MADE Magazine Issue 8 - Page 45

MADEMUSIC maximize it because we have too many close connections. Our circles are overlapping for that not to happen eventually…but it’s just a matter of time of when and hopefully it’ll be under the right circumstances to where we can have a productive conversation that has nothing to do with me trying to gain something from him. Because I know he’s used to people that are trying to get him to do a song, get him to sign and bring them on tour and I don’t want any of that. I don’t want any of the above from him. I would just like to be able to talk. working on my album right now. I’m in the middle of recording my album. As far as the release date, I want to have it out by the end of 2016. I know for a fact that it’ll be done way before then, but the goal is to have it out by the end of 2016. MADE: Any features? Dee1: Yes, I do have features in mind right now just not locked in. Now, I just have to bring them to fruition. And I think that all the ones that I want to happen are going to be able to happen because they are all actually friends. When you have friends, it’s way different than just an industry hookup. MADE: What’s the best advice you ever been given that you continue to live by? Dee1: Yesterday is done and tomorrow hasn’t come, ¬so win today. I came up with that because my friend’s mom died. When his mom died, he was fulfilling his everyday duties and still handling his own responsibilities and what not. And it wasn’t til' one day that he spoke to me and broke down when he told me about his mother dying. But he said that he had been carrying on his obligations and duties because his mother always told him that you can’t change the past and you can’t control the future, so just focus on the present and win today. No matter what happened, you still have to wake up the next day and focus on winning that day. I look at everyday like a win or lose opportunity. I don’t consider it a win if I just survive through another day, but I consider it a win if I live in the type of way that’s going to make God proud of me and that’s going to make me feel like I’m utilizing my time and talents effectively. That’s what makes me feel like I won that day. MADE: When do you feel like you’ve MADE it? What exactly do you envision your life being like when you can honestly sit back, take a deep breath, and say “I have MADE it”? Dee1: When I take my last breath on this earth, if I can just say, “Man, I know that I used my God-¬given talents to make this world a better place”. If I can have that thought run through my mind and if I know that that’s the truth right before I take my last breath, then I made it. It’s not about a certain amount of money that I’ve made, or a certain amount of followers that I hit online. All of that is cool, but that doesn’t make me feel like I made it. Making it is an everyday thing, literally. I thought I was going to feel like I made it when I signed a record deal, and I signed a record deal didn’t feel like I made it yet. I thought I was going to say I made it when I started making a certain amount of money and still didn’t feel like I made it. “Making” is a verb, I don’t think it’s a past tense thing…that implies that it’s done. And I don’t think that it’s done until we stop breathing. ◊ MADE:As far as upcoming projects, is there anything that you would like to speak on? Dee1: When I take my last breath on this earth, if I can just say “Man, I know that I used my God given talents to make this world a better place”. If I can have that thought run through my mind, and if I know that that’s the truth right before I take my last breath, then I made it. It’s not about a certain amount of money that I’ve made, or a certain amount of followers I’m made-magazine.com 45