We had the good fortune of connecting with Dee Ace and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dee, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I’ve always had a creative mind since I was a kid. Music was always a passion of mine and it was something that I couldn’t run from anymore. It was a calling that I always felt inside of me but I tried to downplay it as just a hobby I did on the side to myself. Around 17 years old though, I couldn’t run from it anymore and made the decision to chase being an artist full time which then snowballed into me also becoming a producer, engineer, musician and owning my own creative arts company, Tunnel VSN. Looking back on it now, it was really destiny for me to do this. It’s always been there. I just had to stop running from myself. I’ve always known I was put here to do something great and inspire a lot of people, it just took me awhile to recognize what that form of inspiration was going to be.
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.
My name is Dee Ace. I’m an artist and a music producer from Houston. TX. Growing up in Houston, Texas and then moving to Atlanta, I was heavily influenced by the sights and sounds of southern hip-hop. I’ve always been a writer and a lyricist at heart. However, I found a way to stay true to my roots while experimenting with new sounds from different musical genres. Pulling from various influences like hip hop, r&b, gospel, and even electronic music, I constructed a sound that is all my own.
Since my earliest years, I have been a musician at heart. From writing songs at an early age to studying the depths and intricacies of music, to learning instruments, I have always used sonic expression as my pen of choice to write my life’s audiography. With each new project, I want to further define my sound and push it to new boundaries, creating my own lane, and musical universe – drawing listeners into an orbit every time they press play. Becoming a producer is what made all of this even possible. I would not be the artist I am without learning how to produce. It truly expanded and opened up my sound further than I could’ve imagined. None of this was easy though. It’s a tough balance being an artist and a producer as they use two different creative parts of the brain. It’s a balance that I am constantly trying to master. Sometimes I make more beats than I make songs. Other times, it’s the opposite and then sometimes there’s a perfect balance. It all depends on what space I am currently in and what goals or projects I am trying to get accomplished at the time. For example, if I am at the end of the creative process of an album and I am trying to finish it up, I’m probably not making many new beats at that time. Instead, I am doing a lot of post production and fining tuning vocals and lyrics.
I make songs and beats for people to ride through life with. It’s the perfect music to just put on and drive. That comes from growing up in Houston and always driving. There’s definitely a message in my music but I balance that out with a vibe palette and it has a dual effect. You can casually listen to my music and catch the vibe and rhythm of it or you can listen in depth and find the true meaning of what I am saying. I aim to inspire with my music and give people something that feels good and helps them get through with anything in life.
You can check out my first album, Defrost, available on all platforms as well as my EP, 90’s Baby. Stay tuned for my new projects coming soon in 2022!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Houston is a very diverse place. That’s what I love the most about my city. Every time I touch down, I have to grab some seafood. Lotus is one of my favorite spots. Mike’s seafood is a hit too. Bourban St. Daquiri and Candy Shack are two good spots too. Whataburger too if we talking something quick. Prospect Park is always cool, The Galleria of course, and strip clubs are always a good time in The H. Hitting up a Rockets game is one of my favorite things to do too. Maybe a nice art gallery or musuem. There’s so many things to do in Houston with all different types of crowds. It just depends on who I’m with and what we’re trying to get into that day or night. I love my city and would always recommend any checking it out.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I don’t think there’s just one shoutout I can make. There have been so many people and things who have helped me get to where I am today. First and foremost, I have to give all thanks and praise to the ultimate creator, God, for blessing me with the creative gifts that I use on a daily basis. I have to thank my family as I wouldn’t be who I am without them. My alma matter, Clark Atlanta University, changed my life. I would not be where I am today if I hadn’t made the decision to move from Houston, TX to Atlanta, GA to attend college, which opened up so many doors and opportunities for myself and provide me with a wealth of knowledge. Anyone who has ever helped or been a part of Tunnel VSN. The books, ‘The Alchemist’ and ‘You are a Bad Ass, How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness’, are two books that were very influential in me overcoming myself and going after my dreams and passions. There’s so many individual people and mentors who have helped along that way that I have to thank as well. All of my creative collaborators who have helped me craft these songs, projects, visuals, beats, all the mixes and masters, I couldn’t have done any of this without their help. Lastly, I want to thank all of my losses that have helped me grow and mold me into who I am today. I wouldn’t have learned the things I did without those lessons along the way. I believe all my L’s aren’t losses, just lessons and blessings, even if I can’t see it in the moment.
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