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Exclusive Interview With FAM FIRST DFG, A Multi-talented Artist Who Is Making His Way To The Top

Rodriquez Cheatem is better known as Fam First DFG. He is a rapper, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, and CEO of Fam First Global LLC. Today, we had the chance to interview Fam First DFG, a Multi-talented Artist Who Is Making His Way To The Top in 2022 with his unique music. He shared his story about what brought him to this specific career path and many more.

Hey Fam First DFG, welcome to Honkmagazine.

Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

FAM FIRST DFG – My story is kind of strange but completely raw and true. While serving my prison sentence for marijuana possession I witnessed the birth of my first son and it hit me noticing the pattern I had created seeing my dad in prison at a young age and my life and story and how it affected me It opened up my eyes to what my absence could cause for my son so eventually, upon release, I started putting more into my music recorded my first single

“ALL THIS WEEK” and just kinda seen and felt how it was an act of therapy and also people liked it and motivated me to further continue pursuing music as I noticed the power of music and the power of having a platform to get your voice heard and it resonate intrigued me and also gave me a goal to get my voice heard and possibly bring awareness to my city my life and the daily struggled if people in my predicament from all races and Backgrounds.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started this career?

FAM FIRST DFG – I don’t really know which to choose. I’ve had several on this independent path but I’ll say the most memorable times are just getting recognized for my work ethic and talents so I’ll say the academy nomination would be my pick of choice.

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Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

FAM FIRST DFG – My funniest mistake is trying to get a blue check on Instagram and having to watch my account get hacked and offered back for sale at 100 prices. definitely learned the importance of security two-factor authentication etc

What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?

FAM FIRST DFG – I would say my debut release of an official project with cover art is a new Marketing strategy. I feel it’s more in-depth music but also knowledge and a lotta passion involved in my next projects and releases.

Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?

FAM FIRST DFG – Well I’ve interacted with a lot of celebrities whenever you are lucky to get a response so it’s a list of great people’s advice but I’ll say my favorite is Fred carry and his Wednesday or weekend lives on Instagrams lotta motivation, lotta knowledge pretty much all I can say.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

FAM FIRST DFG – Easy, don’t ever let your mind tell you you’re burnt out but also try to create a solid team that understands and is also able to work for the goals as a unit to achieve the ultimate mission as a company or brand.

You have been blessed with success in a career path that can be challenging. Do you have any words of advice for others who may want to embark on this career path, but seem daunted by the prospect of failure?

FAM FIRST DFG – I can’t stress enough the power of prayer faith and manifestation 🙏🏾 if you believe you can achieve it but it’s easier said than done don’t give up at early signs of negativity just think of it as an opportunity to learn how not to repeat or allow any opportunity of it happening again.

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Can you share with our readers any self-care routines, practices, or treatments that you do to help your body, mind, or heart to thrive? Kindly share a story or an example for each.

FAM FIRST DFG – 

  1. SELF-CARE-exercise your mental and physical every day.
  2. ROUTINES-Learn as much as possible pertaining to your goals and business.
  3. PRACTICES-Prayer, Faith, Manifestations.
  4. TREATMENTS-EAT healthy as possible listen to frequency activation audio steps and heavy reading.
  5. MOST IMPORTANT KEEPING FAITH in your vision and yourself.

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why? Please share a story or example for each.

FAM FIRST DFG – The importance of a team and acquiring the proper relationships in the industry. I say this because I encountered a lot of financial issues and losses and missed opportunities behind either lack of knowledge or preparation or flat out bad business and scams so it’s good to have mentors and other people you can reach out to so I can verify contacts get advice etc to prevent a lot of what I went through and still try to avoid every day as I continue to build and push forward with the build of my brand companies.

Can you please give us your favorite  “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

FAM FIRST DFG – It takes the faith of mustard seed to move a mountain probably my most favored because I Know for a fact at one point that’s all I had this all this was and now today here I am honk magazine I’m a living testimony anything is possible and I wanna continue to overall Instill and pass that energy and motivation on from my career and future achievement.

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None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

FAM FIRST DFG – My team more than anything my support system, new and old they’ve really touched it out with from business to reality the incarceration, bad publicity, etc they never gave up on me even when it was a stagnation so I’m extra thankful for any and everyone supporting and believing in my dream.

