IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
DRE HAVIK: My name is D’Andre Ginyard, and I’m from Philadelphia Pennsylvania.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:What is your music background?
DRE HAVIK: I’ve been in love with music since I was little. Rock and R&B were two of my three favorite genres, but my main favorite has always been rap. I was always exposed to classic hip-hop and R&B. On the way to and from school, my grandmother would always have WDAS and Power 99 playing. My mother would take me to the Merriam Theatre on Broad Street where she worked for years. I’ve been exposed to musicals and gospel shows. I remember me, my brother, and my mom dancing to the ads and cassette tapes to the musicals. I remember being on vacations listening to various artists such as Usher, India Arie, Jill Scott. On the hip-hop end of things, I listened to artists such as Kanye West, Lloyd Banks, Nas, The Notorious BIG, Jay Z and many more. We used to cut up in the car; singing and rapping at the top of our lungs. We listened to movie and play soundtracks, Jazz, and even the blues. I was always exposed to music. I spit my first rhyme in kindergarten. My mom used to work at my school and in the after-school program, one of her coworkers used to always get me to rap. So one day, he got me on stage and when I spit, everyone was stuck. My mom was like “How did he do that he’s so young?” And from then on I had started writing.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:What are your songs about?
DRE HAVIK: My songs are about my life experiences. I write about what I’ve been through, who I’ve been through them with, what I’ve witnessed others go through, and the struggles of those in my community. I try to relate to an array of people, young, old, and in between. I want people to listen to my music and say “I’ve been through that” or “I have a friend who’s been through that”.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:What is your favorite song to perform and why?
DRE HAVIK: My favorite song to perform is a freestyle I wrote called ‘White America’. It’s about the struggles that we as ‘minorities’ go through on the daily basis, but it’s told from my perspective. I write about how I’ve experienced these things. I love to perform this song because so many people can relate to it. It’s like I’m giving people a piece of my heart and soul, and they feel it.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:What has surprised you the most in the pursuit of a music career?
DRE HAVIK: What’s surprised me the most about my career is the help I’ve gotten. So many people are willing to help me without wanting anything in return. They tell me I have a lyrical gift, and I’m able to reach many people of all age groups. I was also surprised at the amount of work involved to become successful in the industry. There’s so much more to music than just recording and putting a song or mixtape out.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:Who are your musical influences?
DRE HAVIK: My musical influences are Nas, Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z, Big Pun, J Cole, Childish Gambino, Lupe Fiasco, and rappers who appreciate lyricism and music with a message. Those who can bring about change. I want to be able to influence my fan base and other artists the same way they Influenced me.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:How would you describe your music?
DRE HAVIK: My music is versatile. It can be new school with an old school flavor. For example, I could go from current events, to matters of the heart, to life experiences. It’s real. My music is about the things that really go on. Prime example, in my first recorded freestyle I said “In my hood it gets dark a lot/ it’s easier to find guns than it is to find a parking spot”. I live off of Landsdowne avenue where the shootouts come plentiful, but if you come home after 5pm the parking spots are rare.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:What makes you stand out from other artists?
DRE HAVIK: My flow and wordplay set me apart from other artist. In every song I use several different flows. I can start off slow and then speed things up. Then I might switch to a moderate tempo. My style is unpredictable. You never know what angle going to hit the track from.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:What would you like to see changed in today’s music industry?
DRE HAVIK: In today’s music I’d love to see more lyricism. I wanna hear more punchlines and relatable topics. I’m tired of the mumbling and noise making over trap beats. The beats are dope, but the stuff being said, or mumbled, is not worth listening to. I want to hear what you’re saying. Not the tone in which you’re saying it.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:What are some upcoming projects that you are currently working on?
DRE HAVIK: I am currently working on my first EP titled “Established 1998”. It’s just a showcase of my talents. Showing the world that I’m a dope artist that they need to watch out for. My next EP will take you on a journey through my life. I want to wait until I’m a little more known for that. I’m also working on gaining a fan base. I’ve started working on making videos to give a visual for my music.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:What are your career goals where do you see yourself in 10 years?
DRE HAVIK: I want to be a very successful artist in 10 years. I want to also have my hands in some more positive things like giving back to the community. I want to donate to schools and invest in music programs that offer studio time to up and coming artist. I know what it feels like to struggle. I want to help. I want to change the world and make a difference. I want to raise awareness to children with disabilities. Things like ADHD, Bipolar disorder, and autism. I was diagnosed with ADHD at a young age and Bipolar Disorder later on. If not for my mother encouraging me to use my music as an outlet, I wouldn’t be who I am today. Not only as an artist, but as a human being.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:How can your fans access your music and contact you?
DRE HAVIK: All fans can get me on Instagram @dre.havik, on twitter it’s @_hate_weekDREs, ands you can go on Facebook and like my page Dre HAVIK. You can find my music and updates on upcoming projects and events on all of those pages.
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