Dallas Observer Music Awards

I am so humble that I got to experience and be apart of the Dallas Observer Music Awards(DOMA)  production this years . It was truly an experience, I got to meet and listen to so many different artist it was amazing and some how eye opening.

Saturday / The Showcase

DOMA got over 100 of Artist, Musicians, & Djs to perform in 1 of the 6 venues Dallas Observer  provided. On Saturday all the artists performed and put on a showcase for that particular venue to which they was assigned . I stage managed at the venue Club Da Da where musicians ands bands like Pearl Earl, Sudie, T.Y.E, Gary Owen, & many more put on a show! The venue I was at had so much talent I can only imagine what was going down at the other venues! I had time to slip into Off The Record and caught Dj Mike B on set and he was jamming ! He made OTR a whole vibe! My day started from 1 pm to 2 a.m so you can imagine when the last set was over , I was over ! It was a long and beautiful day. I admire everyone that came out and showed support.

(It was such a busy day I have no pictures)

Tuesday (The Ceremony)

The Ceremony was held at Canton Hall sister to The Bomb Factory. The Ceremony was held so that the Dallas community could come out and see some of our best artist get  recognize. Throughout the Ceremony  different artists & bands performed, the performances that caught my eye was M3CCA, Medicine Man Revival  & 88Killa. Whom all performed covers of popular Dallas Musician.

The categories & category winners I am going to list is the most important to me so it is important that you check some of these artist out!

 

Best Album / The Best Country Act: The Texas Gentleman, TX Jelly

Best DJ: Dj Sober

Best Dj Night: Fresh 45

Best EP/ Mixtape: Sudie, Prism

Best Female Vocalist: Sudie

Best Pop Act: Sudie

(She won 3 Awards, Which is no surprise because she is truly amazing !!) 

Best Festival: Homegrown

(I’ve personally never heard of Homegrown, so I was surprised they won because not only have I not heard of the event but  JMBLYA was also in the running & that’s my shit) 

Best Hip Hop / Rap Act: Bobby Sessions

Best Song: Bobby Sessions, Dollar & Sense

Best Producer: Sikwitit

(He produced Dollar & Sense for Bobby Sessions) 

Best Music Video: San Leo, Grenade

Best Venue (Under 500 capacity): Club DaDa

Best Venue (Over 500 capacity): Bomb Factory

( It was a lot of good venues in the running for this but the Bomb Factory is the Bomb so good choice) 

Everybody did an amazing job, I can not wait till next year!

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Evanda

I met Evanda when she was pursuing her fashion career, she put me on with the opportunity to be in a fashion show. Ever since then we’ve stayed in contact and I have been able to see her grow and be successful in many things. Evanda is known around Dallas for being a hair slayer and her unique style but just these past 6 months she has been making a lot of waves with her music alone.

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Evanda made her big debut with a girl boss inspired EP, Paradox which features her major hit “Pretty Girl Gang” which is one of my favorite songs as well! This EP can be found on SoundCloud  or you can even buy a hard copy on her website http://EvandaElite.com . Within days of droping the EP she also dropped a visual / music video for “Pretty Girl Gang”. A very live and vibrant video featuring herself & her girl gang !

 

On this EP you will hear a lot of girl impowered or boss bi**h music. Doing an Interview with Dallas’s most popular radio station 97.9 The Beat, Evanda mentions how she has always been big on embracing women and enhancing their beauty. While being an influential young lady herself, Evanda is influenced by early 90’s girl group TLC & Missy ElLiot.7EF0FD1A-4106-41B4-905C-C42517A815A8

Evanda says, “we can expect another amazing visual on Black Friday.
I love y’all thanks for supporting me I have so much under my sleeve so stay tuned by subscribing to EvandaELITE.com and turning on my post notifications on instagram.”

 

Dear Evanda ,

You’re doing great sweetie, keep doing you!

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Brandon Paul

I am not sure how but I stumbled upon Brandon Paul’s music via SoundCloud but the first song I ever heard I instantly became a fan. Later I soon found out Brandon and I have mutual friends, one of my friends had a show and I got to meet Brandon myself. It was so funny because I was truly having a fan moment to where I was so nervous to even walk in and say HI! After breaking the ice Brandon is very down to earth and easy to talk to. I love and relate to his music so much so it was an easy decision on  who was going to be the first featured artist in my new Artist Category.

Earlier Life

Brandon was born in Atlanta, Georgia he moved to Dallas when he was very young but soon enough moved back to Atlanta in 8th grade. To keep it short he spent a lot of time between Dallas and Atlanta, he came back to Dallas at the age of 17 and graduated from Duncanville High School. Needless to say and most importantly Brandon calls Dallas home!

