Today we’d like to introduce you to D’Mario Davis.
Hi D’Mario, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
Better known as “Rio. I’m the founding member of Dolla Billz Music Group, a collective of artists, producers, and songwriters started in my hometown of Detroit, MI. I’ve been doing music since I was six when my mother wrote my first song in hopes of getting me to The Apollo. Growing up in the harsh realities of a single-parent home in the slums, I started to gain respect from my peers via battle rapping. Towards the end of high school, my parents moved and I was transferred to a school in the suburbs of Warren, MI. Although standing out academically, feeling isolated, I decided to focus my time and energy on songwriting. At the age of 18, I made the bold decision to chase my dream and move to Atlanta, GA, far away from anything or anyone I had ever known. I attended Atlanta Metro for a semester before being overwhelmed by out of state tuition and doubts of the benefits higher education had to offer. Picking up two jobs and teaching myself guitar and piano, I became more determined than ever to change the world, one song at a time. I befriended another young star, D’Melody, and crafted what would be my debut single ‘Satellite” along with my then partner, Detroit recording artist Benjamin Malcolm. Satellite would go on to be a hit after releasing a stunning visual, collecting FM radio spins in Detroit (FM98 WJLB) and in Atlanta (89.3 FM). My perspective of both sides of the track brings a new reality to music. Since then I’ve gone back to school and received an education in music production from Full Sail University. I’ve opened my own studio and I’ve helped countless other artist manifest their dreams. I’ve recently signed on with Blockchain Billionaires to help launch the official NFT collection for N.W.A. The one thing that has gotten me to where I am today is refusing to give up.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It’s been everything but a smooth road! I was frustrated with my initial college experience. Dropping out of college changed the way a lot of close people treated me. I had to believe in myself when no one else did. I always went through something that a lot of people in my generation experience. I call it the “mid-twenties crisis”. We set these lofty goals for ourselves, thinking we’ll be so much better at this thing called life than our parents were, and then reality hits. Let me tell folks reading this, thinking you’re supposed to have all your sh#t together by the time your 24/25 is the easiest way to drive yourself crazy! We live and we learn. Be kind to yourself.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am the music man. From production to songwriting, down to mixing and mastering. Anything there is to do in a recording studio, I’m the man for the job. The body of work I’m most proud of right now is the “Luxury Raps EP”. We put a lot of soul into that project. The hook on “Lagonda” is in french! I mixed and mastered the whole thing. I feel like my love for music as a whole sets me apart from others in my field. My taste is beyond a genre or two. I have a love for music of all variety.
Do you have any memories from childhood that you can share with us?
Being in the locker room or cafeteria battling other rappers. I thought I was the God Emcee. The energy, the crowd reactions. Rap battles were a huge part of my childhood.
- Website: www.rioismusic.com
- Instagram: instagram.com/rioismusic
- Twitter: twitter.com/real_rio
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJqbaOWGm-AR1AYciZKZgQw