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Daily Inspiration: Meet Daddi

Today we’d like to introduce you to Daddi.

Hi Daddi, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I grew up watching my mom sing around the house, her voice is fucking amazing. I remember being so mesmerized and telling her that’s what I wanted to do. When I was eight years old, I started taking piano lessons and my piano teacher MaryJane taught me how to use my voice and I was hooked. I started writing my own songs during class in school, it was all I could focus on. I ended up getting in trouble and sent to the principal’s office for writing a song that was too mature for my private catholic school. My mom saw the song I wrote and walked me out of the office and had me leave the school, then told me how good my song was, she’s always been so insanely supportive of my craft. I started modeling and acting when I was 15 in Los Angeles but it’s always been music on my mind, and now music is my one and only focus. I’ve had so many producers trying to push me into this basic pop sound but that’s not me, it never has been. It took me a long time and a lot of trial and error to find the right team and I finally did. A team that lets me be me and that pushes me to do the best instead of trying to hold me back. I’m now living in Los Angeles full time working my ass off with a team that has that same drive and fire.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It’s been anything but a smooth road. I’ve been fucked over time and time again. The biggest lesson I learned is to not believe anyone that says, “I can make you famous”. I’ve been in contracts with people that didn’t have my best interest at heart, I’ve paid ridiculous amounts of money to people who promised to do things that they simply couldn’t. I’ve had so many producers try and force me into sounds that aren’t me, I’ve had people try and tell me that my music is too different, but I always knew that my music being different is what makes it special, I just had to find people that agreed with that.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I’m a singer/songwriter. I’m known for my lyrics that push the boundaries when in reality, it’s things that everybody thinks but they’re too afraid to say. I’m proud of my willingness to learn and grow in my craft, I’ve found that a lot of creatives have a huge ego, but you have to be willing to learn from those who are in places that you strive to be in.

So maybe we end on discussing what matters most to you and why?
I want to make an impact on the world. I can want my music to be respected and valued even after I’m gone, and I want to know that I made a difference. Apart from that, genuine connections and family. It’s so hard to find genuine people especially in a place like Los Angeles where everyone is trying to somebody. So when I find people that are genuine, I treasure that.

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Photographer: Colby Jackson Instagram: @colbyy

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