Dabier is a California based actor and musician. Music is one of his major passions! His current EP New Faces is getting tremendous attention in the music world! Dabier has also had success in front of the camera for almost 15
years. From "House" to "Icarly " to "Rizzoli & Isles" to "Movie Surfers" he has had both bit and leading parts. He started acting at the age of 6! Dabier has been cast in the new WB show "Black Lightning" coming in 2018. Dabier is also an up an coming skateboarder and is an ambassador for adidas! He also has the opportunity to skate for America in the 2020 Olympics! Dabier continues to be more than a triple threat and is always finding new passions and interest!
What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
Definitely Hip hop & Rap, there are certain times R&B and trap soul squeezes its way into my music as well. So it depends on what I hear and what I'm vibin to at that time in the studio.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
My name is Dabier (Da-Bee-Air) and there is a story. I got my name through my parents and they wanted to name me something special and different. Someone that’s hard to forget like they say about my personality. It's Ethiopian mixed with French and it means Teacher.
Believe it or not my parents told me if it wasn’t for them finding Dabier my name would’ve been BobbaTuneda! Haha
What Are or Have been Your Musical Influences?
My musical influences are Kendrick Lamar, J.Cole, Chance the Rapper, Tupac, Bryson Tiller, Warren G, Logic, Nate Dogg, The weekend, Gorrilaz, Drake, Lecrae , Big sean,G-Easy , Bruno Mars, Beyonce, Alica Keys. There is way too many to name!
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
I’m working on so much at this moment, I just finished a Show with a Huge Director, that I can't say at the moment but it’s gonna be on TNT.
I’m working on another EP which I know it's gonna sound better than my last one. Which I’m happy about because it’s all about progression.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
My ultimate goal is to make the best music I can ever create.
I want my music to be able to educate to people all around the world and send a message.
I wanted my music to talk about what’s going on in society, while also creating party music as well.
I want my music to soar from all the clubs to peoples homes, to peoples minds.
I don’t have a plan of action, I’m just here to make my own history and be myself.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
My Fav Track to perform has to be 100 times. I love how it sounds live with the base and its fast so it gets the Audience bumpin!
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus far?
The biggest challenge with my career thus far is getting my music heard social media. Staying true to myself and my sound as an artist. The Challenge is Getting my music it in the mainstream.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
My typical songwriting process starts off Listening to different instrumentals and getting a vibe. Usually my favorite beats I hear, I get obsessed with. I'll start writing to them immediately and won’t stop till I have a full song, if I don't finish it that night I start dreaming about it. I'm weird like that. The first lyric is always tough cause its hard to figure out where to start. Then I will rap the lyrics over and over again, i'm all about delivery and how they match with the beat.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
Social media has influenced me in so many ways, from my style of clothing, I learn new words and lingo, and the news always helps me put lyrics to use from social media.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
My tops right now:
Blessings-Lecrae, No Limit- G-Easy, Icon-Jaden Smith, Ghost FaceKillers - 21-Savage-Offset-Metro Boomin, Drake-Gyalchester
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
Before I started making music I was acting and I'm still acting.
I'm working on a new show for TNT which I'm excited once I'm allowed to say something about.
My new show Black Lightning Airs on the CW JAN 16th at 9PM so be on the lookout for that.
Atypical on Netflix Now, (Episode 5) Last Two Lovers at the end of the world on DirectTV and AT&T now.
I've been acting since I was 6 years old so I have history in the entertainment industry.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
The Advice I say to everyone, this includes anyone in the entertainment industry or anyone wanting to achieve any dream.
Always stay positive, and be yourself. I've learned that some people can't be themselves and try to be something their not. Listen to your first instinct and never give up on your dreams. Most of the time that's gonna require a lot of sacrifice. to stay focused and driven, it’s never easy. But enjoy the ride and have fun along the way. my father always told me to feel it all, the good times and bad. The good times because you want more of it the bad times because you never wanna feel this again and you can learn from it.
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
If it was me, I would change the way we look at new artist coming into the music industry. It’s very tough to get into the industry because it seems like there is never enough room for new artist in the industry. At Least that what they want us to think, cause there are some artist that currently have no record deal or have any viewership but their music is way beyond what is on the radio currently.. So only the best of the best can make it, where now a days some people are doing it on their own with the power of social media and with the right song. I would open the door give new artist a chance and see if they can handle the pressure and success. Also I would change some parts in the Licensing agreement to so that artist can get paid more. Also we need More women in our Artist rosters and less sexual Harassment in the workplace, it’s ridiculous.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
Originality is super important in music.Its what makes me different from me to you. We are all original in our own way. It shows the world what you can create and how passionate you are through your music. Either soft and elegant, or Gritty and Raw. Originality is about showing your one of a kind music, style and artistry through your projects. It shows what makes you special. Embrace your originality, you will find your music.
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
Yes!! Black Lightning Airs on the CW Jan 16th. I play a Villian. So I’m Excited for everyone to see it.
Make sure to follow all of my social media's Because I have a lot of content planned for 2018 that’s gonna be huge!
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My New EP is on the way and I would like to thank my family for pushing me over the years! My Entertainment family, my Managers, Agent & Attorneys. Everyone else, you know who you are!