ReddRoxx Rundown: Dame Dolla tackles music dreams
blog by Maria Redd • October 10, 2013 @ 8:01am
One thing I love about Buffalo is that it’s essentially a melting pot of talent.
Home to multiple universities and professional sports leagues, Buffalo welcomes people come from all over the country—who very often end up calling Buffalo home, or a second home at the very least.
I recently ran into a talented artist by the name of Dame Dolla who, like many, found his way to Buffalo but remains determined to make it in music despite his location.
ReddRoxx: Thanks again for taking the time out to give the world a peek inside your life—so let’s start out by telling the people who you are.
Dame Dolla: No problem, it’s a pleasure to have the opportunity. My name is Dame, and I’m an emerging rap artist from Rochester. I am also one of the founders of Roc Boyz Entertainment, one of the biggest party promotion teams in Upstate New York.
I graduated from the University at Buffalo with a BA in environmental design and a minor in architecture. I have always loved music. I have a passion for being creative and I express it in my music.
RR: Being so close to Rochester, I’m very familiar with the area. I’m sure inquiring minds would like to know what brought you to Buffalo?
DD: Education—I attended the University at Buffalo.
RR: I actually meet a lot of artists that come to Buffalo for the purpose of education and end up staying for one reason or another. I’m sure you do a lot of traveling back and forth, especially with having an entertainment company, so with that being said, what are some of the differences between the local music scene in the Roc and the scene here in Buffalo?
DD: Whether it’s Buffalo or Rochester, I feel like getting genuine supporters is a very hard task. The goal is convincing people and getting believers to back you and your movement.
There will be naysayers or haters wherever you go, but my focus isn’t on them. My focus is on the secret fans. There are people out there who stumble across my music and truly enjoy it, but yet their pride—or whatever it is—won’t let them share it. All I ask is that folks lend me a good ear and share it with peers.
RR: You’re already ahead of the game if you’re not only focusing on your core audience but the audience that’s discovered your music and you have yet to discover them. You mentioned that Rochester lacks what many feel Buffalo lacks which is support. Have you had the opportunity to collaborate with any local artists yet, and are there any that you would like to collab with in the near future?
DD: I have a few collabs on my first project BoomBoxThreat, which are all local rappers out of the city of Rochester. I would definitely like to collab with any local artist who takes this as serious as I do and actually has talent.
RR: My good homie J. Clancy! I did a write-up on him for the rundown when it was in its infancy. He’s a super talented artist, and I look forward to hearing both of you on a track together. Jae Skeese and Jocelyn Bowman are also very talented, so it’s clear that you have a great ear for music, which leads me to my next question. When did you learn that you had musical talent?
DD: I can’t remember what age I was, but I remember singing Michael Jackson’s “Rock With You” as if it was my own. I was convinced that I had made the song and I sang it like every day while boasting and bragging to all the kids at the daycare.
I am no singer, although I try from time to time on the songs I make. I started rapping when I was about 15 years old. I would jot down witty lines and record verses on my phone for my own entertainment. One day I decided to share it with a good friend of mine, Jaquan Welch, who I looked up to as a mentor. He was a local rapper at the time. He enjoyed and supported my talent – we eventually joined two other local rappers and became BLITZ, a team of four teenagers on a mission to be heard.
RR: I’m surprised that you said Michael Jackson was one of your first musical influences being a rapper. That shows your versatility as an artist as well though. Now I’m curious, who are some of your other music influences?
DD: I grew up in a West Indian home listening to Beres Hammond and Bob Marley which sparked my musical interest. My hip-hop influences would have to be Jay-Z, Lil Wayne and Drake, all for different reasons.
RR: That’s a great variation of artists and an awesome foundation to build music from. Let’s get back to your music now: do you have music available for purchase or download, if so where?
RR: Cool. What projects are you currently working on?
DD: Currently, I am pushing my BoomBoxThreat mixtape while I work on new material for my upcoming EP. My next project will be the best work I have created. It will have all original beats, and it will focus on displaying my own style.
RR: I was definitely impressed by BoomBoxThreat, so I’m definitely looking forward to hearing your EP! I’m also looking forward to watching you perform as well – any dates on the calendar?
RR: That’s major! Make sure you take advantage of those opportunities because they are few and far between in this industry. I’m sure I’m not the only one waiting on your releases and performances but in the meantime, how can the people contact you?
RR: Got it! Before you go, leave us with one of your favorite quotes.
DD: “If God gives you a talent, it is your obligation to share it with the world.”