North Carolina funk-master pays homage to
national ‘smoke’ holiday with single ‘Dodie’
RALEIGH, NC – April 20 is the national “smoking” holiday, and as far as North Carolina hip-hop artist Danté Noté is concerned, that’s the perfect time to drop a song that’s a homage to weed.
The song is called “Dodie,” and it features Danté’s unique “funky” sound. As a musician who has been experimenting with beats and various odd instruments since he was young, Danté has developed his own unique sound and style into something that is truly original. Inspired by the funk music of the ‘70s and ‘80s, his foundation is found in that genre. But he fuses that sound with pop, R&B and hip-hop in a way that sets him apart from anyone else in the game today.
“I actually studied music and music theory and I know exactly what I’m doing,” he said. “I’m not your average artist. I have energy and spunk that’s inspired by funk music. And music is filled with funky, upbeat songs. With 4/20 coming up, I decided to make a funky song about weed – just something funky and catchy to roll up to, smoke to, and have fun to.”
“Dodie” will be the first song on an EP that Danté said he hopes to release this summer. Other songs on the project will explore relationships and tells stories from Danté’s life in ways the hopes with relate with others. And that life has been on an interesting journey over the years that have been filled with songwriting, poetry and acting – all things that he says were prophesized over him shortly after he was born.
“A prophet held me in her arms and told my mother that I was destined for greatness and that I shouldn’t mingle with others but instead stick to the church,” he said. “So I was largely sheltered from outside influences for much of my early life. Now, my talents are bursting forth and being revealed to a world eager for the freshness and vibrancy I offer.”
Danté plays numerous instruments – starting with the piano, which he learned how to play from his grandmother as early as age 3. By age 5 he had his drum set and by 10 he was mastering electric guitar. He learned to play the bass guitar at age 12. Today, he combines his knowledge of music and instrumentation with his passion for poetry and wordplay, delivering songs that have meaning.
“People should hear what I’m saying,” he said. “It must have meaning. It must make you laugh or cry. It must move you. I want to be that dude who people say, ‘Oh snap! His music is hot!’ I want my music to make you dance and have good vibes and entertain you. I want people to see a showman or entertainer or artist when they think of me – and always a musician of the highest quality.”