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CODY DRACO

RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW CODY DRACO WHAT HAPPENED?

Hiya Cody 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?

Music found me when I was 15 years old. At the time, I was grappling with my sexuality and processing my teenage heartbreak. It gave me a way to express my experiences as a sensitive male in a society that often aims to limit the scope of our emotions.

Introduce us to yourself and your musical history.

I began writing folk tinged pop songs when I was 15 years old, but I could never figure out how to actually play the guitar so I gave up on music for awhile and began writing poetry instead. In 2023 I felt myself being pulled back to music and began writing raps to beats I found on YouTube for fun. Then a friend suggested that I make my own beats, which I had already done in my youth. So, I decided to take his advice and that is how my first tow albums came to be (Endless Devotion and Vandalism are both produced entirely by me).

What was life like for you before music?

Before I started making music professionally, I was searching for an authentic identity. I was a shapeshifter always adapting to those around me. I had undiagnosed bipolar disorder with which came bouts of anxiety and depression. I struggled with self esteem and body image issues. A string of unfulfilling relationships and restaurant management jobs really chipped away at my hopes for happiness. Finding myself in the music and also meeting my Salvadorian boyfriend this year has changed my life for the best.

What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?

Lady Gaga performing Paparazzi at the 2009 VMAs is a core memory of mine. I remember my family were all like “what the hell did we just watch?” while I was in complete awe thinking to myself “this is what art is meant to be!”. A few years later I wrote my first song “Kids in Trouble” which I actually revamped for my upcoming album “Vandalism”.

Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?

Right now I sit comfortably in the underground. I’m currently in the process of finding my fanbase and making industry connections. 

What’s the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry?

Back in 2023, during what I dub my “mixtape era”, I made a song giving rapper Lil B a shoutout and he heard it and showed me immense love and support. I learned from him good intentions bear good fruit and that pure love is contagious.

Tell us two truths and a lie about you.

I like dogs better than cats

I sang How to Be a Heartbreaker by Marina and the Diamonds for a theatre audition

I managed an auction house at 18 years old

If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be?

Industry connections for sure.

Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? Discuss…

I don’t worry about cancel culture at all. Most of my favorite artists have been deemed problematic at some point in their careers. Azealia Banks and Lana Del Rey being prime examples.

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? If not why not?

When I was younger I was super into conspiracy theories and questioning what I had been taught in school. I actually dropped out of high school not once but twice to pursue creating art, find hourly, and expand my mind. Nowadays I am more at ease with the not knowing.

What was the worst experience on stage?

I actually haven’t hit the stage yet with my music! I’m actually quite the introvert so I’m not sure if live performances are in the cards for me.

Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about.

I grew up listening to country music, my parents met line dancing, but I rebelled and began seeking out and listening to other genres on my own at a young age.

What are the next steps you plan to take to reach the next level.

In the near future, I plan on collaborating with other producers to expand sonically. I have an album coming out later this year called Draco’s Paradox that contains many tracks that weren’t produced by me and I really enjoy the different styles that are on it. After that, the sky is the limit!

We have noticed that a lot of bands don’t use X (Twitter) why do you think that is?

I have two answers to this question. The first is that there are so many different social media apps nowadays that it can be too much for an artist to maintain accounts on all of them. I think we have to pick and choose where we place our time and energy. My second answer would be that X (Twitter) is a particularly hostile environment for artists, at least it was when I was growing up with it a decade ago. The users there often spew negativity towards various forms of media, constantly criticizing things, which is something that artists tend to be particularly sensitive to in my experience.

I hear that you have new music, what can you tell us about it.

“American Poet” is a song I wrote and produced for my second album “Vandalism” (out June 7th, 2024). The production was influenced by Lana Del Rey, particularly her album “Norman F*cking Rockwell!”. The lyrics are about honoring thyself while being overlooked in both a romantic and artistic sense. Perhaps my favorite part of the track is the spoken hook which is my poem “Flowers Never Picked” in it’s entirety. Being an independent artist allows me to make unique stylistic choice such as that which I may not be able to otherwise if I were signed to a label!

What was the recording process like?

I recorded the song at home alone so I was very comfortable. I remember feeling particularly accomplished when I finished, as if I had finally arrived to a place I had always wanted to reach artistically. I was honestly a bit nervous about the idea of combining my poetry with my music but I’m glad I did just that.

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

Absolutely not! I love this track with the entirety of my being.

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

By being a music artist and poet I am truly living my dream. Anything is possible if you want it bad enough and if you believe in yourself. Stay beautifully you and don’t let anyone steer you off course.

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