Interview: Dez - talks Real Talk EP, lady of his dreams, & new material
The LA artist Dez, that we've been featuring since 2010, just recently dropped his debut EP "Real Talk" (which you can listen to in full below) was fully produced and written by himself and The Movement (a production duo - James Bunton and Corron Cole). We did a one-on-one interview and dived deeper into his behind the scenes of his newly signed publishing deal, a bit bout what he looks for in a lady, and hinted at new material coming out.
You signed your first publishing deal Universal Music Publishing Group in July 2012. Take us through the emotions you felt as you signed to UMPG, and how that opportunity came about.. how important was that step in your musical career?
Possibly like a year before I was doing recording for myself, I would typically lend my vocals on demos. There came a point were I was put in a position that we just had to make it happen in order for myself to grow musically. It was a big move for me to do. One day you can be a fly on a wall and nobody notices you, and the next day everyone is congratulating you. It was my first major singing on anything. As an artist it's one of the ways we get paid, its a way to show that you have skill in writing.
You've worked extensively with "The Movement" (Justin Bieber, Jesse McCartney). In fact, they produced your whole EP Real Talk. What's your relationship with them?
I actually met them through one of James Bunton's family members. our relationship is amazing since there's really good chemistry between us. We pretty much work everyday with each other. Its definitely a one-a-of-a-kind relationship. I don't see myself working with too many people. The Movement and I are able to go anywhere with the sound we are creating.. we can go from R&B to country if we really wanted to.
"Miss You" (Beyonce Cover) -- there had to be a reason why you chose to do that track and feature it on your EP Real Talk. What was the reasoning behind the song selection..
I love Beyonce! I was trying to sing it so she would hear me! haha -- Honestly, it was a feeling I had.. at the time climax was out at the time. I felt as though people would connect to that. Its easy to create a sexy record.. but we broke it down and we made it something I could stand behind. It's just really me with the piano, it was something I couldn't fake since I connected with the lyrics. At the time everyone was playing the Usher track "Climax". Yea it would have been easy to simply go with the trend at the moment and do something sexy. I wouldn't say I'm going towards that sound, and I wouldn't say I'm going against it. I'm just not trying to take his [Usher] sound. I'm inspired by a lot of peoples music at the end of the day.
Describe to us the lady of your dreams..
A hard working women for sure! A women that doesn't really rely on anybody else -- independence. That's one of the most attractive qualities of a working woman.. someone that goes to school, has a job, is focused, and can inspire me, teaches, & learn with me. And if she looks like Beyonce, that's a plus!
You released the EP "Real Talk" in Nov of 2012, but we wanted to know if you've been working on any new material.
The Movement and I are always in the studio creating new stuff. Recently, I've been working on my performance skills and setting up shows. Perfecting my live performance is key, and preparation is what allows me to grow step by step. I feel as though I'm a bit weird before an event. I think to myself about the crowd a lot.
Talk to us about your new upcoming video "Underneath Me"
Picking that video to perform next just made sense. The fans gravitated towards that single and the director (Miguel Guathier) and I tried to focus on more of a performance-based shot. Very simple and clean, just real R&B.