30 Days of Dreamers & Doers | Delreece Bowie
Delreece Bowie is a hip hop recording artist and engineer. he is also a freelance event planner with a specialty in music showcases. From marketing to advertising, talent scouting, concert facilitation, he does it all to ensure a quality time for supporters and patrons.
What is your earliest memory being involved in your business?
My earliest memory with music entertainment isn’t my memory. It’s my aunts, lol. As an infant, my aunt would make a beat with her mouth and I would start wobbling at the knees trying to dance. Kinda embarrassing to tell, but it’s proof that music has been my motivator for bigger and better things.
In addition to stories like the one above, my cousins also had a passion for hiphop music. I recall countless times where my family would record mixtapes over boomboxes. My first beat was made like 20 years ago on Mario Paint on Super Nintendo and I remember that beat to this day! Lol, It was a dope experience every time and has been instrumental to our strong bond.
What about this lane makes you so passionate about it?
Music is therapeutic to me and it helps me document my thoughts, ideas, and moods (something like a diary). A lot of artists here share the same feeling, but often don’t have the physical platform to share their music with others. I wanted to do something about it. Each [Mic Check] showcase continues to prove that local artistry is needed and I take pride in doing my part to shed light on the talent we have on home soil.
DB: What gives me the most fulfillment is the network built to continue these showcases. I love meeting artists, networking with them, and seeing how I can help build their brand or create the best song set for them. Each show, I have to ‘scout’ for artists I love knowing that each of these artists are excited to perform and take their craft seriously. I've worked with a lot of artists here, but still have more networking to do.
10 years ago would you have pictured yourself in this position?
Hell no! I never thought I would be an event planner at all! All I wanted to do is make beats and rap. So serious, lol. I’m happy to be in this position and want to continue to inspire by contributing such events to the community.
How do you hope people feel after working with you?
I feel that there’s nothing but positive vibes between people I work with. I pride myself on business etiquette, and the importance of building networks (small or big).
I’m an artist first, businessman second - meaning I would never put a fellow artist in any position where he/she does not feel valued.
Can you name a highlight of your career?
I traveled to New York for the first time, and was given an opportunity to open up for the (then) upcoming artist Troy Ave. First off, I LOVED the idea of traveling to New York, as that’s where most of my music inspiration came from. I was a bit nervous because New York can be REAL harsh to artists who are considered ‘wack.’ Not saying I was that, but New Yorkers have no problem keeping it real with themselves. Out of about 6 artists, I was first, putting me under pressure to get the show started in the right way. Of course, they referred the ‘Belly’ quote of being the illest **** in Nebraska, but because the host emcee said that, it motivated me to give my best. I went out there and did what I needed to do to impress. Several attendees, including the legendary Greg Nice, said I was the best performer that touched the stage that night. That night solidified my confidence as an emcee.
Anything you’d go back and change?
Everything happens for a reason. If there was a change, I may have not learned some lessons that made me into who I am today. While I can say I made mistakes along my journey, I can’t say I would change anything.
Any advice, tips or reminders?
Follow your dreams NOW. Straight up. Don’t wait. Setting plans to ‘wait’ will only delay your dream from being a reality.