You are a person of enormous influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

FAM FIRST DFG – Just a few course classes ranging from marketing, advertising, networking, etc exclusive details steps and services I used and implemented to get me where I am today which is only the beginning of what’s to come.

We are very blessed that some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US with whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch, and why? 

FAM FIRST DFG – He or she might see this. 🙂

Man, I have gotta say Jay Z of course his success speaks for itself but I feel I have a deeper connection to his whole process and what he envisioned for himself and created he’s been a mentor to me through his music and business even when he didn’t know it is so definitely a Manifestation of mind.

How can our readers follow you online?

FAM FIRST DFG – You can follow me on Instagram as @4everffg.

Natalie is a journalism major with a focus on Entertainment and Music who aspires to become a Content Creator For Honk Magazine. Eventually, she wants to be the Publisher or Editor-in-Chief of a major Publishing House. She loves helping people find their voice and passion for writing and journalism, and she can always be found with coffee in hand, editing another article.

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Exclusive Interview With Dante Williamson

Today we had an exclusive chance to interview Dante Williamson.

Who is Dante Williamson? Sounds unfamiliar? How does he intend to make an impact with music? Read more to find out about the rare and talented musician.

QUESTIONS: 

What would you do differently if you were starting in your industry now?

I would strategize better and seek more insight from artists I know currently in the industry. Learning from other’s stories and miscalculations might’ve helped me from falling into the same traps.

What 3 things does anyone starting in your industry need to know?

–   Do what makes you happy and sounds good!

–   Build your fanbase.

–  Think big picture and keep the main thing, the main thing.

Which people or books have had the most influence on your growth and why?

My friends WHOISJORDAN, Beau Collins, Canon and my dad have influenced me tremendously. They keep it real and never beat around the bush. They’re all very knowledgeable in their own respect, providing an array of perspectives and insightful alternatives.

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What has been your biggest success story and why do you think it was a success?

My biggest success story is my highest streamed song, “Wanna Be With U”. I had no expectations for the song’s success and didn’t think it would do the numbers it’s done. I am very proud of that record!


What would you say is the #1 key to success in your music career?

Don’t go the easy route and be yourself! Real fans and friends can hear the authenticity in your art when you’re honest.

Talk about the biggest failure you’ve had. What did you learn from it?

The biggest failure I’ve ever had is not taking more risks early on because I cared too much on people’s opinions. I was a little too reserved, listening to what others said I should do. I learned to stop putting value into other people’s opinions of me and the moves I make because it’s not their career— it’s mine.

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What keeps you going when things get tough in the music industry?

God, my wife Erin, and my family. They speak truth to me when I need it most and remind me to push through.

What made you pursue being an artist full-time?

My love for creativity and competition. I love making new sounds and experimenting when I’m in the studio. It’s almost like a high. Music is such a beautiful language, and I enjoy venturing through its endless maze.

Would you sign to a label?

If it was the right deal and situation, possibly. It must make sense! Some artists I know have taken that route and are still paying the consequences. The industry can be skeptical. Keep your eyes open!

What projects are you working on for the rest of 2022?

I’m working on my EP “sadhappy!” plan on releasing it early 2023. It will be feature heavy with lots of different sounding tunes and melodies.

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How can our readers follow you online?

My website— dantewilliamson.com

Instagram— danteswelly

Twitter— danteswelly

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Exclusive Interview With Rising Sensation Jarred Brown

Jarred Brown

Hello Jarred Brown, Thanks for Coming To Honk Magazine To Talk About Your Music Career.

Let’s start off by introducing yourself, you know the basics like name, age, where you’re from. As much or little as you’re comfortable sharing.

I’m Jarred Brown AKA Horizon Wake an RnB/Pop artist currently based out of London, Ontario. I found my introduction into music as a child in Toronto, Canada where I taught myself to play guitar and started singing for my rock band when nobody else wanted to do it. 

Talk me through your creative process.

My creative process is in large part a collaborative effort with my long time friend and producer Jesgee Beats. Typically I’ll start off with an idea that’s usually inspired by some kind of life event, a memory, or sometimes even a dream. 

