Underground Experience feature 5/24/017

This months feature is an artist repping the Tarheel State lets check out Lexington’s own… DaiTrell

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Mistajay: What is the story and conception behind your artist name?

DaiTrell: Well it’s a very unique name and it’s actually my real name. But one day I was trying to determine the meaning of my name, but of course since it’s not a common name; there weren’t any meanings online. So I broke it down, Dai (Day) and Trell (Trail) is a path, so I came up with the Path of Light. And that’s my mission through music and life, shedding some light into the world.

Mistajay: What area are you reppin? What is the music scene like there?

DaiTrell: I’m from small town Lexington, North Carolina, not too far from Fantasia Burrino’s hometown, High Point, NC. But most of the opportunities I’ve had have been in Charlotte and Greensboro, NC. The music scene is growing. There’s a lot of great talent and gifted people there.

Mistajay: You have many inspirations varying from Destiny’s Child to John Legend; Stevie Wonder; Michael Jackson (Jackson 5) What are your other influences of your music? And what else inspires you?

DaiTrell: Other musical influences would be Whitney Houston, Mary Mary, Pink, the Braxton sisters, India Arie and many others, I really pull from a lot of different places. In relation to songs that I’ve written it’s life and all of its experiences that inspires me. I always say being a singer/songwriter there’s this weird relationship that comes with it, you’re exposing and healing your wounds at the same time.

Mistajay: You began singing like the best of them on the church choir. You later became one of the Praise and Worship leaders at your church. How do you describe your style?

DaiTrell: I’ve always thought of my style being very versatile. I think my many inspirations help with that. I grew up listening to country music so I think I have that style of writing, I like telling a story through the song, vocally, there’s that r&b feel with a splash of soul and pop.

Mistajay: You began to sing more outside of the four walls that he was used to; and helped form a group called Unity. Unity had consisted of four (4) band members and they had written and recorded songs such as See You In Another Life, Can’t Go On, and Nobody Like Me. What is your best song recorded to date and why?

DaiTrell: Ahh, that changes over time, I like a different one of my songs each time I listen to them. It kinda depends on what mood I’m in and what I’m dealing with at the time. While working on my second album now sometimes I shock myself with a lot of the things I do, I’ll listen to the song after not hearing it for a while and catch myself off guard with certain harmonies or hidden notes.

Mistajay: You have performed at various venues, such as The Double Door Inn (Charlotte, NC), The Evening Muse (Charlotte, NC), The Scorpio Club and Bar (Charlotte, NC), LimeLight (Greensboro, NC) and NC A&T University (Greensboro, NC)  If you could share the stage with any 3 artists or bands who are still around and touring, who would they be and why?

DaiTrell: It wouldn’t be right if I didn’t mention my biggest inspiration, Destiny’s Child, gotta pull them together for a reunion lol I’d tour with them individually or collectively.  I’d also tour with Pink and India Arie. Of course there’s more but I love their live performances and energy. To me it’s like no other. Oh can’t forget Janet Jackson

Mistajay: A lot of artists come into the game with a lot of ambition but don’t spend time learning the business side. How important to you is learning about publishing and royalties?

DaiTrell: It’s very important to me, especially as an independent artist. Even though I’d love to just focus on the singing part, being my own team right now, I have to make sure I’m getting back what I’m putting in, so you gotta make sure all your bases are covered.

Mistajay: Where do you see the music going in 2017? How do you see yourself fitting into that?

DaiTrell: Honestly, this year I’ve been really focused on trying to get things together on my end, while preparing to release a new single soon along with this new album, I’ve kinda just been in my own zone. Though when I have gotten a chance to hear some others music I can say that I like the direction that most artist have been taking the music and that’s back to a place where it has value and meaning and not just a hot beat.

Mistajay: What are your future plans?

DaiTrell: Well, recently I’ve stepped into a role of being a creative director. I’ve always written my own video treatment and songs so I’m stepping into a lane to do more for others. I just did a photoshoot not too long ago celebrating black excellence so along with my new album I see myself stepping more into those roles and even mentoring other artist who are looking for advice or help.

Mistajay: Any last thoughts?

DaiTrell: Just wanting to take the time to thank you for this great opportunity to be on your platform

Mistajay: Where can fans follow you and get your music?

DaiTrell: Well I’m corny and everything is under my name, I never take the time to come up with those creative usernames lol. So @DaiTrell on social outlets would be the best place to find me. As far as music, I’m on all major platforms from iTunes to google play and amazon and Spotify. Hopefully I’ll be crossing over to the pandora markets pretty soon.


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