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Meet D Mills

Today we’d like to introduce you to D Mills.

D Mills, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles. I’m a music producer, artist, and session player. A fun fact a lot of people don’t know is that I’m the great great Grandson of the late great Bessie Smith. I didn’t start learning music till the age of 16. At that point, I decided music was what I was going to be doing for the rest of my life. It was in high school where I met Dr. Gayle Serdan and learned how to play piano. As a kid I was introduced to all types of music from hip hop and r&b to jazz and rock. I took piano class because I wanted to be a music producer. I knew that if I learned piano I could compose anything that popped in my head.

While learning, I was introduced to improvised music, mainly blues and jazz. The fact that you could improvise and play what you felt in a song really intrigued me. Later on, I taught myself how to play bass and guitar mainly so I could record the parts I needed without waiting on anyone else. Since learning, I’ve been fortunate to play these instruments all over the world with major and indie artist. As a producer and session player, I’ve had the opportunity to write and record songs with some of the best in the industry.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I’m a music producer, artist, and session player. When it comes to creating music live or in the studio, it has been an outlet that has changed my life. I want to encourage people to go after there dreams and challenges. I came from a neighborhood that made it seem almost impossible to accomplish the goals and dreams I set for myself. At the end of the day preparation, hard work, and a lot of favor from God can put you in a position to inspire and bless people with your art. I never like labeling art. At the end of the day its a feeling and passion that transcends through the music. Im hopeful that people will feel motivated and encouraged after hearing my music.

What do you know now that you wished you had learned earlier?
The best advise I received is to never change your plan. Most people have big goals and dreams and they become smaller because people begin to tell them how difficult or impossible it is to achieve those goals. Don’t let anyone put their limitations on you. Just as much as you practice your instrument work on just being a great person. You work a lot more when people enjoy being around you.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I currently have a full-length project called “The Recital” that is available on all platforms. You can always find all the work I do on my website “www.dmillsmusic.com” as well as following online @dmillsmusic. Im currently in the studio working on a new project that is set to be released later this year.

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OPTX, Michael Rochin

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