Born in Houston, DAM3 is the founder of MONARCH3 Records, a collective of this generation’s up-and-coming artists of Prison City’s Huntsville, Texas.
Born in Houston around the struggles in his earlier childhood, DAM3 deals with the loss and betrayal of his friends and family. DAM3 reflects on the feeling of the consequences throughout his life with the music he releases. Taking inspiration from and connecting with artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Lil Skies, and J. Cole, they have all inspired the sound and message that DAM3 has long tried to convey to his peers.
Delving into his latest single, “Nobody,” the melodic virtuoso of DAM3’s eclectic resonance sits with us in our minds in a fully absorbing manner.
The vibrancy that is showcased through the instrumentation has us navigating around a buoyant realm of mid-tempo grooves destined to sweep any listener off of their feet.
DAM3 has a certain ease that he portrays through his lyrical finesse as he rides the beat with buttery cadences. Holding true to his laid-back, yet cognizant persona, the characteristics of DAM3 come flooding through your speakers in a way that makes you feel as if you’ve known him your whole life.
What we love the most about “Nobody” has to be the way that DAM3 pairs lyrical motifs such as, ‘No one ever stays. Everyone goes. But I don’t wanna go today,’ with a beat that would have you feeling that the lyrical content may opt for the route of pure optimism.
He places great emphasis on creating an innovative lane for himself as an artist, while he makes music for those who may feel hopeless, but still long for that vivacity to speak into their lives. Be prepared to delve into all of the emotions and thoughts that flow organically through harmonious cadences gleaming from your sound system.
Congratulations on the release of “Nobody.” We truly admire the sonic expedition of this track and would love to know; where did the inspiration strike for the narrative you illuminate?
A lot of how this song was created stemmed from my own pain and reflecting on the passings of my family and friends. We all know these past 2 years have been hell for us, and it was no less than a tragedy for me. I produced the beat 2 years ago never expected to finish the final version the way I did. I needed to try something different and tell a story of what I really went through alternating the perspectives of what death and women put me through growing up. I wanted something my peers can listen to and not feel like they’re alone in any sense. I just want people to feel secure in their own head when they hear my experiences in ‘Nobody,'
Are there any subjects that you find easier or more difficult to write about? Where did “Nobody” fall on the spectrum for you?
"Nobody" was easier to write to based on the fact that the trauma was something I could let out on a track. I'm at my most vulnerable on this song and everyone can see that but letting it all go is therapy for me. All in all, the song was written in a day or 2 so not too challenging.
Could you please share a bit about MONARCH3 Records with us? How did this collective come to be?
MONARCH3 was an idea of mine to get the most like-minded creatives and execute ideas we saw fit to us. When I started the collective up, I ended up creating with my brothers. From releases like "Concrete Butterflies" to my most recent single with Young God Blow, "11TH STREET" We have a lot of projects in store for our fans and we can't wait to drop it on their heads when we do.
Looking back into your mindset when creating “Nobody,” do you find that you’re still in a similar headspace now that the song is released?
Musically, I've gotten better for sure as I was sitting on that song for a while but the trauma will always be there. I'm always paranoid and don't like to go out much anymore but I know that was all a result of knowing my loved ones are gone now. It's to the point of not taking many things seriously in my life as far as relationships go. I just want to know that they're safe when they just want to know why I'm not texting back fast enough. There are different perspectives on how we see the world and small things don't matter to me as much as death does. Is that a bad way of thinking? Maybe but I can't change that now, you know?