Dash Gwoppovelli – Big Coin’s Cornerstone
Words + Interview By Lucky Smith
Dash Gwoppovelli is an artist from Cincinnati, Ohio and signed to Big Coin Music. He and I spoke about how he got started in the music business, what makes him different and why giving back to the community is important.
Introduce yourself for us and tell us where you’re from.
I’m Dash Gwoppovelli and I’m from Cincinnati, Ohio.
How did you draw a love for music?
My love for music came from a number of things but one that stands out is my mother playing music from No Limit Records at her house parties when I was young.
When did you decide you wanted to actually be an artist?
I knew I wanted to do music since I was 5 or 6 years old. I didn’t know why or how but I’ve always been able to rap. I never learned it. I just always knew how.
So, what style are you bringing to the game and how will you stand out from others?
I’m bringing back real rap where you have to have meaning behind what you say. I don’t think I’ll be compared to anyone.
Who are some of your inspirations and how did they influence your style and sound?
My inspiration comes from the culture of hip-hop as a whole. Every piece is special whether it is Wu Tang’s legacy or drill music. I’m a fan as much as I am an artist.
How did you get signed with Big Coin Music?
My pops and the CEO’s mother have been friends for about 30 years so it is family. I had a dream, he has a vision and I’m just the first cornerstone.
Has being signed made it easier for you to get where you are trying to go in the business?
We are independent and yes being signed to Big Coin Music has definitely opened doors that you can’t buy your way into.
What is the name of the single you are pushing right now? Also, do you have any upcoming projects?
I’m actually promoting two singles right now. They are “Lifestyle” Ft. Land Strip Chip and “Change Up” Ft. Lil Baby. Also, I have a single I just dropped called “Would We”. Right now, we’re just letting singles go, building.
Who are some people you’ve been working with already and who are some you hope to work with in the future?
I’ve worked with Lil Baby as well as Tory Lanez, Ty Dolla Sign, and Jeremih. I’d really like to work with Ella Mai, DJ Khaled and Metro Boomin. I think I’d much rather work with producers over artists but overall, whoever is ready to work with me.
The music industry is changing every day and social media has oversaturated a lot. Do you think it is getting harder for artists to get noticed?
I feel like it is become easier if you can find a way to stand out as yourself.
What is one thing that you wish you could change about the music industry?
I would and will change the circuit for music back home in Cincinnati.
People say that celebrities should do more for their communities. What is your take on that?
I feel you should give back in a way that allows others to create income instead of hindering them but yes, we should do more.
How do you feel about the violence in the urban communities and what would you do to change it?
If there was more sh*t to do in urban communities we probably wouldn’t have to change anything. You can’t tell someone what not to do without an alternative.
What did you take from the death of Nipsey Hussle?
What I took from it was to chase the dream every day because it could be over at any moment. Also, be true to yourself.
Why should people listen to your music?
People should listen to my music because I’m telling the truth. This is my life and all of its pains, joys and obstacles.
Name one thing people don’t know about you?
I wanted to be a lawyer like Thurgood Marshall when I was younger.
What can we expect from you over the next year?
I have more singles dropping and if all goes well, a full length project.
What legacy are you hoping to leave after everything is said and done?
I want people to look at me and say, “He made it out. I can too.”
Follow Dash Gwoppovelli on social media @dashgwoppo.