Interview with Da’Ville | Edition XIX.5
• Performing Artist •
Government: Orville Thomas
Hometown: Jamaica, West Indies
Describe your sound as if we were deaf
Melodious, real, soothing, penetrating, captivating, mesmerizing, transcending, hypnotizing, the present, the future, Da’Ville.
What producers, songwriters and/or artists do you see as your primary inspirations?
Well, first of all I have what they call an “OLD SOUL”. i listen to a lot of old school stuff, i think i was born in a time when new sounds and styles of music was still being discovered so over the years my inspiration developed from listening to artist, producers and song writers of different genre. When you listen to my music you will definitely hear all kind of influences in my songs. On the other hand, If i had to give names now then; i think you would have to dedicate this entire magazine to this interview.
Do you have a favorite musical project that you’ve worked on?
I just love doing music, i enjoy it every single time. Its like having an orgasm every time you have sex. Darn….what an analogy…lol… back to the question. Yeah, well I enjoyed working on this new album I just completed for the fact that I was able to just be myself. I did not try to please anyone or create anything just to follow a hype or a fad u kno. I just kept it real to my feelings and took into consideration life on a real level.
What was the main factor for launching your career when you did?
Hmmm…. Let’s keep it real. Life in Jamaica no easy fi no one. I was hungry…in a sense that I was faced with two options; MUSIC or the STREETS and sometimes you have to jump on what you think is SURVIVAL. I ‘m lucky in one aspect and that is I can really sing. I was born with a talent and so at that time, I saw music as a way up out of the ghetto. Don’t get me wrong, not everything about the ghetto is bad but it lacks opportunities fi di youth dem. So remember this, you can do anything you set you mind to do. You just have to believe and work hard and smart.
Who are some people you would like to work with?
Their are a lot a great people out there in the industry that I’ve often envisioned myself working with, people like Clive Davis, La Reid, Will I Am from black eye peas and Cee Lo Green are just a few of the names that comes to mind at the moment. In terms of collaborating with other artist i am open to many of all genre, yu kno.
How is the internet changing your craft?
I must say that what it does is provide a faster and easier way for net working and for people all over the world to have access to my talent and music, yu zi me. Through the internet, I often discover that im well know in places that I did not even think about. It’s a welcome enhancement to helping me to be successful in what I’m trying to accomplish.
Do you feel like what you are doing is important?
Most def. Music is a special gift from God, it serves a very important purpose to us all. It is rewarding to hear my fans say thank you because they used my music to mend their broken relationships, to reminisce on a lost loved one, to make a baby….sexual healing (smile), to lift their feelings of sadness and so much more. People use my music to express themselves when they just cant find the words to do so. This gives me a great rewarding feeling to know the importance of what I do and it inspires me to keep doing it.
Lastly, could you talk about any long-term goals or talents you have in mind?
My long term goals are many. But music has become my first love so I must first conquer the world with my voice and my music. I ‘m presently running my own label Fashozy Records Inc., so therefore , I hope to one day find and help to mold talented people like my self and bring them to the fore front to represent the music.
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