a conversation with sonny dumarsais about his debut EP ‘transition’

Hi Sonny, how are you? It’s great to have you here! Congratulations on your debut EP “Transition”. It’s very cohesive and a great storytelling. What mainly motivated you and what was the driving force behind the EP?

First and foremost, I appreciate you taking the time to listen to my music and enjoy it! My main motivation for making this EP was to try to make a concise Body of Work that reflected where I was at the time. I wanted to tell a story that was my own and that was real to me.

Were there any challenges making the EP?

There were challengers making this EP for sure.

The main challenge for me (which I now realize) was the expectation of wanting to make something good. The expectation to write a good song caused a serious writer’s block.

How long did it take from start to finish? Any memorable moments during the process?

I went back and forth about the EP concept for about a year. Once I figured out a project concept that was right for me, the song ideas flowed and it took about a month to make the entire EP.  I had the help of an amazing cast of singers, engineers, and musicians supporting me along the way. The most memorable moment was recording “Days & Nights” only because it happened so fast.  The song started as a voice note I made while driving from New Jersey to Baltimore. The song, which features Candi Bleu, is one of my favorite songs to date.

One of my favorite tracks from your EP is “Love Changes”. What inspired you to write it?

“Love Changes” I love too!!! I wrote that song when I was madly in love. That’s the only song on the EP that I wrote prior to recording.

 

Let’s go back to the beginning of your career. How did you get interested in becoming a musician?

First and foremost, music came to me as a gift from God. Even as a kid there was something about music that I knew I was called to do. I started off a drummer at age 3. Now I play lead guitar and the rest is history. I fell in love with music.

Was it difficult to find your sound and identity or did it come naturally?

I’m still methodically searching for a definitive sound that I can really call my own. I’m proud of the sound I’m currently developing which took some time. As the great Miles Davis once said, “it takes years for you to sound like yourself.” So I’m a young man still digging to find my sound.

What’s one thing people don’t know about you, but should?

I think people need to know how funny and goofy I am.  I’ve been doing RnB as a main genre for years. Sometimes the mood of the RnB makes you look super serious but I’m very fun loving. In time, I hope to reflect my fun loving nature in my music.

As a solo artist, what do you think is the most challenging?

The most challenging thing about being a solo artist is understanding I have to be the boss.

Especially for someone like me who came out of a group and or band, I’m used to everything being a team effort, which in a lot of ways still rings true but I need to remember it’s ultimately about my decision. And that can be tough.

Are you going to release new music videos this year?

Yes! I plan to release several music videos this year! My management team and I are working on concepts as we speak!

 

How else do you express creatively?

Playing guitar is an amazing way for me to express myself before I picked up writing songs, and it still helps to this day. I also love acting as well! Always been fascinated with acting!

What are you currently working on? Anything you can tell us?

(Laughs) What I can tell you is that I’m currently recording new music. I’m also working on some ideas for creative music videos I hope you will enjoy! Everything else is in the works, (you didn’t hear that from me lol)

 

Are you touring too?

Yes, I am touring! I’ve been playing many venues in New York City, Maryland, Philly, New Jersey, and many more and I’m currently on tour with RnB Artist Lyfe Jennings as his guitarist.

How are the fans? How’s your relationship with them? Anything you want to share with the fans and the audience?

I love the fans! I personally call them my supporters because they motivate me to continue to push my musical limits. So I’m staying in tune with them. I continue to show them (via social media) every step of my journey!

What’s in store for 2018?

2018 is full of surprises! I can hardly wait!

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