D’Angelo Garza

21
Laser Machine Tech/Rapper

 

Tell us about yourself, your history and how you came to be where you are now. 
I am a 21-year-old Hip Hop artist from Greeley. I started as a producer in Greeley Central High School, and eventually became an artist. After dropping my first single I gained massive support online which led me to drop my EP. After dropping my EP “Bad Habits” I received four plaques from the MSA Music for achieving over 250,000 streams. Since then, I’ve been featured in over 20 magazines/articles, including hip hop magazine “XXL.”  

What are you passionate about professionally and personally, and why? 
I’m strongly passionate about music. Every time I’m in the studio I’m able to bring my ideas and imagination to life. You just never know what type of masterpiece you’ll create until it’s finished. Music is something everyone enjoys, whether it’s listening or creating. My personal passion is gaming. I tend to get zoned out in the virtual world when I’m playing. Gaming is something I enjoy as I meet lots of new people every day.  

What is your superpower? 
I noticed that whenever I feel I haven’t gotten anywhere with music, something amazing always happens. There were times where I was upset, and I would get a phone call or email telling me that I landed on another magazine or radio station. It happens quite often and it’s what led me to become successful in strange ways I didn’t believe would happen. But it’s the results of having faith in doing what I love.  

What do you consider your biggest accomplishment, either professionally or personally? 
My biggest personal achievement is that my music has gotten noticed. What I mean is that it’s been played, saved and added to playlists. My biggest professional achievement was when I had gotten a phone call saying that my song “Reminisce” had gotten radio airplay from Chicago, which eventually landed me a feature on XXL Magazine. It felt like a dream come true to be on a radio station as well as America’s biggest rap magazine.  

Who has been the biggest influence in your life? 
My biggest influence is my grandpa. He always told me to keep faith in doing what I love. He once told me that life’s greatest lessons are learned through pain. After hearing that I learned that even on the worst days something good eventually will come. I grew up without many male role models as most males in my family went to prison for gang affiliations. I chose to be different.   

Where do you see yourself in five years? In 10 years? 
I see myself being really successful. Whether that be music or a job I love doing. I see myself with a big, happy family. My goal is to give my family things I never had growing up as a child. To me, that’s successful enough. If I ever become successful from music though, I will set my kids up to become well educated and successful individuals for their dream careers.   

What piece(s) of advice would you give to your 18-year-old self? 
I would tell myself to be more open about music. There are many doors out there that have yet to be opened that may lead to something amazing. I dealt with anxiety a lot as a kid and was bullied for wanting to become a hip hop artist. If I had more people telling me to become confident with music publicly, who knows where it would’ve taken me compared to where I’m at right now. 

What do you enjoy doing in your downtime? 
I spend most of my time writing down lyrics. You never know when you’re going to use them so it’s best to always keep writing even when you have plenty. Depending on the energy I receive throughout my day I’ll put it down in writing. Even on my free time I got to keep pushing towards my dream as a successful artist. I currently have over 114 pages of lyrics written down for future songs.  

What would you like to give back to your community? 
I hope to give them motivation. The city I’m from is way too negative about the hip hop industry. There’s been many talented artists who’ve been shut down due to receiving too much hate. I want to let them know that there’s always a chance for a breakthrough as long as they have faith in their music and believe. You never know who’s listening or watching; keep hustling until you get where you want to be.