Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
Hey what’s up my friend and the answer to your question would be Mrs. Mary my Grandmother. Since I was the age of two , she introduced me to the guitar first! As I grew later, I became the grandson who would entertain her company at her gatherings and family get togethers etc. My early teenage years (11 - 14) she had me taking piano lessons! Grandma had a Grand Piano in her front room and all of her grandkids were absolutely crazy about it, but you could only play on it with professional lessons or get in trouble! That’s how the music seed music got planted!
Now particularly for this single “All I Need” - yes there is a beautiful inspiration by the name of De’Ambril Bush and I call her I -am- Bril (IamBril). She is featured on the song! Pretty Brownskin Hottie.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Loosing a $250k budget signed to an Independent Label whose executive made terrible decisions on choice of records and who to apply certain budgets to and for an ill advised business fashion over the obvious business preference by the Label Investment Partners! Management went with the wrong music for the artist of choice and it costs our entire roster rather then just the one poor decision to invest in other than me! “Freedom House Records/Big Beat Records and Orpheus Distributors 1998.
What has been the high point of your music path?
Being accepted and supported on every level and platform as well as being Nominated for (5) Awards (5) Categories: 1. Best RnB Male Vocalist 2. RnB Song of The Year “Luv, Luv” 3. Top Trending Artists 4. #1. Chart Topping Artist 5. RnB Singer of The Year @Star Soul Fame Awards, Louisville, Kentucky September 4th “Dedicated To RnB & Soul” Sponsored by RnB Soul Effect TV
Being currently the #1. Song and Artists on The Radio Connect “The Ray Daniels Morning Radio Show” The Mix 88.9FM (22 Stations National) Nielsen BDS Radio Digital Tracker Radio
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would you change?
Remove the people who are vultures and empower people who enjoy doing great business and creating opportunities that give artists financial freedom and creative stability! No more greed and bad deals with robbery and fraud.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?:
It would definitely be Andre 3000 and Big Boi also known as Outkast! Their influence goes back to ‘94 before the South was really accepted by Mainstream Industry Executives! Not long after the rest is history! I identified with them for the harmonies and messages as well as the southern roots
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
It comes natural, plus I’m a ladies man and I totally enjoy great conversation! My creative juices flow consistently
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show? I am constantly rehearsing in my free time, because my mind doesn’t stop in pursuit of as close to perfection as I can possibly get! I am great at improv so I stay ready with a spontaneous nature and the wit to freestyle based on my mind or my surroundings.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
“I’m Dreamin” my other single It was the one, I would say m, because I really wanted to make a definite impression on the listeners (ladies)! So I ended up freestyling the song, because I couldn’t get beyond a written destination, once I put away the pad and opened my mind for new approaches, the message came so vividly.
What's coming up in the future?
*2021 Fall National Radio Station Tour 22 Stations across the East coast from Georgia - New York *2022 National “All I Need” Tour
Tell us where fans can access your music.
My music is available on all of your favorite Digital and Streaming Platforms including:
iTunes/TIDAL/Apple Music/Amazonmusic/Pandora/IHeartRadio/Spotify/Google Play/Instagram/Facebook/ YouTube etc.
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About Dick James
Dick James aka The Hip Hop Stevie Wonder! Award Nominated/Chart Topping Artist consistently Making Headlines and creating major waves on a National Level! Currently #1.
“All I Need” ft. IamBril is The Number One Single on The National Syndicated Radio Connect “The Ray Daniels Morning Radio Show” 23 BDS/DRT Stations and growing…. “All I Need” has just received a Streaming Award for 100k + Streams accumulated on Spotify
“I’m Dreamin” the second single has also received 100k + Streams on Spotify to go along with The Streaming Award.
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