Today, we have the pleasure of interviewing Dominic Lebron, an artist and songwriter. He has recently released his first album, “This Is Dom.”
Please tell us something about yourself.
I record under the name D. Lebron, everyone calls me Dom. I was born in Saginaw, MI & raised in Holland, MI. I am black & Puerto Rican & was raised in a small house with my mom, 2 sisters, & my grandmother, who was born in Puerto Rico. I grew up playing sports. I played baseball & basketball.
How did you get into what you do right now? Please tell us more about your journey.
I always had a passion for hip hop music. If I liked a song, I would listen to it 100 times in a row if needed & try to dissect the artist's wordplay & delivery and so on. So I always knew I had a love for it. Then I wrote 1 song. Then 2. Then 4 and so on, and the lyrics were dope, but the engineering was pretty amateur. Long story short, I hit up another local rapper (Swavy Loke) and asked who he recorded within holland. He hooked me up with T, and it's been lights out. Since the initial meeting In January, T and I have pushed out over 100 tracks and 2 projects. “This Is Dom” drops August 26 on all platforms btw. Go cop that.
Who are your role models?
My role models have always been Muhammad Ali & Kobe Bryant. Two of the greatest athletes & champions of all time. Kobe taught me how to go and get it. He taught me Mamba Mentality and how you have to sacrifice being great at anything in order to be great at your craft. Meaning, he was the best he could be at what he did, which was being a basketball player. But he had to sacrifice a lot for that as well. Like he wasn't the best father he could be at the time or the best friend he could be at the time because every second he had, he was thinking about how to get better at basketball. And he taught us all that you can use mamba mentality for anything. Rip mamba. Muhammad Ali, come on, man, he's the greatest! He stood up for what he believed in & was stripped from his title during the peak of his career. 2 legends that were bigger than their sport.
What inspires you?
There's a lot of things that inspire me. For instance, setting a goal and reaching it. Or hearing a fire beat & wanting to find the perfect flow & perfect subject for the feel of that beat & doing just that while making it catchy. And just music in general. Hearing other artists tell a story with their own style on it, that shit is very inspiring.
Please tell us about your music album, “This Is Dom.”
I have my first album, “This Is Dom,” dropping on all major platforms on August 26, 2020. It officially dropped on my birthday, August 7, but all the platforms are running behind due to Covid-19. It is still available on my SoundCloud page or my official website (www.dlebronmusic.site).
What's your most memorable experience?
My most memorable experience would have to be the 1st cubs game I went to at Wrigley field. Been a big cubs fan my whole life. Even told people my uncle was Sammy Sosa Growing up. If you know me, you knew about my obsession with the cubbies. But I never actually went to the Wrigley field until about 4 years ago. I was on probation sober as hell, but I remember that day being better than I expected. Top 3 days of my life for sure.
Which social media channels work best for promoting your work? What exactly do you do on the social media channel that makes it work for you?
Instagram works best to promote my music. I try and engage with my followers & also show them the process. Like me, for example, before I met T (sound engineer), I really didn't know anything about what goes into music & recording. He taught me “ins & outs” and “off the ends.” He taught me basically everything I know & If you're a music nerd like me, you have to at the least be intrigued by my page.
What's your greatest fear?
My greatest fear is dying alone and forgotten.
Looking back, what's one thing you wish you understood better before you ever got started?
That's a good one. One thing I wish I understood better before I ever got started would definitely be how I tried marketing & promoting my music at first. I watched some YouTube video where this guy is talking about getting started at a musician and how to get your music out there, and he said basically to send all your music to everyone you know. Facebook messenger, text, everything. Yeah, after months of annoying the hell out of everyone, I finally did some more research. Turns out I was doing it all wrong. But oh well, I'm doing something right now.
What are the strategies that helped you become successful in your journey?
It's not really a strategy, but I guess loving the grind and loving the next step. Never done working, and thinking what's next at all times. That mindset helped me get to where I'm at & will help me get to where I'm going.
What keeps you going when things get tough?
A good beat, good weed, headphones, and a notepad
Any message for our readers.
Go check out the “This Is Dom” album when it drops on August 26, 2020, on all major platforms!
How can people connect with you?
You can connect with me in a variety of ways. Either through my official website, or Instagram @dlebronmusic, Twitter @dlebronmusic, or Snapchat dlebronmusic.