Would I sound arrogant if I say that I'm destined for greatness? Would I sound naïve in thinking that I'm going to change the world? That my music would transcend levels beyond the standard. That my art will be a catalyst in the revolution, cascading freedom in the key of liberation...
One could only dream. Then again, all we have is our dreams...so all I have is my music.
Dilson's the name and I am a multi-genre merging artist hailing from the mecca of Hip Hop, The Bronx. Having always been a diverse lover of music, I felt the need to mirror every genre I came across. For this reason, my work mostly contains elements of Hip Hop, Rock, Bachata, Blues, Spoken Word, Reggae and many more. What’s the result of this you ask? A burning need to master different instruments and styles since picking up my first guitar at the age of 14.
- Spoken Word
- Fiction Writing
INSTRUMENTS OF CHOICE
- Drums (Beginner)
- Conga (Beginner)
Although self-taught in many of my skills, I received a Bachelor's of Arts in both English and Music from the University at Albany. I also became a certified Audio Engineer from the Institute of Audio Research.
Ultimately, my goal is to embody the human experience; to craft art around love, education, social norms, relationships, family, etc. Even though my music portrays the average person's life, these elements are mostly showcased in the realm of conscious music. Being raised by a proud Dominican family sparked my desire to uplift various cultures and communities, especially my own, through music. Outside of the music, however, I think every artist, especially conscious artists, have to be held accountable to their words and mirror the work that they preach.
As of recent years I’ve worked for Urban Art Beat, providing after school, music-related workshops to youth in NYC public schools. Just recently I, along with the UAB team, have brought our talents into Rikers Island, facilitating Hip-Hop themed workshops with the 18-21 year old incarcerated youth. During our sessions we record songs, explore different writing exercises, indulge in transformative conversation, and much more.
Outside of my community, my work abroad consists of teaching English to college students in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where we also dedicated a day to planting trees in the countryside of Jacmel. My trip to India, on the other hand, dealt with much younger youth (elementary-high school). Here, we assisted masons in building a dorm space for rural, underprivileged children in Southern India. I was instantly inspired to write a song on child abuse (In India and the U.S.) because of our interaction with the youth and a lecture we received on children’s rights in India. Besides the lyrical content, the production itself was also cross cultural, stemming musical elements from both The U.S. and India.