Dioneesus is a musician from Pittsburgh who combines aspects of experimental, hip-hop, and rock music to produce a distinctive and ground-breaking sound. To go along with the background of aural textures, his words construct beautiful pictures of gripping storylines that bring places and characters to life.
Lolita is a straightforward tale about a new relationship and the song captivates listeners by painstakingly detailing a new love connection from both parties’ points of view (male and female energy, the song features the voice of Nandita Mahesh.
Dioneesus’ most recent song, Lolita, takes the listener on a romantic emotional journey that enables self-reflection through revisiting the feelings of falling in love for the first time.
An accompanying music video starring Stacia Paglieri was filmed in the Pittsburgh Cultural District.
The video to Lolita includes works of several PGH Cultural Trust artists through visual art and sculpture. More revelations were disclosed in a recent interview with Mister Styx of Musicarenagh
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What is your stage name
Is there a story behind your stage name?
My Italian teacher in high school used to call me Dioneesus, a play off Dionysus.
Where do you find inspiration?
The world around me. Life experiences, everyday interactions, stories from others, nature, other artists/creators.
What was the role of music in the early years of your life?
I grew up in the era of music videos and we watched MTV alot afterschool. The 90’s was a sweet time for music and I also enjoyed alot of older music when I was a kid.
Are you from a musical or artistic family?
We had a piano in the house growing up that I would play and figure out songs by experimenting and messing with the keys. My parents have great musical tastes and would often play music albums at the house as did my brothers. I became a sponge and soaked in alot of those influences which still impact my music to this day.
Who inspired you to be a part of the music industry?
I wouldn’t say anyone in particular inspired me as much as I was magnetically attracted towards it. I love playing and creating music and naturally gravitated toward venues and eventually a career in music.
How did you learn to sing/write/to play?
Repetition. I picked up guitar piece by piece in high school when I was 15 and started playing in a band when I was 16-17, playing dive venues in the NYC area. I started taking singing more seriously around this time as well as the 2 instruments went well together.
What was the first concert that you ever went to and who did you see perform?
As a teenager, Dave Matthews Band was my first major concert. I used to see them several times a year. Their shows were phenomonal and the atmosphere was very appealing.
How could you describe your music?
An eclectic mix of sounds that are influenced by a multitude of disciplines and cultures. Each track is a work of art that stands unique and distinguished. The lyrics paint vivid pictures of compelling stories that bring scenes and characters to life to accompany the backdrop of sonic textures.
Describe your creative process.
My creative process is fluid and depends on the specific piece. I typically record a working tape/demo of vocals and either a guitar or acoustic piano and get a rough sketch of the work.
From there ideas are built out, colors added, and it gets brought into the studio for the full production. On the back-end there are the graphics, video content, artwork which I’m also very passionate about.
What is your main inspiration?
Stories and life. I am never short of inspiration. Curiosity is a blessing and a wonderful gift.
What musician do you admire most and why?
Paul McCartney is up there. His songwriting expertise over a long period of time, his ability to shift gears and genres and not get stuck in a box.
Did your style evolve since the beginning of your career?
Absolutely. My style is consistently evolving. I am a lifelong learner and continue to take steps to hone my craft which impacts the sounds on the records.
Who do you see as your main competitor?
My former self. I have no competition as I am in my own lane.
What are your interests outside of music?
I’m an entrepreneur and business owner, leadership, reading, hosting social events, dancing Salsa, yoga, meditation, hiking, exploring, nature, art, spending time with quality people that are good for my soul
If it wasn’t a music career, what would you be doing?
This is my calling. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else at this point or not being involved in music.
What is the biggest problem you have encountered in the journey of music?
I would say an opportunity more than an obstacle/problem. The gatekeepers of the “old regime” and finding ways to do more on an independent artist budget. I see these as opportunities to forge new paths and find new and innovative ways of delivering quality work to my audience.
If you could change one thing in the music industry, what would it be?
The costs imposed on artists to seek out their vision. The artist is typically the one left holding the bag when all is said and done. I wear multiple hats and have a strong business background so I am able to see the big picture and can hold my own in business transactions.
The current ecosystem is not very favorable to the artist. I’d like to see that change in the years ahead and feel like there is alot of opportunity for this to happen.
Why did you choose this as the title of this project?
Lolita is a main character in the story of 2024. The name has an alluring and seductive undertone which translates well into the heartfelt delivery of the track.
What are your plans for the coming months?
I’m currently working on my next album, 2024 Side C. I am going into the studio in early 2023 to lay down those tracks, then it’s content creation, music video shoots, interviews, and live performances. The creation process for me is a beautiful cycle and I am enjoying each wave.
Do you have any artistic collaboration plans
I consistently collaborate with other artists and musicians. Side C will be more of a Dioneesus solo project than a collaboration with the exception of studio musicians. Side B featured 4 artist collabs on the 6 tracks.
What message would you like to give to your fans?
Thank you for the tremendous level of support you have shown. It’s been amazing hearing all the positive messages out there from the latest releases and has been a major motivator. My music is a gift in service of you the people