Collin Lewis conducted this interview with Dontay Lockett on February 19, 2018. Don is an independent young rap artist in Chicago.
CL: What made you want to become an artist?
DL: I’ve always had a thing for creating and getting my word out there in different ways rather than like getting up on a podium, I thought creating a song or painting was way cooler.
CL: What do you think is the future of your local music industry?
DL:I think it’s gunna be pretty wild and people are gunna start realizing different levels to music and different ways of going about music like all the trap music and what we call mumble music will be erased in the music scene where I’m from like right now we make totally different music than the people who are always making the same music and we are pushing for people to really create their own style of music.
CL: What do you like most/least about being an independent artist?
DL: What I like most about being an artist is that I have my own free will to create what I want and say what I want, I feel like most people in the system are being controlled and don’t get to say exactly what they want to say and on my own I can do all the stuff I wanna do without the boundaries. What I like the least is not having the connection, like the people that do have the connection probably have clout and stuff like that and clout plays a big factor in any style of art like painting or writing poetry if you don’t have clout you won’t have the recognition you deserve.
CL: What do you consider as clout?
DL: Clout is style and ya know publicity, people knowing your style is clout.
CL: What personal skills/attributes do you think are most important to being successful?
DL: I feel like being independent but also being a team player too, what I mean by team player is being able to colab with people and being on time, just being someone that people want to be around and work with is key with any type of art. Also knowing yourself and knowing your worth defiantly plays a big factor in art. People who don’t know themselves just act with what’s popular right not and act as a character almost and they arnt creating their own sound. Its okay to jump on the wave as long as you can fit the wave to your style.
CL: So, like having your own spin on it?
DL: Not even just your own spin, it should be 90% you and 10% wave.