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Catching up with Dee Gomes
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Q: When did you know that music was going to be a big part of your life?

A: I have always loved music and it has always been a part of my life. However, in 2015 my friends CJay and DStackz convinced me to make a song.

Q: What is your preferred genre to preform? What is it about this genre that interested you the most?

A: I do not have a preferred genre. In fact, i like all different types of music.

Q: What do you like to do during your free time, when you are not working?

A: If I am not doing anything that regards to music, I like to play NBA 2K or eat.

Q: Who inspires you the most in the music industry and why?

A: Kendrick Lamar inspires me but I also love Trippie Redds production.

Q: If there was one thing you wanted the public to know about yourself what would it be?

A: I am a very outgoing and humble person.

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

A: A.L.I.E.N Entertainment always made me feel like family. They have my best interest at all times. They also genuinely want to see me win.

Q: If you could work with anybody in the industry who would it be?

A: Lil Uzi.

Q: What do you like the most about performing?

A: The challenge of satisfying the crowd.

Q: If you could go anywhere in the world to work or perform where would you go?

A: Jamaica

Q: What is one thing you would like the public to know about your latest song Troops?

A: When we first made it, we were contemplating on if we should even use it. Now it is the most played on my album True Colors.

Meet Hip-Hop Artist Chachi Carvalho

Q: When did you know music was going to be a part of your life?

A: I come from a long line of musicians. My grandfather and father were both singers. My older sister is a singer and rapper. I have cousins and uncles who all play a variety of instruments. Music has always been a part of my life since early childhood. I guess when I was 11 years old and started practicing the art of freestyling would be the defining moment of when I committed to the craft.

Q: What do you like most about performing?

A: I love the feeling of butterflies in my stomach before I step on stage. I get a complete rush when I look around and see my band, all rocking in unison, eyes closed and zoned out while creating one sound, one vibe. But nothing compares to when I am able to connect with someone in the audience. When the music or the words connect with a person and I lock eyes with them and without saying a word, their eyes say it all... they get it.

Q: When you are not performing or in the studio what do you like to do the most?

A: I enjoy spending time with my family. My children are my life. They are all into music too which is a bonus. My 16 year old daughter Kyla has already recorded a few songs with me and she has performed in a few plays and musicals. My sons Cairo and Cayden (7 & 6) both already believe they are rock stars. There is never a dull moment when they are around.

Q: Who is your biggest influencer and why?

A: Personally, I am influenced by positive people, dream chasers, and taste makers. I love to hear stories of people winning, especially the underdogs. I really love it when those people are my friends and family. By far my biggest influence is my father. He came to this country with nothing and created opportunities for my family. Even though he passed away a decade ago, each day I wake up and feel inspired to carry on his legacy and work towards creating my own. A legacy that I hope he would be proud of.

Q: If you could perform or work anywhere in the world where would you go?

A: If I could earn the same amount of money I make here in the states, there is no doubt in my kind that I would live in Cape Verde. That is my homeland and I love the culture. I would build a home and a studio somewhere near the beach and be the most laid back, tanned, stress free version of myself possible.

Q: What is something you can tell the public about the project (if any) you are working on right now?

A: I just finished rebuilding my studio in a new location (Beatbox Studio). I recently returned from a 2 week trip in Cape Verde where I promoted some music and gathered some inspiration for my next wave of projects. I am not sure what direction I will head in next. I try my best to be motivated by my experience. Regardless of what I create musically, I just want to say something meaningful. I always want to remain in my truth and hopefully it resonates with others. The first project I record at my new studio will definitely be recorded with my band. We are overdue for an International Players album.

Q: If you could work with an artist from the past who would you work with?

A: I have always been inspired by the music, life, and philosophy of Bob Marley. I believe that he always had all of the right questions that provided the listener with an opportunity to reflect and assess life, confront politics and systems, analyze relationships, and reinvent oneself. His music reached all people from all walks of life and has been motivation for revolutions across the globe. His songs have even ended violent conflicts and war. That is powerful. I would love to be a part of that movement.

Q: If you could work with an artist from the present who would you work with?

A:  I would jump at the chance to be on a song with my favorite emcee Black thought from The Roots. His bar game is on another level. I believe that if I were to be blessed with an opportunity to be on the same song, I would have no choice but to black out and raise my game to a whole different level. That would be equally exciting and intimidating!

