Davajeya Fomentar says of his demo mixtape “Jabos Demo”, that it was created off of childhood memories and dilemmas that took place. “How does one pair of pants effect your childhood?” They were worn a lot causing him to symbolize them as childhood memories, says Davajeya. There are a lot of southern references and names mentioned in the demo, such as Percy Miller (Master P), Christopher Bridges (Ludacris), Chad Butler (Pimp C) and Antwan Patton (Big Boi).
Davajeya also included songs dedicated to some of his childhood idols. “Andre’s Verse” is a song dedicated to Andre Benjamin (Andre 3000). “Country Grammah” is a song dedicated to Cornell Haynes (Nelly), also mentioning Master P and Juvenille. Last but not least, “Lloyd”, the first song on the demo, is dedicated to Lloyd Polite (Lloyd). All the songs were produced by Gaz, except “Saloon” ft. Winter and “Hara Kiri” which were produced by Eaze A. We spoke to Davajeya Fomentar in a recent interview about his career and craft.
- How and when did you get started rapping?
Davajeya Fomentar: I began making music 3 years ago. I recorded a song with my homeboy just for the fun of it. We received good feedback from the song. From there I was excited to see what else I could do with the music so I continued constructing and here we are now.
- How do you choose which producers to work with when looking for music to complement your lyrics?
Davajeya Fomentar: Right now I only work with two producers, Gaz & Eaze A. I have a close relationship with both outside of music and the chemistry is there.
- Do you prefer performing for an audience or working in a studio?
Davajeya Fomentar: I would have to say working in a studio. You can’t perform for an audience without any material to perform with.
- What are your thoughts on the current state of the hip-hop and rap game?
Davajeya Fomentar: I feel that there is no balance at the moment. One reason why I make the music I make as well. Trap music is completely fine but it’s too much of it. Not enough artist telling the youth to go be a doctor or a lawyer. We need a balance.
- How do you separate yourself from other artists right now?
Davajeya Fomentar: I just stay true to myself by telling my story. Everyone has their own story. It’s all about being creative when narrating it.
- Who more than any other influenced your style?
Davajeya Fomentar: I would have to go with Andre 3000. I made “jabos Demo” based off of Isaiah Rashads Cilvia Demo. Classic LP. But overall I would say Andre 3000.
- If you could compare yourself to an already established artist, who would that be and why?
Davajeya Fomentar: I would compare myself to Iman Omari. Iman Omari is a true artist. He is the music. And that’s what I try to bring to the table as an upcoming artist.
- What do you consider a really successful or high point in your career so far?
Davajeya Fomentar: Just being able to release my demo on my birthday was a start. I received good feedback from it and a lot of people liked it. That was a blessing.
- How is the music and lyrics in your songs developed? Explain your process?
Davajeya Fomentar: It all depends. I created Jabos Demo off of inspiration. It takes about a week or two to complete a full song. If I feel rushed, then I’ll start the whole process over. As far as the production. I attend school with a lot of musicians including my producers, so it’s not hard to think outside the box.
- What do you feel your listeners should get out of your music?
Davajeya Fomentar: I feel that my music should lead you somewhere. History repeats itself. When I say history I refer to music. My music is a modern day sound of an old outlast album. Ya know? So when you hear Davajeya Fomentar, you can get a idea of what “Aquimini” sounded like. Also, I want my music to relate by giving my life saga.
- What has been the most difficult thing you’ve had to endure in your life or music so far?
Davajeya Fomentar: Not necessarily in music. As far as life, just trying to finish school so I can be somebody Music isn’t promised. It will always be there. Education is imperative.
- If you had the opportunity to change one thing about the music business, what would that be?
Davajeya Fomentar: I would change the requirements of these contracts. No man wants to work so hard to sign a deal and become a slave again. Slave to a record label.
- How do you market and manage your music career? Do you have a management team or do you control everything by yourself?
Davajeya Fomentar: As of right now I control everything myself. I’m doing a lot of interviews and reviews at the moment. We have a music video coming soon.
- What does your family think of your artistic aspirations and performances?
Davajeya Fomentar: My mother is supportive of anything I do, as long as it’s for a good cause.
- If someone has never heard your music, which keywords would you personally use to describe your overall sound and style?
Davajeya Fomentar: Organic, jazzy, & compelling production, & comfortable flow.
- Do you consider Internet and all the social media websites as fundamental in building a career in music today, and what is your personal relationship with the new technology at hand?
Davajeya Fomentar: Of course. Social media is everything in today’s society. I try to stay away from it unless it’s about music. I prefer to move in silence.
- Tell us something about your latest release “Jabos Demo” and the thoughts that inspired this project?
Davajeya Fomentar: Jabos Demo is a project that is created off of inspiration and southern references. I thought it was only right to honor southern legends considering I’m from the south and I listened to a lot of these artists as a child. It’s a mutual concept of inspiration, and my childhood synopsis.
- What do you feel is the most pressing or important problem in our society now, and do you feel your experiences as an artist can aid these issues?
Davajeya Fomentar: The important problem is money. The world is driven by money. What happen to the passion? I do feel like more artists like me, or your J Cole’s can be abetting to the society. Because our culture has been brainwashed to believe that the best car defines your success. Not at all.
- If you only had five minutes on earth to perform one of your songs that could leave a major impact on this world, what would that song be and why?
Davajeya Fomentar: I would perform the song “jabos Demo”. It’s a brief synopsis of my childhood. The Chorus stresses the fact that no matter what you’ve been through you can overcome and you will overcome.
- If you had to think of a slogan that could leave a positive impact on fans, what would that slogan be?
Davajeya Fomentar: My slogan would be “Which type of Stereo are you?”