We had the good fortune of connecting with D Mills and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi D, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk Taking puts fear in the backseat. Every successful person had a risk that needed to be taken to become successful. Usually where there is a risk there’s a great reward. Someone would say my whole career is one big risk. When I decided to do music fulltime without a plan b most people thought I was foolish. They thought it would be to risky to attempt to make music a career. If I would of settled in all the fear that was projected on me I would of never found my true calling. I would of never traveled the world, played on national television, or record my own original music. Sometimes you have to step out on faith and take great risk to reap great rewards.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I think what sets me apart from other musicians is my ability to do so many different things. I write, produce, mix, and play a number of instruments. This allows me to get most of my music done on my own without a lot of help from others. I’m currently finishing up my 3rd full length album set to release in 2021. I feel like this is definitely some of my most creative work and im looking forward to hearing what you all think once its released. I got where I am today by taking risk all while trusting God to guide my steps in such a mysterious journey. Its never easy choosing to be a musician but you have to keep pressing forward no matter how difficult it may seem. I highly recommend getting into a daily routine. For me I start off by thanking God for waking me up, praying, and reading all before I get out the bed or grab my phone. This way I’m focused with a gracious heart before I have to interact with anyone. These are just a couple things that help sustain me everyday as an artist.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I personally like being home more than being out but if I had to take someone out I would first drop by my favorite burger spot “Montys Good bruger”. Another place I would bring a friend would be to an event called Motown on Mondays. Its a dj set that only plays classic motown records held at the short stop in Echo Park. Looking forward to stopping back in there when the quarantine is over.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Shoutout to my old music teacher and mentor Dr. Gayle Serdan. She always encouraged me to go after my music and even gave me equipment when I had no money to get my own. Truly blessed to have you enter my life.
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