Buen Dia Mi Gente!!
Bienvenido, today I will be talking about what has inspired me as an artist and where I will interview other artists, art students, and people involved in the art & entertainment world and who are community activist in the coming months. I am always touched and empowered by the stories of artists and powerful people in the art world and I wanted to use this opportunity to get to know what inspires others.
Please Meet Doza The Drumdealer aka Illy Colón:
I wanted to give credit to a few of the artists that have really impacted and inspired me. I started my interviews with my dearest friends and fellow Boricuas, Ponce Solo, Jessica Flores, Iris Toro, Bobbito Ross & El Vis Katari. Today, I want to introduce you to mi hermano y amigo fellow Taino, Doza The Drum Dealer aka Illy Colon.
Doza the Drum Dealer is a Brooklyn born producer/songwriter. His musical style isn’t limited to one genre in fact it can best be described as a hybrid sound. He takes the trunk rattling 808s of today’s music and blends them with old school samples and break-beats bridging the gap between the originators and the innovators. His influences include DJ Premiere The Rza Pete Rock Easy Mo bee and Havoc of Mobb Deep. He told me his style of sampling uses the chops like instruments creating original melodies out of single notes. His rhymes style is also a hybrid between lyricism and cadence he is fully capable of adjusting his flow and finding the pocket to rock and boom bap or trap beat. His musical background comes from his father who was a Timbalero and a Congero.
Doza learned to play from his father and was hooked from an early age. He played in the High School band while in the 4th grade. He began rapping in the lunchroom while attending High school and was able to make instrumentals by looping the end of songs that had empty space at the end by using the pause record method. Once he was able to make a loop that was on beat he was able to soon develop that knack into full fledged producing.
I asked him about his earlier start of his career to which he told me he was in a local Brooklyn group called the Coalition with two other MC’s Godbless who is now the CEO of Street Loyalty Ent and DJ Fort Nox who is now one if the premiere DJ’s in New Yorks club scene today. Unfortunately due to legal trouble Doza was forced to take a hiatus from what he loved but is now back and working at a feverish pace.
Since releasing 3 group projects The Narcotechs (self titled) , Soulfrito, and TRES. And 2 solo projects entirely self produced MJLAR and DOZAS WORST WEEK EVER (which are available everywhere) Doza is now gearing up for his 3rd solo project LUFTHANSA which should be released by March 2019. Six quality projects within a 2 year time period shows his work ethic is serious.
Doza was really elated to let me know, so I could pass this on to you guys the launch of his new clothing line Narcotechs!! I myself am super excited about this new venture for my friend, truly exciting news!! He says,”it’s unreal saying that out-loud, but we do & it’s here!” Perfect for any occasion comfy and stylish, we’ve been wearing ours around everywhere! The inspiration for the brand was centered around his invitational view of Unity Of All Latinos Worldwide. Instagram is the best way to contact him, he will be taking orders for the clothing line starting March 1st.
20% of all sales will go to the relief efforts in Puerto Rico.
Gracias for reading this article about my dear friend and fellow Boriken, Doza The Drum Dealer aka Illy Colon. Please be sure to visit Apple, Spotify & SoundCloud to check out more of his music and also his Instagram is provided below for more info if you’re interested in networking.
Also on SoundCloud