We had the good fortune of connecting with Deondrei Dior and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Deondrei, do you disagree with some advice that is more or less universally accepted?
One thing that I believe most people loved to champion as the blueprint for success is the idea of hard work gets you where you want to be. This is disrespectful to the many people who put tireless days, weeks and even years into whatever they’re trying to achieve and it doesn’t necessarily come to fruition. At least not in the way they thought it might. It’s all relative. It’s a case by case thing. Some people work really hard and get there, some people barely even try and they get there.
It’s all about timing. To me, it’s about measuring where you currently are, appreciating it and sticking to the passion and the reason that got you started. I think that’s what makes someone successful, and with that, success itself is more common than most think.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
What separates me from other artists is really the fans. It’s whatever the fans get from my music. I make a lot of different kinds of music. Different vibes. I’m too inspired by the multidimensional craft that music is, so I pull from places all over. No matter the genre. For that reason, I feel that you would have to be someone who enjoys different types of music and can listen to my catalog with an open mind.

It’s been a long journey to say the least. I guess in retrospect, it’s only been 3 years, but in the digital age, social media has a way of making that seem like almost twice the amount of time. A lot of people come up really fast these days. That’s been one of my biggest lesson, not comparing my process with others. You have to live your truth, and it’s not for anyone else to decide at what pace you go.

If anything else, I want people to be inspired to be themselves. Too many people focus on very surface level limiting beliefs. Too many people live within the confines of a persona that was built by the beliefs of their peers, parents, teachers—society in general. I hope to inspire others to break down those barriers and boundaries as I try to do the same. Through music and through the way I approach my life as well.

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 love being in Hollywood. Melrose is one of my favorite places to go to just hang around, but I also love sunset blvd. If I want a more chill day, which most times I do, I’ll also go to Ventura blvd in studio city/Sherman Oaks area. There’s a great bar there called Mr Furleys that’s I visit pretty often.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My partner, Imani, who has been with me every step of my journey. She’s a vital source of insight on all my music and my decisions as an artist. There are so many ways in which she encourages and inspires the product that the public gets.

Instagram: @deondrei.dior

Twitter: @dontdoitdonyell

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Youtube: https://youtu.be/6xVcmsCyCow

Image Credits
Alfy Muteti

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