Dante Bacote, professionally known as “Dante” is a multi-faceted recording artist and all around entertainer. His ability and many accolades as a rapper, producer, singer, writer, actor, and model, make him an incredibly well rounded artist in the music industry. Born in San Diego, CA, raised in Connecticut is Dante is one of the hottest rising musical artists. Dante recently Starred in a Warner Bros. & Marvel film titled “The Prodigies” which included his own original music in the soundtrack; casted by the same person who contributed to “American Gangster” & “Incredible Hulk”, the outstanding ‘Avy Kaufman’. The film was released globally in March 2012. “You have great acting ability and camera presence, and you will be a Star very soon.” says Frank Vincent of the HBO series “The Sopranos” after he saw Dante play a role in their Series Finale.

In his career, Dante has had the opportunity to work with Pharaoh Monch, during the filming of his music video “Push” where he was casted for multiple roles and most notably his contribution to the dramatic ending of the video music where he portrayed the image of hope for the song. Dante also was casted for a role on the iconic ABC series “One Life to Live”. He is also a spokes model for an international fashion ad-campaign, representing Rizumu which reaches the U.S., Japan, & the U.K. Also a spokes model for “8 & 9 Clothing” whom also endorses (A-List) acts such as “Chris Brown”, “Sway”, & “Freeway”.

His fan base continues to grow daily, due to his honest character, hard work, and outgoing persona, and immaculate music. While promoting unity in the industry, his character along with great talent will take him to the top of any and all industries he applies himself to. Dante has been featured in several magazines for his musical, modeling and acting talent and has performed at all major CT colleges and cities in CT including the world famous “Toad’s Place” in New Haven, CT, MD, Paris, France, Luxembourg, NYC, and FL. During his shows he brings amazing energy and allows for his fans to become part of the song while he plays. Dante is simultaneously capitalizing on being the front runner for all forms of entertainment, by constantly producing for other artist while furthering his solo career as an artist & actor, while still obtaining a degree in (Business/Communication) to support every aspect of his career.

“Dante is a determined and focused individual. He is very responsible and dependable. His work comes out an outstanding result. I would recommend him any time, to any people that have his interest best at heart! He is on his way to superstar on the FAST road, skipping the lights.” -TNV ENT, CEO/Pres., TNV Entertainment


IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?

DANTE BACOTE: I was born in San Diego, CA and I was raised in Meriden, CT (Tri-State Area).

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?

DANTE BACOTE: At a young age I took piano lessons and also gravitated towards the snare drum in middle school. My father noticed my love and appreciation for music and purchased me my first MPC “Yamaha RS7000” and said if this is what I wanted read the manual and master it so I began as a producer. Made over 300+ instrumentals initially with no lyrics then family and friends encouraged me to apply poetry to the tracks and one thing led to another. I also took chorus while attending “Central Connecticut State University”. I was raised on all genres from Coldplay, Rolling Stones, Curtis Mayfield, Michael Jackson, to KRS-One which is how I established my appreciation for music listening to the greats.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?

DANTE BACOTE: My songs are about my dreams, feelings about life, and where I hope to see the world reach one day. I speak on what’s morally incorrect as well as love and scenarios that arise from relationships from friends to family. Make feel good music.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your favorite song to perform and why?

DANTE BACOTE: My favorite song to perform is “The Real” because it is just that. Real Hip Hop no gimmicks straight bars and has a classic nod your head vibe with production that will resonate with any person. When I wrote it I was just being myself and not catering to a trend just what the music made me feel “Real” and that’s what I want to deliver to all of my audiences, authenticity.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What has surprised you the most in the pursuit of a career in music?

DANTE BACOTE: What has surprised me the most is how phony some of these people that claim to be in the “industry” can be. They will try and sell you dreams, claim to want to help, followed up by empty promises just to get them in a better light or financial situation. It lacks honesty at times from the business to the music. Another surprise was the significance of not only making great music but having your documentation in order for legal purposes as well as how important your network is to your net worth.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?

DANTE BACOTE: My music influences range from wide variety of artists and genres. Like Michael Jackson who’s always pushed the message of love in his music and wanting to change the world for the better and giving his all in each song. The creative genius of Kanye West whom to this day is one of my all-time Hip Hop idol’s I’m looking forward to working with in the near future and lyrical ability of Talib Kweli & Mos Def as “Black star”. KRS-One who has been the epitome of Hip Hop from day 1 and the abstract and incredible writing and production of Outkast I remember they were one of the artist I actually wanted to go out and buy their album just to hear the innovation they’d bring. Tupac being a voice of the people and Notorious having a good upbringing but still being able to capture story telling in a form all can relate to. Nas for his wordplay and lyricism, Coldplay for embodying emotion through instrument and voice almost having a galactic appeal, and Eminem who gives you that I don’t care what you say about what I’m going to say but I’ll say it anyway because it’s feeling; its art and its hip hop with incredible delivery.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?

