DCMBR is like a rubik’s cube with his music; expansive and multi-colored with sounds. Hailing from Los Angeles, California, he is the musical product of both the ‘60s and the late 2010s. Heavily seasoned on the multiple preceding eras of the game, DCMBR began crafting his own lane with a rise that has been be steadily blasting upwards. The most enchanting effect of music is the ability to escape. Artists find serenity in the booths and us as listeners, audibly get high and enter another world through the songs that they create. Music serves as the nexus between the things we struggle to say and how we feel. DCMBR is the platform where he’s able to show his care and passion for all loved ones.
”I’m really about togetherness; I don’t have enemies, I try to bring people together. I’ve had people tell me that the songs I made really helped them through hard times. I was just speaking to one of my homegirls the other day and she told me that “World” helped her get back to her writing and poetry.”
In Los Angeles, California, the landscape is constantly changing and evolving along with the people in it. However, in an area that large, the want and need to experience difference prompts one to move all over from the Bay to San Diego, and everywhere in between. Whether the escape was mental or physical, it allowed DCMBR to escape from the fact that there was never any stability in his life. Constant change and redirection makes us as humans who we are today and those experiences and thoughts play their due parts in the stories told through his music from singing to rapping. In the urban west, there is a high importance of being gritty because gangs are said to run the city, and consideration of others is minimal with oneself serving as the priority; DCMBR was a little different.
“I came up heavily influenced by music and R&B my entire life. I know how a good R&B song should go. The problem is that people don’t push the envelope. Where are you going to get by doing what everyone else is doing? You’re not setting yourself apart.”
For DCMBR, making music arrived at the age of 14. He implements a uniform balance of both rapping and singing but like many artists, the straw is drawn from a stack of instrumentals. DCMBR told us, “The first cover I did was a Method Man, Redman, & Bun B song called “City Lights” in 2009. I can’t really say I like the song but the beat was crazy so I had to hop on it. From then I did more and more covers.” Studio time, equipment, and a team is seemingly necessary to make a efflorescent song but in the early days, you had to get it how you lived. DCMBR continued saying, “Back then I was using the lowest budgeted software I could find to record. For “City Lights” I hooked up my webcam (to serve) as the audio. And I had the song playing on the computer in the background with the webcam recording me.”
At what exact moment did you fall in love with music?
I’ve seen where the family has tried and failed. I remember having a journal back in elementary, trying to rhyme in the 3rd grade, since I could remember, back in diapers. I have pictures of myself holding a mic up to my nose with a pacifier in mouth, playing my dad’s keyboard. I would say I fell in love back in pre school. My favorite group back in the day was Dru Hill. I remember jumping on the couches and pretending to perform their songs as a young kid and getting in trouble for messing up my mom’s couches. Back in the younger younger years when I was like 5,6,7, my dad used to play Dru Hill. I remember loving Enter the Dragon; that album was a big one for me. That was the same time of the Jagged Edge’s and the Usher’s who also had big influence on me.
Music is highly reflective of these glorified and tainted realities that we live in. What would you say has been the hardest struggle that you’ve been through that contributed to you being an artist today?
I would say losing my grandfather when he passed. He taught me the ins and outs of music, and the ropes. He prepared me for what I’m dealing with now. I remember when he was about to admit himself into the hospital, he called me into his room; he had tears in his eyes. He said he always knew I would be the one to make it out of the family. I wanted to show him that I could do that. 6 months later he passed and I’m forever grateful for everything he did for me. I remember thinking to myself, where do I go now? I wanted to be under his wing and know that if I needed something or had a question, I could go to him. When he told me what he told me, it lit a fire. I wanted to let him know that I got him. I’ve seen the bad and the good. My grandfather told me that you have to stay true to yourself. Be you and worry about everything else later.
If someone made a movie on your life, who would you have on the soundtrack?
Definitely Chris Brown. As to where I am now, I can say that he is the one artist who has had the biggest influence on me and where I wanted to go, even on what kind of platform. He’s definitely been one of the biggest influences. He actually just heard one of my songs the other day and said it was really dope. Next I would say Drake. But mixtape to Nothing Was The Same Drake; that’s the character that I would want on my soundtrack. When I was solely rapping , Drake was the man for me. His form of rapping and his style was amazing for me. I would probably do some Big Sean as well but if I did it, I would package it and do some Twenty88 with Jhene. And lastly, maybe College Dropout Kanye; he really Influenced me musically.
The current music scene is painted with so many colors. What does it mean to brand yourself as an artist in the year 2017?
Every day you wake up and there’s new music from somebody. There are so many technological advances now a days. You have to find a way to entice people’s ears. You have to be unique; a lot of people lack that. In being unique, a lot of true creatives are unique for themselves. It really comes with knowing that you’re dope already. A lot more people are starting to pick up the pen and go to the mic because they feel like they can do it. I have people hitting me up weekly asking to rap on their songs and make music but being a true creative and art head, it takes away from the people who have been doing it so long. But there’s no right or wrong way to do it. Yachty does interviews and says that he hasn’t even been doing it for a year yet. Branding and being artists is hard but it’s fun. As long as you know yourself and remain consistent and persistent.
R&B tells the story of the heart. We often follow rap but the progression of the genre certainly rides on similar waves. What’s the most conflicting component of pursuing R&B/ hip-hop on a lower and higher level?
