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Meet Dree Mon

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dree Mon.

Dree, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started my entertainment journey as a dancer who enjoyed singing. I begged my mom to take me to dance classes that we couldn’t afford, and I always found a way to make it work, even getting to the prestigious Los Angeles County High School for the Arts taking buses and begging people for rides.

That came to a bit of a halt when I was in 10th grade, I was hit by a car and had to take about a year break from dancing, that’s when my songwriting began. I had a lot to say and born out of a need for catharsis and expression, words flowed easily, and I discovered how much I loved music. After getting back to dancing and doing that for a few years, I ended up dancing in musicals, and behind many singers/artists from indie to established and I rediscovered my passion for music.

Not knowing how to get into music and not having any training at all I decided that when asked by a music producer at a Hollywood party what I did for a living, saying “Songwriter” would be a good idea. From there, I got the opportunity to write for a few artists and develop my own demons as well that got me in more doors. It was all so exciting, I didn’t think about what being an artist really meant, what hard work it was and how competitive.

At that time, it didn’t really seem to matter to me, I just knew there was something there, and I needed to see it thru. I ended up collaborating with Vic Kingsley an amazing guitarist and songwriter, and we wrote together and started performing all over LA.

Going by Dree Paterson at the time the music was soulful and the stories personal. It wasn’t until later that I discovered the rules of songwriting, singing and even learned how to play guitar myself. I went on to perform in various venues from the NAMM convention to places in San Diego and Santa Barbara, garnering songwriting awards and was even asked to perform at the RAWards as Producer’s Choice with a full band.

All this time I was working for a corporate restaurant as I needed money to fund this new career endeavor. Six years later, I left that job and started new project Dree Mon – a retro pop, funky dance infused outfit with no F*ck’s given. Having been doing this a while now, I just wanted to create something that could be an escape for people from the seriousness of the world. Just music to feel good.

All the while, I continue to write with other artists for their projects, write for tv, film, and commercials and continue to perform, make music videos and work on establishing myself in the local music community.

Has it been a smooth road?
I don’t think the road to a music career is ever smooth. I have worked with people who have ranged from dropping off the face of the planet to charging crazy money for not even a finished product. Being the nature of how I got into everything – ass backwards, I have to collab on all fronts. And when I can be self-contained, it is the greatest thing, because you don’t have to rely on others for your dreams.

That being said, collaborations are key to making great art in a lot of instances, and I fully believe in them, but you have to weed out a lot of BS to get to the good stuff. I think after a while you get to know who you click with and make it work when you find those gems, you honor and cherish them believe me! Some people don’t stop getting calls from me about sessions, but that’s cuz they stay crushing it.

I think besides that, it’s always a struggle inwardly.. am I good enough? Do I have what it takes? Maybe I should quit! Those thoughts are the biggest hindrances that we can have. Screw the competition, you are the one that’s going to make or break you, I firmly believe that.

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I am a singer, songwriter, artist, musician, and all around entertainer. Dree Mon is known for its funk factor in the pop realm. I infuse dance, rock, and soul to make a retro, throwback laden pop sound. I love artists like the Bee Gees, Donna Summer but also current sounds from Charlie Puth, Maroon 5, Daft Punk, etc. I’m somewhere between the ’70s and the ’90s with guitar parts, vocal riffs, and melodies.

I think the dance aspect has been a standout for me, since I used to dance, all my music videos heavily utilize dancers or dancing, usually directed by dancers as well. It’s just another side of me that I am able to show. I think the other thing that sets me apart is I’m still standing, which isn’t always easy in this business.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I think LA is weird, from what I’m told, anyway. I have only lived here, and so comparing it to others spots would be dubious. But I was told that it’s the hardest place to make it, especially for the live show game. We are saturated with so much talent, and LA is very transitory although it’s home to me. I think it’s a great place to make connections, grab sessions and get your face out there and build but it takes a lot of work.

Go to every show you can, play the open mics, support other artists, that’s how you will get somewhere here, it’s all about the community, and we have a great one! If you are self-contained, however, producing yourself and writing your own songs or have access to Skype and can travel to conventions and events – I think you can do it anywhere. SO it just depends!

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Deuce Janisch, Myke Wilken, Mo Cee at Lyd and Mo’s Photography Studio and Gallery

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