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Meet Dagm Endalkachew

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dagm Endalkachew. 

Dagm, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
Growing up I had a fascination with live music. I went to my first concert at Ottobar when I was 14. I loved seeing bands and artists perform, seeing the exchange between artists and the crowd, the energy, the community, I was entranced. I briefly went to college in central Pennsylvania at Juniata College. An upperclassman befriended me because I lived in his freshman dorm and he gave me my first few lessons on DJing. I moved to Colorado in 2013 where I was homeless at 18. My time there was challenging but very rewarding at the same time. I grew to love electronic music as I was introduced to it by my new circle of friends. Today I’m a DJ and music producer living in Los Angeles and working between Baltimore and LA. There’s a great music scene we have here and I’m connecting what I’ve grown to love in Baltimore with the west coast. Currently, I’m in Baltimore writing my first EP. 

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
When I was younger, I struggled with my identity, who I was, and wanted to be. I moved to Colorado knowing it was going to be difficult. 18 in a new city and I didn’t know anybody. I was homeless for a year. I slept on street benches and in shelters. My experiences taught me perseverance and how to operate in the face of adversity. 

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I’m a DJ and music producer. A lot of Baltimore knows me for my multi-genre sets mixing Hip Hop, R & B at local bars and venues. In DC, I’ve performed at Soundcheck DC, an EDM venue, where I’ve played Future Bass, Baltimore Club, and Trap. I specialize in producing R&B music and Hip Hop, but I’ve got a passion for making electronic music as well. I’m most proud of all the people I’ve been able to touch through music. It has the power to heal and putting smiles on partygoers every weekend has really been a special reward. 

In terms of your work and the industry, what are some of the changes you are expecting to see over the next five to ten years?
I think more DJ sets and festivals will be held virtually. We saw a few happen over the course of the pandemic and some of them were largely successful (example: Insomniac’s Virtual Rave-A-Thon) 

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