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Meet Lamar Adot Thomas in Deep Ellum

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lamar Adot Thomas.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Being born and raised in the 9th Ward, the spirit and soul of New Orleans music was always a part of me. I’ve been making music consistently since my childhood and began creating hip-hop music while attending St. Augustine High School in New Orleans, the school, is known nationwide for its music and band. My time there was interrupted by Hurricane Katrina, and after a difficult journey, Texas became my new home.

Over the years I’ve adopted the influence of Texas music along with the legacy of my Louisiana roots. I’ve put out four complete albums and eleven mixtapes so far. Each project has received better reviews than the last; I’m glad to know I am growing and improving my craft.

My last album was released about two years ago and a lot of things have changed since then, I felt a had developed enough skill to take my music career to the next level, so I was able to begin working with Callie Dee, who was recently interviewed by VoyageDallas, as my manager at the start of this year. I’ve been performing like crazy all over the metroplex, working to get my live show ready for headlining as well as writing and recording my upcoming album.

Creating my new album, Aura has been an emotionally labor-intensive process, all the songs are really personal to me and represent different sides of me. I think this album will really resonate with my listeners more than anything I’ve created before because I really tried to be honest with myself during the writing process. I believe that will make it relate to anyone that listens, almost like I am speaking directly to them.

I’ve been privileged to work with some great people during this process, like DioVisuals, Subtonic, Akhordz, Yung Elshadi, WillieTforATrack, Mokah Soulfly, and others. I’ve never been more excited upon the release of a project. This has been a team effort in every sense and I’m extremely grateful to everyone who believes in me and gives me good energy.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
This project hasn’t exactly been a smooth road but I take everything with a grain of Tony’s seasoning anyway, ya heard me!

I’ve had to learn that the concept of local artists building relationships with each other can sometimes just be figurative speech, but throughout the creation of this upcoming project, I’ve come to appreciate those with good energy and solid intentions even more.

Tell us more about your work.
I think something I’m known for is hard work and a DIY ethic. I went to school to learn how to record my own music and mix it when I need to. Many of my previous projects were completed with no features and no outside engineering. However, on this project I’m really happy the be working with Subtonic as the executive producer, so he can use his engineering expertise and I can focus on writing and creating.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success can be measured in many ways…financially, physically, mentally, and through a legacy. I like to check off milestones along the way. Even having a roof and a bed was a milestone for me at one time. Going from performing at unpaid showcases to becoming a professional paid performer was a milestone I’ve hit in the last year. Another success milestone I’ve been accomplishing this year is strengthening my relationship with my son as he gets closer to becoming a teen and rebuilding my relationships with family, which I hadn’t done since we were separated during Katrina. Financially, obviously, the goal is to make a great living off creating music, performing, and selling merchandise alone. That’s a milestone I’m hoping to check off soon. As far as my legacy, I guess only time will tell.

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Knscrygfx, Andrew Sherman

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