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Daily Inspiration: Meet Desmond Pettross

Today we’d like to introduce you to Desmond Pettross.

Alright, thank you for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us how you got started?
I fell in love with music at a young age. Some of my earliest memories in life are of me dancing and reciting Lil Bow Wow lyrics in front of my family. I was constantly exposed to music, whether it was from the music my mom played in the car, the music videos I would watch with my older sister or the music my cousins would put me on to every time I visited them. Music was always around me, and I always wanted to listen to music. At 9 years old, I was even using Limewire to download hundreds of songs and put them on my mp3 player. As I got older and went into my teen years, I started to dive even deeper into Hip-Hop culture and fell in love with artists like J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Wale, Logic, Jay-Z, Eminem, 2Pac, and so many other artists. I connected with a lot of the stories that these artists would tell about their life. Hearing them be so vulnerable on tracks and also hearing them talk about their grind to success inspired me to want to do the same and share my story. So at 14 years old, I decided I wanted to take music seriously and learn how to be a great artist. I saved up money and bought a cheap microphone and midi keyboard to make beats. Every day after I got home from school, I would watch tutorial videos on how to make beats on Youtube. I would also watch my favorite rappers’ interviews and take notes of the tips and advice they would give upcoming artists. I worked on music for years because I always believed in myself and loved it. Now that it’s been 9 years since I first started making music, I have grown so much, and I am proud of where I’ve gotten to, even though I know this is only the beginning. Over the years, some of my music has been featured on over 10 hip-hop blogs. I’ve also had some small viral moments on social media with my music.

One of the moments was when I did a remix to Lil Nas X’s hit song “Industry Baby,” and I tweeted the video under one of Lil Nas X’s tweets, which got over 1,000 likes and over 100,000 views. The other viral moment I had was when the rapper Logic did a freestyle challenge on Tik Tok, and the video I did for it got over 2,000 likes and 16,000 views. The fact that I’ve been able to consistently work on music and get better at it over these past 9 years while still being able to obtain a college degree and balance my personal life lets me know that I have what it takes to persevere and keep grinding until I reach my goal of becoming a successful artist. I’ve also created my own brand/label called DEStiny Vision. DEStiny is an acronym for “Don’t Ever Stop, Trust It’s Now Yours.” This mantra I created is what keeps me pushing toward my dreams, and I hope to inspire others to do the same. With this brand, I hope to inspire others to believe they can create their destiny by following their vision.

Sidenote: My real name is Desmond Pettross, but my artist name is Des

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been fairly smooth?
The life of being an artist has its ups and downs, especially when you’re first starting. Nowadays, EVERYBODY wants to make music, so this industry is very oversaturated. That means you have to stand out from the rest, and you can start to doubt yourself. Some days I get those thoughts like, “man, can I do this? Am I in over my head? Do I have what it takes?” That self-doubt is inevitable, but it’s about how you react to that feeling of doubt. Although it might not be as easy as it sounds, I would remind myself that I have what it takes to do this. Nothing can stop me as long as I keep working and pushing. You must have blind faith in yourself that no one else can see or accept you.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I’m a Hip-Hop artist that raps and produces. Besides that, I also record all of my music from inside my bedroom and mix and master the music myself. I also am a graphic and visual designer myself as I create the cover arts for my music and visuals for my music using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe After Effects. Production, engineering, and graphic design are integral components of an artist’s career, and artists usually pay other professionals to handle these tasks. So the fact that I take all of these tasks myself most of the time is something that sets me apart from other artists. As an artist, I see myself as a business. So with me being able to do all these different tasks myself, it helps me save a lot of money that I would otherwise have to spend on studio time, audio engineers, graphic designers, etc. I also enjoy doing all of these other things because they are all a part of the overall package/process of creating music and expressing myself. I also want to show people that you can do all of this yourself; you don’t need to know anybody. While having connections and knowing people who can do these different things can help, I want those who don’t have these resources to see that it is more than possible for them to learn these different skills themselves.

What was your favorite childhood memory?
I don’t have a specific childhood memory that comes to mind, but my childhood, in general, was excellent. The imagination and self-belief I had as a child were incredible, so I always try to live through my inner child and do things that make me happy cause that’s all we used to do when we were kids. Now that we’ve grown up, all we do is think about these responsibilities that come with living in society, but at the end of the day, we are all living our own lives, and we need to be focusing on ourselves and doing the things that we love to do, just like a child would.

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