ARTIST NAME: NIMSAY & El Dorado
SONG TITLE: Be Real
ALBUM TITLE: Still Standing
GENRE: Hip Hop, Rap
NIMSAY & Eldorado
NIMSAY & El Dorado (also known as Pedrinho in the Zouk dance industry) are Hip Hop Rappers. They met in September 2017 in UK Dance Connexion where their passion for music and dance made them cross paths. Within a very short period of time working together they released their first single ‘Like This’ which was a success. They are young and innovative rappers with a real passion for music. They are currently working on the album “Still Standing” which will be released soon.
Discuss your personality.
We are positive and very optimistic about life and what the future holds for us. We have come from a humble background and believe that through effort & hard work we can achieve our dreams.
Discuss your existence as a musician.
El Dorado – My interest in dance and music began at the age of 10. I asked my parents to let me join a famous dance school in Brazil where I learned fast with a lot of discipline and determination. I was so ambitious and motivated that in a short period of time I was already traveling the world teaching and performing. I felt very satisfied with this, but I wanted more.
Since I was already familiar with rhythm (music and dance are intertwined) I ventured into DJing @ London Sound Academy (one of the best DJ and Production schools in London). I learned the fundamentals of music and how music is defined. I had always felt a very strong desire to create music and share my ideas with the world, so when I met Nimsay I decided to take this on board and continue to accomplish my dreams.
Nimsay became my sister. She showed me the way and encouraged me to do this when nobody believed in me. It’s more than a blood connection; she is the sister I never had.
Nimsay – I started music at the age of 12 when I began creating vocal melodies and rhymes on my cousins’ beats. We would spend days and nights in the studio writing and recording. Unfortunately, life pushed us apart and I then came to the decision of continuing my music journey alone.
As I grew, my passion for songwriting increased. I would write songs, record them and send them off to auditions. I tried my luck not knowing where this was going to take me. Before I knew it I was signed by a record label in London. As we all know, life can throw unexpected challenges at you and this is what happened. The timing couldn’t have been worse. I had to leave the country and head back to my hometown in Spain. As a result of my frustration, I quit music for a year. This was a defining moment in my life because it pushed me to decide that never again will I give up on my dreams. A few years later here I am back in London, building again from scratch and with more motivation than ever.
When I returned to London I met ‘El Dorado’ and we immediately connected, it was an automatic click. We connected not just as friends, but also for the love we shared for music. It was only a matter of time for us to start a partnership, it just felt right. He is my partner in crime and my brother, the one I always wished I had.
Go into details on the changes in your life for choosing music as a career.
For me being creative in dance & music has always been fulfilling and is my bread & butter. But as a child, my dream was always to make music. I didn’t have support from my family, I had to fight hard to be involved with Music and Art but they didn’t believe that was a promising career for a living. I come from a poor area in Brazil with not a lot of opportunity, when I found art I knew what I wanted for myself. It didn’t come easy I was setting up and cleaning up music events and shows to make some money while the dancing wasn’t making anything so I was doing that until I was 17 years old. When I turned 17 I did an audition for a company in Sao Paulo where we were learning Dancing, Music, and Theatre.
Sao Paulo was where I found my love for Rap/Hip Hop, Sao Paulo a city of 12.11 million people and dreams. The Brazilian Rap gave me a voice, all the songs related to daily basis problem with society and they gave me the power to go on day after day. Slowly I was able to get into the music and dance scene. Met a manager for an international tour and was able to leave Brazil and work abroad with amazing dancer and musicians I was finally able to use my own voice as a way to encourage others to chase their dreams.
As a dancer, it has never come easy. I have worked in the most difficult environments just to present my art.
With music, it is exactly the same. Late nights choosing passion oversleep. Sacrificing work for my music.
Nimsay – Music has been a part of me. I express myself through my music. I feel through music I can encourage people to keep pushing through the dark moments. We all have to maintain a life where the money comes into play. But that doesn’t stop us from fighting what is deep in our hearts and soul and that is what music is for me. My outlet, my savior, and as previously mentioned the setback for me in my career was the challenges of life that stopped me personally creating my music. The setback a creative artist feels is that to be able to survive you have to put music on the side and create in the middle of the night when you should be sleeping. You make sacrifices that might seem like a setback. But with all the challenges you are creating for yourself and the belief that someone will get strength from your song.
Art is a journey in itself by choosing it as a life career you will always face the difficulties that come with it. It’s not a 9-5 job with a set salary. But it is a way of life, a life that you are constantly creating. Investing in making our dreams come true is always a risk. But the benefit is you are free to create, fill people’s life with positivity through your music & reminding people that life is your own creation.
Tell us the benefits and drawbacks of choosing music as a career.
If I haven’t chosen this life I would have never been involved so deeply in music and I would have never met NIMSAY and she is the only one who supported me when I was about to give up.
