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Interview With Fast-Rising Rapper Dogan [New EP Dolce]

Rapper and hip hop artist Dogan has released his new EP titled Dolce, a record set to inspire people to live their best life. His outgoing personality shines brightly in all the songs included in the collection. We had the opportunity to interview him about his new EP, favorite artists and life goals. 

Hi there, Dogan! We really enjoyed listening to your music and we’d like to ask you some questions about it.

  1. Your six-track EP Dolce just dropped. How do you feel about that?

I feel pretty good to be honest. It feels nice to finally have dropped my first project knowing what it took to get to this point. I got a ton of positive feedback, so it’s a relief to hear people actually enjoy the project. Now it’s all about focusing on the future and the next few projects I intend to work on.

  1. Which of the songs in the EP has the most personal meaning to you and why?

I would have to say Money Moves because that song was about me making loads of money by doing something my mother and one of my friend’s taught me. There’s a plethora of people in the world who aren’t happy with their life, their job, or current situation and aren’t able to live how they desire. Money Moves was about me being thankful for having people in my life who are determined to see me succeed and will put me on “money making moves” so that I’m able to live how I want. Without them who knows where I would be in life right now.

  1. Walk us through the list of your favorite artists. Who are they and how do they inspire your daily creative process?

My favorite artists (not in order) are Kendrick Lamar, Young Dolph, Curren$y, Future and Wiz Khalifa. Every single one of these artists has inspired me in some way whether it’s Kendrick’s wittiness and metaphoric punchlines, to Young Dolph’s big boss, I get it on my own, type attitude. Sometimes I want to be creative and think outside the box when it comes to lyrics, and other times I just want to go in the studio and talk my sh*t. Future is the main reason I gravitated towards trap beats more than anything. When I think about Curren$y, I think about consistency and that’s what I’m striving to be in this industry. Curren$y remains one of my favorite artists because he can drop one tape a month over the course of five years and it’ll still have replay value five years later. When it comes to Wiz, I just like his personality. Whether it’s on a track, or in the public eye, Wiz just always keeps it cool. He smokes his trees, goes about his day, and has that cool, calm demeanor like nothing ever bothers him in life and that’s what I want.

  1. How did you become interested in rapping and hip hop and when did you realize this was something you were passionate about?

My friends and I would freestyle in high school and for a final English project I wrote a rap about Beowulf and performed it in front of the class, but it wasn’t until I was in/about to leave college that I became seriously interested in making music. I was cool with Derrick Milano back in 2013/2014 when he first appeared on the music scene in Orlando, and he would send me his mixtapes and I would vibe with them. A few years later he really popped and began to write for other big artists, and it was at that moment when I realized I could do this too if I put the right amount of work and effort in.

  1. Apart from the joy of people loving your music, what else drives your desire to create music every day?

Traveling and money. Most of my music stems from what I do when I’m out and about. I love experiencing other cultures and just being outside with nature and the views. I enjoy being in the ocean whether it’s to fish or to catch vibes. And I love to talk about what I experienced. Money also drives me to create music every day because I know once I start making legit money from my music, I’ll be able to really do what I want in life. This includes helping the less fortunate, giving back to my community, and putting people on game with life.

  1. What’s your most ambitious goal in life?  

This question is tough because I want to do everything. I have an app idea that I can’t go into specifics, but it’s going to revolutionize the way we enjoy concerts. Stay tuned for that. I would have to say my most ambitious goal currently would have to be building some kind of community center-like establishment (like boys and girls club) for underprivileged minority children who are in abusive households, don’t have both parents, and are going through some sort of trouble in their life. And this place would be like a second home to them. They would learn about sports, do their schoolwork, get fed a home cooked meal, etc. I want them to know that someone cares, and I would do everything in my power to make sure they have the right avenues to succeed, as well as, overcome any obstacle in their life essentially.
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