Music Interview: Featuring Don Antoni
In this music interview I introduce to you Don Antoni, a talented singer and songwriter who hails from the beautiful Island Jamaica. The artiste intends to use his gift of singing, writing and creating positive music to empower and entertain music lovers around the world.
Who is Don Antoni and what drew you to the music industry?
Born Dwayne Anthony Stevenson in the parish of Saint Elizabeth. I used to sing in school and church groups
What’s the big dream?
My dream would be able to take up the career on a professional level. I’d like to be able to do music and tour full time, spreading the message of good clean livity and helping to bring back the love.
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How many songs have you recorded to date and which do you think is your favourite?
I have written numerous songs; all my songs are my favourite because they are all sending a message everyone can relate to.
Which artistes would you collaborate with in 2020 if you had the opportunity?
There are a good many artists I would be happy to collaborate with. From females like Sevana or Ikaya to brethren like Jesse Royal, Imar Shephard, Mortimer or Nature Ellis. It’s not necessarily about the magnitude of the artist but more about the suitability to the project whatever that may be.
Tell me about your favourite places to perform.
For me every performance, every stage is an opportunity to hone my craft and so whether an intimate club setting, celebratory occasion or festival they are all equally as important.
Can you remember your first live performance and how you felt?
My first performance was at a gospel concert. Was a bit nervous, but after a few seconds I just started nail it.
Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety?
Not anxiety, but nerves. And I think being nervous is a sign of wanting to do a good job more than say fear of getting it wrong.
What is your greatest achievement since you started doing music?
How to overcome challenges, being more self-confident.
What are some of the challenges you face and how do you handle it?
There are so many challenges to be an independent artist, making ends meet being one. Once we have responsibilities it’s harder to be fly by night. Then we are part of an industry that so many want to be a part of, it’s hard to stand out and be seen. But anything we really aspire to in life is not easy.
What is the impact you want to leave on the people who listens to your music?
It’s important to me that whatever the song is that I put out it leaves people with food for thought. Making sure my songs have positive content, explaining why we (as a nation) have to fight the fight. Expressing that regardless love is the order of the day etc. That’s what I want my music to leave in the hearts and minds of my audiences.
What can your fans expect from you this year?
I’m about to release a new single called ‘They Don’t Know’ and I’m working on an album which I hope to release late spring or early summer. I’ve been away for a while and have had time to re-evaluate what it is I want from music and have set myself a structured plan in order to achieve those goals. I’m available for shows, radio interview, etc., so promoters feel free to reach out.
Where online can your fans interact with you and download your music?
I can be found across social network; fans should just Google Don Antoni and I’ll pop up. If anyone needs to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Firstly, and most importantly, I’d say learn the industry. A lot of artists believe it’s all about making music, but it’s not. Understanding marketing and the basic business of making music is so vital these days. Then carve your own way, understand your voice, pay attention to your heart, the messages you share and finally believe in yourself.
Who would you like to shout out for supporting your music career?
It would take me far too long to name those people that have had an input to date. So, I’ll start by thanking you for initiating this `music interview. I’ll thank my fans, friends and family, your support is invaluable and last but by no means least got to give thanks to the Father for blessing me with talent and the drive to follow my dreams.
Best wishes to you on your journey to success.
Again, thank you – blessed love