What?: Catch EDubb and Friends this Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 at Smith’s Olde Bar for Turkey Twerk Fest which will be hosted by Fort Knox and DJ Superman.
Read Almighty Dolla has to say…
Do you most often actively seek inspiration or does it find you? Or is there a combination of the two?
There is most definitely a combination of the two. Many times inspiration finds us, as soon as we hear the music, lyrics take form. Other times, We seek inspiration from many different places. Whether it may be visiting diff states, watching movies or reading literature, or something as minute as walking through the woods. Boom! Inspiration is everywhere.
What led you to art in general and to your art form(s) in particular?
We were heavily influenced by role models and elders that surrounded us at a very young age. Nem of EDUBB, His cousin is Royal C from the Legendary Atlanta Gangster Rap Group, The Hard Boys. We would often hang out at the park and play baseball, and they would stop by and hangout in the parking lots. We would observe the music they played, and freestyle sessions that would take place. We also had access to their albums which were frequent around the house, from which we drew inspirations from. I, Dolla, was Nem’s next door neighbor growing up, so I was exposed to this first hand.
In addition to mastering their art, what other skill sets to you recommend that artists develop if they want to be successful?
The art of public speaking. Knowing the music business, and learning about branding and content providing.
How do you stay at the leading edge of your craft?
Keep our ears to the street, but even better yet staying original and in our own lane. Keeping an open ear to the different musical genres in the industry, and trying out new sounds and collaborating with artists in opposing genres.
How do you map out your goals? How do you measure your success?
Write them on paper. Visualize them. Speak them into existence. Let God be our Guide.
Who do you consider to be your peers in your field? Who do you see/use as examples for you to emulate?
OUTKAST, BONE THUGS N HARMONY, Eminem. The independents that made it big, and their business acumen, i.e. Tech N9ne, Strange Music, Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller, Rostrum Records
Name two of your top role models: one in the art world and one from outside of it.
Roger Nelson, Dolla’s Father, Donald K. Murphy
Name three books, works, performances or exhibits that changed how you view life and/or yourself.
The Bible. Watching Prince’s very first performance on “American Bandstand,” The Willie Lynch Slave Letter
Why do you consider continued learning important?
Knowledge is the key to success. You can’t ever stop learning. Dolla is a graduate of Clark Atlanta university for a Bachelors in Public Relations. I’ve been able to use the skills learned to self brand, EDUBB & WHOOTY, Trademark, and create a corporation brand from the ground up.
What affirmations do you repeat to yourself that contribute to your success?
What role does technology play in your day-to-day life? How do you utilize it?
Social networks are the linkeage to an Artist and his/her fanbase. It’s also the marketplace to carve out your own lane and niche to reach your desired demographic.
What software, app or other technological innovation has made the biggest difference in your life and/or career?
Twitter [and] Facebook
Please define your personal brand.
Inventive, Intuitive, Creative, Faithful, Authentic, Fearless, God-Fearing, Consistent, Persistent, Bold, Energetic, Engaging, Feel Good and Humbling. These words describe the EDUBB brand.
What is your favorite vacation destination and why?
Europe, [specifically] Germany treat American musicians with much admiration and respect. We recently did our first European tour last July, and we cant wait to go back. We love the new fans we made out there, and appreciate the way we were treated.
If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
The judicial system