I’ll take that and it usually comes along with a melody and basic lyrics that most of the time end up becoming the foundation for the hook section. Lately I’ve been recording vocals, guitar, bass, or a combination of the three and sending/taking them over to Jesgee where we work together to transform it into what you hear in my releases. The pandemic played a big role in shaping our current process and actually strengthened our ability to work together. We began working online during quarantine and at some points I was even recording demos from my car before I was able to get my home studio up and running. We still continue to start most of our work through discord.

How do you solve productivity/scheduling problems and reduce overwhelming situations?

Productivity and scheduling typically isn’t a huge issue for me at this stage but I do find that when situations begin to get a little overwhelming or there is a lack of productivity being direct is a huge help. This industry is collaborative by nature. I’m responsible for the music while someone else takes care of videos or mixing, or whatever else needs to be done to take the music where it needs to go. I learned over time that being direct, keeping open communication, and taking charge of the scheduling or whatever other issue is the key. Set deadlines and communicate them firmly.

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What’s the best advice you ever received concerning music?

I’ve received a lot of good advice over the years and I think the best advice given to me regarding music creation is to not get comfortable and don’t let genre box you in. I find that a lot of new artists will approach writing/producing new music in a way that is almost like a cookie cutter style where they take something that someone else in the genre has done well and replicate it over and over. 

Sometimes artists feel like they can’t write a certain lyric or use a certain instrument or melody because it doesn’t sound RnB or Hip Hop. This kind of thinking crushes creativity. Artists should keep experimenting and evolving. Otherwise how do we grow and improve?

What is still your biggest challenge?

For me I’d say my biggest challenge is knowing when a song is complete. I can sometimes be a bit of a perfectionist or judge myself a bit too harshly before releasing a project. It’s really easy to overthink or keep making tweaks to your songs past the point where you should. Knowing when to take time away really helps and getting a second opinion from people you trust to give honest feedback goes a long way.

What would you have done differently if you knew then what you know now?

Don’t rely on the wrong people. If I could go back to the day I started I’d push myself to record everything as often as possible and to make connections with people that are just as passionate as I am. Starting out I formed a lot of relationships with people who just weren’t in music for the long-term. So many people have so much potential but lose the drive to keep pushing. I don’t think I can ever stop making music. For some of us it is a part of who we are. Find those people and push forward together or learn how to do as much as you can for yourself so you aren’t slowed down by others.

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If you could go open a show for any artist who would it be?

There are so many amazing artists that I would love to perform with or open up for. To be honest I’m a huge fan of Post Malone. I’m incorporating more guitar in my music and performances. I think we could rock out together.  

What are you focusing your time on now?

Right now I’m focussing my time on developing my new sound and releasing an EP. I’ve had a shift where I’m blending my RnB sound with more pop and rock elements to better suit my musical background. I plan on having the EP for release in November and it’ll be much more pop influenced than what I’ve released previously.

I’ve got a new song about a bad relationship called “Young Girl Games” featuring Coobie and Golden G dropping on September 30th.

How do you currently feel about the state of Hip-hop in general?

I think hip-hop is in a really cool spot. Over the past few years it’s really grown and become integrated deeply into the mainstream. Most modern pop music has more than a few hip-hop elements where there never would have been before. 

Growing up I remember my mom throwing out my Eminem CDs and not understanding rap music as art. Now she listens to a lot of the same things that I do. I think now more than ever we have the ability to experiment with our production in the hip-hop space. We’re blurring the lines between genres. I think its awesome.

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What keeps you going when things get tough in the music industry?

When things get tough in the industry there are 2 things that usually keep me going. I love when other artists or fans reach out on social media to let me know how much they vibe with my work. It helps to keep me pushing on and often times can even shift my mood to increase in productivity. I also really enjoy having conversations with them and hearing the music they make or connecting with them in general. 

So I really encourage my fans to feel comfortable sending DMs on instagram or TikTok so we can connect. I can’t always respond to everyone right away but I try to do as much as I can. Secondly, I take a break from whatever is stressing me out for a while. It’s so easy to get caught up in all the responsibilities and forget why you make music in the first place. I won’t ever stop creating because it’s an outlet for me. When the stresses become too much I take a step back and just create for the love of creating. It’s important to take breaks and give yourself some breathing room to keep it fun.

How can our readers follow you online?

Follow me on TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube @HorizonWake. My music is available on all major platforms so head over to wherever you get your music from and search Horizon Wake.

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