Dahol is a young and talented performer from Toronto, Canada. The 20-year old rapper is gaining recognition throughout the city and is known for his incredible flow, wordplay, lyricism and in depth content that makes him a standout versatile artist. He has been a fan of hip hop and music in general since childhood. Dahol began writing poetry at the age of 10 and shortly after started turning it into rap verses. Beginning to write verses at the age of 11, he fell in love with the creative art that allowed him to truly express himself. Born with a bad stutter, he saw this as a huge obstacle that prevented him from rapping his own verses. So at the age of 14, Dahol began ghostwriting for various artists across the city because he was unable perform them. Finally at the age of 15, Dahol decided he was tired of giving people his verses and realized he needed to overcome the stutter and work hard to accomplish his dream. He’s been performing across the city of Toronto/Mississauga in showcases/open mic nights ever since. Performing at the Opera House in late 2011 and performing at major venues such as the MOD Club, The Rockpile, Body English Night Club, The Drake Hotel and other hot spots around the city in 2012 he is constantly putting his city on his back and putting his all into everything he does with his music. He is currently working on his debut single for 2013. Dahol is the perfect example of a person who doesn’t give up, and with his incredible work ethic and desire to always push himself there’s no doubt you can expect great things from him in the future. Stay Tuned!
Working my way to becoming a full time recording artist.
What Music activities are you involved in? Recording artist, songwriter, composer, producer, engineer?
Recording artist, Songwriter.
What aspect of what you do musically, do you find the most fun?
Being myself, creating music is always a fun process, learning new skills and finding myself open to various opportunities.
How would you describe your music?
I like to be versatile as i can and diverse with my music. I want to show people I could make all types of hip hop from the mainstream hip hop to songs where I exercise my lyrical skills. I’m trying to find a balance.
Who is your favourite artist?
Wale, Drake, Nipsey Hussle, Casey Veggies, ASAP Rocky, Fabolous and Kanye West to name a few.
How would you describe your sound?
How important is performing to you?
Performing is important to me because it allows me to express myself and show my energy on stage and really have fun interacting with people. Whether there’s 10 people in the crowd or 1000people in that crowd you got to put your 100% into your set.
How did you become interested in music?
It all started at a young age with poetry and as years passed it turned into writing verses and rapping, I became hooked I liked the way it allowed me to stretch my imagination and creativity.
What is another genre of music, different from the one you play, that you like?
I like dubstep, pop, and a little bit of modern day rock.
What drives you as a musician to keep making music?
The need to outdo myself with ever piece of music I create and the desire to succeed doing something I’m really passionate about.
As a singer/instrumentalist how important is practice?
Practice is very important, there’s NO artist out there that can tell you that they haven’t practiced their craft heavily.
Does music play an important role in society? If so why?
Music does play an important part in society because from all genres of music it pumps people up, helps them deal with whatever they have going in their own life and makes them feel happy.
Do you use social media to share your music with others?
Do you write your own music?
What is your favourite time day or night, to work on music?
Do you listen to a lot of music? if so what type?
I listen to music a lot throughout the day and I tend to cross between genres frequently to keep my mind fresh and take in different styles and expand my musical taste.
Do you feel the music you listen to affects who you are?
Yes, everyone has been influenced by the music they listen to, to a degree.
When do you feel you’re the most creative musically?
I just wont listen to any music for the time I’m in writers block and just keep myself busy with other things. I come back to writing when I stop stressing and let it all flow out as it should.
Do you ever use mobile technology to help you record your ideas?
Yeah, sometimes I use my phone to record certain sayings or an idea that I have so I don’t lose my train of thought at that time.
My final thoughts to inspire young musicians:
Thank you for giving me a chance to be heard and listening to my music and keep continuing to support me. To all the young musicians just keep working, don’t focus on the negativity and always stay motivated.
Thank you on behalf of Listening Edge Records for taking time to share with us your thoughts on music, and helping inspire musicians of all ages.Trevor Baron President Listening Edge Records