BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST: D'NME
D'NME, tell us a little more about how you got into music.
I started rapping and making music when I was around 16 years old.
Personally, what drew me to Hip-Hop was the skill that was involved in rapping.
It takes a lot of discipline to become great at rapping, so when I was starting out I would practice freestyling and I would also do various rhyming exercises which eventually helped me develop my flow and writing style.
Once I became more comfortable with writing rhymes I would start going into various studios and recording songs.
Knowing how to rap well is one thing, but knowing how to make a great song is a whole different ball game.
Being a phenomenal rapper was and still is important to me, but being able to make exceptional songs is something that I take a lot of pride in as well.
I feel like because I developed a passion for rapping and making music at an early age I’ve always had the focus and drive to keep working on my craft and getting better as a rapper and as an overall artist.
You are an incredible lyricist! What is your creative process when it comes to making music?
Usually when I’m working on music I like to have the beat first.
The beat usually dictates what direction my writing is going to go in.
Creatively, I like to go to the studio with nothing and come out with something.
There are times where I may have an idea for a song and my producer Jon Bonus will start building a beat from that idea.
Sometimes he has a beat ready to go, and I’ll start writing to that.
What would you say to aspiring rappers who look up to your work?
First, I would tell them thank you.
It’s always great when artists or anyone for that matter puts your music on a pedestal, and it feels even better when your work inspires other artists in rap.
Another thing I would tell them is to really believe in themselves, and their talent as a rapper.
You have to have an insane amount of self confidence as a rapper because the industry can really make you second guess yourself, so you have to feel like a god at what you do.
Do you have anything new or upcoming we can expect to see from you?
I just released a new single called “On The Way,” it features Keenan Trevon who is a really talented artist and songwriter from Denver, Colorado.
So, right now I’m focused on promoting that song.
I’m biased, but I feel like it’s the greatest song out, but a great song is nothing without promotion, so I always like to promote my music before I drop the next thing.
Most likely my next release will be an EP, which I have been working on while currently promoting “On The Way”.