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An Interview With DEQUANTIS

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An Interview With DEQUANTIS

What first drew you into music?

I remember being in middle school and just watching old Tyler, The Creator freestyles on Sway In The Morning as well as Hot 97. I used to listen to Royalty by Childish Gambino a lot so I guess that sparked a lot of interest as well, those two are some of my favorite artists.

Listening to your music we can tell you love incorporating interesting new sounds and techniques within each track! What inspires you to experiment and evolve?

I’m based in Nashville so the music scene here is pretty competitive. I have a few friends who are some great audio engineers, they attend Belmont University and I’d say that their drive and will to keep trying even after one thing doesn’t go right is what inspires me. As hard as it is to be yourself I strive my best to do so and be the best version of me that I can. I like to try new things and play around a bit to see what it is that I enjoy listening to before releasing it to the public ear.

It seems like you already found your signature sound 😊 Do you have any tips for upcoming musicians that can’t seem to find their own sound?

I think the best tip I can give that no one ever taught me is that you should make the music YOU wanna make. Block out other opinions about what people think your sound should be and focus on making the music you want to listen to.

Your track “Mimes” is your best track in our opinion! From its artwork to the Incredibly powerful sound we absolutely love it. Could you tell us more about the story behind this track? Also, what is your creative process like?

So this track is titled “Mimes” simply because when you think of a mime you think of someone performing the act like they’re stuck in a box and I wanted to incorporate that into the project kind of stating that I’m in my own box and I’m not gonna let anyone break me out or change who I am as a person. The verses were inspired by a girl who really wanted to be with me and we happened to be friends but I didn’t necessarily want to take it further than that. Said girl got quite upset and it basically ended up ruining our friendship. As for my creative process I usually try to relax for a good 30 minutes and make sure my studio is clutter free. Then typically I’ll listen to some beats find some things I like or would like to write to and it usually flows from there, next thing I know I’m recording some vocals, thinking about what I’d like to with the song when it’s finished or if another artist could help me explain the message I’m trying to relay.

What are your musical goals for the future?

I’d love to be an audio engineer or an executive producer of some sort. I really enjoy trying out new things with vocal effects and recording different artists because everyone is so unique and different. There’s no limit to what you can learn from people and I’m eager to see how many different types of artists I can work with.

What do you have planned for the coming months? Any upcoming projects we can get excited about?

Before December ends I have a collaboration project coming out with one of my closest friends Reece Hughes. We’ve been organizing this for about a year now and I had the honor of mixing all the vocals for each song and choosing some really rad samples. After that I’m gonna be a bit quiet until sometime in May. I’m working on another project that’ll be my self titled LP. I’m thinking about 11 songs or so. Currently I’m organizing some music videos and getting my promotion in order. 

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