For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
1) What does “Dmo” mean or stand for?
– When I first started doing music, I went by the name DMoney. When I realized how corny that was, I changed it to Dmo. Simple.
2) What separates you from other artists? What is it that you know about yourself as an artist that makes you different?
– I don’t know. I think its more about the honesty of the music. I have this idea that being a true artist means to be the best version of yourself. Naturally, this is what sets all true artist apart.
3) What are some of your current accomplishments? What are you hoping to achieve outside of your music? What else do you hope transpires from your music?
– Well I’d have to say that recognition has been my biggest accomplishment. Being recognized by so many blogs every year is a good feeling. I don’t have a major machine working for me, but my team moves as if we do. So when I see how many fans we are reaching and the idea of VMG interviewing me, it confirms that our GPS is right on track.
4) When you think of “Vintage Media Group”, what comes to mind?
5) What can we expect from “Dmo” this year? Or in other words, coming up soon?
– The plan is to release my new album in July. The album is entitled #RooflessCalifornia. We will be releasing more singles and videos leading up to the album. On top of that, there was so much material recorded for the project that won’t make it. So I have a lot of new unreleased material that we may start releasing just to feed the fans.
About once a month, we release an episode of #TheRooflessFiles. This is a web-series which follows our Journey in this independent music realm. It’s interesting because the viewers get to see all the candid behind the scenes moments from the studio, to shows, to events. The main goal of it is to show myself to the listeners. I want my listeners/viewers to know me better as a person.
Keep a look out on www.ThisIsDmo.com
6) When I saw the dope visual to “Jeremiah 29:11” I personally was impressed and love the whole concept of the visual, what steps were taken to create this visual?
Niko Rodriguez is a GENIUS behind the camera. He is responsible for most of my visuals. We have this chemistry that allows us to create new feels in a visual manner. Whenever we shoot, we try our best to capture spirit of the record.
With Jeremiah 29:11, Niko listened to the record and had an idea of what he wanted to shoot. After we discussed the vibe, he located Surto Forest in San Francisco. Sutro is more commonly known for the Sutro Tower, but beyond that was an amazing forest that captured all the elements necessary to creating this visual for record.
We scouted the area and then began to organize shots, colors, and angles. If its one thing that we stress in the music and visuals, its simplicity and quality. We chose a black wardrobe to offset the green background. Everything was calculated from the colors to the low angles and steadily moving camera in the slow motion shots. The vibe carried itself! The video took 3 days to shoot.
7) What does the word “Vintage” means to you?
I’ve always been a fan of the word “Vintage”. To me, this means the restoration of classic material.
8) Outside of the music, are you involved or working on anything?
– Our company Great Society is starting a blog within the next few months. We are hoping to create a home for the visionaries at agreatersociety.com
9) Who are some of your influences?
– I’m influenced by the business mind of Nipsey Hussle. The Simplicity of Dom Kennedy. The lyrical presence in Wale and the creative confidence of Kanye.
10) Being that you are from Los Angeles, California what is the state of Hip-Hop there? How would you titled your style of music?
I live in Los Angeles, but I’m not from here. But there’s a lot of talent here. The creative gates are opening up more and more in hip hop. You can see everything from the artsy type to the ratchet shit to the trendy shit. Theres a little bit of it all.
I like to title my music as story telling. But I think my story and style is evolving with every project. Who knows where this will end up.
11) Where can your fans & supporters find you online? Via Twitter, Facebook, etc.?
12) Any last remarks?
– Always show love.