This past week I had the great fortune of meeting local hip-hop artist DiMi Marc. Take one part Usher, one part Kanye and one part Kid Cudi and the formula equals Dimi. Dimi, who currently splits his time between Shoreham and Boston met up with me to discuss his ever booming career. On top of having a great amount of music recorded, he also has a fantastic clothing line called “Kryptik Clothing” and has worked with some great companies such as the National Braille Organization.
In part one, we discuss his musical influences, how he began his clothing line and how it felt to chart on national radio for his phenomenal song called “Boom”. Take a look.
How old were you when you decided you wanted to get into music?
I was probably 9 or 10. I know I was in fourth grade. That’s when I wrote my first song. It was very much that *NSYNC and Backstreet Boys era so a lot of my songs back then were influenced by the boy bands at the time. Between the ages of 13-15 is when I got into rapping and poetry. There was more that you can put into a song when you can rap over when you can sing. After that I started to get away from the singing and more into the rapping.
Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
Usher, Michael Jackson and Joe from the R&B side. From the rap side I would say Eminem, Kid Cudi, Kanye West and Nelly.
How did you come up with the stage name “DiMi Marc?”
My full name is Dimitry Marcelin, so I just shortened my first and last name. For a while my name was just “DiMi”, my dad called me that. I decided to go with “DiMi Marc” as my rap name just because i wanted to add a little something to it.
Describe the process of how you ventured into fashion with “Kryptik Clothing”.
I did that before I got serious with music, at the time music was just a hobby. After my freshman year of college I came back here on Long Island and had some free time on my hands. I knew people who printed t-shirts and did drawings so it all came together pretty well for me. The name “Kryptic” came from the word “Encrypted” where people are always trying to figure out who you are but at the end of the day you have to be yourself.
Describe your sound.
Diverse, especially with my latest mixtape “Mr. Bentley”. I also want my sound to be relatable because the emotions I am trying to express I want people to understand them.
Describe your style.
I have kind of a hipster thing that I do. With Kryptic we started out with t-shirts but since then we have tried to go outside that and do new ventures as well.
How did it feel when your song “Boom” hit number 4 on the national college radio hip-hop charts?
It was pretty cool. It took a month or two to really get the ball rolling on it, we put a lot press on this song. The first video was done by John Little who is from around here. He does a lot of video work including cinematography and is a very talented cat. The interesting thing about the vdeo for “Boom” is that half of the footage for the video we couldn’t use. One of the DJ’s sped up the song a little bit so our lips weren’t synching and that was one of the big reasons why we couldn’t use that footage.
Just from this first part alone you can tell the passion in this guy. It is something that is very admirable. In part two we talk about making it in Korea, why one of his songs is called “Failure Meets Success” and what his future plans are. In the meantime, check all of his links out for more info about this talented guy.