Cincinnati, Ohio-based DJ Overture is a 21-year-old music producer and DJ. He’s been making music for nearly five years now, but just lately felt confident enough to put out his own material.
To get to know him better, we sat down with him and had a lengthy conversation about his music career and his latest album, “Street Lights.”
What is your real name?
What’s your official Showbiz name?
How did you get into music?
I’ve always loved music from a young age but it wasn’t until I was about 11 or 12 years old that I started listening to artists like Mac Miller and Kid Cudi.
Hearing their music really started getting me more into the production side of things, hearing the different layers of instruments and percussion really inspired me.
What field or genre are you into and how would you describe it?
As a kid I always listened to hip hop and rap but getting older I realized I had a little spot in my liking for Lofi. So currently I produce hip hop and trap beats for another artist, but release lofi music as my own.
What were your first project and the people you worked with and which year?
The first big project that I produced was a 7 song EP called “NMB WRLD,” which I made with another artist named Aswang. We started making it in 2019 and released it in April of 2020. I had a few lyrical parts on 3 of the songs but mainly I was the executive producer for the entire EP.
Who or what inspires you or motivates you? And why?
For me, it’s the idea that someone can experience different moments with my songs. Personally, there are many songs that I can connect with a moment in my life that have stuck with me and being able to make an impact on even one person is more than I need.
Any models you look up to? With reason(s) why?
One person I look up to would be Olajide Olatunji, also known as “KSI.” KSI is a YouTuber that I have been watching since he played computer games in his mom’s house 9 years ago to become a number 1 selling artist today. Seeing how he didn’t give up and kept going showed me that anything is possible.
What do you look out for in this line of business?
One main thing I look for within the music business is opportunity. Personally, any opportunity or chance that I can take is a good one. For example, if a new artist wants a beat from me, or wants to work with me I’ll do it, each opportunity is a chance for something new.
What are some of the challenges you face in your career path?
My biggest challenge would be overcoming beat and writer’s block.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
Being able to click a few buttons and connect with so many different people is honestly one of the best parts. I can run my entire business through my phone and computer without a big team, or any for that matter.
Do you have any advice for aspiring songwriters?
Don’t overthink it, simple as that. Over analyzing something, or anything you make can make you not want to release or even try to create. I know from personal experiences I’ve put off projects because I just didn’t think they weren’t “good enough.”
What is your current project about?
Currently, I have 2 different projects I’m working on. One is a new song that I’m calling “Moonlight Waves.” It has smooth Rhodes chords with calm percussion and a trumpet solo. Alongside that, I’m also working on a hip hop and trap beat pack that I’m going to send out to some other artists.
What are your hobbies?
Other than music, I enjoy doing photography and drawing/sketching. When I got some free time I’ll play some games with friends
What do you do aside from this profession?
Currently, aside from my music, I work at my local Walmart full time.
What is one message you would give to your fans?
Never give up on what you want to do in life, if you have a goal or had a goal don’t let it fizzle out.