KillerHipHop Exclusive | DyMe-A-DuZiN Interview
Rappers on YouTube really do come a dime a dozen. Luckily, DyMe-A-DuZiN isn’t one of those rappers. To start off, DyMe is a Warner Bros. recording artist. He’s also the front man of Brooklyn based band, Phony Ppl. He was once just another teenager making YouTube videos from his bedroom. Now you can catch DyMe in the studio with the likes of Plain Pat (what up!), Emile, and Harry Fraud.
During our exclusive interview we talk about his religious influences, A Portrait of Donnovan, Plain Pat executive producing his Warner debut, working with Harry Fraud, YouTube, Phony Ppl, and more.
KHH: If I’m correct, church introduced you to music. You know through gospel, and choir. Does church still play an influence in your music today?
DyMe: Well not the church exactly, but God definitely. [I] just keep him first, and walk in faith. But I’m not a gospel rapper. I just believe in God. It was definitely an [influence] in my first musical endeavors.
KHH: How would you describe your sound?
DyMe: I could say it’s real rap, music. I’ve never really thought about putting myself in a box, and be stuck in one sound. I just do what I feel at that moment. That’s up for the people to decide. I don’t try to put myself in a box.
KHH: When you’re in the booth, what are you trying to get through to people? Are there any messages, or anything specific that you want to get across to people?
DyMe: Well music is my passion, first and foremost. I do music because I love music. But also to [share] my experiences and my knowledge of life, and just [share] things that I’ve been through. I’d just like to share a story, and share ideas, and advice to help people with, and entertain, for the most part. When I get in the booth I’m ready to tell my story, and help people and entertain people. [Music] is for the fans to hear.
KHH: What are you currently working on right now?
DyMe: Actually right now I’m in the studio working on my mixtape, my EP called, A Portrait of Donnovan. That should be done really soon, probably within the next few weeks. I’m working on that right now, finishing up the last tracks. A Portrait of Donnovan is going to have, maybe, 13 tracks on it. I’m working hard on that with Plain Pat, [and] Harry Fraud as well, people from my band Phony Ppl as well, and my producer friends. That should be coming out in the next, it’s coming soon. I’m not going to say exactly when because it still has to be worked on. But it’s almost done.
KHH: Is this project going to include all original music or is it going to have freestyles?
DyMe: Yea all original music. It’s been a while since I put out something that’s all original. This is like all original, and my highest quality of work. It will be handed in to Warner Brothers at the end of the day, so it is a music situation. It’s a mixtape coming out all on Warner Brothers. It will be quality. It will probably be the best quality music that you’ve ever heard from me. No, it definitely will be the highest quality music that people have heard, so stay tuned.
KHH: You mentioned before that you’re working with Harry Fraud. How’s that coming along?
DyMe: Uh we’ve been working on a few tracks, but most of the work has been with Plain Pat, and Dj Kaslo. Those are the executive producers of the project. We’ve been working mostly with my Phony Ppl, and Pat’s circle. They’ve done most of the work on the mixtape, all the people with Plain Pat. So Phony Ppl and Plain Pat, that’s been crazy.
KHH: What role will Plain Pat play on your Warner Brothers debut album?
DyMe: He’ll definitely be executive producer as well. Him and Emile. Plain Pat and Emile executive produced Kid Cudi’s projects and produced a lot of his stuff. Plain Pat is really close with Kanye. So these are all people that I really look up to, so I’m very honored. They’re going to be producing most of [the album]. Be on the look out for that.
KHH: What kind of artists or producers would you like to work with on your debut album?
DyMe: Oh man, Kanye of course. Timbaland as well. Who else is really hot right now? I got a really tight circle of producers that I’m really feeling right now. My Phony Ppl boys. It’ll probably just be all in the family. As far as outside producers and people that I’ve always wanted to work with, Kanye definitely. But who doesn’t want to work with those guys? Hopefully that could happen. That’ll be a dream come true. We’ll see what happens.
KHH: Would you say that YouTube helped you get signed to Warner Brothers?
DyMe: Oh yea, definitely! YouTube was my first outlet for anything. YouTube and MySpace.
KHH: So how did you get started on YouTube?
DyMe: When I was younger I needed an outlet to get my music and creativity out. YouTube was my only way of doing that. And luckily, people caught on. I wouldn’t be where I am today without YouTube.
KHH: Can you tell us about Phony Ppl?
DyMe: Phony Ppl are my brothers, very talented musicians that I’ve grown with. Our album Phonyland is out now. It’s free online and being sold in a store in Paris called Collette. We’re also working on our next project.
KHH: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
DyMe: An award winning artist, with many goals accomplished and many dreams fulfilled. I’m blessed to be where I am right now, and predict greatness in the future.
Stay up to date on everything DyMe-A-DuZiN by following him on twitter, liking him on facebook, and subscribing to his YouTube. Stay tuned for A Portrait of Donnovan and his debut album on Warner Bros.