We caught up with rapper Dame55 and asked him about his musical beginnings, current projects and upcoming shows.
1. How long have you been performing? Do you play any instruments?
I’ve been performing as the artist dame 55 for about a two years, but prior to that I was in a couple groups and also went to the school of performing arts in San Diego and Cincinnati, which I performed in musicals since the age of 9.
You know the funny thing, I didn’t play any instruments, but a couple weeks ago I bought an Orbit 2 synthesizer in order for me to hit singing notes a lot smoother on stage. Needless to say, I’m learning to play the piano!
2. How’d you get the name dame 55?
I got the name dame and the name 55 separate from each other. I was in a group about two years ago and went by the name dame. Eventually, my friends starting calling me 55 because my obsession with Rebel Without A Cause and James Dean.
3. Are there any artists you look up to? Who are some of your influences?
I’m a huge Kurt Cobain fan because of the time I grew up, he was one only man who spoke to me and represented my generation. I also have had amazing mentors who i have worked with such as Boys Noize,will.i.am , and the entire Black Eyes Peas camp. Artist that embody my influences would be MIA, Beastie Boys, MOS DEF, NAS, Daft Punk and a bit of what made the shape of punk to come.
4. How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard it before?
Electro/grunge/ hip hop acid trance…but I get a lot of my style from my love for comic books. It sounds like a good graphic novel.
5. Can you describe your first time on stage?
Dang, to be honest I cant really remember the first time on stage. I can remember the first time playing in front of my first sold out crowd. It was early this year in February, opening up for Wale at the Roxy. It was crazy man. I was stupid nervous about rapping my lyrics in front that big of audience.
6. What are some of your favorite songs to perform on stage?
Savour the Moment, “Holy Brap,” my cover to Bart B Mores track and I think “Hold On” produced by Rusko.
7. Are you working on any projects at the moment?
Yes, I’m working on my next installment of whoisthepopkiller pt.2 Free Thinking is Expensive. Also my first full length cartoon that will be out next year.
8. Where can we catch you next? Any upcoming shows?
Yes, I have a couple shows coming up in Arizona, Seattle but other then that you can catch me @ South by Southwest in Texas next year.
9. What’s the best piece of advice someone ever gave you?
This music industry is political race, never stop making music and stay away from bullshit you can avoid.
10. Anything else you’d like to add?
For all my vigilante’s who are popkilla’s keep your eyes on the prize, check for the bow tie line t.a.b.b. at thinkabitbigger.com and also remember the underground is the new mainstream!
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