Q: What is something you would want the public to know about you?

A: I am still stuck in my old school ways. I am still adjusting to the world of social media so please follow me on Instagram, YouTube, and soundcloud: @chachihiphop

I also have bunch of music on all of the downloading and streaming platforms. Search: Chachi Carvalho and give it a spin. And lastly, my new studio @beatboxstudio401 is located at 482 Central Avenue in Pawtucket. We are open for business and would love to help you bring tour ideas to life.

Q: What made you chose and stick with the genre of Hip Hop?

A: I basically grew up with Hip Hop. Hip Hop was a baby when I was a baby. At first it was unacceptable, which made me gravitate towards it even more. It is ever changing and universal. It is the voice and expression of youth. It is revolutionary, transformative, radical, unifying, and globally respected. It is and will always be my culture. It is and will always be intertwined into the fabric of my being.

Chachi Carvalho and the International Players graced the stage at PVD Fest for the third consecutive year and lit the city up with their genre defying blend of hip hop!!! Make sure to check out for more videos, links, and news. The video was shot and edited by Charles Diaz.
Chachi Carvalho & J. Depina - "Kill The Radio" Filmed & Edited by Rich Ferri
Meet Rhode Island artist Knellz

Q: What genre of music do you prefer to work on?

A:  I primary write hiphop/rap music but often times I do make R&b, alternative or pop tracks. I listen to so many different genres of music, so I feel like my music is always going to be a reflection of that.

Q: As a newer artist, what are some of the obstacles you have to go through?

A: I’ve been making music for so long, but it was only in the past few years that I decided to dive head first into it as something more than a hobby.  The hardest part is the business aspect of things that a lot of people don’t realize. Making the records is one thing, but creating a brand and marketing it is a whole different ball game.

Q: What do you like most about this industry? What do you like the least?

A: What I like most about the industry is making connections with like minded individuals, I’ve met so many incredible and inspiring people. Also, I like being able to impact people's lives with my music at a higher level. Reach the masses. What I like least? All the funny business and fakeness that comes with doing this. No one understands unless you live it.

Q: Where did your inspiration come from for your song Talk Facts?

A: With Talk Facts I really wanted to make a feel good song for people. I wanted an anthem that everyone could sing along to. I turn to music to get me through all my emotions whether those emotions are pleasant or not. I wanted this to be the song you put on when you want to be hyped up, when you wanna talk your shit.

Q: It is noticed that you have many tattoos, what is one of your favorite tattoos and what is the meaning behind it?

A: I love tattoos. My favorite one is probably a small rabbits foot on my arm that I got stick and poked by this great artist named Littany. When I was a kid my dad always had a rabbit's foot charm hanging from his rear view mirror and I thought it was so cool. It just reminds me of him and my childhood. Plus the experience of getting it was fun and organic. She made me banana bread.

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

A: I was a pretty ambitious kid. I guess things haven’t changed. I was hell bent on being in a band although I couldn’t play an instrument for shit. Then I was determined to be a  professional skateboarder. I wasn’t really your traditional kid in that sense, that like wanted to be a firefighter or an astronaut.

Q: What is a short term goal that you have?

A: My short term goal is to keep pushing the Talk Facts video and put out the follow up, which is the video for Exhausted. I’m really excited for that. I have a bunch of personal stuff that I’m working towards too. Always.

Q: What do you like the most and the least about Rhode Island?

A: What I love most about Rhode Island is how many different cultures there are in such a small place. In 20 minutes you can be around so many different cultures and people. I like that a lot, and how close everything is. We really take that for granted. I could go on and on about what I love. What I like the least? These potholes. Period.

Q: Did you ever play an instrument in your life before? If so what was/ is it?

A:  I played a few instruments. My older brother played bass and I idolized him so I played his. Then I got an electric guitar and acoustic. I played drums, keyboard, shit I even had a harmonica. I sucked at absolutely everything. My parents didn’t have money for lessons and there weren’t a lot resources to learn at the time. So I just stuck with writing.

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

A:  A.L.I.E.N is dope. I met Ben and Lito and a ton of others through recording at Music Factory with JD. They always showed me love and support from the first time I stepped foot in there, they’re just genuinely good people. They put on dope events and have a good team. I love what they do. Everyone is talented and plays a pivotal role.

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