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Catching up with Young Riot
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Q: If you could describe you, Young Riot, in one sentence what would that be?

A: To go against the status quo , break barriers and always be yourself. 

Q: When you were younger what did you want to do when you grow up?

A: When I was young, for a very short period I wanted to be in the NFL, but I always wanted to rap.

Q: How old were you when you made your first song? What is something that you developed with making that first song?

A: I was 15 when I made my first song. The thing I developed after that song was how to actually structure a song.

Q: What is a goal that you have set for yourself for the end of the year?

A:  By the end of the year I would like to be in a situation where my imprint, which is the Cabinet, has a distribution or venture deal.

Q: What do you know about A.L.I.E.N Entertainment? What do you like most about the company?

A: I was introduced to the brand by my homies Ben and Lito. I remember when the dad hats first dropped. I liked the fact that the brand has expanded to a multimedia entertainment company. Salute to what yall doing over there with the interviews, for artists,  etc. 

Q: What is one piece of advice you would like to give up and coming artists like yourself? 

A:  If I had to give any advice for  up and coming artists, it would be to learn the business and handle yours. Do not forget that is exactly what it is, a business. 

Q: What made you decide on the genre of music you work on? Have you tried working on any other types of music?

A: Well I grew up working on hip hop/rap music, then I was signed at 18 to an indie label and started to experiment more into pop music. Lots of my earlier projects have a totally different sound.

Q: What streaming service do you prefer the most? Why?

A:  The streaming service I prefer the most is Apple Music. I feel it is the most user friendly one, and I like Beats 1 radio.

Q: What producer would you like to work with, if any? Why?

A:  I would like to work DJ Mustard. He is very good at actual production like creating songs not just making beats, and he is about his business. Shout out to my producers I already work with tho, they all wavy. 

Q: When are you dropping your next project?

A: I have a couple projects I am working on right now at once, at least one of them will be out either by the end of the summer or right before winter.

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The Man Behind the 1's and 2's DJ ForTunes
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Q: Where did the name DJ ForTunes comes from? What is the story of you as an artist?

A: My pops actually gave me the name DJ ForTunes. Being a DJ himself, his old stage name was DJ ForPlay so he wanted me to have a similar name to show we had relations with each other. In middle school and high school I played a lot of instruments. During that time my pops started DJ’ing and practicing on his turntables.  I made it my mission to learn this new instrument, to make a career of my own. I do not know why but when I first learned how to use the equipment, I fell in love with it immediately. I practiced almost everyday and I did research on how I can become better. My pops saw how much of a passion I had, so he advised me to learn more on how to produce, because if you’re good at DJ’ing you’re probably good at producing too. Eight years later, I’m a resident DJ at 4 venues in NY, I’ve produced 2 EP’s (ForTune Cookies Vol. 2 is out now!), I’ve DJ’d all over the world and produced tracks for international artist. It’s been a long journey but I can’t and will not stop. I have big dreams that I’m going to make come true. This is only the beginning.

Q: Where did you learn the skills when becoming a DJ?

A:  When I was younger my pops and his friend who introduced him into DJ’ing (DJ Mister Klean) taught me the basics but when I got to college I met some DJ’s who sharpened my skills.. DJ Z-Rex, DJ Krypto, DJ Taayy, and DJ Tre Fiyah  are all the amazing DJ’s that taught me new and important information that made me the great DJ/producer I am today. I appreciate all of them.

Q: If you could perform at any club or venue around the world where would it be and why?

A: I do not have a specific venue or club I want to DJ at but I do want to DJ in Brazil. I have heard the energy and the music is on another level out there and I want to experience it first hand. I actually want to DJ all over the world to be honest so I could not choose just one spot. My goal is to have at least one residency in every country by the time I’m 26.

Q: What can you tell the public about your newest released project?

A: ForTune Cookies Vol. 2 is a reminder that you need to know your worth. If you feel your frequency or your energy is getting lower while you are dealing with someone, stop giving them attention. It is up to you to realize that you deserve to be happy. I learned a lot about myself while making this project and I biggest thing I learned is that some people don’t deserve my time or energy and I want people to understand that too.

Q: Would you ever want to produce, if you don't already, why or why not?

A: Yes, I produced this whole project.

Q: What would you like the public to know about the music you create? Is there a specific inspiration?

A: All the music I create is honest. My job as a DJ/producer is to move the listener and I feel the best way to do that is with honesty.

Q: What is one thing that you see yourself struggle with as an artist and DJ?

A: The biggest thing I struggle with as an artist, is comparing myself to other artists. It is so easy to look at an artist who is more successful or experienced and ask yourself “Why don’t I have that?” Then you try your hardest to become that artist and you can’t because you are not them. Before it made me unmotivated because I wanted everything another artist had right now but I realized that it takes time to become the best and be successful. It’s a struggle but I am learning to be patient with myself, I am starting to practice more frequently, and I have been putting my all into my craft.

Q: What do you like most about A.L.I.E.N Entertainment?

A:  A.L.I.E.N Entertainment gives all of the underdog artist a platform to broadcast their talents. You could be a painter, a producer, a singer, a writer etc. If you are serious about your craft A.L.I.E.N Entertainment will help you reach more people. I respect that, not a lot of groups are doing that.

Q: Who do you look up to in the music world? What is it about them that inspires you?

A: Pharell Williams is my biggest inspiration. He was able to create his own sound, his own clothing brand and he was respected by everyone. For you to do all of that in the early 2000’s and still be relevant and highly respected in 2019 is astounding to me. He inspires me to be better and work harder.

Q: Where can the public access your music?

A: You can find me all music streaming platforms, just look up DJ ForTunes. My instagram is @dj.fortunes and my twitter is @dj_fortunes

To Check out DJ ForTunes Lastest Tape and mixes Click here.

New Release: Dee Gomes Ft. Polo G "Forever"

Dee Gomes Forever, ft. Polo G and Directed by Wet Visuals and Jay Pusha

Rapper Dee Gomes released his new song and video titled Forever, featuring Polo G.  The song itself was first recorded at the Music Factory Studio in Florida, then Quad Studios NYC and the video was filmed in Los Angeles, CA. Collaborating on the East and West Coast, Dee shares his love on both coasts. Instead of making fans wait on the video, he released his single and video on the same day, August 23, 2019. With the backing of Dee Gomes immediate Providence fans and Polo G’s fan club the video is nearing 150k views on YouTube, on its’ first week release. Dee Gomes did not disappoint. With his most viewed video being over 1 million, this song is on pace to reach more views and streams.

This is only the tip of the iceberg. Last year Dee’s project, “True Colors” caught a lot of people's attention and he has only been increasing his audience with songs like “Life of The Party” and “Forever”, all singles released this year. The song explains situations that are known to many and the video adds another layer to how the artist feels, behind what is being said.. For example in the song Dee says, “Man, I swear that looks can be deceiving” and in the video looks of girls are not what they seem. Sounds about right!

If you have not heard nor watch the video yet it is worth it. The video is on YouTube, while the single is featured on all streaming platforms like Apple Music, Spotify, and more. When it comes to Dee Gomes this isn’t it, he says “there’s a lot more music to come”.

Also find Dee Gomes latest tracks featured on our Spotify playlist, Click Here.

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