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Conversations with Da-Sean Downing

Today we’d like to introduce you to Da-Sean Downing.

Hi Da-Sean, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I started taking music seriously in 2015 because I could not play football anymore due to injuries and other adversities. I took an interest in music at a young age when my mother and I would clean the house, blast music, and sing to each other as we cleaned the whole house. This bonding experience caused me to always stay true to myself and keep singing; failure is not an option if I do it. This also brings the artist name FINAO into play because it is an abbreviation of just that saying! My whole life, I’ve always wanted to sing and bring smiles to people’s faces. If I could do that, I would know I made a difference in someone’s life.

Can you talk to us about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It has not been the smoothest of roads at all. I say that because many talented people drive Baltimore, but the truth is that we are not united as we should be and don’t tend to support one another as we should, which causes many of us to move out of the city. This action gives us the mindset that we all are on our own, which we don’t have to be. Money has always been a struggle because sometimes you have to prioritize your bills before your music which isn’t bad by any means, but it leads to me not getting all of the studio time I want.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
In many people’s eyes, I am known to put Spanish in my music since I am bilingual. I want to bridge the gap between other cultures so that we can unite as one. I am most proud of becoming a versatile artist because I do not want to be designated to a specific genre. I like to sing any music. My determination sets me apart from anyone. In my eyes, because of my ability to be hyper-fixated on something until it is done and perfected to the sound that I believe people tend to love.

What does success mean to you?
I define success as living comfortably with the people you love and making a difference in the world. Rather it’s through music or conversations and impressions I would like to leave in the future knowing that I made a difference in people’s lives.

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