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Rising Stars: Meet DRYX

Today we’d like to introduce you to DRYX.

Hi DRYX, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
My music journey began in school band, but as I got older I used that experience playing, arranging and composing music into singing hooks for a rap group I was in back in 2007. After being in a few other groups (gospel, R&B, and Christian Rock), I was inspired to make solo music.

I’ve released two mixtapes, one EP, and one album during my time making R&B music. All inspired by the greats, but my goal wasn’t to be complacent with my music. It took me until “Proposal,” a single off my album Player 3 (2016) to know I had a sound all of my own.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
The biggest struggle has been access & opportunity. I’ve been surrounded by talented singers my entire life, but Alabama isn’t necessarily the place for a black R&B singer. You can’t “hard work” yourself out of a dead space. That’s why I joined the military so that I could travel, learn a trade, and place myself in a city where I was accepted. That’s what landed me here in Los Angeles after separating from service in 2018. I’m still networking and doing my best from the ground up, but at least it’s possible here.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a singer/songwriter/vocal producer/engineer. I’ve been doing all these things for myself for about 14 years. I specialize in R&B/Soul.

What sets me apart is being unafraid to explore what’s outside of R&B/Soul and make it my own + my ability to create a wall sound with my background vocals. Band, choir, and a few of my vocal faves (Beyoncé, Brandy, and Janet come to mind immediately) helped me develop my background.

I thank my audience for allowing me to be so versatile. I rap, rap-sing, go from sweet to sexy, etc. and they accept me for that.

I also started making gender-neutral music with my EP “purification.” I think it’s important to be accessible for everyone. Queer people have been modifying straight-leaning music for years — I don’t want anyone to do that for my music.

Before we go, is there anything else you can share with us?
Being an independent artist is one of the most challenging careers you can do. It involves a lot of work full teams normally complete, being in the hole for most investments, and having sooo much resilience.

I appreciate every fan and supporter I make because of this. I am working on a new project with amazing features with other independent artists, and I truly hope you join on the ride. For everything DRYX, please visit iamdryx.com (music, videos, merchandise, and more).

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Nathan Bennett Desiree Guerra Obidigbo Nzeribe Beatriz Valim

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