Interview – DreGarde

I recently reviewed DreGarde’s recent album release Twenty5, and found it to be a very unique sounding and thought provoking piece of music. I loved his music so much that I felt the rest of the world needed to hear more about him, so decided to do a little interview. Read on below to find out more!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released an album titled Twenty5, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about the album and where can it be purchased?

Twenty5 is an audio autobiography reflecting on my experiences, thoughts and feelings at 25.

You can buy the album directly from me and/or stream it on all DSP’s!

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

Honestly, no – if anything it made me more of a recluse than I already am. Being able to be at home writing and listening to beats, then going to the studio worked in my favor.

What is the writing and recording process like for you? Have you started writing for a future EP/album yet?

I feel like a mad man with the writing process, in a good way. I’m always thinking, so I write whatever it is that’s on my mind in that moment there’s usually something that stands out that can be crafted into a song.

When it’s time to record, I prefer that it’s only a few, with no one else in the studio besides the engineer. Incense and weed is a must also.

I have started writing for a few EPs and an album. After releasing Twenty5, I took a little break from writing, but as of recently I’ve been hearing sounds that’s lighting a fire again.

Do you plan to release any singles at any point in the near future?

I’m not really a singles type of artist – I’d rather just release full length albums or EPs. I don’t think releasing a couple would hurt though, so I’m open to it – it just has to feel right.

I felt your music had quite a unique feel to it, especially for the hip-hop/rap genre. Was this purposeful, or did it emerge organically?

Both, my intention is to bring something different to the genre, but at the same time I’m just doing me, I don’t force anything. I believe I’m a unique person also, as we all should! That feeling bleeds into the music I make, so I’m happy that you can recognize that.

Whereabouts are you based and what is the music scene like in your part of the world?

Broward County (South Florida).

The scene here is very eclectic – there’s a lot of artists/collectives that are making music that I admire in the city (Space*, Mercy, SMLTWN and That Feel Records) are some, to name a few. In due time, folks will know South Florida is a goldmine full of artists that have got something to say!

What/who influences you most as an artist? What have you been listening to recently?

My influences are definitely Curtis Mayfield and Kendrick Lamar – their music connects with me in a different way, personally. I want people to feel the same way towards my music.

I’ve been listening to Terrace Martin’s new album DRONES and Wiz Khalifa’s Wiz Got Wings.

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

No tour dates yet! In due time.

What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?

You gonna feel something seeing/hearing me rap in the flesh! I’m very vulnerable on stage and don’t have a problem saying how I feel, so someone will relate even if it’s 1 or 100,000.

Come see me perform for the experience! I’m really trying to connect the audience emotionally with my music. Music is also the universal language of the world – I’ve seen firsthand how it can bring people from all walks of life together and I wanna do that. I need to do that!

Any last words for the fans?

Burning Phoenix coming soon…