I think of higher as in being mainstream and lower as in on an underground level. A lot of people lose control over their own music. On a higher level, the mainstream music in today’s society want to follow that Rap,Hip-Hop, drug level. There are a lot of artists that you cannot connect to and honestly say that’s real for you. Hip-Hop is is a whole new spectrum because they see where hip hop is going; it’s all relativity. It starts getting about the money, the fame, publicity,etc… Now people are trying to keep their face out there in a positive level but you have no control over it at a certain point. On a lower level, there’s crazy talent that comes out every day. If you’re on a lower level, you have no way but up to go. People are trying to level up. It may not be about the money at that point but it’s about solidifying a place in society where people can hold you up to the higher names. Apart from everyone else, you have to show that you’re really doing it. It depends on your buzz and your strategy. If you’re dropping music back to back, its cool but it’s way better to have a straight line and know where you’re going.
What was your inspiration behind the song “World”?
I was dealing with a certain female, and I said “I ain’t worried ‘bout you/ I ain’t trying to hold you back, I ain’t trying to be the reason/ you skip your hardest teacher ‘cause you miss my features, i ain’t with that preaching”- What that means is just because we have feelings, I’m never gonna tell you not to live your life. I want you to be a young woman and grow; do you. As long as you’re a part of my life, you’re going to be in my world. I dropped it about a year ago and it’s been going crazy. My whole goal was to just crack 10,000 in a month and get it played weekly. I wasn’t expecting all of that.
Who’s one producer you would love to drop a project with? And why?
Bizness Boi- he does a lot of work with PARTY, 6lack, Eric Bellinger, Ye Ali, etc. I really love his style and the emotion he portrays and embodies within his art; I connect to that 110%. His sound relates really well to me as an artist and its persona hits me right on the head. “LIKEitLUVit” is produced by him as well.
We have some things in the works. I met him through a relative associate who works really close with a blog that highlighted me. That person is really cool with the owner of the blog and a good word was put in. I remember this vividly, I was at Wing Stop eating when i got word that my manager had his contact. I remember seeing his name on PARTYNEXTDOOR’s “Don’t Do It For Me No More” literally a week before this instance. We reached out and he dropped me 6 beats. Then I went home and ripped half of them. This was all In the beginning/middle of last year. I’m working on a project right now, soon to drop which will feature him, but I have a vision of doing a whole project with him.
The energy on the west coast is influenced by a gangster rap and hip hop feel. The use of rolling basslines with synthesizers is absolutely prominent in California. The sound of YG & DJ Mustard is what booms out of speaker boxes and cars all over the state. Unlike the east coast, the west actually has an eminent sound that people expect to be echoed at all times. DCMBR continued to tell us that there are a lot of artists out there that feel like they have to follow that sound and stay in that lane. He persisted by saying, “ It’s really not too much of a true R&B sound. If you want to be an R&B singer, be an R&B singer; have that song, have that emotion.”
What’s one barrier you want to break down over the course of your progression? Musically, personally, etc.
I want to show people that they can challenge the norm that the music industry has placed on them. There are restricted guidelines and labels that people get put under that they shouldn’t, especially if they’re talented enough to make multiple types of music. I don’t see why people can’t make sad music, come back with something joyful, and also have bars on something else. I feel like people tell them they have a certain sound and now they have to ride with it. We’re all human. We go through a change of emotions daily. People don’t always want to sing about depression or drugs. People want to make things that they feel. With the way things go now a days, you could lose your platform in the blink of an eye, but I don’t want people to be afraid to step out. Be a person, be human. You’re making music for the people that are on your platform.
When you finished “Motionz”, who’s the first person you played it for? What was that reaction like?
The first person I played it for was my manager. I sent it to him because I wanted to hear how he felt about it. I think I sent it a gang of friends in my area, some in the Bay and I sent it to my girl. I got nothing but but good vibes back. My friends would show it to their girls and they would want to have sex over it; its funny but it’s true. These are things that you don’t think about or expect but music has that type of effect.
If you could plug yourself into everyone’s headphones in the world, what’s the one song that you would play?
It would have to be “World”. That song has the highest worldly appeal. I just went to Lebanon and they went crazy over that. I could put that in different markets and connect to many different ears. It’s a feel good track. I haven’t been able to tour just yet but I made some moves over there. My homeboy plays professional basketball over there and his assistant coach works closely with some of The Weeknd’s people. They had me on the biggest radio station in the country which allowed me to get my record spun a few times. When I finally got the chance to perform, people were calling me back for the encore. If I could go on tour with anyone, I would honestly do a tour with Kehlani. I saw her perform and the energy in the room was crazy. She really makes that crowd hers. She knows how to control that room. Chris Brown and PARTYNEXTDOOR on a tour would be crazy too. Picking up on a rapper, I would mess with Big Sean or Travis Scott. Travis Scott is absolutely wild. I’ve seen him perform about 3 or 4 times and it was crazy each time. No matter what he always comes out to perform.
DCMBR and Sacramento native Mozzy recently released their song and video for “Afraid”, which will also be featured on Mozzy’s upcoming album 1 Up Top Ahk set to drop on August 18th. From DCMBR, two projects are set to release within the next 6 months with one in August & one pending a release in the winter time. You might even catch me on a small time tour run. There’s no slowing down, I’m trying to go full throttle.In the scheme of music, paved by the way of stars like Chance the Rapper & Joey Badass, staying independent is the goal and certainly can provide the same outcome, if not bigger, than a record label can. Once the leverage is built, a personal imprint can be established and creative freedom will remain in the hands of the holder. His main focus is saying the real in it’s entirety, working and grinding to expand the core base. It has to come natural because forcing doesn’t always provide the best results. Where most music appeals to intellect or reason, DCMBR’s music appeals to all senses. The ability to snatch the attention of a listener is what separates him from his other fellow artists; R&B is smooth but the impact is aggressive. So whether or not fans make the decision to hop on the wave, it’s certainly creating tides in the sea of R&B.
“DCMBR time is coming. And once it hits, it’s gonna be a lot of good content so listen up.”
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