Distinguished musical mixer and Miami nightlife extraordinaire, Damaged Goods, is taking the Miami electronic music scene by storm. In this interview, we talk about the importance of having a team behind you and new collaborations in the mix. After dominating Miami Music Week parties and playing at Ultra Music Festival last weekend, Obi Tawil has developed a name for himself and it’s everything but damaged.
So you have just signed with Music All Stars Publishing. How does it feel to be on a roster with other big names in the industry?
Yeah pretty excited! Looking forward to having more outlets to share my music on a wider scale. I really love some of their other artist so it should be interesting so see what projects spring up.
What were you doing when you got the news?
I had just woke up. It was like 4pm…I go to bed really late.
What do you think this means for your music career?
I’m hoping my music will have a chance to be on bigger labels, commercials, and movies
You have a collaboration with Jesse Boykins III coming up. Tell us about that?
yeah I’m really passionate about this one. It is something different from my other tracks. Very pop and deep. I’ve been working on it for about 2 months now back and forth and I finally feel its ready. My team is actually in the process of shopping it to labels.
How did you two get in touch?
We grew up together and hadn’t seen each other since high school. I was getting a lot of press in the edm world, and he is a big star on the rise as a solo musician. We linked up during New Years when he was in town visiting his folks and came over to the studio. I play him some tunes and he loved this track so I was like “lets COLLAB!”
I feel like you and Jesse have different musical styles. I’m intrigued to hear the sound dynamic. Will it be more future or “soul”? Or a little bit of both? Or did I completely hit it off the mark and it will be something very different?
Honestly this is gonna be kinda weird saying this but…the track has a gospelish vibe to it. definitely not a gospel track but the way it came out reminded me of being in church…if church was a dance club lol.
As well as collaborating with Jesse Boykins III, Damaged Goods has just released a remix of Grandtheft’s All The Way Up. This remix is a bumping track that holds true to the original with a more melodic and upbeat sound. Listen to it here:
What residencies have you held before Icon Miami and Hyde Bellagio Vegas, and how does it feel to gain two more new residency spots?
I’ve had residencies in Atlanta, Tampa, and at some smaller spots in Miami, but Icon and Hyde are the biggest so far. Feels relieving! I worry a lot about job security and making enough money to fund the music project. It feels good to to know that your good enough that people would want you around regularly.
Do you believe that getting where you are today required a team?
100%. I can’t do it all myself, and believe me I’ve tried. I need to focus on production and djing. That is a full time job as it is and that’s what I’m passionate about. you need someone who believes in you and what your trying to do and is passionate about the business side of music like my team now.
What are the pros and cons of having a team behind you?
Only pros. I can’t say a bad thing about my team.
How has your team pushed your creative boundaries?
That not so much. They mainly push me in project and sound direction (what remixes/collabs to go after) but I feel it is my job to push the creative side.
Do you think you could have gotten where you are today by working alone?
Absolutely not, i advise all artist to try and build a team of people they like to work with from graphic designers, other musicians, to friends that like being more on the administrative end.
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