Singer/songwriter, Dawn Richard, covers the Rolling Out magazine.
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So much has happened since we last heard you on the Diddy-Dirty Money album. How have you been evolving and growing as both a musician and a woman since then?
With music, and as well as me as a woman, I think that I have grown tremendously. I think that a lot of it has to do with being around great people, starting with Danity Kane and “Making the Band” … being thrown out there without warning, it really caused me to grow up really fast. I always describe my situation with Danity Kane and then to Dirty Money as me going from high school to college. And now with me being a solo artist, I’m ready to go out into the world and start my own career. Danity Kane groomed me for Dirty Money and what that process was like as a songwriter having to work with such amazing people like Grace Jones, Nicki Minaj, Bilal, T.I., Justin Timberlake — just all of these amazing people that I worked with on the Dirty Money project. And then to be a solo artist, and not having a label, I’ve had to take everything that I learned before, and apply it to my current situation. Because of that, I think that I have grown tremendously. I think that it has prepared me to do this alone with just five people.
Describe the feeling of basically having the world at your feet while a member of Danity Kane and Diddy-Dirty Money, only to have the circumstances completely different now that you’re a solo artist.
It was a rude awakening. But it’s like I said before … It’s like going to college, and then having everything hand fed to you, only to get out into the real world to apply for a job, only to realize that 30 other people have a lot more experience than you. Even though you have all of these great degrees, you still have to go out and prove yourself. This is the same thing to me. I’m up for the challenge … I’ve always been one to smile in the face of danger, so this is just another obstacle that I have to cross.