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Rising Music Star Cartier Dre On The Five Things You Need To Shine In The Music Industry

An Interview With Edward Sylvan

…I wish someone would have told me, when I first started, about song structure. When I first started since I wasn’t taking into account structure the songs would be all over the place. No set hooks, just a bunch of different flows and rhymes and no sense of coherence. I got that after a few songs though.

As a part of our series about rising music stars, we had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Cartier Dre.

Using a wide vocal range, Dré raps in both English and Spanish, combining catchy pop-leaning hooks with infectious melodies that keep listeners dancing from beginning to end. Inspired by artists like Kanye West, Drake and Kid Cudi, Dré’s style branches from a foundation of incredible acts whom he channels for inspiration both in and outside of the studio. Having previously been both an athlete and accomplished student, Dré is no stranger to the hustle mentality. In school, he received D-1, D-2 and D-3 offers for baseball which led him to being accepted at one of the nations most respected Ivy League schools. “No Sleep” is just the beginning; we look forward to more music from Dré very soon.

Thank you so much for joining us in this interview series! Can you tell us the story of how you grew up?

I grew up in a nice suburb of Miami, Florida in a tight-knit Latin household. I was an athlete my whole life and used to spend my time playing sports and kicking it back with my friends.

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

The COVID-19 pandemic opened up a window of opportunity for me to get the time I needed to tap into my musical interests pretty much. I had been freestyling, cyphing, and singing for a number of years but never really recorded anything. The pandemic gave me the time I needed to go ahead and tap into recording and really delve into my musical mind. The pandemic was honestly a blessing for me.

Can you tell us the most interesting story that happened to you since you began your career?

I was in Brooklyn one day on vacation and I met this chick on the subway. She got to talking with me and at some point, the fact I’m a musician came up. She told me her homie had a studio over there in BK and to slide later that week to record. I ended up pulling up, chopped it up with the homie with the studio, played him some tracks, and he really messed with the sound and wanted me to actually help one of his artists who was working with a label with melodies. It was just so random, I thought it was pretty interesting.

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?

When I first started I used to tune all of my vocals on the wrong note. I would be so lost as to why the vocals would come out so differently than when I would rap them and why they would sound off pitch with the beats. I also had no idea how to use an equalizer. What I learned from that is to watch some tutorials and learn how to mix vocals properly, it taught me to tap a lot more into the engineering side.

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

The tracks and tape that I’m working on with my producer right now are wild. I’m so excited for these next few releases. I’m going to go ahead and drop another single at the end of May and an EP in July. I’m dying to drop these already, the music I have on vault is going to turn people’s heads.

We are very interested in diversity in the entertainment industry. Can you share three reasons with our readers about why you think it’s important to have diversity represented in film and television? How can that potentially affect our culture?

I think that it’s essential to have diversity represented in film and television because for one, we live in an extremely diverse society here in the United States. Secondly, it’s important that we accurately portray society for what it is, and here in the states that comes in all shape and forms, it adds authenticity to what we’re watching. Thirdly, diversity in film and television makes the content more relatable to a larger crowd, making it more digestible and appreciated by the public. It can affect our culture by normalizing the mixing of different groups, leading to more interesting creations due to more creative inputs and perspectives as a result of diversity.

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

The first thing I wish someone would have told me is that louder is not better when it comes to recording into the mic. I remember when I first started recording and would be spitting that my vocals would peak like crazy and it distorted the life out of them. The second thing I wish someone would have told me when I first started is that you need to be 80% business and 20% music. It’s essential to be in that music pigeonhole until you find your spot, but once you find it you need to get to business. You’re not going to thrive unless you have your business on its ps and qs. The third thing I wish someone would have told me, when I first started, about song structure. When I first started since I wasn’t taking into account structure the songs would be all over the place. No set hooks, just a bunch of different flows and rhymes and no sense of coherence. I got that after a few songs though. The fourth thing I wish someone would have told me when I first started is that marketing is everything. You gotta have people know you’ve made a banger in order for them to listen to it! The fifth thing I wish someone would have told me when I first started is to be weary for some people in this industry.

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

I recommend just maintaining a positive mindset and just taking a step back when you’re starting to feel like you’re going through the motions. You’ve gotta keep yourself happy and keep the drive to make you successful. Make time for yourself to relax, do things other than just music, unless music is something you can do 24/7 in which case definitely go ahead. I could cyphe all day but I even need breaks.

You are a person of enormous influence. If you could inspire 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. :-)

I would like to inspire a movement to have people prioritize themselves a little more, some more self-care. I feel like a lot of people get caught up in other people’s opinions or how their viewed when at the end of the day, you just keep it 100 with yourself at all times and do what you gotta do to get to where you want to go. Block the noise, be the champ, and take the steps you need to improve and thrive. Stop using your socials so much, I honestly go on only to post

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?

Yeah, I would credit my parents and girlfriend. My parents instilled in me the crazy work ethic I have and my girlfriend keeps me structured and organized, I would be a mess if not. My girlfriend took care of my cover art, she takes care of my socials, takes content for me, all things that I can never push myself to do, I would just end up making music all the time.

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

“It’s your dream, not theirs”. This is relevant to me in my life because based on my background I’ve definitely taken an unconventional path, and it’s all because I chose to chase my dream and not try and fulfill someone else’s. I’m a big believer in us having one life to live and needing to live it in a way you feel fulfilled, and the easiest way to do that is pursue your passions and dreams.

Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this, especially if we tag them. :-)

If I could have a private meal with anyone in the world it would probably be Elon Musk. I have a great deal of respect for him and find the way that he thinks to be quite interesting. He’s obviously extremely successful and has a wealth of knowledge he could contribute, even in a short amount of time.

How can our readers follow you online?

Your readers can follow me online on my Instagram and Tiktok, both which are @cartierbydre, as well as my YouTube, Cartier Dré.

This was very meaningful, thank you so much! We wish you continued success!

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Edward Sylvan, CEO of Sycamore Entertainment Group

Edward Sylvan, CEO of Sycamore Entertainment Group

Specializing in acquiring, producing and distributing films about equality, diversity and other thought provoking subjects

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