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The climb to stardom and success is ever changing for those trying to achieve it. A long and exhausting road lies ahead for those starting out, and sometimes you have to start over to truly start at all.
Robert Epps, known by his stage name DXXXY (pronounced “Deity”) was a well established New Orleans DJ and producer but has recently relocated to gain residency at a Las Vegas nightclub. Our own photographer and writer, Zach T. Whitehead, recently had the opportunity to speak with Robert about the upcoming 2016 change.
I know Vegas and a name change is a huge career move. Can you give me some insight as to why on such a big change?
I feel like life is about evolving. I’d never lived anywhere besides New Orleans, and it seemed like it was time for me to explore other environments in order to not only develop myself more as an artist but also enrich my soul even more.
How do you feel about leaving home?
As much as I miss the culture and my friends in New Orleans, I think that there are certain things I need to learn in order to grow. My heart was just telling me that this meant I needed to be on the west coast for a while. I’ll definitely never forget the people who believed in me from the start back home. NOLA is a magical place, but I’m ready to seek adventures elsewhere to add to my life’s story.
You have grown to quite a level of success in the New Orleans scene. Is Vegas going to a totally new start and environment for you?
It’s definitely a “back to square one” type of experience, but working on my craft in New Orleans has provided me with tools I need to hit the ground running in my current city. There’s a lot to learn though…for starters the nightlife scene in Vegas is nothing like I’ve encountered before!
Are you going to change anything about your style when moving/rebranding?
Still the same ole’ refined me, but I’m really going to focus a lot more on quality control in various aspects of my brand. I don’t want to limit myself in exploring sounds either. I’m not into following what’s “trending” now, but I still want my brand to translate well to the contemporary listeners out there.
What flavor do you think you are going to add to the Vegas scene?
I just want to show the scene what I can do. I want to make sure I’m perceived as an artist and not just another DJ/producer. I’m definitely bringing my dirty south trap influences along with me.
Will you still do any shows in New Orleans once you move?
I’m always 100% down to still do shows in New Orleans!
photos and interview by Zach T Whitehead- fully copyrighted.