RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW AMERICAN ARTIST JUDAH DUB
Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide that music is a thing for you?
I’ve always had an affinity for music growing up. My siblings and I came from an economically challenged background and music was a big part of togetherness in the family.
Introduce yourself and your musical history.
Hey guys! My name is Judah Dub and I have been in the music business for only about 2 years now. However, I have been doing poetry and rapping for more than a decade. I also dabble in playing the piano a little bit. I grew up in Los Angeles but was born in the Philippines.
The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in, how do you feel you are doing? The music industry is hard to get into in general. I think you really must work hard and separate yourself from everybody else by putting in the work. I am doing better every single year but there’s still work to be done for sure. But slowly and surely, I have been making a lot of progress, so I am very excited about that.
How have your songwriting skills developed over time?
Amazing. I think at first it was not very straightforward, and I had to figure everything out along the way. Although, over time, you just need to learn more about yourself than anything else. Once you have yourself figured out, everything will come into place.
I’m seeing a lot of debate about females not feeling safe at music gigs, any thoughts on what we need to do to help?
Most people think it’s just inside the venues that women are not feeling safe but, from my perspective, experience, and conversations with my loved ones and women friends, it is outside the gig that they feel most vulnerable.
On that note, it is paramount that we protect women inside and outside of the venue. Inside, maybe serving drinks with tops on them or some type of similar measure that can lessen or even eliminate roofies or drugs of any nature going into drinks undetected. Also, maybe implement a Bar Marshall, like an air Marshall, who observes from the inside and just focuses on the audience/people’s safety undetected.
Outside is a little tougher, but venues with their own parking lot make everything a lot safer and easier for patrons.
As you develop as an artist and develop using social media, in what ways do you get new ears on your music? Any tips?
To be quite honest, I’m still trying to figure this step out. But I believe making genuine connections with the audience is paramount to any music success. Be yourself. Be genuine. Work hard. And I cannot stress enough, market yourself. Even if it’s not your forte, hire someone that will. Marketing is a big reason for success. So, utilize that tool.
Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.
I’ve been boxing for 2 decades Basketball is my favorite sport I played shortstop in High School
What’s your thought on Spotify’s monopoly on the music industry?
It’s a good and a bad thing. On one end, if you can reach Spotify’s curators and trigger the algorithm, it could do wonders for your music career. However, it makes it that much tougher due to competition and saturation.
But, to be quite frank, it’ll make it easy for artists like us to go to other platforms and succeed due to weaker competition.
Do you sign up for any conspiracy theories?
LMAO. Alien Conspiracies for sure. I mean I don’t believe in the movie industry’s iteration of aliens but I’m sure they are out there. Just like we are here. They’re probably just underdeveloped scientifically just like us. But I’m sure there are a few exceptions who have the ability and technology to observe other planets and maybe make contact as well. Nothing is impossible.
Did you buy anything you don’t need during the pandemic?
An exercise bike. I thought I needed it, but most basketball courts were empty, and I was able to get my fitness that way. Plus, calisthenics does wonders for the body.
What was the worst experience on stage?
Hahaha. Ummmm nothing to do with music performance but in high school, I froze badly during a mock trial. I literally choked and could not utter a word. Thought I could just go in there and kill it with rebuttals, but I just said umm 30 times. Worst performance ever.
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about.
I am a big classic RPG fan. I could play Final Fantasy 7 classic or Remake for the rest of my life and be satisfied.
What makes you stand out as an artist?
I don’t really jump on trends. I am more about experimentation and creating new sounds. I am very focused lyrically and I am always trying to learn something new, if it’s not singing, it’s breathing techniques, etc. Anything that will allow me to get a leg up I do. Being genuinely yourself will make you stand out as an artist.
I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it.
I am releasing an EP called “Dinner for One” on January 20th. I am excited about this project because it highlights a small window inside my life, more specifically my experiences and relationships with women.
Talk me through the thought process of the new tune/s.
As stated in the prior question, the EP is based on my experiences and relationships with women. So, for me, it has become more of a diary/feeling and a sense of closure with those relationships and opening new experiences for myself. It is challenging to create a thematic EP such as this, but it is rewarding, and almost feels like therapy.
What was the recording process like?
Challenging. Really looking for the right sound is a challenge but having the right people in your corner is a must. The true challenge lies in having the right team. I put together a great team that allowed me to express the correct emotions through these tracks. Overall, I’m just really excited about this project.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?
To get out of your comfort zone. You never learn anything new by being comfortable. I got out of my comfort zone a lot and it allowed me to be more open to change and suggestions from peers.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
Not at all. Part of evolution is to keep going. Whether I regret anything or not, I intend to be better on the next project. Because that’s what it’s all about. Sometimes flaws are meant to be there whether intentional or not.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
I just want to say thank you to whoever is reading this. I know that it takes time to read something like this and I appreciate your time in getting to know me and my music. I promise to be better each time out. Thank you for all your support.