We all know that puzzles have different pieces which must be put together properly in order for people to see the big picture. In this puzzle there are 2 key pieces(Dolamike & D.Bell) that, when put together properly, create a big picture many people will be excited to see. So how does this puzzle come together? Well, both of their fathers were in a group back in the day.
These two seemed predestined to someday unite and make great music together. First they did a song together, then another one, and pretty soon they formed DA.PRODUCT. Their first single “BAD LIL MAMA” gained attention by being played in clubs and on radio. With 1200 bds spins a mixtape with DJ SMALLZ, beats from DJ Shump and other top notch producers they are bound to make a lasting impression on anybody who listens to their music. And there is even bigger things on the way, as the boys broke the news, in this exclusive interview with Jamsphere, that they were changing their name to Fly City and signing up with Hoopla Worldwide. Hoopla, at it’s helm, has Jonathan Hay, the media guru who gave Rihanna’s career a real shake. Until recently Hoopla were also involved with helping Death Row, once one of hiphop’s most respected labels. But that’s another story, let’s talk about Fly City…
1. How long have you been doing what you’re doing and how did you get started in the first place?
Fly City: We been rapping 10 plus years but we been a group for about 5 years , before that we were solo artists.
2. Who were the first influences on your music and style?
Fly City: We came up listening to ugk, mjg, 8ball , jay z, outkast and of course our home town hero the late mc breed.
3. How did you guys first meet up and decide to form DA PRODUCT?
Fly City: Both our fathers were in a group together back in the day so I guess you can call it fate, we recorded a song together, and it was dope so we kept recording and here we are.
4. Which famous song or sound production, ultimately describes what you’d like FLY CITY music productions to sound like?
Fly City: We make all kind of music so it would be hard to pick just one, dr. dre the chronic is a classic album that comes to mind. We want to make records that relate to everyday life, the good the bad and the ugly.
5. Do you think your music is enjoyed more for the beats or for the lyrical flow and content?
Fly City: I think more for the message and content, you have to have both to end up with a hot record. When we hear a good beat it seems like the words fall out of the track so the vibe of the beat is very important as well.
6. Do you make your own beats and/or write your own lyrics and which software and/or hardware do you to use to achieve your sound?
Fly City: We use different producers, Terrence ( t man) Simpkins is our go to guy for production since we on the same team and he make crazy beats. We record with pro-tools.
7. Tell us about your deal with Hoopla Worldwide and how you get to work with Rihanna’s publicist, Jonathan Hay?
Fly City: You kind of caught me off guard with that question because the news of our deal has not been released so we been tight lipped about it until the official release. But this deal with hoopla worldwide feels like history in the making. I cannot imagine a better situation than the one we have with them. And what can you say about having the best pr guru in the entertainment game representing you; it is an honor to be in the position we’re in right now.
8. Give us an anticipation of what will be happening on your debut album as FLY CITY and about your upcoming spring tour?
Fly City: You can expect great music touching on every area of life, when you find yourself feeling a certain kind of way on a certain kind of day you can pop in that fly city cd and find that record to zone out to. As far as the tour goes everything is being put into play as we speak so fly city will be coming to a city near you, we look forward to meeting our fans face to face.
9. Which ingredient do you think is most essential in making your music sound the way it does?
Fly City: The beat is the first thing you hear so that is first to us, have to feel the music. Then comes the hook, which is the meat of the matter that sticks in your head then the verses have to have meaning, we not going to just say anything just because it rhymes. It has to make sense.
10. Do you think video is important to your music, and do you handle your own video productions?
Fly City: Yes video is very important in getting people to really understand where you coming from with your message. We do all treatments, video shoots and editing in house. No one can lay your vision out like you can do yourself. But we look forward to working with others because I would like to see what other directors come up with from our sound.
11. What aspect of the music making process excites you most, and what aspect discourages you the most?
Fly City: The process of making a dope song and actually hearing the finished product and the way people react to the record. We do not get discouraged we love the music making process so it is a passion with us that we do everyday.
12. How involved are you in the recording, producing, mastering, and other processes needed to make and market your music, and do you outsource any part of these processes?
Fly City: We do all our own recording, mixing, and things of that nature. We outsource for beats because we’re not beat makers but like I said t man beats on the team. Micheal Bentley helped a great deal with getting us in the right place at the right time and we are truly grateful to him. With this new deal with hoopla the game is about to change.
13. Do you think the advent of internet and all the new technology, has helped your music and independent musicians in general, or do you think it just creates a mass of mediocre “bedroom artists” who flood the web, making it difficult to distinguish yourself?
Fly City: I think the internet is great for music especially indie because we now have a worldwide outlet to exploit our music to the masses, without that exposure a lot of guys would not be where they are if not for the online outlet. Mediocre music is all over the major level too not just indie artist, not pointing fingers or calling names.
14. In your experience, what is the best piece of advice in this business you actually followed so far? And one you didn’t follow, but now know you should have?
Fly City: The best advice is never let anyone play with your career. The one I did not follow but should have is never trust people who brag about what they can do without showing you what they have done. You live and you learn.
15. Being an independent artist, which is the one factor you currently desire most (increased music distribution, better quality production, more media exposure, club performances etc…)?
Fly City: More media exposure most of all because people can not enjoy what they do not know about. Shows are what we love to do so that would be second on that list.
16. Did featuring on the Target released album, A Different Kind of Christmas with, The Jackson, Parliament Funkedelic, Nappy Roots etc., change your career in any way?
Fly City: Yes indeed it did, got a lot of press and international attention and most of all I think it was this project that brought us to where we are today, with Jonathan Hay and hoopla worldwide. Definitely honored to be on the same classic album, as the above mentioned artists.
17. How do you handle criticism? Who has been your worst critic, if any?
Fly City: Have no problem with it at all, it takes all kind of people to make a world so everybody not going to like everything you do, so you can expect critics but for us so far so good.
18. Is going Platinum or winning a Grammy important to you? Where would you like to see your career within 5 years?
Fly City: Platinum sales means you doing your job right as far as giving the people what they want, The award is just icing on the cake. We will be recording the best music we can and see what happens.
19. What in your opinion is the biggest barrier artists like you, have to face and overcome, to gain any commercial success?
Fly City: Getting pass all the predators who dangle your dreams in front of your face like they can make it happen for you but its all about getting your money. Stay true and never give up on your dreams.
20. If you were not a music artist, what would you be doing today?
Fly City: Probably be doing film and video work , We all have hoop dreams so that would be something to shoot for, but thank god we have music. It’s been a pleasure thanks for your support.
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