Today we’d like to introduce you to Dougie Allen.
Dougie, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Growing up in South LA in the 90s, during the height of the West Coast rap scene, you can’t escape having a part of your identity tied to hip-hop and LA culture. For as long as I can remember, every weekend out in the city, every family barbeque, every party has been filled with the sounds of rap legends like Snoop, 213, DJ Quik, Suga Free, Nate Dogg and countless other artists who I could look up to and see examples of dudes from the same neighborhoods that I grew up in who found a way out. More importantly, they channeled those experiences, failures, triumphs, pain and lessons into an ongoing soundtrack that echoed my own growth into who I am today.
I can’t say that I always knew that I would have the ambition to join those ranks, but somewhere in my sophomore year in high school I realized that my passion for music was real. I grew into the idea that I had the talent and outlook to provide the same tapestry for those young kids that would eventually be coming up behind me. I started out producing beats in Logic, learning the basics of music theory and beat construction, and eventually started writing lyrics to go along with those beats. When I went off to college, I continued to practice and grow into artistry in between midterms and papers, but eventually I kind of cooled off on music as the demands of school grew heavier.
After I graduated, I came back to LA and linked up with some friends from high school who had been on a similar path. We formed the LAconia Entertainment collective in 2018 and we’ve been grinding ever since.
Congrats on forming LAconia – starting something with your high school friends must be an amazing feeling. Has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Hell no! Attempting to build a career in music and entertainment can be one of the most difficult things anybody can attempt. This journey has been filled with small victories and major disappointments. There is a constant struggle to balance life outside of music while finding the time to created relationships and opportunities within the industry for yourself, all while remaining in a creative space and zone that allows you to be the best artist you can be.
Needless to say, it’s a struggle! But the beauty in it is seeing the evidence of growth and proving to yourself you can do things that you never thought were possible. All of the pain and work is more than worth it when you put out content and witness people rock with your creativity and passion. That turns in to hunger and makes the dips in the road more bearable.
What else should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from others?
I am a rapper/singer who dives back and forth in the rap and R&B genres. I really look to blend the sounds of that old-school hip-hop that I grew up on with the sonics of the digital era of music that has taken off in the last decade. What sets me apart is the ability to tackle a lot of different vibes and sounds within hip-hop and entertain listeners with vibes that they may not have expected to hear. I like to make music with a message and something that you can take away and apply to your own experiences, and hopefully make you tap your feet in the process.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
The proudest moment of my career so far was definitely when I was finally able to release my first structured project, an ep titled Feedback: Season 1, this past spring. It was amazing to be able to share an actualized creative project and have people respond positively online and in-person. This was only the first of many, and I will definitely continue to grow as an artist, but this was the best moment I’ve had so far on this journey.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://instagram.com/dougie_allenn/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dougieallenmusic/
- Other: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4McfLV4BpfN0jdekUewQZK
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