Today we’d like to introduce you to Xenny Dreamr.
Hi Xenny , so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
My name is Xenny Dreamr, but most call me Xenny. I was born in Washington DC and raised in PG County, MD. I’m a Recording Artist, DJ, and songwriter.
Music and just the entertainment world, in general, has always been a passion of mine. I was in a band in elementary school, which is how I got a little taste of it. I also played basketball growing up, and in high school, I was the one that made all the warm-up CDs for the teams. I would go to my tv production classroom, download songs, load up audacity, and start editing all the music manually, so we had clean edits for the games. I didn’t even notice until later that it would lead to me getting more into djing. I started to teach myself how to use DJ equipment, and soon enough, I was the go-to DJ for all the house parties, lol. I loved it!
I attended Goucher College in Baltimore, Md. College was an amazing experience for me. My first year was when I decided to dive more into music and create my own. I finally outgrew that shy stage and wanted to perform. I invested in studio equipment, self-taught myself pro tools, started writing songs, and the rest is history. It was always a slight struggle for me to balance music life and basketball life. I’ve played basketball since I was 8 and thought that was my calling. However, once I found music, everything changed. I decided to focus on the music more.
I moved to Los Angeles about 2 years ago and am here to continue my journey as an artist and make my mark. I may have been doing this for a while, but I’m just getting started! I am still very driven and determined to expand as an artist and DJ.
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?
Man, this road has not been smooth at all! lol
The biggest struggle was finding my voice. Like what my style is, my sound, etc. It took a while to get to where I am now. When I first started making music, I was hip hop/ boom-bap. I had a mentor who would mesmerize me with wu-tang albums, Twist albums, tribe-called quest albums, and Jay z so that I could work on my delivery and flow. Most of it came naturally, but as an up-and-coming artist, I wanted to let people know I do this!
Another struggle is just being able to keep up with the times. Things are consistently changing and evolving. So, you must stay current but still be true to yourself!
Being an artist, in general, is a struggle, you know? Unless you have a team or someone willing to invest and see your vision, you do everything yourself, and I mean EVERYTHING. Write the music, pay for studio time, photoshoots, video shoots, marketing, promo, and your image (clothing, jewelry, etc.). On top of that, you still have to survive and live your regular life until the music is successful. It can be a lot, for sure.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about what you do?
Right now, I have gotten back into DJing full-time. So I have just been working on building connections and putting myself out there as a DJ more! I still write and record my music as well! I have some news in the works, so be on the lookout! I am most proud of my growth. The fact that I moved to LA during a pandemic for music was a huge risk, and I don’t regret it. Trust me, it has been very hard, but I know it’s just part of my journey! I’ll be able to help and mentor so many more and coming and give them advice thru my experiences. I have learned so much over the last few years. I know music and being an entertainer is what I want to do. I believe what sets me apart is my patience and determination! I refuse to give up because all it takes is one YES.
Do you have any advice for those just starting?
My advice would be to keep going. It’s not going to be easy. You really will go thru every emotion. But if you can get thru that, you’ll be just fine. Consistency is key! And if you can build a team, do it and be patient! I wish I knew how mental it all is and believed in myself more. I believe in myself now more than ever! If I had the same mindset back then, I would’ve been out of here! Lol, but everything happens for a reason. I’ve learned a lot, putting me in dope positions! I’ve accomplished so much and more to come!
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/xennydreamr/?hl=en
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/xennydreamr
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVRLCyLc9xPhXh_uj1yGn8g
- Other: https://audiomack.com/xennydreamr
Photo credits: IG profiles below @unknwnphotographer_ @deshieldstf @tropica1l