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Inspiring Conversations with RoRo Yone of Yone Entertainment / Dash Talents

Today we’d like to introduce you to RoRo Yone.

Hi RoRo, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
My name is Rodolfo Goyone, Jr., and I am known as my artist, RoRo Yone. I was born in the Philippines and did not move to the US until I was 15. At a very young age, my parents separated. My father had decided to start a new family, and my mother flew to the United States to be able to support 4 of our children, leaving us with our aunt’s family for years. My mother had sent us as much as possible with the small amount of money she was making here in the US. After a few years, we were kicked out of our aunt’s place, leaving us with no roof to stay in. We’ve bounced around from house to house with no place to call a “home.” To survive and have something to eat at least once a day, my older brother and sister joined singing competitions wherever they could. They have won multiple times, and with the small amount of money they earned, we would celebrate by having a proper warm meal. Knowing how my life was, I never knew if I would wake up the next day. Whether I woke up or not, it was fine with me. I have lived the definition of “living your life as if it was your last.” Every morning I woke up, I always thanked God for giving me another day. Although I never had plans for the next day, since I never knew if I’d still be alive by then, I always knew He had a plan for me. I kept my head up, and nothing scared me. (except that Leprechaun and Chucky from Child’s Play, LOL. I was a kid). My past experiences have shaped who I am today; whenever I see an opportunity, whether a job, business, or gig, I will always go for it. I do not take anything for granted. I can always take these blessings away at any point in my life.

Music has always been a part of me, starting with my mother, who would always sing her favorite songs, “Sweet Dreams” by Eurythmics and “Crazy” by Patsy Cline. My brother was a professional singer who had the opportunity to sing in multiple countries. He also taught me the basics of playing chords on the piano. My sister was also a professional singer and had taught me how to play guitar and drums. With all the musical background and knowledge I’ve gained from my family, I learned to produce music independently. I would compose my songs and record myself singing and rapping to the tracks I’ve created.

In 2005, I released my first album called “Someday” and sold it during lunchtime at the cafeteria in High School. I used my money to purchase better equipment which led me to release my second album in 2006 called “Back Again.” I sold hundreds of copies of my 2nd album at the campus, which helped me get a better recording computer. My mother had always supported me, so she helped me purchase a high-end condenser microphone which, until now, I still use in my studio due to its high-quality input. From 2007 to 2009, I produced and wrote songs for random musicians who would pay me to do it and seldom wrote any songs for myself. From 2009 to 2019, I took a very long break from music. I would produce and write songs here and there, but nothing serious came out of it. I always just wanted to be behind the scenes, so I tried producing other artists but could not find one consistent with working with me.

In June 2020, I decided to be the artist, so I produced and wrote the song “Make It Bounce.” I sent this song to every email address of all the radio stations I could find online. I also emailed this song to multiple online A&R email addresses, not knowing if the addresses were correct. As I continued to attempt to market myself, I stumbled upon CSP Music Group. I scheduled an appointment with them, not knowing whether they were legit or a scam, but I had nothing to lose, so I moved forward with my online meeting. Little did I know that my music career was about to change.

CSP Music Group has sold over 350 Million Records, including multiple Grammy nominations and Grammy-winning tracks working with the biggest artists in the industry. I am now part of this music group as I had signed an Artist Development contract as an independent artist. I work directly with the CEO Christopher Starr as he helped me build my foundation and my brand as an artist. He had partnered me up with my producer and studio engineer, Anthony Avery, known as Sam Peezy. He has been on Billboard Charts, holding the #1 spot several times, and has been Grammy-nominated.

On June 1, 2021, I released my first professional 6-songs E.P Album called “Bones” through CSP Music Group. “Bones” represents the foundation of my life and the structure of my music starting from the ground up. It also represents our daily lives as we have built repetition by structuring our daily schedule from waking up, to going to work, to our eating habits, to going to sleep, then we repeat. You will find that most of the songs that are on the Album are relatable to your daily lives.

Two weeks after the release date, “Make It Bounce,” the first song on the E.P Album, had made it to the Global Top 150, hitting #7 on the Charts. A couple of months later, the second song on the E.P, “Better Days,” had also made it to the Top 100 on the Global Charts. This accomplishment earned my first wall plaque and made me a Global Top 10 Charting Hip-hop Artist.

My music can be defined as an effortless blend of Pop, RnB, and Hip-Hop, with a new strain of sounds often being dubbed “Melodic Rap.” Stylistically, I was influenced by artists such as Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Nelly, Ludacris, Usher, and Chris Brown. This style is what I brought to the table as I performed at the 2022 Fashion Gala and Charity Event at the MGM Grand National Harbor sponsored by WEModel USA.

