Thursday, 25 February 2021 19:17

Dream Collab Series #38: STLNDRMS discusses his dream collaborator

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For the #38 artist for the Dream Collab Series, Diversal Founder Alex Jackson interviewed Chris Wilkes, aka STLNDRMS at Atlanta, GA. Wilkes is a hip hop creatives who is a prime example of what independent artists should look like. Within a year of his first upload on Spotify, Wilkes played the biggest hip hop festival on the planet (“A3C”), one of the biggest festivals in the world SXSW, rocked a stadium (“Art, Beats & Lyrics” at the Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA), got on the cover of Spotify’s lofi hip hop playlist, played the world family Low End Theory, Beat Cinema & NAMM in LA, co-founded the “Controllerise” art collective and created an online live stream radio show “Beats+Chill.” Aside from his many accomplishments he also pays forward his blessings by livestreaming his creative process and teaching others the ins and outs of the business. By keeping it real with “the homies,” he has created a space for creativity and collaboration.


Jackson wanted to sit down and talk with Wilkes about navigating the industry in this climate as an independent artist. During the course of the interview, when the question “Who would you love to collaborate with?” was brought up, Wilkes was very excited to answer: Leon Ware.


Ware was the songwriter behind Marvin Gaye’s hit “I Want You.” Wilkes goes on to say that though Gaye had tons of people working with him, the most talented had to be Ware. Wilkes also says that even though Ware’s heydays were in the 70’s and 80’s, he believes the man has still got it.


Take a look at the interview below:




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Dream Collab Series #38: STLNDRMS