He has long been a rapper, with catchy lyrical content and a seemingly endless swagger.
With his later works, including the newest single, he’s coming into his own as a credible vocal threat. One fan said, “It’s music from the heart that hits you right between the ears.”
A consistent entertainer and producer these past 10 years, Donnie has released 12 singles and an album (“D-Day”, released in 2011) to his credit and his latest project being an EP called “Cruel Summer” (2019) – with 6 original songs that have a major label production sound. He has performed in concert with such music stars as Snoop Dogg, The Game, and Tank, and has been performing at various festivals, nightclubs, and events.
What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
I feel that my music crosses multiple genres (depending on the song), with interpolations of Hip Hop, R&B, Soul, Pop, and even Electronic and Dubstep. My sound varies depending on the individual songs that I record, but I would say that I try to release catchy tunes with heavy 808 and bass riffs to make the listeners feel the music.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
My name has evolved over the years. First, I was Donnie Brasco. That name was given to me by friends and colleagues that used to just call me that, so I just went with it. Next, I changed my name to Donnie B. LeFlaire. I changed it to break away from the "snitch" reference (referencing the movie) and to change my name to fit my evolving sound and maturation. Lastly, Donnie B. GotDaBeats was born to unify my music production brand and my artist brand into one name. I just decided to get a little more savvy with my promotion and business practices.
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
I LOVE old school music. Mostly Blues and Funk vibes, but I'm open to all music as long as the melodies and percussion resonate with me.
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
I'm currently working on my EP, "Cruel Summer", which I intend to release in December leading into 2020. I'm sure there will be collabs to come. I'm launching my record label, "The Eights", in December as well, so I'm sure there will be collabs on the horizon.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
My ultimate goal is to leave the kind of legacy that my predecessors (Dr. Dre, Timbaland, Pharrell, Jay-Z, Diddy, etc.) have left on the industry and the globe. Also, to show the world that it's possible for anyone to win despite the multitude of challenges that we all face.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
I have an old show set that I change annually, but is my "go-to" performance set when I perform.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
I've endured many challenges. The biggest was learning to mature into the persona that I've grown to become. To be able to light up a room just by walking into it.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
I usually have a feel for a song concept, either from a catchy idea for a hook or something from current events/politics, and use that as the base of my song. From there, I'll either create a track to fit it or will have already created a beat. Then, I see what I can put to it and try to figure out how to make it resonate with the listeners. Sometimes I work with other writers as well to bring in fresh ideas.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
It greatly influenced my career. It gives you access to people across the globe, on a granular level, from you cell phone. It changed the entire way business is promoted, so I am heavily influenced by it.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
"Gimme Some Lovin" - Spencer Davis Group
"Kevin's Heart" - J. Cole
"Lean On" - Major Lazer
"See-Line Woman" - Nina Simone
"Holy Ghost" - The Bar-Kays
"Hot Music" - SO:HO
"Percolator" - Cajmere
"I Love It" - Kanye West & Lil Pump
"This Is America" - Childish Gambino
"It's Bigger Than Hip Hop" - Dead Prez
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
I've done music since I was 4 years old. My dad was a musician / music producer. Music is a part of me.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
Just. Keep. Pushing.... And look at music business as EXACTLY what it is.... It's a BUSINESS, so learn business etiquette and learn how to apply it to your brand!
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
Open the doors to give everyone a chance to tell their story through music. There is a ton of money to be made and billions of people who just want a shot at chance to tell their story on the grand stage.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
Originality is definitely a weapon to have in your arsenal, but creativity and ingenuity (in my opinion) are the biggest tools one must utilize.
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
Most of my music is written, produced, mixed, mastered, promoted, & marketed by me (or any combination of these with help from other contractors). I even do all of the cover art and work with directors to produce the music videos. I create the album designs and promo material for it as well. I have grown to be the "one stop shop"!
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