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Northern Colorado 30 under 30, D’Angelo Garza

D'Angelo Garza, NoCo 30 under 30

Interviewed by Maya Cornwell, He was asked a series of 10 questions to get to know the local music artist.

Tell us about yourself, and how you got to where you are now. I am a 21-year-old hip hop artist who started as producer at Greeley Central High School and dropped by first single online, which got me a lot of support online that allowed me to release an EP. My EP “Bad Habits” received 4 MSA Music plaques for receiving over 250,000k streams online. Since then, I have been in 20 magazines, including famed hip hop magazine XXL.

What are you passionate about, professionally and personally? I am passionate about music, when I am in the studio it allows me to bring all my ideas to life. Music is something everyone likes, either listening or creating it, and I won't stop until I have something finished and perfect. Personally, I love gaming as I get lost in the virtual world and can even meet new people there.

What is your superpower? Even when I am down about music and notice I am off, something amazing always finds its way to me. Multiple times I have felt discouraged and then land a new magazine or radio station and being persistent has allowed me to be successful in the strangest of ways.

What would be your biggest accomplishment personally or professionally? My music getting noticed, played and even saved to people's playlists. Professionally, when my song “reminisce” aired on Chicago radio stations which landed me the spot on XXL.

Who has been the biggest influence on your life? My grandpa, he always told me to have faith to do what I love, even through the pain. I grew up without many male role models because of gang affiliation but I chose to be different, and he helped me persevere.

Where do you see yourself in five years, 10 years? Being successful with a big happy family. To give my family things I never had and set my children up to be successful and achieve their dreams.

What advice would you give your 18-year-old self? To be more open to music. I had a lot of anxiety growing up and was bullied for wanting to be a rapper, so taking that step to not be afraid publicly could've started my career earlier.

What do you enjoy doing in your downtime? I wrote down lyrics as I never know when I’ll use them, sometimes I will have time to put them to music. All my hobbies spur me own to be the best artist and pushing me towards my dreams.

What would you like to give back to your community? To give motivation, the town I am from is so negative towards hip hop and I have seen many talented artists quit because of it. I want people to know there is always a chance of for a breakthrough if they have faith and believe in their music, as you never know who is listening and to keep hustling.

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