Recently I had the chance to catch up with Cleveland native, Dub-O of Machine Gun Kelly’s EST 19XX.After recently releasing the “Do I Know You?” mixtape, Dub-O is already working on his official EP ”Old Lights New Lights”. Get to know Dub-O as a person, as well as an artist.
Hip-Hop Digital: First off I want to thank you for taking the time out to update us on what’s going on with you. How’s life been treating you lately?
Dub-O: Life is good, couldn’t complain. Blessings.
Hip-Hop Digital: You’ve been in the game for a while now, working alongside of Machine Gun Kelly. How has the experience been taking part in the growth of the EST 19XX brand?
Dub-O: It’s been the greatest experience ever thus far. Glad to be a part of a powerful movement that everyone looks up to. EST has helped me find “me” as an artist; its brought me fans and kept me out of trouble. EST is really all that I’ve got.
Hip-Hop Digital: Recently you released your project “Do I Know You?”. What is the creative process like? How do you decide which producers and artists to work with or which tracks will make the project?
Dub-O: I zone out all the way. I pretty much go in the studio alone with my lil’ smoke and an engineer. I recorded my whole mixtape in the basement of my home to give me that vibe and keep the comfort. As for producers, I reach out to those who just want to create a beat, even if I don’t record right then and there. At least build a cool relationship and some chemistry for future work with each other. Other than that, my choices of beats come through emails from producers all over, I’ll work with big or small time producers/artist long as its good music.
Hip-Hop Digital: You’ve gained some recent credits as a producer on Machine Gun Kelly’s project; do you see yourself expanding more in that direction in the future?
Dub-O: It’s possible, there’s no limit in this music industry. I don’t see why I couldn’t. I mean I’m not a beat maker, but I can definitely produce a track from beginning to end.
Hip-Hop Digital: Your current single “Paid” is making its way around quickly; do you have a follow up single in mind?
Dub-O: Yeah, I have a track in motion called “Same Ol”, produced by Dreski out of Cleveland, OH. I have a video for it also; it was premiered with XXL.com and is currently in rotation on a lot of college radio stations throughout the states, but I’m working on that big single.
Hip-Hop Digital: What’s exactly is the inspiration behind the title of “Do I Know You”?
Dub-O: I got the title for the tape from a standout line in a song I did with MGK called Cleveland. It goes “Dub-O, do I know you? I don’t know, do I know you”, which has received over 6 million views on YouTube. I gained a lot of attention and fans from that one line. People would greet me with Dub-O do I know you, so I decided to capitalize off it and just make that the title. That’s was pretty much the inspiration behind it.
Hip-Hop Digital: Are there any more projects in the works we should be looking out for?
Dub-O: I’m currently working on an EP called “Old Lights New Lights”. It will have 5 songs and visuals with it. I will also be performing in Texas this year at the SXSW for the first time.
Hip-Hop Digital: When do you think we’ll be able to expect an official Dub-O album?
Dub-O: Honestly not sure at the moment, I’m just focusing on one project at time. I’m just getting my feet wet, but I do see one in my near future.
Hip-Hop Digital: What should everyone know about Dub-O the artist?
Dub-O: I’m a very humble artist on EST 19XX. I’m from Cleveland, Ohio. I’ve been serious with my music since 2009. I was featured on MGK’s album “Lace Up” and his EP “Half Naked and Almost Famous”. My stage name came from a close childhood friend. MGK’s hype man “Slim” is my little brother (Dub fact), and my loyalty is with EST no matter what.
Hip-Hop Digital: We appreciate you taking out the time for this interview. Before we let you go, where is the best place for the supporters to be in touch with you?
Dub-O: On twitter @Dubz216, Facebook.com/Dubomusic, YouTube.com/dubz216 or on Instagram @duboest.
Download: Dub-O – Same Ol’
Interview by K. Steele