THURSDAY. FEB 21, 2017INTERVIEW AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY PATRICK SPEARS
Dos Global has spent time in New York City, Chicago, East Atlanta, Decatur, Redan, Japan, and now...the Internet. While he finally stops moving for a moment, OC’s Patrick Spears gets a hold of him and catches up.
Dos Global is an artist on the rise in the midst of the New York creative scene. But as one knows, if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere. But not to forget, when you drop music online and keep prodding at that digital fire, whether it be YouTube or SoundCloud, the smoke billows can go anywhere. We recently caught up with him to discuss style, inspiration, and his journey to becoming a musician. Below Patrick Spears photographs and interviews Dos Global.
PATRICK SPEARS: At what moment did you realize that you wanted to be a musician? And when you decided this, what kept you on the journey?
DOS GLOBAL: It’s just what I've loved to do forever. I've been in the arts for a minute now, but music in particular kept calling to me. Since I was a kid in Atlanta, I was always into music. I didn't realize at the time, but I grew up basically at ground zero of the rap world. It wasn’t too hard to get influenced being immersed in that environment and surrounded by the city’s history.
Ah! You’re from Atlanta!
I grew up between East Atlanta, Decatur, and Redan, Georgia. I moved to Chicago when I was sixteen with my grandparents. Both of my parents are from Illinois but their families are from the South.
Did growing up in Atlanta and Chicago influence your sound and aesthetic? A little bit midwest swing meets the south?
I guess it gave me a broad perspective on sound and the genre. I listened to everything from my grandparents' James Brown records, to early Atlanta underground Pre-Trap, to Chicago Ghetto House. Moving around gives you a spectrum—I became a nerd for music in that way. Aesthetic wise, growing up between two cities opens your eyes to new ways to express yourself. I always loved the flashiness of Atlanta style, but Chicago opened me up to more designers and taught me how to layer and dress for the cold.
What's the strongest lesson you've learned along your journey so far?
Always keeping a solid circle of people around you, ones who have backbone in what they believe.
What about designers, who in fashion inspires you?
In fashion I’d have to say Margiela, Raf Simons, Rei Kawakubo as far as old heads. Their individualized vision and theories are nuts. It was about process with Margiela. Raf had a strong graphic presence and a cleaned up punk aesthetic. And Rei was all about freedom and a feeling. That's who I look at as my fashion holy trinity. Who I really vibe with now as far as who’s currently in the field is Virgil Abloh and his vision. I feel like he does what I want Raf to do, or he carries out that attitude Raf once had if that makes any sense. Also ACW, XXBC, and Gosha have been popping up in my closet little by little.
You recently went on an international tour. Can you tell us about your experience? What made it special?
It was dope,I got to meet and perform for people from all around the world. Getting different reactions from people who didn't even speak English at all. The internet helped a lot in making the experience super crazy. The clubs in Seoul, going to Visions and Field Day in London, The Hills and Malibu in Cali, Vespas around Berlin. It was all around an rewarding experience.
RAPID FIRE ROUND
Favorite city and why?
Outside of the A, Los Angeles. I fuck with The Hills. It’s a vibe.
Favorite restaurant on the planet?
Cheeky Sandwiches in L.E.S. is family
What upcoming projects are you working on?
I have an Ep coming out later this year called Pr0gress1ve. I'm also working on a video project for the Ep, excited to share that with y’all.
What impact do you want to have on the world?
To leave a dent in the universe. Help people be more free and open. Inspire a curiosity for knowledge.
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