It’s always a pleasure catching up with Rohan Da Great and seeing what the North Carolina-based hip hop artist has been up to. Since our last interview, RDG was promoting his single, “Say Goodbye,” a touching and heartfelt ode to his late grandmother. It was a single that was vulnerable and personal and we absolutely loved it here at Limerence.
Now let’s fast forward to about four or five months and RDG is back again with another smash single. He has dipped his creative mic into EDM as he is a feature on Dani Deahl’s track, “SMYK,” which has received mega success and even a feature on Billboard.com.
It’s safe to say that RDG had a blissful 2015 and will have great 2016. Check out the interview below:
What was it like to work with Dani Deahl on “SMYK”?
RDG: It was a really great experience working with Dani. We didn’t get to physically work together on “SMYK” record, but it was still dope. We collaborated over the net, she sent the track while in Chicago and I recorded [my part] in Raleigh, well Durham. Then we sent her the stems and a couple alternate mixes for her to play with. It was fun. She was very humble and welcoming from the beginning. She respected my artistry and valued my input on the record. Once we met on tour, I realized she was even cooler than I thought. We had several good laughs and great conversations. She’s really a pleasure to be around.
How did the collaboration come into play? How long did it take you to write your verse?
RDG: I would have to give Rob Sekay the credit for that… He was plug (laughs). Rob sent me the instrumental right before the 4th of July and was like “see what you can write to it, I can send it to Dani.. I’ve been telling her about you.” Anyone who knows me knows that I’m always down to make music. I liked the track, so I decided to do it. I don’t write so, I immediately began to freestyle to the instrumental in my head (while trying to put my daughter to sleep for a nap… the struggle (laughs). I’m not sure if it was luck or some type of divine intervention, but I had all the lyrics and the structure of the song down, after the second time freestyling to the track.
Once my daughter fell asleep, I ran in the booth and I laid all the lyrics on the fly. It took like no time at all.I sent the Demo of me freestyling to Rob about an hour after he contacted me. He then sent it to Dani and he said “she loved it”. I didn’t think much more of it. I didn’t have any expectation of anything coming out of it honestly.. other than a “He’s dope” or “Let’s work in the future” and at that point I wasn’t fully aware of Dani’s success or resume. Next thing I knew Rob said they want you to cut the record and Tuesday I was recording on my dream mic, the Telefunken C12.
What has the response been like since the track dropped.
RDG: The response to SMYK has been phenomenal to say the least. The preview of the record dropped a week before the “official” release date and the response was crazy right out the gate. Everyone loved the snippets and couldn’t wait to hear the full versions. I can’t even flex.. I went crazy when I heard the Reid Speed Remix. I knew it was gonna have the clubs on smash. My fans, family and friends were excited for the opportunity that was going to come as a result of the record. It was dope. Then a week later, we premiered on Billboard.com, which for me was huge and exciting.
Once the track dropped the plays skyrocketed; we were charting on Beatport, Dani, myself and the song was on fire. We were getting great reviews. The general public loved how I balanced the Hip Hop with the EDM, without doing too much or too little. It was dubbed the perfect dance track. The song opened lots of doors for me and things got even crazier when we announced that we were going on the SMYK Tour. To this day the song is still growing. Its dope to know that people all over the world are into your music. Like who would of thought they would be playing an EDM track Rohan Da Great in Russia, Shrilanka, Slovakia and all these place I have trouble pronouncing (laughs). It has opened me up to a whole new genre of music and fan base.
Can we expect any other EDM based track coming from you?
RDG: Yes!! You definitely can. My next release “Money Maker” is an EDM influenced track with added elements of Dancehall/Reggae and some good twerk music. I tested it out at a few shows and I think, well know we have a hit with this one. It gets the crowd going, but the reggae element ads something dope and different. When it switches on you, it provides a whole new level. It’s hard to explain but…you’ll see (laughs).
What’s next from you?
RDG: Everything! I just want to continue to grow as an artist and showcase my versatility and level of artistry. I have four projects dropping this year and they all sound different. I have an Hip Hop EP entitled The Real, A Reggae project, I&I Innate Ideology, a turn up Ep, for lack of better term and a compilation album, entitled the Feature Presentation. So I will definitely be releasing a lot of music and doing lots of touring. I also wanted to showcase my songwriting and production skills. I’ve written about a 12 songs for local acts that are slated to be released this year. I’m hoping to get my publishing company off the ground and write for a few major artists.
Outside of music, I will be putting a lot of time into my non-profit organization, the Be Great: Artistic Leadership Program.
We are going to be doing lot’s of great things through that program. I can speak on it fully yet. Hopefully between my work as a solo artist, songwriter, producer and my humanitarian efforts, I can leave the world with things that will live and extend far beyond myself…A Legacy…That’s what’s next.
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