We had the good fortune of connecting with Darrell Collins and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Darrell, how do you allocate your time and resources between long and short term goals or objectives?
I think of long term vs. short term goals are very critical because one mistake can alter everything you do. Long term would be my time, you can’t get time back, and it’s essential that I spend every second and not take it for granted. I like to plan accordingly for anything I do. For example, if it’s with my kids, I make sure my time goes into spending it with them and never taking that or them for granted. Planning is most important in the long-term as well. There are so many questions that come into play like what do you plan on doing in the next five years, do you have a business plan set up for when you’re prepared to take off, etc. I have a dry erase board for short term and long term goals to make sure I plan to set the long term and short term. I usually go back to them to compare them to see if its something that can be moved over to the other column. Money is the same way a long term and short term. Everyone has a hobby or some kind of talent that they are capable of doing and exceptional at it. It’s up to you if you will invest your time and money into your talent that you have into a business and watch it grow. For me, it happens to be music. I spent my money on equipment and promotion that I needed, for example, I am signed to an independent label I do most of the things myself. Now short term with your money would mean buying a cup of coffee every morning just think how much we spend at Starbucks depending on what you buy it could be anywhere to $25-40 a week. That’s some people’s daily routine, and it could be time-consuming with your money, which you could be saving that for something else.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a music producer, but not just your ordinary one. I like to do compilations with other artists around Dallas and help artist development. What sets me apart from other producers that are out here is my style of music and how I challenge other artists to be more versatile on their craft than just to be stuck one bubble of music. How did I get to music? I loved music since a kid I could go on forever on how I used to record songs off the radio make them a mixtape, not to mention mix songs together to make my remixes. It wasn’t easy, due to the politics I had to make my way. I never once complained I had to find my way and audience if I want to survive in the music industry. I would say 50% is who you know, and the other 50% is how hard you work and how much you love your craft. The lesson I learned along my musical journey is not to give up someone will hear the incredible talent that you have. It is up to you if you’re going to step it up and let others know you are out there and serious about what you say you do. All you have is your words and actions, and both have to be trustworthy. My name is Darrell I go by the name is Who is DC that my producer name by the way. I do all genres of music not to be stuck on one. It’s a challenge when you can take yourself out of the box and do different types of music when it comes to my influences on music, Timbaland, Diplo, The Weeknd, and Max Martin.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Favorite spots in the city, if my best friend was visiting number one place on my list is Braindead Brewery they have some of the best drinks in Dallas, and DJ Leo J is always there to provide good music. Lower Greenville has some great spots too. There are so many spots I could name, but that one would be one of my favorite ones to go to.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Growing up, my mom was in the military, so we traveled to see most parts of the world. If it wasn’t for her keeping me on my hobbies and believing in myself growing up, I don’t know what I would have done. I’ve always been an introvert all my life, but when I met Shalon she broke that mold for me I’m not going to lie I still get social anxiety anywhere I go, but it helped out to know that someone cared about my well being and mental health to keep me level headed. Last but not least, when I first entered beat battles which I found out isn’t for me, lol, I made friends with a producer named Cardiak. It was good just knowing that another producer can inspire so many others and not look down on you coming up. I always keep in mind what would my fellow friends or family do in certain situations if I get stuck, and that pulls me back up
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