Today we’d like to introduce you to D’Meetri.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I’m from St. Paul, MN & I started in entertainment OFFICIALLY at 14 with writing songs for people in the neighborhood. $10 a rap! I gained a reputation in my neighborhood for music because I played many instruments and was working at my cousin’s “recording studio” (it was a laptop and fruity loops. OLD fruity loops, LOL. But I made some money. Shortly after that little business, I enrolled in the High School for Recording Arts where I learned audio engineering and production. Working with DAWs, actually writing, recording and structuring songs. With the school, I went on a few national tours with State Farm. It was during that time I discovered that the life of an entertainer is the life for me. After graduation, I moved to Atlanta, GA where I was fortunate enough to write with Troy Taylor under the umbrella of “Songbook/The Bar Music Group” for many R&B heavy hitters incl the likes of Trevor Jackson & Trey Songz. I spent a little over 11 months there until I realized that wasn’t the way I wanted to build my career. It was cool. But not what I wanted. While touring with High School for Recording Arts I met MANY people. One of the people I met was a gentleman named Ryan Hayden, who owns a talent agency in Los Angeles, I met him while hosting an event in West Hollywood. He approached me after the show and told me I have great charisma. He assured me he could get me “on TV”. I’m from the Midwest. So I was super skeptical but I kept his contact and stayed in contact all while finishing high school & during my time in Atlanta anyway. So when I started to feel songwriting wasn’t it for me. I gave Ryan a ring. Packed some bags & I was on my way to Los Angeles. When I got to LA, I was fortunate enough to start booking fairly soon.
About a month in, I got some commercial traction. After three of those, my agent signed me to theatrical and I’ve been fortunate to see some success there as well! It’s been a serious eye-opener to me about just how much I could do within entertainment. I never thought I’d act seriously but being in LA with all the professionally trained folk. It’s been a whole vibe & has helped me develop a newfound respect for the craft of acting. In LA. I also got some more taste of the music business as I signed to a few different deals with various independent entities over the past four years. I began to build a base with a mixtape series called “Welcome to the Wilderness” that consisted of three eps. It was one helluva rush creatively because I got to get explorative sonically & see how people responded to it. To my surprise & delight people were enjoying what I was dropping! Then in 2019, I released my first album “Forgotten Son” independently, which I planned but didn’t plan. It’s a loooong story & I already said A LOT lol all in all, it was the beginning of something huge for me because now I’m producing, releasing, marketing & promoting all of my projects independently under my company “One Life Nation”.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Smooth? Hecky naw! Sometimes I feel like someone is purposefully throwing things in front of me to attempt to prevent the glow! But … I can’t dare fold. I came out to LA from Atlanta with $500. I genuinely have no idea how I made it the first month. Two months really, I booked a lead in a music video at the end of the second month which fortunately paid out same day. Otherwise, I would’ve been ass out Frfr. The album. Yo… look so I wasn’t planning on dropping an album. I always wanted solid, foolproof promotion before I dropped a real project. Like basically label firepower. But so what happened was I signed a partnership with a company in New York called “Bentley Records”. It was a PARTNERSHIP, not a record deal. But everything was supposed to be included. Simultaneously, I was recruited to go on “The Extreme Tour” & I was supposed to be on a higher tier. Meaning everything paid for. I mean like we were LITERALLY waiting for dates & they canceled. This was a big deal because we had to distribute the album eight weeks in advance to get instant downloads included in pre-order, we had an entire Merch line put together, a website. Videos shot and scheduled to be released while on the road. Just for them to tell us like a week before we were supposed to go. It was butt. And I got a MILLION more stories like that. It’s been ROCKY. Lol
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am a singer/rapper/songwriter/producer… slash slash slash LOL really tho! Music everything that’s my specialty. I gotta say I’m equally as proud of my voice as I am of my lyrical capability. I used to suuuuuuuccckkkkk at singing. Seriously. I sounded like a cat that loves its hair slowly getting a haircut. I sounded like I was in agony. LOL but I WORKED my butt off on it you betcha! I love my lyrical capabilities cuz I really don’t be playing. Like I real life be saying stuff sometimes that I be like “yo… who…” and just start thanking God. Cuz there’s no way I thought of that on my own! Lol, What sets me apart or have to say is my content matter. My message is clear and it isn’t pushy although it’s sometimes preachy. I feel like I’m living among an old version of rap/hip-hop music and I’m slowly spreading a new way. With Love. Of course.
Do you have any advice for those looking to network or find a mentor?
Absolutely! However, you can find a mentor! I have no IDEA how I met the man who changed my life, taught me how to actually use my voice and gave me the confidence to not only find myself huh to be myself. Sometimes it boils down to simply having a desire to be coached by someone. And to be willing to surrender to some new ideas in order to further progress what it is that you’re doing/ working on. Then seemingly out of nowhere they’ll show up. Just put that energy out and then PAY ATTENTION.
- Features : $350
- Mix n Master: $100
- Beats: $125
- Graphics: $25
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
- Instagram: www.Instagram.com/straiywolf
- Facebook: www.Facebook.com/officialdmeetri
- Twitter: www.Twitter.com/dmeetri
- Youtube: www.youtube.com/dmeetri
- SoundCloud: www.SoundCloud.com/dmeetri
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