DANTE BACOTE: Infectious, substance filled, and unique, but playfully delivered at times so you’re not oversaturated with trying to understand instead of just listening and enjoying the inspiration. My music can get you through any kind of situation good or bad. It’s my life in art form to be consumed for the masses I’m making myself completely vulnerable to not only open up myself but the rest of the world in the process.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?

DANTE BACOTE: Fearlessness: Unlike many other artists I am unafraid to challenge the “Box we’ve all been put in. I’m not inspired by trends, although I am sometimes entertained by them. I stand out because I make music that *I* want to hear, not because I think it will be popular, but because it moves me as a music fan. Staying true to your imagination is a big part of being successful I believe, it’s the only way to remain relevant, and in tune

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What would you like to see changed in today’s music industry?

DANTE BACOTE: I would like to see a change in what artist speak on in their music. I’m always down for a good time and having fun but I feel like people need more than instructions on how get wasted or hurt other people. What happened to a day in the life, or even what happens in a good day? What about aspiring to be more than a drug dealer, bad b*^ch, or gangster boss. Bring it back to Kings  and Queens and making your dreams real or instead of what the ‘struggle’ has been how to maneuver through it etc. and above all honesty & realness.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects that you are currently working on?

DANTE BACOTE: Working on my next (Album/Mixtape/Body of work) titled, “God’s Poetry” want to get to at least 30 songs before getting it down to a solid 12-15. Also have big show coming up I’ll be part of Atlanta’s Biggest Hip Hop Festival of the year and I’ll be performing live at “A3C Festival” on October 10th compliments of being endorsed by Independent Radio Station “NGA Radio”.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

DANTE BACOTE: My career goals are; to be one of the most influential, globally respected, artist/entertainers to ever live. I’ll have my hands in multiple businesses to support all facets of life. In 10 years I see myself continuing to make great music that impacts positive change or effect on all that listen. I’ll be touring across the world. I’ll have multiple charities for those in need and or offering alternate routes for those who have dreams and giving them the tools and information to make them real if they don’t have access to the correct ways.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?

DANTE BACOTE: Social Networks to listen:





Contact: Email: dantebacote@gmail.com



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  1. Much success to you King. I truly can relate to you on how fical the industry is as well as what these artists are delivering… From one IAA spotlight artist to another I wish you the best in all of you next steps…. Bless King

  2. I have always loved your music. It’s what gets me up and going every morning and I keep you in rotation on “my personal” “drive at five”. Keep doing what you do Dante.

  3. Bro,
    You the man and consistency is key so all you gotta do is is find your door… Seems like the time is now step into greatness big homie and kill at everything!!!! Much love bro

  4. Proud of my cousin for staying true to who he is and not selling out. Looking forward to seeing him continue his climb to the top!

    Much love Dante!

  5. I’ve seen Dante rise up through the ranks in this business. Working with him first as a producer/writer for a few years and now to see him doing great things as an artist is amazing. Keep doing your thing Dante!

  6. Dante, you are a fantastic artist, multi-talented and are so positive. Your words ,”My songs are about my dreams, feelings about life, and where I hope to see the world reach one day.” Speaks volumes. I wish you the best of luck in all that you do!

    • Shout out to you from here in the studio at hot97 I am so glad you doing your thing to be so successful keep your head up and countinue to do you aight

  7. Congrats cuz u definitely deserve this more then anyone… your one of the most talented people I know. I wish you nothing but the best, can’t wait to see you reach the top.. your almost there KEEP CLIMBING

  8. Dante is a true talent! Great overall person to work with. He has the skill-set to leave a lasting impression on the Entertainment Industry. His future is definitely bright!

  9. Dante is great artist. I’ve been able to bless this guy with several tracks and he’s never disappointed. He always comes through with the music and respect and loyalty. Much love and respect to him and his career!.
    We’re working on new music now as we speak!.

  10. This is amazing!! Keep it up go hard do what you feel and what feels good to you. It’s plenty of room and money out there for such an extraordinary artis like yourself Dante I love it your keeping Hip Hop alive and your having fun your young and full of life your time to shine is now. The world is waiting on something special and special you are

  11. Dante is a very unique artist his music gives you an instant vibe. The power behind his voice is amazing!!! No need to wait any longer the time is now for Dante to shine!!! #blessings

  12. Congrats Dante, keep working hard on your dream and it will pay off. You have a lot of support behind you. Keep making real positive music and you will stay prosperous.

  13. I love Dante’s music. You are an inspiration to all the kids in Meriden. I’m so proud of you and the work you have done. Don’t stop til you reach the top. Love you.

  14. Wow that was such a great interview! Proves that hard work and ambition sets winners up. You will be where you want to be sure enough. Congrats Dante!!

