We had the good fortune of connecting with Dandre Mcnair and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dandre, is there something you believe many others might not?
One piece of conventional advice that I disagree with is the ole “great things come to those who wait.” Quote. When I was first suggested that advice, it confused the hell out off me. It even stirred up some arguments amongst the homies. I just believe the quote is mainly situation based and doesn’t really apply things such as a music career. For example; you could have a crazy talented artist with the dopest sound but no following. If they’re just dropping songs and thinking some magical blow-up because the music is good, they’re in for a tough time. I believe in the “you want it, then go get it” mentality. I understand that I could be just be interpreting the quote the wrong way, but I’ve personally seen more progress but putting in the extra work to achieve the goals I set.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What’s crazy is that even after various listens, you’d still probably couldn’t tell that I make every single song from an iPhone 6 I’ve had since 2016. It all spawned after my homies in high school put me on to Steve Lacy, who often recorded songs using an app called Garage Band. At the time I had no money for real equipment so I eventually did what Steve Lacy did and taught myself how to use Garage Band with the help from friends. Fast forward to today and I basically mastered recording on my phone, all I needed was a nice compatible mic and once I got that, it was over. I’d say my biggest accomplishment so far in my journey being able to witness how the music I make could impact those who listen. I love reading the lengthy messages from listeners. Hearing how something that I made helped them through a hard time. It honestly warms my heart and charges the battery within me to keep going. There’s times where I feel the music I make is falling on deaf ears. It can be quite discouraging, I mean imagine you poured your heart, pain, and passion into a song and you feel it was swept under the rug. I’ve learned that you never know how what you put out into the world creatively could affect someone. So just because you aren’t seeing immediate responses, doesn’t mean someone isn’t connecting to what you put out. I’d say the my biggest challenge is abiding to the saying “Keep grinding”, it’s definitely easier said than done. The road won’t be easy but it’s worth it if your hearts pure. I’ve lost friendships and relationships because of this route I chose to be an artist. And sacrificed a lot financially as well. Sometimes I wonder whether this dream that have is a curse in disguise or not. It feels like it from time to time. I just want things to work out in the end. I’ve learned lots of lessons along the way and still have lots to learn. One important lesson that I learned is that; as an up-and-coming artist, there will be a lot of evil people who want to leech off of your desperation to achieve your dreams. They’ll sell the image that they’re there to help but in reality they’re scheming on your pockets. So learned to keep an eye open, and become inquisitive when red flags are raised. I want the world to know that my mind extends way beyond the music. I’m literally trying to take over as much as I can with the “whacko” name attached. From films to clothing. I’m a bit overwhelmed trying to explain what it is I’m trying to accomplish. The best way to say it is that my mind is on 10 million, lots of ideas spawn in my head. And the reaches that I plan to take these ideas all can be achieved if I step wisely while on this path that I’m on
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If I’m showing one of my homies around the city, one of the spots that’s on the list is a restaurant called “Tolly-Ho’s”. I’d bet my dreads that they have the best burgers in town. Plus they’re open 24/7? Yeah I’d be foolish not to hit them up. First timers are called “Ho-Virgins” and there’s a secret burger you could get that’s not even on the menu. It’s call the “Hangover burger” and you’d have to ask to get it if made for you. This is just one of the many locations I’d show. I know Lexington, Ky like the back of my hand. I mean it’s my home
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to dedicate this shoutout to my homies Mvte ( pronounced “mute ) and M. I. C Mike. They definitely keep me going when it comes to to the music. I honestly don’t think I’d be moving as confidently without them doing them. Their crafts, stories, and grind are mad inspirational to me and I can’t wait to see us shine.