The Soulful Release From DregottheBlues Has Us Craving More

DregottheBlues is a New York City-based artist who puts on his own unique display of soulful essence.

Being raised as a church boy allows for DregottheBlues to Mastercraft lyrics that are rich with resiliency, love, and healing, all while fusing in different styles of pop, R&B, and hip-hop.

As evident with his most recent release, “Amnesia” featuring the artist. .Jxck is a perfectly smooth soundscape that we will find ourselves listening to time and time again.

“Amnesia,” tells us the story of what it’s like to feel lonely when on the road and missing what’s waiting at home. This touching message is something that we are surely many different individuals will be able to listen to.

We felt as if we were lost on a long bus ride, remembering our favorite people who are waiting for us to come back, “Amnesia” accomplishes that feeling incredibly well and will definitely transport you to a whole new world.

“Amnesia” features a smooth, synthy version of a Rhodes keyboard, lo-fi chill hip-hop drum beats, and then both DregottheBlues and. Jxck perfectly laid back rap performance that quickly has us bobbing our heads to the beat. We are loving everything about “Amnesia” and cannot wait to hear what other storytelling experiences that DregottheBlues will be telling us.

You can check out “Amnesia” here.

Hey there DregottheBlues! Welcome to BuzzMusic! Your latest release “Amnesia” tells us about wanting to come back home to your loved ones, is this a personal story being told?

I wouldn’t say it’s a direct reference to a specific situation, but rather a reflection of real emotions that I’ve felt in the past. I wanted to make a feel-good song for the summer that could be relatable for a lot of people. Most of us have at one point in our lives have experienced what it’s like to have a significant other, but due to certain circumstances such as work, travel, etc., you had to be away from them for an extended period of time. This person brings you joy, but unfortunately, you can’t spend time together at that very moment. It may hurt, but it only makes you appreciate the moments you do spend together even more. I wanted to highlight this feeling.

We loved the dynamic vocal performances between you and. Jxck, how did you end up choosing him to be an artist on this release? What was the workflow like between the two of you?

.Jxck & I have been good friends for almost 5 years now, and are currently roommates living in NYC. We met in college & have played countless of different shows together over the years. Our old band, “Bluejack & The Sauce Boys'', has performed at numerous venues throughout the tri-state area, New Jersey, & even two festivals in Maine. He and I released our collab project back in 2016 entitled, “Bluejack EP”, which featured most of the music we performed and toured with the following year. We continue to co-host and perform at events together to this day.

That being said, the chemistry between us is almost flawless. We know each other very well as people and it tends to translate to the music seamlessly. I could probably speak for him in saying we’ve helped each other grow a lot artistically. “Amnesia” was produced by .Jxck and was fully recorded/mixed by us in our home. I usually only make music with people I hold a personal connection with. Anything else would feel like a business transaction and I’m no businessman. I’m an artist.

A lot of your music seems to come right down from the heart, what inspires you to create the art that you do? Are there any idols that you find yourself looking up to?

I draw inspiration anywhere I possibly can... personal experiences, stories I’m told, movies I watch, even things I read on Twitter. I feel like one of an artist’s greatest qualities is to be able to read in between the lines, and bring forth consciousness to concepts that aren’t easily perceivable. I always ask myself, “how can I make this experience fresh for my audience? Everyone’s heard a love song before, but how can my love songs alter the relationship people have with that emotion?” I try really hard not to mirror the music I enjoy because I want people to come back to my catalog for something unique that they wouldn’t typically get anywhere else.

I personally look up to artists who push cultural boundaries. They provide social commentary, challenge your beliefs, & force you to unlearn and relearn new concepts as time goes on. These are the people who I believe help shape a better future through art. To name a few, I think of people like Yasiin Bey, Erykah Badu, Jimi Hendrix, and Lauryn Hill. I also find myself very inspired by visual artists like Keith Haring & Jean-Michel Basquiat. All of these people used their art as a means of not only activism but also to provide healing and clarity for their audiences. It wasn’t always about money or success with them, but rather a pure love for their crafts and communities. They aspired not to have more, but to be more, and that inspires me so much. 

Since being raised as a church boy, do you feel that the whole experience has shaped the art that you are creating today? What types of future directions do you see your art going in for future releases?

Going to church every Sunday growing up is what developed my love for live instrumentation. I joined the choir at a young age & the first few songs I wrote were heavily influenced by Gospel music and were initially intended to be performed in church. I was moved by the musicians’ ability to evoke such powerful emotions through their instruments that it would empower the whole congregations of people. I carried that with me.  None of my shows in the past 5 years have been without the support of a band & truthfully, I don’t think I’ll ever perform without one again. That exchange of energy is so pure, so intimate. It’s a far different experience than rapping over a beat. I feel like I connect deeply with my fellow musicians and we harmonize with one another making for a unique experience every time we perform. No two shows are ever the same and I love that. It’s like how no two church services are ever the same. They’re unique to the current state of energy in the room. 

In the future, there’s honestly no telling where I’d be willing to take my sound. I’m genuinely influenced by all genres of music as long as I can connect to it somehow. I really want to make trap funk music. I hope to release a jazz album one day. I love writing pop and soul songs for other artists. I just can’t envision many limits for myself. I suppose in some ways, that’s a strength of mine.

Thank you for being with us? Are you able to give us a sneak peek at anything new to be expected for 2020?

I’d love to tell you everything, but I’m a free-flowing soul. I move with what feels right. I’m currently working on a project, but there’s no telling how I’ll feel a week from now. You might get some singles, might get an EP, might get an album. I never know until the music is complete.

What I will say however is that I’ve been sending out a lot of verses to different artists I’m connected with. You can definitely expect a lot of DREgottheBLUES features in the very near future, so make sure you’re on the lookout for those!