RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW RAPPER DAGALITREECH
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?
Music has always been an exciting experience for me listening as a child and seeing the energy artists put into their art. Singing along to songs and having excess money gave me the idea to start recording my own music.
Introduce us to you and your musical history
Alternative pop, hip-hop and R&B artist DagaliTreech. Former background dancer for artist Randi Renee, traveling state to state across the country. Winner of “Best New HipHop Artist of 2021” in LA’s Underground Music Awards. Winner of “Best Rap Album” and “Best Male Artist” for Ohio HipHop Awards year 2020.
The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in, how do you feel you are doing?
Progress in the music industry is based on the user’s own experience. Personally, for now, music for me is a form of art. As such, I treat it as a painter would a portrait; enjoy it as my own and appreciate those who appreciate my art.
How have your songwriting skills developed over time?
Personally, I don’t believe my writing skills have progressed as much as my ability to record and deliver. I’ve always been a great writer; the beats and stories have changed over time.
I’m seeing a lot of debate about women not feeling safe at music gigs, any thoughts on what we need to do to help?
I think a lot of people believe that the type of music influences the feeling of security in a venue. Music is a form of expression that resonates with both men and women. It’s not about the location, it’s about the people and the interactions going on. Both women and men are safe everywhere at any time, it’s the individuals who chose to disrupt the peace that affects safety. There are security measures in place, the only thing left is to hope the guests and audience can behave themselves in what the world considers an appropriate manner.
As you develop as an artist and develop using socials what ways do you get new ears on your music? Any tips?
Early on, my music style garnered both positive and negative reviews to the point where I’ve just been focused on releasing music and allowing others to find me if they can. I can’t give any guaranteed tips, as I’ve not gone viral, but I can say just be yourself at all times.
Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.
I have a cat named Charlie.
I have a pet dinosaur.
What’s your thought on Spotify’s monopoly on the music industry?
I’m happy for Spotify, I like big businesses. Someone had a dream, pushed it, and made it happen. Now we have Spotify.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
Big conspiracy theory guy. I subscribe to the Ancient Astronaut theory and the Annunaki. Give me verified details and a power point, you got me.
Did you buy anything you don’t need during the pandemic?
I bought a lot of fancy food. I gained about 20 lbs.
What was the worst experience on stage?
In Cleveland, a lot of promoters are highly unprofessional. So much so, that a DJ cut my set in the middle, so they’d have enough time to announce the winners of the showcase. Which was odd as obviously I was a participant.
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about.
I am not a social person. I observe more than I speak.
What makes you stand out as an artist?
The passion and ability to write great worldwide music. The music industry is getting saturated with artists who can’t write or can only work in one genre. That leaves the door wide open for artists like me to maintain longevity as I don’t need to look for others for the art aspect of my career.
I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it.
My new single ‘Sleazy World’ is a true nod to the Grammy-nominated Nicki Minaj. It samples her lyrics from her collaboration on the song “Realize” by 2Chainz. On the song Minaj raps about leaving her shades in Atlanta and telling her pilot to stop the plane to turn around, a nod to her power and money. The same song features a diss toward rival rapper Remy Ma after “Ma” dropped her infamous ‘Ether’ cover. Keeping the same energy of raw and grit, I took the few lines from the “Realize” record and used them as my intro statement and hook.
What was the recording process like?
It was a bit jarring as I worked with a new engineer on this track, in Cleveland at MixHeads Studio. The engineer kept leaving mid-session, giving me the impression, he didn’t take my time seriously. I almost didn’t stay to finish recording.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tune?
I didn’t have too many difficulties writing. There were a few lines removed and replaced as I practiced the delivery. I try to make sure the words create an energy or a ‘vibe’, so that meant I needed to make sure every word had some flair or emotion to it.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
Fact went through a few changes getting to the final draft, I’m pretty excited about the official version.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Yeah, if you don’t like ‘Sleazy World’ there are at least 40 other songs with different moods that I’m sure will grab your ear. If not, I really don’t care and would like you to share your negativity with me as you stream my music.