Episode 2: Dede Gamez
PP: Alright so we're rolling...
DD: (sigh) Ok!
PP: How you doing?
PP: How was the journey? You like it?
DD: Yeah, feels good.
PP: Yeah? Ok so, just uh, your name?
DD: Dede Gamez
PP: Well It's nice having you here Dede. I'm glad you actually went through with it and handled the cold and dealt with all these hours…
DD: Thank you guys for inviting me to do it.
PP: Ok, let's talk about you. How did all this music thing come about?
DD: Well.. I’ve been singing for a really long time, just didn't really take it seriously or know what I wanted to do. I kinda felt like I had to go to school and find a job and like music wasn’t really an option and it was kinda like something that I wanted to do on the side. But I write a lot and finally, I just decided that I wanted to have one project and it put everything into it. So.. that’s kinda how it came about.
PP: So, talk to me more about how did you discover you talents? When it came to writing and actually signing... since what age? Or when you were like “ok, I can do this”?
DD: I have always liked music since I was little. Um, I sang mariachi when I was little. I had family members who would sing in Spanish to at birthday parties and stuff and I would always harmonize at the radio, and like I tried picking up on things, and wanted to play different instruments. I always had an ear and wanted to learn. And with writing, um… my grandparents raised me so I was with my Nana and Tata; and when we would argue, she or we would write letters back and forth, so we wouldn't talk about our feelings or just like… we non communicators, we are weird like that. So we got into this habit writing back and forth to each other, talking about how we felt and that’s how we would get over things. We would never talk about it so that’s how I started to write and I started writing poems and little stories and then the more I wanted to sing I would just make up stuff when I was bored. And when I was in high school I use to make up little songs, and when you tube barely like came out, I would put them up on youtube, people would would know the song, that I put on youtube so that's kinda how it started; and then I graduated from high school, thats when I met Steven and we started working on music together and he kinda like pushed me on and off throughout the years to try writing and keep writing music. And to take it serious and make an actual project.
PP: Well when I met you, but I didn't know… I don't think I knew Steven then, but I think the first time I saw you perform and I heard your voice. I actually recorded that performance. I don't know if you remember. It was when Tomas and you performed at that Tona Tierra event.
DD: Yeah yeah that’s true.
PP: So that was a while back. We talking about 2010 Or 09?? SO when I heard you for the first time I was like; you know what? I need to do something for her, I know its been a while but since then I just fell in love with your voice. And I knew I needed to work with you. So now, here we are doing this. Acoustic Motel has been basically for people like you that are passionate about singing and writing and for people like Steven that want to show their talent producing too.
PP: So, tell me about how you met Steven and how did you guys ended up collaborating.
DD: When we first became friends and we talked about doing music together, we tried a bunch of different songs and we tried to experiment with my sound and see what fit my voice, and what kinda genre of music I would do. And we did a lot hip hop and RnB stuff in the beginning and just didn't fit and I didn’t. I wasn’t completely happy with the song or it would be like half of a song and we would ever finish; we would get bored. Then we made Day Girl and that was like the first moment we were like oh wait we might have something here. He was playing the piano and I think before he used to just make a lot of hiphop beats and that was the first time and he really used his talent and did something different like out of his confort zone-
PP: He actually made some good music.
DD: Yeah! (laughs) Different than what people would expect from Arizona producers
PP: Yeah of course
DD: So I think that allowed us to experiment a little bit and we knew like from day girl Ok…that was like the start and then you know I took some time and I wasn't really making music and made unavailable and that was like another experiment song and we put that up on soundlcoud and we got a ton of people that listened to it and followed it ok yeah this is my sound it kinda confirmed it you know what we were going for.
PP: That's when you noticed and said; Ok we got something that we need to stay with this style and continue with that so at this moment when you thought about throwing your first ep?
DD: Yeah, That was the first we were like ok we are going to do an ep that was the moment e decided yeah we are going to do this for sure. So When we did that song we started compiling a list of songs that I have written and we already started choosing which song set we were going to use and I kept writing. So some of them like Day girl was super old. Unavailable was like a the trial run and all of the other ones I made throughout those two years that we’ve been working on it.
PP: How did those songs come about? Talk to me about your writing process and how did you get inspired?
DD: I think that everybody has muse [laughs] there is always somebody that we think about when we have an art like whether you dance, or write or sing or play music that there is something that makes you want to do that. And um… I think it was just my love life in different phases. Like Day Girl its really was young and wanted a guy to pay attention to me and you know it was really hard to get someone’s attention the way that I wanted and then unavailable was playing games I want you but you're an idiot. And it just every song evolved with every year of my love life. so it was kinda weird. So that’s how it came about! So if you listen to it and how he put the song in the EP in order its like a little story of how everything happened. So it was kinda cool we arranged it that way.
