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Rising Stars: Meet Dante Juhkel

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dante Juhkel.

Hi Dante, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
By being surrounded by so much creativity at young age, I began to find my own creative niche when I got involved with the local church and school choirs in Southern New Jersey. Entertaining people is something I quickly fell in love with and I started to develop my own sound from having deep influences in R&B, hip-hop, alternative rock, funk, and gospel. In the midst of growing as an artist, I started to take things into his own hands by my freshman year of high school. I found some like-minded people and organized a music group that would perform at school dances, talent shows, battle of the bands, etc. My goal was to fill South Jersey with a brand new sound and unify local talent in hopes of achieving major recognition.

After high school, I continued my formal education in music production at Full Sail University in Florida. Leaving the comforts of the music scene that birthed my inspiration was tough but it gave me the opportunity to showcase my skillset outside of my comfort zone.

Once I returned home from college, I would travel to the city of Philadelphia from New Jersey and was performing at numerous venues on both sides of the bridge. In the midst of performing and networking with talented musicians, I received an offer to pursue music full-time in Los Angeles as a songwriter and producer. Since moving to L.A., my mission is to continue building the bridge between local artists and major outlets to come together for the greater purpose; making timeless music and having a community that motivates and supports each other creatively.

Today I continue to find success as an independent artist, producer, songwriter, and entrepreneur.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The biggest challenge in my career has always been my self-doubt. I tend to be harder on myself than others but I think it’s a gift and a curse of being a creative and being passionate.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
Today I am known as an Artist/Producer in the genres of R&B, Hip-Hop, and Pop. I have produced/co-wrote for independent and major acts in the Southern California/ Hollywood market. Most recently, I am producing for artists such as @MadelineRosene and @Stellabrate_withme. I am co-owner of a multi-media collective called @InhouseandCompany operated in Los Angeles and Southern New Jersey.

What matters most to you? Why?
I think creating opportunities for my friends and family to be successful really drives my motivation to reach success in all my endeavors. Of course, I want things for myself but I think my “why” at the end of the day with my art has always been bigger than my goals or my needs. I think being a bridge for myself and others in the music industry really matters the most. The fame and fortune would be nice but they would have to still align with my goals and desire to help others succeed.

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@jasminehansenphotography @jacklue

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