your dreams or at least attempt to do something good with your life while you’re here? I feel it is both important to live for now, while preparing for what’s ahead. Aside from that, I wasn’t the ‘popular kid’ everyone gravitated to, I can honestly and confidently say I was the quiet kid in class—so I just felt the time was now to express myself to the fullest and music just became a crazy creative outlet for me to do so.

Who are some people you would like to work with?
I’d really just like to work with some NYC based musicians in the future who I feel are killin’ it right now and representing the city very well. Way too many to name. But in time, I think all of that will happen. It’s all about timing.

How is the internet changing your craft?
The internet is both a blessing and a curse. Yes, it does make it easier for your music to be heard and your talents to be shown to the entire world, but it can also lead to a mass over-saturation of not so good music. Which makes it a bit more harder for the genuine, real artists to really be noticed. I personally don’t ‘spam’, bother or force individuals to listen to my content. If it’s good, individuals will notice and give you the praise or criticism it deserved. 

Do you feel like what you are doing is important?
I don’t feel it is the most important thing in the world. But is it relevant? Yes

Lastly, could you talk about any long-term goals or talents you have in mind?
My long-term goals would be to develop and perfect my sound. Have a unique distinct music style and just work on everything from production to lyricism. I everything I put out to be amazing. My goal isn’t to take over the world but to be consistent and innovative. I want to live more, have fun, and hopefully encourage both the people in and outside of my circle. Lastly, I want to spend more than enough time making sure everything piece on my next/future material is right. No more rushed stuff, half-effort creations, I’m really dreading and putting in time to be get much better. I’m keeping the faith. I think you should too.