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Brandon Paul is a man of many talents he writes his own music, engineers, and produces, all beside makes beats. He has engineered some of our favorite Dallas artist music such as: Kev Quais, Sleaze, TayK, and Wa$teey which I love the thought of that because those are also other good artist with good music. Although Brandon has collab and helped a lot of people he pays much respect to @MoneySignPeso and @TopflightBlue for helping him the most throughout his journey.

We see a lot of artist getting caught in the hype and never really know their motives so I think it is important to mention that Brandon writes music for the odd bods at school or in the work place. He wants his message in his music to be “Be ok with being different” which we all need to be reminded of sometime.

Now onto the music, I always feel that the artist favorite song is their best song but unfortanly for us Brandon Paul’s favorite song which is  Delusion, will never be released due to higher beings<<<. This is his favorite song because he feels like when he wrote it he had an outer body experience and he was more in touch with himself and feelings.

If you’re looking to check Brandon out, my favorite song is Recognize . I like to think of it as an inspirational song; it is one verse in the song that always leaves me thinking, it goes, “calling on God I think that his stalling.” I asked him what did he mean by that and he explained when he wrote that song he was in the point in his life when he was figuring things out but believes things take time and is patient with Gods timing. With that being said I asked him does he think its taking him a minute to get the full recognition he deserves. He replied with no because like mentioned before he believes in timing.

 

 My favorite part and what I was curious to know is why Brandon doesn’t promote himself and music as much, he had the most unique answer, he asked me, ” how many facebook commercials have I seen.” I literally had to think about it but of course i’ve seen none.” Facebook has been promoted word of mouth and has had a successful outcome. Which is the point, Brandon rather his music speak for its self.

For a little fun I personally like to know what other artist influence that particular artist to see if their music some how corresponds with one another in a way. For example if SZA was to say Kehlani influences her, that would make sense because they both make music for bad ass independent women. So I ask him these question and unfortunately he responded , ” Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Chance the Rapper and Michael Jackson. I said unfortunately because my assumption was wrong and slightly because those artist are pretty basic far as that being everybody’s favorite, I was expecting him to say Kid Cudi and once you listen to Brandon’s music you’ll see why.

Be sure to be on the look how for Brandon Paul next project titled “Good Advice” and I know we all need some GOOD ADVICE!

Next Up….

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Fiesta

Dali VooDoo

Ive wanted to shine some light on upcoming Dallas Artist for a while now but just haven’t really felt motivated and that’s my own personal problem! It wasn’t until I saw Dallas’s very own Dali VooDoo opening performance for Gucci Mane himself and I just knew I couldn’t pass up this opportunity to blog about this. During the performance all I could imagine was how Dallas music scene is really evolving  & I believe Dali is going to be apart of that!

While Dali was performing I looked to the crowd to catch the vibe from what I saw it was either a YES or NO for some people. I will say Dali has a very  unique style so some people may be unreceptive of it. Although I will say it was a definit YES for me!

IMG_2393I love Dali VooDoo style I love the fact that he is himself and unapologetic ! If you’re not open to different things you won’t understand it which is the vibe I caught from the crowd but you have no choice but to respect him due to the grind he is putting into his music which is art within itself.

If you have not heard of Dali VooDoo I would recommend listening to Rainwater. That song is my go to song before work, it puts me in a ” let me get ready mood” , I just be jamming! During his performance I notice people singing along to Swing Low so if you are a new comer I would suggest listening to those two songs first.  Like I said Rainwater is my personal favorite.

Fun Fact!

Dali was once employed at Bath & Body works and now he is opening for people like Travis Scott and Gucci Mane. This really inspires me because as much as I want to say fuck my 9 to 5 , Dali’s grind shows that we have to do what we have to do and to just keep grinding and working hard which really motivates me.

Recap…

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Rising Star✨

Give it up for one of Dallas very own …KEYLON

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Keylon is an emerging 22-year old musical Artist from Dallas, TX. Keylon has always had a passion for music.  He attended school at Booker T. Washington where his talent only progressed. After graduating he  continued to  pursue his career in signing. His music style is very diverse from Gosple to R&B.Now he has recently released a mash up cover of Drake’s song “Hotline Bling”, Fetty Wap “Come my Way” and more exciting music. I watched the video and all I can do is be shocked by  the creativity of songs he combined and his voice was literally breathe taking. While speaking with Keylon I asked him what does he plan to achieve he replied,  “I want to change and influence the world in a different and positive way through my music and entertainment”. “Wow good answer”, I thought to myself!  I am  fortunate enough to personally know Keylon and he is very humble and loving, So whatever he says he means it.

Keylon’s message to audience, fan’s and inspiring artist…
“I want people to know that they can do anything and achieve what they put their mind to and that no dream is mediocre”

To Keylon,

I wish you the best of luck and I pray God blesses you and your journey . Remember to believe in your journey and most importantly remember to believe in yourself.! Never lose faith in God cause he has all his faith in you! Congratulations , your  future is promising !

From FIESTA💞

CHECK OUT VIDEO HERE!!