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Meet Dooney West

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dooney West.

Hi Dooney, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I started out using the “I Am T-Pain” app to freestyle over beats during my freshman year of high school. I linked up with a couple of friends that I still make music with to this day, which honestly blows my mind looking back at it now. We had a couple of groups, duos, etc. that we would use to drop tracks that we were recording and mixing on garageband with. From there, we just kept leveling up – first to logic pro and then to ableton & pro tools. I’ve made a bunch of connections in the city, and in other areas (Chicago, LA, Toronto, Munich, NYC) that have helped me grow as an artist, engineer, performer, writer & person. Nowadays, I have a sort of fusion sound between hip-hop, electronic, dance, alt… honestly whatever I feel like at the time. I just released a new single called “Sundress” with Ryan-Alan (check his stuff out, he’s an incredible artist that produces and engineers at Side 3 Studios). Planning to drop the video for it in the next couple of weeks along with another single called “Vogue”. I’m really excited for these songs and everything else that me and the team have been planning.

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?
Nothing ever is haha. Financial & time struggles have always been there. Plus, all of us artists live real lives too. I think the setbacks make the end result even more beautiful.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
Currently, I work in digital marketing for a few companies (The MilesWest Group – a multifaceted consulting business & Denver Metro Energy Consultants – a solar company). Learning different marketing, design & programming has helped me build a unique brand for myself as an artist. It’s really cool to be self-sufficient in the way of recording, mixing, mastering, designing, promoting, marketing, etc. for myself, and whenever I get overwhelmed, I have a bunch of talented friends that help me with whatever I need. Outside of that, I think my greatest strength is my creativity & originality. I’m able to blend genres in a way that makes my sound really unique compared to other stuff that’s out in the market. Plus, I get to work with some of the most talented artists in the state every day (Sonny Cay, Eric Ivan & Northside Joyride).

Any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general?
You have to be confident in your product. If you’re not, then no one else will be. Don’t be afraid to put your stuff out there – content is key. I would also suggest investing whatever money you’re able to spare into yourself & your brand. In this market, good music isn’t enough. You have to grab people’s attention – be different, be goofy. Most importantly – have fun with it. That energy will transfer to other people who hear your music.

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Matthew Dae Smith, Dana West

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