Guest Star: "Any Indie Musician That Says Dame Dash Isn't A Blueprint For How To Do This Is Lying To You"
Monday, Oct 17, 2011 4:25PM
[After releasing his new Love & Rockets, Volume 1: The Transformation through music mogul Dame Dash's DD172/BLUROC label last week, Murs speaks on his appreciation for the Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder.]
Our getting together was actually out of the blue and came together thanks to musician Tabi Bonney. I saw his video on MTV Jamz. Whether the underground wants to believe it or not, they play a lot of awesome artists. I got home and I was so happy, like, "Who is this kid?"
So I put him on the Paid Dues/Rock The Bells [concert series started by Murs in 2006], just trying to help his movement and we clicked. He was working with Dame Dash and on a day off he was like, "Hey, you want to go meet Dame?" As a fan, I was like, "H*ll yeah!"
Any independent musician that says Dame Dash isn't an inspiration or isn't a blueprint for how to do this is lying to you. For me, it was an opportunity to meet a hero of mine. I was just going to see what the hype was about. I got [to his office] and all of these lists on the wall of upcoming projects [were posted]. He's real detailed about listing things on the wall.
So I looked on the wall and there were no West Coast artists on the board. I then asked, "How come there's no West Coast artists on the wall?" like the scene from Do The Right Thing. And he hit me like, "You want to put out a record?" And Tabi had told him about me and I was like, "Do you need to hear the music?" and he was like, "Nah man, you got your own festival and you tour and sh*t, obviously people like what you do. Just do what you do."
I was like, "Are you serious!?" He was like, "Yeah." And so I said, "You know I can help you guys tour since I go on a lot of tours. I can help you with that if you help me put out a record." And we just started talking. He didn't want me to give him a radio single, saying, "I've been there and done that. That sh*t is dead." You can tell there was just this real creative energy around Dame now where if it's positive, he wants to do it.
We're not trying to be platinum. If it happens, then great, but we just want to have fun and spread love. Imagining that coming from Dame Dash I was like, "Are you serious?" I wasn't down on my luck either. I had label deals on the table, I was a free agent and I was like, "This guy f*cking gets it."
He's really about the music and he's about expressing himself. Even when he was doing the champagne pouring in the "Big Pimpin'" video, he was expressing himself. I don't think he regrets it but that was just him having fun because he loves music. He was just enjoying himself. He's one human being I know that wakes up everyday and says, "How can I enjoy myself? How can I make someone else enjoy themselves? How can we enjoy ourselves together and make money so we can continue to enjoy ourselves?" He loves, loves, loves the music.
Murs first appeared as a solo artist in 2003, after nearly a decade of working with various groups in the underground. He currently has an album titled Love & Rockets, Volume 1: The Transformation released October 11th, 2011 through Dame Dash's DD172/BLUROC label.