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Art & Life with Daco Corleone

Today we’d like to introduce you to Daco Corleone.

Daco, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
My story begins in Havana, Cuba where I was born, since a really young age I started developing a strong interest in art in general, I used to draw very well and do craft design this was actually my passion at that time, what I wanted to be when I grow up. All that change when I had to emigrate with my father to the US, on December 2007, leaving my mom back in Cuba was without a single doubt, the hardest thing I have done in my life. Once we arrived I had almost no one I could talk to about my problems and struggles as a teenager, so I started writing some sort “dairy”, the dairy soon became “poetry” and the poetry emerge to a rap song, by that time I used to listen to a group of rapper named “Los Aldeanos ” that inspired me to do what they have always done, cheer and help an audience using music (the universal language) as the major tool, so it was done, I decided what I wanted to fight for! Then I started writing lyrics with a major purpose, plus I was taking guitar lessons which helped me a lot. Through the years once you start meeting people that are related to music, you start learning new things from each of them, and that happened to me my first “Band” attempt was in my freshman year it was me and a friend of mine conforming a rap group, he was in a music academy back in Cuba, so he knew how to play guitar and piano, I wanted to learn how to play the piano so hard that I made him teach me, no so long after that I started making my own beats, trying every day harder, we split up eventually… we were really taking it as a hobby at 14 years old with no money to invest in your music career there is not much you can do, but that didn’t stop me , I kept trying. I started meeting producers, photographers, rappers, which I have collaborated with through this early years trying always to make something new. Right now I am working with a few local artists on multiple projects soon we will be performing live in Miami and other places. My purpose right now is to expand myself as much as possible; I see no limits I am very hungry for success, for people to know who I am, what I do and why do I do it.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
When I started writing lyrics they were for rap songs, I declare my self as a Hip-Hop fan, but I am Cuban, and I think no matter what every Cuban has a little bit of salsa rhythm inside, so I started mixing genres, Latinos of my generation like reggaeton a lot so I started doing that too. But no matter what I do I always try to make it unique I think that is what makes me go a little bit farther when I am creating something. There is always going to be something to worry about; there is always going to be a problem, so why sing about that? I try to make people forget about their problems or at least tell them it eventually gets better.

What responsibility, if any, do you think artists have to use their art to help alleviate problems faced by others? Has your art been affected by issues you’ve concerned about?
I think as the time goes by we need less people to do the work, of course organic music is always going to sound deeper but now with a computer, some plugins and a decent mic you can do magic, 20 years ago you needed a publicist to do a job you can do yourself today with social media, it may not have the same impact but you can still do it, and I think social media is one of the essential tools for artist today because almost everything is based on that nowadays.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I am on social media as daco_corleone on Instagram and Daco Corleone on YouTube, Spotify, Sound Cloud, basically all the platforms, I am releasing music every month soon we are going to start doing it more often due to the collaborations I am doing with some of the artists back in my country.

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  Image Credit:
Raudel Ramirez (Fisrt Sight Studio)
Andy Lopez (AL Productions)

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