PP: Yeah I did notice that. It's almost like a story where you go from loving to dealing with break ups and then cheating and moving on.
DD: I think it shows like how much I have grown as a woman too like what you experience when you are younger and how you think about love and as you get older and more things happen to you like you can tell it gets a little mature with each song. It’s different.
PP: So all these songs have a personal meaning, that’s what you mean? So every song in your album have a meaning so would you say it’s the most personal, I mean it’s your first one but it’s very personal?
DD: Yeah, that one was like that's why we named it vulnerable we couldn’t think of another word I think that was the first time that I really let people know what what’s happened to me or what I have done or things I have experienced Like an open book.
PP: Like an open book. “If you listen to my album you found out what I was” sort of thing..
DD: And its hard I was really nervous when it was coming out. Like I really questioned do I really want to put this out? Because people are going to know my business in a way and I am sure people can read between the lines and know whatever happened but I feel like its real and it happens to a lot people and im not the only and that’s kinda why I was just like hell with it.
PP: You learn from your mistakes and it seems like you learned a lot and so and then why not use it? Why not craft it put in your art and show it to the world. I mean it helps you to be a better writer I mean that’s how it is with me I don’t go and say; thats personal, but at the end, every project is personal. Like this project is personal cause I made myself a promise with you to make something for you and I did. And I'm doing it right now, so I completely relate to that. So its really interesting.
PP: Ok, So going back to acoustic motel talk to me about, this is our second episode and thank you for being part of it. What did you think when you heard about the idea and When you heard or I told Steven I was interested in you to do?
DD: I thought it was really cool idea because it not something that I had ever seen anybody else do and its cool that you guys are going to different places like it shows different part of Arizona and who knows maybe you guys will even go outside of Arizona to do it and I think it’s a good way to showcase local places. I really like the artsy donwtoan weird kidna vibe and think that’s it’s important to put other people on the map and other local artists too that really its hard for a lot local artists to get support and get out there and I think having vieo and having that is really important it can really help an artist. So that the fact you guys are doing that I was like wow that’s a big deal.
PP: All the above? (laughs)
DD: Yeah. I was excited but nervous too because I have never done any video.
PP: How was it? Talk to me about your experience about music video and Do you see what it takes to make it? Talk to me about today’s experience?
DD: Oh my gosh…Well usually I am really insecure about being in front of the camera. I hate it, I hate pictures I hate videos I’m really self conscious I fell like its awkward I don’t know where to put my hands I don’t know what to do like I don’t know how to act and when you sing and I think that’s where a lot artists have trouble with is Oh I just want to sing and make music and that’s fun but people don’t realize all the things you have to do. you have to become a model a actor actress you have to you know promote yourself you have to do all these things that you don’t know how to do you know not everybody have experience with that stuff so for me I think its helping me get out of my comfort zone. And I feel a little better after today.
PP: You do?
DD: Yeah I do. I feel a lot better.
PP: How do you feel now after all this?
DD: I feel good. I feel like I can do this in the future. It’s not going to be that much of an issue. Its really helping me get over my stage fright being insecure and shy.
PP: So you're so that's something actually you have a hard time with?I
DD: Oh yeah...
PP: Would you say that’s your biggest thing? When it comes to becoming an artist?
DD: I think so. And performing too! It’s just getting out of my comfort zone because when I sued to make music I’m ok hiding behind a camera when I record myself, like for youtube or a little video for instragram. But when there is bunch of people and they are recording you and there is so much pressure, that’s different.
PP: It’s um (cough)... it’s like you don’t notice it until there is someone behind the camera. Like “oh they are judging me…”
DD: (laughs) yeah…
PP: So I’m glad you felt comfortable and you were able to pull it off. And thank you for that. I know it was a long day. It was definitely a good experience for all of us. I know this is our second episode, but dealing with the the cold and long hours was hard. But it's fine, it’s a part of it, I guess.
DD: Yeah, It’s a sacrifice for everybody but it’s worth it.
PP: It is worth it, cause we are making art and that’s the most important thing. I would say, that for me, it's the most important thing to help you make your art. I know there is a real life out there and we need to just work our butts off and eventually make our art. We all do this kind of thing to help ourselves and artist to make art.
DD: Yeah! Everybody made me feel really comfortable. It was a good atmosphere and I think everyone got along very well and everyone worked very hard today.
PP: Anyway, would you like some pizza? (laughs)
DD: Yes!! (laughs) I love pizza!