Our WorldArts Spotlight Artist for the month of August is Dazz & Brie! Big things await this ‘Texarkana’ duo as they are certainly living up to their motto of ‘Make Ya Mama Proud‘. Check out our exclusive interview with them about how they met, making the best use of social media, and the eternal question: New York or L.A.?
1) How did the band come to be?
We (Dazz & Brie) met in college through our sorority. We started as a songwriting/production duo, but weren’t having much success shopping songs so we decided to perform them ourselves to sell them, but we fell in love with performing, people responded well to us, and were interested in our sound as artist.
2) What’s the music scene like in the ’Texarkana’ region where you started out?
It’s a lot of R&B and neo-Soul. So, we stick out, but we enjoy surprising people with our rock vibes who may not otherwise listen to rock music.
3) What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten?
Always say yes. Even if you aren’t sure how, say yes and figure it out. Also, we know it sounds cliche, but to stay true to ourselves. What works for other people may not work for us. It’s so important to find your own lane & your audience will find you. A fellow songwriter once told us to “write songs, then step away and listen” before deciding on final drafts. It’s not the most profound piece of advice, but it really helps to review material with a clear head in order to avoid the regret of releasing something too soon.
4) If you could go on tour with any artist (past or present) who would it be?
Paramore or Chris Brown. Both of them have amazing energy on stage, and it would really push us in stage presence and showmanship.
5) What’s your ‘go-to’ karaoke song?
Definitely No Diggity by Blackstreet! Everyone loves that song! It’s fun to sing & plays on both of our strengths.
6) WorldArts is all about giving tools and opportunities to artists. What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
We would say find a knowledgeable mentor. Make sure that it’s someone willing to give sound advice, and who is honest with you. Be open to constructive criticism, but know the limit between changing yourself for the better or changing yourself to appease someone else. Use social media to interact with fans or future fans on a personal level.
7) If you could change anything about the music industry, what would it be?
No comment, we haven’t “made it” yet
8) What is the best way you’ve found to market yourselves as artists?
By getting out into various communities, and being of service to other people. In turn, people want to know about us. In the era of social media, people try to reach so many fans at once or only focus on bigger cities that they overlook small communities. We also use social media like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. We set up impromptu live sessions on Facebook where we’ll perform our music in parks or other places for people to enjoy straight from their couches!
9) You recently made a big move to Brooklyn. How is that transition going?
Our trip to Brooklyn was for Afropunk’s Battle of the Bands, but we loved the city! We’re still debating whether we’d like to transition to New York or LA.
10) What next on the horizon for you (shows/new tracks/in the studio etc.)?
We’re finishing up our project, and our next single for our EP is set to release in September. We also have a show coming up October 21st at Art Share LA!