Doughbeezy has been hyping up Texas crowds and garnering fans since†high school,†where he got his start doing casual freestyle battles at the lunch table. The 31-year-old Houston native recorded his first track in 2003 and since then, he’s continued to progress as a recording artist, live performer, and successful brand.
The release his†new†King Beezy album†has further brought Doughbeezy to the forefront being one the hottest artists coming out Texas.
HipHopDX talked to the seasoned SXSW performer about some his hopes for this yearís festival.
HipHopDX: Have you ever performed at SXSW before?†
Doughbeezy: Yes. Been performing at SXSW as an ficial artist since 2013. This year I’ll be coming into SXSW as a more established artist but after having over a year between my last released project I’m treating this year’s SXSW as a way to reintroduce myself to new fans and treating it like it was one the earlier years that I attended.
What are you most excited about performing at the festival?
Engaging with the fans and making new ones. Also, networking and building relationships with other artist and brands.
Do you plan on watching other performances? Which one are†you most likely to see?
No set plans but always end up somewhere a dope artist is performing.
Whatís been the best and/or worst part preparing for the performances?
The best part is the practicing and perfecting my set. This gets me ready for the actual show and the reason Iím so comfortable on stage. I canít really think a worst part. Performing live is one my favorite things to do so thereís really nothing I can think bad when preparing to kill the stage lol
There are thousands artists performing at SXSW. Why should people come and see you?
Because youíre in Texas and the biggest music festival in the world. You should at least see what Texas has to fer, especially from someone whoís been labeled as one the best lyricists in the state!
What was your first show outside your hometown and what was the best memory it?
Coincidentally it was in Austin, TX, where SXSW is held. My best memory is the energy and vibe the city brings. You canít find that nowhere else in the world.
What was your first paid gig?
I canít remember exactly. But I believe it may actually have also been in Austin.
What was the best article youíve ever read in HipHopDX?
The one about gun control.
If youíve watched The Breakdown, what was your favorite episode?
Favorite episode the breakdown was the Magic Number theory†… although one my personal favorite and influential groups, UGK is a two man group I do agree that 3-person groups have been very impactful in Hip Hop and music in general. I think with a 3-man group each person gets a chance to really showcase their individuality, which helps them relate to a wider audience. It also seems to set up the members better for solo success as well.
If you could have your fans know one unique thing about you what would it be?
No pen, no pad! My first three solo projects were written in my head and recorded on the spot.