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Dre Thompson

Please introduce yourself real quick…


Dre Thompson, 24 year old hip-hop artist, model and event planner from Baltimore MD.


What do you do?


I'm currently signed to an independent record label started by my brothers and myself called HigherGround Media Conglomerate. I'm also owner of an event planning and coordinating company called On Point Event Management.


What´s new right now?


I have a few shows coming up around Baltimore, one late February and the other in late March. Plus I'm currently working on several different collaborative EPs as well as in the recording phase of my very 1st solo project. The grind NEVER stops!

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Are you a superfan of anyone? How did you become a superfan? Do you remember how you become a fan and what turned you into super fan? Have you ever thought about why you´re such a fan?


Following MGK's progress to where he is now through vlogs and other videos/interviews made me some sort of a superfan. Plus his music touches so many different ppl with different issues, I wanna have that kind of impact on people one day.


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What was the biggest mistake you made when you started making music and what would be the number one tip you could give to a newcomer musician?



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How do you get gigs? Can you share any tips?


I get gigs by supporting other ppls events. Chatting with bartenders or the sound person is a good way to find out who does bookings for the venues. Also just reach out to people who you see are promoting gigs, they may point you in the right direction as well.


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Do you have good promotion tips for other musicians?



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Do you have insights on how to grow your audience on soundcloud that you want to share with our audience?


Networking online AND in the streets are perfect ways to build an audience. Sending links to new music to friends and family via text or social media are also good ways of growing your audience.


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What has been your biggest challenge right now? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?


Writing on demand was always a challenge for me but now with so many projects currently on my plate and mental deadlines being set I've overcame that challenge I'd say.


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How do you personally discover new music?


Various SoundCloud playlists and through social media platforms.


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Once you discovered new music, do you tell others about the new music/artist you discovered? If yes, how exactly?


“Shares via social media or listening to the artist around others.


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What is your number one tip to improve your music production or songwriting skills?


Don't be afraid to hear your stuff's not good. That's the only way to get better, let a select few people hear some of those unfinished beats or songs and get their insight. Better to hear something's not good before you get completely finished right…


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What is your best tip for those who struggle with finishing their tracks?


There is no set "formula" for how things are supposed to be. If you like it the way it is then end it there, no need to force it.


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We meet again in one year. What has changed?


I want to focus more on larger scale event planning AND show booking. I also want to have more on my modeling résumé too…so much to make happen in 12 months lol


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http://www.soundcloud.com/drizzythadon

http://www.facebook.com/drizzythadon

http://www.twitter.com/drizzythadon

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