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There is no line Dezmond Dane won’t cross in his lyrics. But, he will re-write and re-word them a thousand times to get it right. “It’s like playing Tetris,” he says, “I’m a perfectionist when it comes to my lyrics.” But once he knows what he wants to say, Dezmond loosens the reins to experiment with sonics. He prefers to focus on “the contents of the painting, not the frame.” This laxed approach allows more creative freedom in the production process, making final products a surprise. When Dezmond starts a project, he does not see the completed project; he lets it unfold naturally. He compares it to fashion and being a designer who knows he wants to design a dress, but the dress could turn out to be anything from a wedding dress to a cocktail dress.
An obvious lover of controlled chaos and experimentation, Dezmond Dane lives what he talks about. His relationship with his producers can even be compared to the dynamic of Dezmond ordering Chipotle to-go. “Whatever you think is best” is his go-to. Not to be confused with carelessness, Dezmond loves discovery. However, this artist taught us that loving discovery differs from the desire to be discovered. Dezmond emphasized that improving his art is not a pursuit of fame. When asked how he wants to be remembered, Dezmond explained he wants “to be known not for good music, but for music that did good.”
Dezmond then dove into a personal story about performing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst “I’m So College” event. Here, he noticed a young kid looking emotional in the crowd while he performed his song “Stay Up.” Dezmond Dane’s lyricism was able to grasp the ears and mind of this young boy, allowing him to feel less alone in his own struggles. The experience prompted important conversations with the child’s parents about mental health, and Dezmond is still in contact with the family today. He deemed this his greatest achievement.
People like Dezmond Dane are what’s missing in the music industry today. This new age of quick hits and instant internet fame causes us to lose sight of why we all fell in love with music in the first place. Experimentation and emotion are what keep music in its true form. There is no algorithm for that because it is a human experience.
Check out Dezmond Danes latest project, “Palette 1- Summer.”