Dash Talks "Night of My Life" and More
Thu, 07 Jun 2012 10:16:17
You've already heard Dash on DJ Pauly D's explosive hit single "Night of My Life". However, we wanted to formally introduce you to the singer, rapper, and performer.
Dash is one of the most dynamic and diverse presences in modern music. He's got a smooth, soulful delivery that simply soars when he sings, and his flow remains ultra-tight every time he rips through a verse. Plus, when he hits the stage, pure energy surges throughout the crowd, hands go in the air, girls scream, and bodies move. Right now, signed to new label Titanium Music Group recently formed by music industry luminary and leader Sandy Lal, he's in the midst of cutting his next original tracks, prepping for a summer full of shows, experimenting with a dubstep mixtape, and essentially getting ready to take over the world. Meet your new favorite singer and rapper—Dash.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Dash talks "Night of My Life", his inspirations, what to expect when you see him live, and so much more.
Are there different mindsets to singing and rapping?
All of my music comes from who I am in my heart. I feel like, whether I'm rapping or singing, I'm still Dash. It's not really a different mindset per se, but it's a different attitude. For example, if I'm talking to a sophisticated girl, I'm going to game it a little differently than if I was talking to a hood chick. I'm the same Dash at all times. I've been rapping and singing my whole life. They're two separate voices I have.
Is it important for you to tell stories in the songs?
Yeah, with a lot of my songs, I have a visual of what I'm trying to get the audience to feel. You're always trying to paint those pictures with your words. Sometimes, I'll even have ideas for videos that help me come up with an idea for a song. It's very important to paint that picture for your audience so they can be there with you.
That certainly happens with "Night of My Life".
"Night of My Life" is definitely a party record that everyone can feel and live at the same time. That's for the clubs. Put it on, call your boys or call your girls, and head out. It's going down [Laughs].
How did that track come together?
It was a great opportunity for me. G-Note Records had actually heard of me through my camp. They linked us up. Pauly D came up with a record that embodied his show and who he is. Pauly tries to live every night to the fullest. It was the perfect concept for a song. We rocked out in the studio and created a smash. That's basically how it happened. It's a cool way for people to get familiar with me. There's much more to come. I'm glad I could be on the Pauly D record.
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What artists shaped you?
I've always listened to Usher. He's been one of my main inspirations. Growing up, I was very into R&B like Dru Hill, Sam Cook, and Boyz II Men. These groups have been a dominating force in my growth and what I aspire to be. Of course, there are also entertainers like Michael Jackson and James Brown who inspire me. I'm very into rock too. I love chill rock groups like Incubus, Dave Matthews Band, and Coldplay. I take different elements from them, and I intend to incorporate those into my music.
Where did "Love to Love Ya" come from?
It's my try for the ladies [Laughs]. It's the loving, playful, romantic, and gentleman side. That's what that record is about.
What inspires you outside of music?
I get inspired by women [Laughs]. I'm constantly around different girls. I'd say I pull most of my inspiration from people. I love to talk about life and learn about it. It's an amazing thing. I love movies. I love the scenery. I love to run, but my main inspiration is people in general.
What are some of your favorite movies?
Definitely comedies, I've always dug Will Smith movies. Adam Sandler definitely has some classics like Happy Gilmore and Billy Madison. Those are hilarious. I like action movies too.
What's the live experience like?
I love performing. I think that's the most exciting aspect of being an artist. You get to be on stage and feel that energy. I try to bring the songs to life. I'm thrilled to be doing these shows all summer. The stage is my favorite place.
What's up with you dubstep mixtape?
I've been listening to the sound for a few years. It's been getting really popular in the U.S. I've been listening to everybody like Rusko and Skrillex. I dig the darkness of it. I wanted to experiment with mixing dubstep with elements of my sound like R&B and soul. There's a gritty and rebellious nature to dubstep and I wanted to interject melody into it. I want to come up with something innovative and edgy.
What's next for you?
I'm working on getting a few more songs in the bag. I'm developing my sound and building everything. I hope people identify with my journey and they want to see me as I grow. It's about growth.
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