  15. Dante Is One In A Million – Very Talented In All Areas & Field. He Can Act, Rap, Sing, Write, Produce, Over All Dante Can Do It All. When I Did My Black Carpet Launch Event At The Paradise Theater In The Bronx for My Clothing Line **ELIJAH DEVANTE’ ** Dante Tore The Paradise Down. People Are Still Conversing About My Event. I Like To Think You Dante Again For Making My Event A Successful One. Much Love & Success… Keep Striving To The Top…

    Daniel Saul
    CEO/Founder Elijah Devante’

  16. Dante is a very very hard and determined worker down to his dope rapping skills and down to his acting carrer. Dante has deffenintly taught me alot and showed me that dreams can be meet if you work hard for it . Dante and i did lots of music together and still is i see dante being the next big thing in the music industry its just a matter of time .

  17. Dante as your second cousin and watching you grow, I hope you find success in the world of music, art, and acting. Never give up and keep your dream alive. You have come along way and the Family is proud of you. God Bless.

  18. Your music is dope and you will be on top real soon. You’re one of the hardest workers I know keep the talent coming and I’m so proud to call you my brother!

  19. Dante is a cool person , and a very down to earth he a great actor , singer and very very talented rapper, i got your back Dante to your success do,it big bro !!

  20. Dante, keep doing your thing bro! From one artist to another, I know the grind! Keep at it brah. It’s def gonna pay off, push through the walls that come up. We checking you over here in the East Coast homie. Shoot we might need to connect.
    Stay 100.
    – Justin Mills

  21. Congratulations Dante!! glad you’re getting the recognition you finally deserve. You made lots of sacrifices and deserve much more for the music you’re putting out And the heart you put into it. great job keep it up keep on moving. Never settle for less never settle for less. You know this

  22. My mans from the beginning. Brother til the end. Grind never stops, keeps the dream alive. Blessed with the gift of music can’t wait till you reach to top and blow it off. Keep up the good work, music on repeat!

  23. I am so proud of dante he has never given up and he is always pushing for his dreams..not only that he has a very supportive family and will be big one day. I’m glad to see someone I know making it good job dante!!

  24. Dante has heart. He is well on his way and that is due to having the right motives. A true gentleman and stand out! Happy to know him.


  26. Date is a true go – getter with a prominent future in his endeavors. I’ve known him since middle school and he is a truly gifted artist with the world at his fingertips. Keep an eye out on this artist as he progresses to the top of his industry no doubt he will be a household name soon

  27. so happy to see you reaching for the stars. You have always had amazing talent and personality. Keep it going! I’m sure you will achieve everything you strive for. Your potential is limitless. Proud of you!

  28. I’ve been in the presence of DANTE L. BACOTE when I was part of Seq. Ent. this gentleman has been on his Grind for quite some time. He’s definitely a Man of many Talents! Keep on Grinding, Your Time is Now!

  29. I am beyond proud of you Dante! Thank you for being a positive role model and keep up the amazing work that you’re doing. Shine bright my friend 🙂

  30. Glad to see all this hard work and dedication is paying off for you Dante! You have stayed true to yourself and have let nothing hold you back from achieving nothing but greatness. Keep it going Dante!

  31. I’m loving postive vibe and energy you are spreading! I wish you all the best and I know your positivity, persistence, and creativity will set you above the rest!

  32. Dante is an amazing talented individual with so many strengths he’s and artists,musician,actor,producer,model and more.Definitely someone to look out for in the entertainment industry..Personally thankful for being able to Dj alongside him ,travel to Miami with him and most of be a great friend and brother .Much success fam.

    Dj Maxx Coast2coastmixtapedjs


  34. Congrats Dante! You deserve all of the recognition coming your way for all you have done and continue to do. Congrats on your success and good luck with all of your future endeavors!

  35. I grew up in the same neighborhood as Dante and I can say that he is one of the most driven and hardest working people I’ve ever known. I don’t know much about being an actor/model/rapper/producer/singer/writer but being the son of two immigrant parents, I know hard work when I see it! Keep grinding homie!

  36. Rising to the top and killing it with the new tracks just about every week! I’m happy to be apart of team dante! Its about time your beats are recognized man:) I hope your blessed with success and endless positivity in your life buddy!

  37. Dante is a beautiful soul and amazing artist. He deserves all the success in the world!! Congratulations! You’ve come so far, and are an inspiration and motivator!

  38. Glad to hear that Dante is rising to the top. I do what I can when he asks we keep contact through Facebook and by cell. I will continue to support my friend. Keep representing Meriden my dude best of luck. I need to download more of your songs.

  39. Dante! I can’t say enough how happy I am that you have come so far. Seems like it was just yesterday we were in algebra class together and now you’re on your way to stardom keep it up! I want a signed album when you make it big! Keep representing the Dirty Den! 🙂

  40. Dante is someone I call a friend who is extremely talented and makes amazing music. He deserves so much spotlight and deserves to be heard by all!!! He’s a work-a-holic and an overall great person. Much respect for this guy since day 1.

  41. So different and mind blowing. true hip hop at its best. I love that when I listen to his music I can feel it. Get at they beck Dante and take over.