Drawbacks – the time and the investment, and low-value payment is the worst part, so you need to keep working on some other jobs and find the time to do what you love the most.
Tell us how you will manage fame as an established artist.
We’ve been hustling hard since we were kids, we want to create a stable carrier to perform around the world, we love what we do and we want more people to hear what we have to say. Everyone wants fame; it’s a consequence of good work, we want fame so we can provide for our family and enjoy life doing what we love, I want my baby to have everything I never had, I want my wife with me every day, not working to make a living.
Elaborate on the storyline of this song.
“Be Real” came to our mind as frustration that few rappers all do is make noises on the songs with reverb, they have no meaning or purpose and yet they have millions of people listening to that. It made us think about what is going on with Rap. That’s why “Be Real” was created be real to yourself and your life, don’t just copy what’s going around.
Let us know the greatest moment of your music career.
For a duet who recently got together we had some amazing experiences, on the first month of our career together we were invited to sing in an international dance festival in PRAGUE, AMSTERDAM, MADRID and our song “Roof Down” got us into the LA Coast 2 Coast.
Share your press release and reviews with us.
As a new duet; our only reviews are on our live shows, it’s been going well since we had our first show in London we kept getting invitations to perform internationally.
Discuss your experience pertaining to live performances, gigs, shows, and tours.
We love being on stage together, that’s where we belong and where we want to be all the time every day. We’ve been performing on all sorts of stages from small club floors to big international stages in festivals. Live is one of our strongest points as we’ve been dealing with Music and Dance our whole life. Love tours around the world, nothing better than seeing your work being recognized.
Discuss the changes in your life as an artist.
The changes are that your main focus becomes your art. You work 365 days to see your music on a radio or to perform for a big audience. No sleep you are either creating or performing.
State the names of the most important people that boosted your music career and how you met them.
We are the ones pushing ourselves every day, we don’t have a team behind us.
Explain what you have in mind before considering music as a career.
We are in this for real.
Discuss your experience in life.
Life hasn’t come easy to us; we come from different countries with different cultures. We believe in energy and how the universe guides your path into what you’re supposed to do. Doesn’t matter how low you are you have a choice, you can choose to suffer and become a victim or stand up and fight. Actions make a difference especially if you want to get somewhere.
The way we met is a big example. We met at a random dance event and we start speaking because she was wearing a gold apple watch and I was full of rings and gold chains, that day changed our lives forever.
Name the artists that have influenced the world.
Tupac, DR Dre, Notorious BIG, Eminem, P Diddy, Michael Jackson, Prince, Nirvana, Nas, Kanye West, Whitney Houston, Usher, James Brown, Queen, Elvis Presley, Bob Marley, Madonna, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, etc.
Discuss your moment of rejection as a musician/artist and how you are able to cope and move on with your career.
In 2011 we were in the auditions for The Voice in London. We had passed to the final stages of the auditions and were rejected just one step before hitting the live TV shows. It was disappointing to make it so far and not pass through, but that rejection only gave us more power to restructure ourselves and come back stronger. We are in this for the long game and rejection will only give us more reasons to fight.
Tell us the most negative comment you have ever received.
As a female rapper, I kept getting reminded that it’s a male-dominated industry and that I would have to work double as hard to be successful. El Dorado came into my life with the determination of proving all these comments wrong and to use that frustration as a power to make every song bigger and better.
Elaborate on the song.
“Be Real” is a really important song and it’s who we are and where we want to be. It shows that our reality will never change our final goal. NIMSAY talks about her frustration with music and disappointments in life (our current situation) while El Dorado speaks about the ambitions that we won’t let other people control our dreams; we are working hard and the money will come.
State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.
NIMSAY (stands for YASMIN) Yasmin always did her life backward, that’s where the name came from. El Dorado (Pedro) Pedro was always into gold since 10 years old. So Yasmin gave him the name of El Dorado (The Gold).
State the title of the song and the meaning.
“Be Real”, it’s about being real to yourself, don’t deny that you have failed but also don’t let go of your ambitions, your survival, and your dreams will keep you going.
State the title of the album and the reason for choosing the title.
We chose “Still Standing” as the title of our album to give us and other people who felt helpless a voice and motivation to keep going. We want to be heard and tell the world that no matter what, you can always fight your way back up.
El Dorado – 2018 was a tough year for me. My business fell a victim to Money Laundering. This was a very hard moment to soldier through and it affected my life a lot, especially with a new-born baby. I felt so helpless and kept getting told that my case was too small. As a cause of this, I lost 15k.
Nimsay – Life has thrown loads of challenges at me as well as life-threatening experiences. I have fought through many paths and learned from all the tough journeys. At times I was at my lowest point willing to give everything up however I always found my way back up. This is where the inspiration for the album name “Still Standing” came from. After all, we have gone through as individuals we are here and STILL STANDING.