Today we’d like to introduce you to Daante Bowman.
Hi Daante, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
To start, it goes back to when I was a child, a gay black Christian boy in a small conservative town born with the odds already stacked up against him. I’m from Kentucky a small town called Madisonville and growing up was rough, let’s just say I’ve been through a lot of things most people wouldn’t think. I was deeply broken from childhood trauma to hiding a part of myself and for the longest hating who I was. As a kid, I would cry in the closest praying to god to make me like the rest of the boys. It never worked. I hated how he made me. Gay, Black and with a stutter. I felt alone even though I wasn’t and even though people seemed to like me. I had my first kiss in preschool with a boy playing house and ever since then, I knew I would always be confused. I was fighting my own battles while playing pretend to the world I was okay. I was poorer than the other white kids I went to school with, say so much fighting and arguing between my parent’s dishes throw as well as punches. To no water or lights at times. My mom did everything she could to keep us up. Single parenting is something I could never do especially four kids. Fast forwarding from all the crazy, the only thing that kept me sane was being creative, my imagination and thoughts. I’d write music, I’d write movies and novels, I’d go outside and act. Dance for hours. Anything to keep my mind off of what hurt. Reality. At 18, I moved to Los Angeles lasted a month and moved back home. I was eager to get here. Had to get here to pursue my dreams but I wasn’t ready. There was so much I still needed to learn. So I packed up & enrolled in college at Northern Kentucky University. I fell In love with the social aspect of it I was the creative dancer/artist on campus and had some status. I eventually let me being gay and having this platform mold me deeper into something I wasn’t. I always felt like I was hiding my truth even when I had already came out. People expected me to be a different way because when I was just Da’Ante they didn’t give me the same reaction so I reacted the way they wanted me too!
Looking back, it’s stupid now but also that was three years ago. I remember one day my best friend asked me to go to church with her and I was hell-bent on not going and she insisted I do. So I gave in. I was late and as soon as I walked in the pastor stopped me and put his hand on my head and prophesied over me. Telling me, I am a leader and I’m going to have to make a decision in the next couple of years that’s going to alter the rest of my life and I have a calling. At first, I thought he was crazy but I also realized I was crying like balling my eyes out. I had never felt that chill before. I looked at my friend and she was crying too! Couple of years later here we are in my own apartment in Hollywood chasing my dreams. I had dropped out of school focused on my career as an artist. Being in LA makes you automatically feel home and welcomed because your not different everyone is running from their past to prove themselves right. Learning what I’ve learned is that you won’t find Jesus in LA. It’s a place that eats you up and spits you out if you let it. I went through the worst spiritual warfare I have ever in my life this season. Once I started to get back into my word and read the Bible. I would go on walks to Runyon and sit and just read my Bible. I still do but then it felt like I was stepping into something. My song “Demon” explains my story of breakthrough and temptation. I wrote it through a time when I was at my lowest and in some weird way, I think God allowed all the bad to write this song and put it out into the world. Because I believe our stories just like the stories of the Bible are what saves others. My music video is just the beginning of mine. This mission is to start a chain so people can feel comfortable being spirit lead to give their testimonies. I believe there Is strength in vulnerability and honor in being transparent!
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
The road was definitely not smooth. I can’t tell you how many times I wanted to give up. How many times I wanted to say fuck it. I struggled with sex, porn addiction, drugs & alcohol, lust all just to cope with my depression on not knowing who I was. Not knowing my calling and that God really does care for me. I would always ask myself the question, “who are you?” And could never answer it! That was sad thing I would always give things I did. Not being able to actually say who I was. On my walk, I have never felt more prone to love myself the right way and others. You see the hype of being a badass or a bad bitch but when you look at from a microscopic lens that energy is prideful and arrogant. I didn’t feel compelled to be either of those which left vulnerability. I felt God was telling me to be transparent with my problems because those are the things he wants from us. He wants us to give him all of our problems, doubts, fears. He wants to take them all away. It isn’t easy either because I stumble all the time but the more I pick back up the harder it gets to stumble which for me is progress. I often go back and forth with me being gay and my faith. Which those are touchy subjects because nowadays. All I know is that when I’m coming to God I’m coming to him as a blank slate and if that means him taken things away so be it. I asked him to refine me and take what he doesn’t like and give me what does. I’m not in control. That’s something I used to struggle with. But along the road, it’s shown me there’s peace and happiness for everyone when they submit to God’s will and not their own.
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 an artist, a believer and a gay man. I love to create, I love dancing, I’m a choreographer and I love making music. Just about anything to tell my story. I believe that’s what it’s all about. Sharing your life experiences. I believe that’s what sets me apart from today’s era and genre of music and just the generation as a whole. I want to be remember for my stories and who I was rather than how well I can shake my ass at a club or how many shots I can take. I’m proud of the growth of artistry. I started making love songs about things I’ve never experienced from a relationship with a guy I didn’t even have to telling a page out of my journal for the world to see. With anything, I want people to take away my artistry as a door inside my most deepest darkest moments made clean. I want to be able to answer the question of how I got here to there with my art. So when I’m old and on my way out, they can look back at my story and see the result.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank or give credit to?
I would say God for sure because without him, I wouldn’t have been convicted to share my story. My mom for the strength shown when I was a kid, my grandmother’s faith instilled in me from all the times I fell and scratched my knee to her placing her hand on it to pray the pain away. All full circle type of moments are what I would give credit too.
Also for the music video, I would definitely have to credit Dino Serantes my friend & amazing videographer/ Editor!
Also Netanel Brezak my friend & amazing producer/ photographer!
They truly helped me bring my vision for the story and video alive! I came to them with a collection of dreams I’ve had & notes and arranged the film you see and they believed in it and me and we created this beautiful body of work I’m proud of!
“Demon” – Da’Ante
- Email: Bowmandaante@gmail.com
- Website: Hey, check out my website, “Daantesinferno” with this link: https://thelifeofdada.wixsite.com/daantesinferno
- Instagram: www.Instagram.com/daantes_inferno
- Youtube: https://youtube.com/channel/UChR1jCGuALVuvCk7KaCQKRQ
- SoundCloud: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2XAnl8lwCPoZWBWnt5Ro0K?si=neee093sRl-XIEKJDchTIA
- Other: https://linktr.ee/Daantesinferno
Netanel Brezak Dino Serantes Da’Ante Bowman