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Desarae Dee Inspiring lives, one music note at a time.



Tell me a little bit about your background. Where are you from and

how did you get started in music?


My name is Desarae Dee and I am an instrumental artist,

pianist/keyboardist, producer, content creator and educator from

Toronto, Canada. As you can tell from what I do, I wear A LOT of hats. I

started my musical journey at the age of 6 and was classically trained

for 12 years. I also grew up in church and started playing at 13 years

old. My parents recognized that I had a music gift and invested into me

in order for that gift to come to fruition. In the beginning stages, I had

zero interest in music (as I was forced by my parents to do so), but as I

got older, I started to appreciate it a lot more, especially in high school

when I really believed that I could be successful in music. I went on to

study music in university, with an emphasis on jazz piano, I also

learned a lot of different styles of music, as well as a lot of instruments

to now having 15 instruments under my belt. In 2014, I made my artist

debut and released the gospel single, “I’ll Worship You.” After releasing

that song, I realized that instrumental music was a passion of mine, due

to my love for creating instrumentation and also not seeing myself

represented in the music industry and even in the church. I understood

that REPRESENTATION matters and my desire was to see a better

representation of Black Women Musicians and to bring something

different to the music scene through instrumental fusion music.


Prior to your success what did you see as a major drawback by being a

new artist?


One of my biggest drawbacks being a new artist (well, there were quite

a bit of drawbacks) was getting my music played on radio stations in

Canada. It was definitely a challenge to push my music here – especially

music that is unorthodox, spontaneous and “outside the box” coming

from a woman and a minority. A lot of people misclassified my music

and didn’t want to give me a chance because I was a black woman.

From there, I recognized that sometimes you have to step outside of where you live to receive recognition.



What have people who had heard your music say about your

style that sets you apart from another instrumentalist?


People who have heard my music have told me that I have the ability to

communicate meaning and emotions in a way that draws them in. I’ve

also been told that my music has the ability to bring healing – I’ve

actually done some piano production for a few artists to the point

where it’s brought them to tears – this is definitely something I take

very seriously. I have also been told that my music is very different from

music they’ve heard and in some instances; I’ve been compared to Jazz

musician Robert Glasper.

They also tell me that I’m able to effortlessly fuse multiple genres in a way that creates something new and interesting to the ear.


As an independent artist, what are some of the challenges you face?


Asides from the challenge of getting my music played in my country,

I’ve also had to face judgment from other men because I am a black

woman who is going against what’s normal and being herself, while

working hard on a lane that is brand new and achieving success. People

tend not to support you, especially if you’re doing “better than them”

in any aspect. I also continue to face challenges even in the church

when it comes to backing up other artists – because the industry is so

male dominated (including the gospel music community), you can

automatically assume that a lot of the musicians receiving the

opportunities are male. Another challenge I face is being able to play at

certain events such as events catered to R&B artists. Because my music

is so unique, I find that I don’t get as many opportunities to be part of

genre specific events.


How would you describe your music to those who have never heard it

before?


My music is a fusion – a combination of one or more genres to create

something brand new altogether. I combine my jazz chords and piano

melodies with Gospel, R&B, Neo-Soul and other genres to create a

sound that is “outside the box.”


Who are your musical influences?


My musical influences are Alicia Keys, Robert Glasper, Oscar Peterson

and Frédéric Chopin.

How do you prepare yourself mentally for public opinion (either

positive or negative) when you’re preparing for a new song release?

I release my music with no expectations. I understand that not

everyone will understand or be accepting of the type of music that I

produce, and I also understand that there will be people that really

resonate with my music and take the time to understand my musical

story based on the song that I am releasing.


What advice would you give to new artist entering the changing

industry?


My biggest piece of advice that I would give any new artist is to be

CONSISTENT – with releasing music and your social media presence.

Find something that you’re really good at it and find creative ways to

share that with your audience and consistently releasing quality music

is so important. Talent alone cannot bring you to the table – you have

to be well rounded and have a strong presence.


What other talent do you have that your fans may not know about

you?


Not a lot of people know that I play multiple instruments (15 to be

exact), so from time to time I make a post of an instrument that I can

play (that’s not the piano).


How many singles/albums do you have out presently and what is your

favorite album/song to date?


To date, I currently have 20 singles, 2 EPs and 1 album in my catalogue

so far in my career.



Tell me about you latest album/ song and what was your inspiration

behind it? Is it out now and where can people buy it?

My latest single is called “Day 2 Day” and it features Toronto-based

singer-songwriter Markus Aurelyus. “Day 2 Day” serves as a perfect end

of the year song: a musical canvas that is relatable to the everyday

person, exploring the various ups and downs of making it through life,

pushing towards success, and taking things as they come. Through this song, I want to encourage people to take life one step and one day at a

time. We don’t always have all the answers, but all we can do is trust

the timing of our lives and trust the path God has us on.”



























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