Interview With An American Musician ‘Singer & Songwriter DeAndre

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Dorchester, Massachusetts, near the neighborhoods of Fields Corner & Codman Square. I have very fond memories growing up there. It shaped me in a way into who I am now and how I envision my future.

What is your musical background?

I have no true background in music in the sense of taking classes, it all came naturally to me. I don’t play an instrument for example, but I would just listen and to what sounded good to me when I was growing up. It defines a bit my style.

Musically, what are your biggest influences and who are your favorite musicians?

Musically general hip hop is my biggest influence. Frank Ocean, Travis Scott, Drake and J. Cole to mention a few, are some of my favorite musicians.

How would you describe your own style?

If I had to describe my style in comparison, I would say that my style is like the 2011 Drake in a mix with Kanye, Frank ocean & J. Cole. That’s just for comparison purposes. I believe I have my own style, very recognizable in my work.

In what ways has your newest music changed from when you first started?
My new music is more mature, that’s a big change compared to when I just started out. I’m very thoughtful about my words when I write new work nowadays. I can usually hit all the pointers I want to hit in a song now, which I come to realize that I couldn’t do before. Flow wise there are different things I feel comfortably doing now because of the learning process and my experience.

What would be your dream venue in which to perform?

There are many places I dream of in which I would like to perform. Some local venues, on some of my favorite festivals, but one would be the cherry on the pie and that would be Madison Sq. That’s definitely my dream venue. If I can put a sold out on my poster for Madison Sq. one day, that’s when I know I truly made it.

Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?

I admire J. Cole a lot. I feel like rap wise I learned maybe everything from him. Yeah I mean, I listen to a lot of
rappers, but before I heard J. Cole I wasn’t comfortable with my music. He opened my eyes musically and that’s why I admire him the most.

Which famous musicians have you learned from?

I have to say that I learned the most from Cole, there is something about him and his work. It’s a feeling thing I guess.

Have you been in competitions? Fleadh’s? Any prizes?

I haven’t been in any competition, but maybe something to do when at the right place and the right time. It’s not a priority, but never say never right?

Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions? Concerts, radio, TV?

I performed concerts, live radio studios and the highlight thus far was the Puerto Rican Music Festival. Check out my website for upcoming concert and tour dates.

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