For the latest installment in our 7 Questions interview series, W.Coast.K caught up with Bronx raised artist, producer and student of New York sound, Dolo The Bandit. Aside from winning Most Original Artist at the Underground Music Awards, Dolo has caught the attention of Spike Lee and the Quicksilver brand, along with performing at BET Music Matters in 2012. After a hiatus due to getting caught up in a home invasion and having to undergo multiple surgeries for shotgun injuries, Dolo is back at it again with full force, as he just released his latest album, Target Practice. Catch up with him below, as I got the chance to find out what drives Dolo The Bandit, where he draws inspiration from and who kept him going in the face of adversity.
For those not familiar, give us a brief run down of how you got your start in the industry.
I started in high school after my child hood friend pushed me into rhyming. I was mostly into the arts, at the time only drawing, but he was the one real adamant about me rhyming. Went from cyphers in the lunchroom to me working with a producer/engineer who eventually gave me a learning curve on music production, recording, and audio mixing/mastering early. So i began making beats as i learned to record vocals and write songs at the same pace. Later went on to be an in house producer for an independent production company. There was a deal with Lenny S that didn’t pan out with the label and because it wasn’t my company i decided to move on building my own brand.
How would you describe your style?
Aggressive and passionate.
Where did you draw the inspiration from for your latest project Target Practice?
Target Practice came about as a way for me to define what this album would represent to my audience. Its an assortment of records that give you specific pin points of what caliber of records i can make as an artist. Allowing you to see the range and precision of my abilities from my production to the delivery or cadences of each song. The bill of rights came into play once i tied in connections of politics and the police shootings in the media.
Which 3 music videos have had the most life changing impact on you? Why?
- Busta Rhymes: “Gimmie Some Mo” was definitely a dope video, i still haven’t seen anybody take it to that level of creativity and still be super funny but iLL.
- Missy Elliot: “The Rain” looked exactly how the song and beat sounded. I still think its a crazy dope video.
- Michael Jackson: “Thriller” made a song into a movie musical was magic.
Life can get crazy at times, filled with up and downs. Who pushes you to keep going when things look dim?
After suffering trauma from a home invasion and almost losing my hand and jaw to a shotgun blast, it’s been my mother that has pushed me to heal up and get back on my feet!
What kind of impact has social media and technology had on your career?
It’s allowed me to take control of my business and push for success on my own terms.
Is there anything else you’d like us to know before you go?
Target Practice is available now on iTunes, Tidal, Spotify, and GooglePlay! Lake House official music video is on youtube now also!