I had the pleasure of attending the Gypsy Soul & Infiniti Entertainment Present the Fourth Anniversary Ear Candy featuring Dwele & Nicholas Ryan Gant event, this past Wednesday in Baltimore, MD. The event was held at a very quaint establishment, Teavolve Cafe, that allowed personal and up-close, face to face time with the artists performing. Dim lighting and an eccentric crowd was the perfect recipe for a stimulating evening.
Not only did I attend the event, but I was part of the exclusive Q&A session with Dwele before the performances began. It was a great opportunity to learn more about his journey and see him interact with fans as he signed their copy of his new CD, Greater Than One.
Check out a small bit of what he shared with us:
Q: What’s the same about all people you meet?
A: That’s a tough question! If they are at my shows? They have a great taste in music.
Q: In this new era of R&B/Neo-Soul, what artists are you inspired by?
A: I’m inspired by living! I may have Bilal setting the mood, but you may find 2 Chainz or some Future in the whip!
Q: Why does it take you so long to come out with an album?
A: I don’t like rushing music. I stay out on the road…when you’re constantly busy, time flies! It’s not intentional.
Q: Were you born to “live” by just living or did something happen to make you live that way?
A: I was always into music since a very very young age. My father inspired me…he got me into instruments…continuing on with that was a way of keeping my father with me. As far as living like an artist, I put out the Rize album just to see how people felt. I just wanted to see what would happen. I only dropped 100 albums and in my mind I was platinum (lol)! From there I met Slum (Slum Village). Also, bootlegging was just getting started then and it created a buzz for me. It really helped me! At the time I was working at AAA (Triple A)…if it worked out, cool! If it didn’t, cool!
Q: What’s your favorite song?
A: That impossible! They’re all my babies. My favorite song off of Subject would probably be the title song.
Q: What do you want your fans to know?
A: I thank everybody for supporting me. I love you! I’m gonna keep bringing you that good music!
I just loooove the fact that he is so humble and was nice to EVERY single person he came in contact with. Take a look at some more pictures of Dwele, as well as, some pics of Nicholas Ryan Gant performing songs from his latest album.