Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth, and childhood experience.
I’m DL Moreno, a solo independent hip-hop artist from Bakersfield, CA. I was born in Merced, CA, USA in 1986. Childhood experience was centered around music, mom was a “rock-n-roll” singer in a trio girl group back in the day so guess it’s in the “blood” so to speak. I learned to play the drums and read music at an early age, played in orchestras and bands, gravitated to hip-hop music in my late teens.
Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience, and skills.
Playing drums was the real foundation of my music career. I love beats and when I started getting into hip-hop, it was really a natural progression for me to start spittin’ rhymes, like playing drums with my voice. I was inspired by Dr. Dre, Tupac, and of course, The Notorious BIG. Those were and continue to be my top influences. Dr. Dre’s music and the wordplay from Pac & Biggie, just genius! As far as proficiency, I can play drums and I work with Logic software for pre-production, recording vocal tracks, etc. As far as NAH MEAN and other recent songs I’ve released, I started working with producers who currently work in the music industry and have created music for Trey Songz, Drake, The Weeknd to name a few! Since I’m not an engineer, I send all of my pre-production out to a professional for mixing/mastering, although I do give my input as far as what effects I prefer for a particular vocal track.
Tell us about your genre, concept, and idea behind your music video and the song.
Hip-hop/R&B would be the genre for sure. I wrote the music video treatment and chose the location. I wanted it to be fun and sexy, a whole party vibe. In my humble opinion, the director John FU, who also directed Baby Bash’s video Fantasy Girl, was a great collaborator on it and delivered a great video.
Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.
As a musician and vocalist, I spend hours in the studio until I get it right. I don’t want to put something out there that is subpar. I strive to get it as perfect as humanly possible. As far as my experience with the music industry, there have been a lot more downs than ups but I love music and I never give up. I recall one time I got my music in the hands of an A&R exec at a major record label. He told me he liked what I was doing and to keep on working at it. He said he would send it over to someone that could possibly help me, but I never heard from him again. The exec ended up signing a singer who became one of the biggest female pop icons in the world! And thank God he did sign her, I was just happy that he saw the talent in me. That was inspiration enough to keep on working at it.
Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew, or music video director, how the song was recorded, and how the music video was shot.
I’m a solo artist, so just me. The music producer for NAH MEAN is JAYWAN INC, I leased the beat from him. The music video was directed by John FU, and we shot the video at one of the local clubs here in Bakersfield, CA. I wrote the lyrics and recorded the vocals in my home studio, then sent them off to my engineer Dave Fore aka Orange Octane, for mixing/mastering.
Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience, and your future goal.
I’ve been an independent artist off and on for about 10 years. Future goals, to continue to create music that people enjoy and/or love, to continue to grow my fan base, and last but not least, to earn enough income as an artist to be able to support my family and me.
Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.
Life inspires me to write, including past relationships, a turning point in my life, good or bad. Of course, my mom being the lead singer she was, was a huge inspiration for me as a singer.
Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.
Still working on the answer to that question, lol.
Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.
Thank you for all the love and support you’ve given me since I began this journey as an artist. I hope I inspired you to do good things and/or to pursue your dreams as a fellow artist. Feel free to reach out to me on my social media, I’m fairly accessible and have given advice to lots of independent artists.
Tell the piece of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.
I tell them that if music is something they love, to never give up. It takes a lot of time and persistence to achieve a real career in the music industry. I’m still working at it and getting closer every day to my dreams. I’ve gotten specific questions from how I was able to secure a lease on a beat, to the steps I took to promote the record. Also, I get questions like “is this or that company legitimate to work with?” I always give my honest opinion because I know how hard it is on the “come-up.”
Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition, or awards you might have obtained.
I released a single called Savage featuring Trey Songz. On 5/20/17, it topped the Digital Radio Tracker (DRT) National Airplay Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Chart at #9 and the DRT National Airplay Top 150 Independent Chart at #3! Proud moment!
List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send messages to them via this platform.
My single NAH MEAN debuted on DJ Suss One’s radio show on HOT 97 in NYC! My single Savage feat Trey Songz continues to play on online radio throughout the world, some FM stations in the US, and is still on the DRT National Airplay Independent Chart. I’ve done live radio interviews on We On Radio in NY, Twin Radio Syndicate on Blogtalk Radio, and A.V.A Live Radio in FL. I’ve had a featured blog about my single Savage feat Trey Songz on ThisIs50.com and JackThriller.com.
Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.
I listen to tons of instrumentals/beats online. When I find one that inspires me, I start writing to it. The writing process has taken anywhere from a day or 2 to a month. If it’s something I believe is going to work, a gut feeling that I have something unique, I’ll try to get the exclusive rights to it so it becomes an original (which will be helpful later when it comes time to copyright it and obtain synch licensing) and go from there.
Name five biggest artists that you look up to like idols.
Dr. Dre, Tupac, Biggie, Eminem, and as far as singing, The Weeknd.
Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.
Trey Songz is featured on my single Savage, so I’d like to work with him again. Dr. Dre, Eminem, The Weeknd, Drake, Lil Wayne, Kanye West, any and all of those artists would incredible to collaborate with.
Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.
Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.
Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.
I would have to say the birth of my son was the happiest day of my life. I don’t think the saddest day has occurred for me yet, that would be the loss of any one of my family members. Thank God they’re still with me!