By Nicholas Jason Lopez
Inspired by artists like Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Pharrell, Ed Sheeran, Drake and Kanye West, Nashville-based singer-songwriter DaChri has dropped his new single “Say It,” which features Violet LaVelle.
DaChri mixes elements of pop, R&B and alternative hip-hop in his music to both cultivate and captivate his listeners and prove his ability to “make bops.”
The Music Bugle had the chance to talk with DaChri about “Say It” and more.
Music Bugle – Does social media make it easier or harder to stand out in today’s music industry?
DaChri – I think it’s easier as you start to find your niche, your lane and your voice. Social media is flooded with singers and rappers and artists, but figuring out why people want to connect with you is the first and sometimes, hardest step.
Music Bugle – What was it like making “Say It”?
DaChri – It was great. It’s a duet with my good friend Violet LaVelle and it was co-written by Nik Lizcano. It was one of the quickest songs our trio has written together and we just left feeling very overwhelmed by how great it was. It was a throwback vibe, but it’s very modern. I feel like it’s a song that would work well in the skating rinks and on the Top 40 charts. We were singing it all the way to our cars and the days after. We knew we had something special with that one. Then, our buddy Matt Harris put the sauce on it with the production. All around one of my favorite songs to work on and be a part of.
Music Bugle – How would you describe Nashville, Tennessee to someone who has never been there before?
DaChri – I usually describe it as the “Disneyland of Music.” There’s so much to do and see here musically and it’s evolving. There’s so many great people here with contagious energy. If you get in with a good group of people here, the possibilities are literally endless. During non-COVID times, there’s literally several shows a night, which is awesome and insane.
Music Bugle – What are some advantages that come with being a singer-songwriter in terms of creativity?
DaChri – The advantages would be knowing how to craft a song alone when you need to for emotional reasons or because logistically, you can’t get someone in to write with you. It also comes in handy in co-writes, knowing where to take a song when you get stuck.
Music Bugle – Which of your music videos is your favorite?
DaChri – (Laughs) Well, being that I only have two out, I’d have to say both. In “XYZ,” I got to sit on top of a roof and in front of a dope car and pretend to be drunk in the middle of the street. “Desperate” was dope because it was like a movie with the fog and the lights and whatnot. The cool thing is that with both videos, I got to do them with my good friends. I can’t wait to do more and dive deeper into the acting world.
Music Bugle – Away from music, what’s something people might be surprised to know about you?
DaChri – I was on a game show once. “Wheel Of Fortune.” (Laughs)
Music Bugle – How have you been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?
DaChri – It has really given me perspective on who and what is important in my life. I think there’s been some things that I have taken for granted and now, I’m just so grateful for family, good friends and that I get to express myself through art.
Music Bugle – What has been your biggest obstacle to overcome?
DaChri – Just not skipping steps and having a mindset that I am going to make things happen for myself. By doing the work, making the connections, taking risks and learning from my mistakes.
Music Bugle – What was the most productive thing you’ve done while in quarantine?
DaChri – I have planned out my 2021 as far releases and goals and started to learn piano again.
Music Bugle – Who are you listening to right now, music-wise?
DaChri – I really like the new Jaden album, Charlie Puth, Logic, Juice WRLD, PInk Sweat$ and whatever my friends are putting out.