After my MGM Grand performance, many more opportunities opened up for my music career. I received an offer to open up for major artists with the contingency of signing a half-a-million-dollar record deal. I turned it down because I feel the contract is not for me. A day later, Chris from CSP contacted me about getting on a call with Unified Group to get a distribution deal to distribute music onto the Sony Music platform. This deal allowed me to distribute music from multiple artists through my record label Yone Entertainment. At this point, I thought it would be a deal to distribute my music on the Sony platform, but I was wrong.

Yone Entertainment is a business I’ve built to support musical artists with professional quality music at a lower cost using all the industry connections I have built. We also help songwriters turn their ideas into fully composed and produced songs. From composition to production to tracking, editing, mixing, and mastering, to copyrighting, all the way to releasing the song on all the music platforms, including Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, etc. With the distribution deal on hand, I could also close out deals and publish in well-known publications such as The Rolling Stones Magazine, The Source, This is 50, and more. On top of those publications, I can also publish in major fashion magazines such as Vogue, GQ, Allure, Elle, Cosmopolitan, etc., which is perfect for my fashion industry business, Dash Talents.

Dash Talents is a premier Modeling and Talent portfolio-building service working with agencies and management groups to prepare, build, and develop their talents for success. I have created this business with my photographer / film-director friend, Noel Calubaquib, as we split the work giving him the creative control as I handle business operations. As we continue to build the business’s structure and foundation, we have added celebrity make-up artist Yelena Scheidler to the team. Yelena had quickly contributed to the business, making us realize she was the missing piece, so we made her One-third owner of the company handling client relationships and marketing. This is just another one of those business opportunities that came to me, and as I said before, I take any opportunities I can get.

To summarize my story, I came from not knowing if I would wake up the next day due to my living conditions to now doing pretty good with my music and owning not one business but two businesses. All of this does mean much to me until I reach the number one goal in my life. I am currently doing this due to all the blessings I have received daily. Because of the hunger I experienced as a child. I never want anyone to go through what I went through. This is why I have been donating to Action Against Hunger monthly to help end hunger worldwide.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Life is never a smooth road, but it’s really about how you deal with it. For example, I struggled as a kid, not knowing if I would eat for the day. I kept my head up, optimistic about eating the next day if I got to wake up. In regards to my music, when I stopped making music since I was not feeling creative, I just knew that one day I would get back to doing it again, whether it’s this year or 5 years from now.

Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Yone Entertainment / Dash Talents?
Yone Entertainment provides Musical Artists with access to high-quality and professional services made to break barriers and reach goals by working with a network of industry professionals. We also help songwriters turn their ideas into fully composed and produced songs. From composition to production to tracking, editing, mixing, and mastering, to copyrighting, all the way to releasing the song on all the music platforms, including Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, etc. We also offer Artist Development to help artists build their foundations and create their brands. Once artists are at a certain point where their foundation and brands are fully set, they have a chance to get offered a distribution deal to be placed on the Sony Music platform. These artists would also get a chance to be featured in magazines. Such as The Rolling Stone magazine and The Source. This is 50 and more.

Dash Talents is a premier Modeling and Talent portfolio-building service working with agencies and management groups to prepare, build, and develop their talents for success. We have photography services, acting services, and model training services. You won’t be experiencing a typical photoshoot when you book with us. Instead, you will work directly with the highly requested photographer and film director, Noel Calubaquib, who has worked with huge clients, including the Emmys Television Academy, NFL Play60, and more. You will also experience and work directly with one of the most in-demand celebrity makeup artists, Yelena Scheidler. Our model trainers are very experienced, ranging from high-fashion to commercial modeling and even to world pageants. These models would also get a chance to be featured in magazines such as Vogue, GQ, Allure, Elle, Cosmopolitan, and more.

The Crisis has affected us all in different ways. How has it affected you, and any important lessons or epiphanies you can share with us?
The Covid-19 Crisis had given me a lot more time to focus on myself and be able to create my music and build two businesses. As an Operations and Compliance Manager for a healthcare staffing company, I staffed over 1000 nurses across the United States. I have learned the severity of the Crisis and how important our nurses are. Many people did not wear masks which helped spread the sickness even more. I learned that people care more about their opinions rather than listening to professionals. I learned that politics gets in the way of common sense. I learned that people believe what they see on Social Media without actually checking facts from the professionals.

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Noel Calubaquib, Yelena Scheidler, CSP Music Group, Dash Talents

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