Recently HCM caught up with rising hip-hop artist L. è Dee for a brief interview to talk about her upcoming release Van Gogh and what makes her unique as an artist. Check out her interview to see more about L. è Dee and her journey as an artist.
HCM. How did you come by your stage name?
L. è Dee. When I was looking for a name I wanted something that would embody what I stood for and what my music would aim to do. To shed light on my burdens and pains in hopes that someone with the same issues would listen and not feel so alone. L è Dee (L . È. D) to me is light, it’s love, it’s positivity. It’s more than just a name to me it’s a movement directed to spread positivity and to get people thinking about others and shine light on issues that they themselves may or may not be going through in order to help someone else.
HCM. When did you discover your love for music and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in music?
L. è Dee. That’s a long-winded question. Growing up I was always trying to start bands and girl groups with my friends, there was BG2 back in the 4th grade and double K F in high school. I just always had a love for music, I was always dancing and trying to memories lines from j cole and Eminem to see if I could rap as fast. I got my first guitar in the 8th grade, learned to play the bass, violin, and piano in high school but it wasn’t until college when everyone was trying to get me to pick a career when I realized that music was the only thing that has stayed with me my entire life, and would be the only thing that would make me feel accomplished and proud of myself. Anything else would be me not living up to my full potential.
HCM. To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?
L. è Dee. My sense of style is based on convenience, poverty and a little retro influence. We weren’t very rich growing up we shopped at a lot of thrift stores and over time it influenced my style tremendously because I began to love clothes that were a little more dingy, distressed, rugged and possibly from a different generation.
HCM. On your upcoming album… How did you come up with the concept for this project?
L. è Dee. I wanted to start branding myself and figuring out who I was and what I stand for. Van Gogh was a broke post-impressionist painter who was not appreciated in his time but made paintings that moved people and excited their emotions. That’s what I wanted to do with this project, make music that Would move people.
HCM. What are some of your greatest challenges as an artist, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic?
L. è Dee. My greatest challenge right now is getting my mom to believe that I can do it. I can make a living doing what I love to do. I want to do it because nobody else in my family has ever been in a position where they can afford to follow their dreams. And if I can get my mom to believe that I can do it then everything else is easy.
HCM. What impression would you like listeners to be left with after hearing your music?
L. è Dee. I want them to say that I touched them. That I left a piece of myself with them that they won’t easily forget.
HCM. What are your plans for the near future?
L. è Dee. I’ve got a lot more projects coming out this year. Russ did 52 songs a year when he was coming up, I’m going to attempt to modify this in my Own way to fast track growth in a similar way.
HCM. Is there anyone you’d like to thank, any shout outs?
L. è Dee. I want to thank my sister and brothers and mom overall for dealing with my mood swings and overall lack of commitment to the future. Sorry you guys but I can never see myself behind a desk hopefully you can see where I’m going.
Check out the lyric video for the single “Going,” from the Van Gogh album.
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