Dillan Manihera

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What is music to you? What does it give you?

Music is my life. I suffer from many physical and mental ailments, which makes it difficult for me to understand the world and other people. Music to me is pure. Music is my escape, and my home. I don't really think I belong in this world, and music gives me a place to belong.

What is your music dream?

I want to show the world that limitations can be broken. Whether it's physical or mental illness, you can still make it where you want to be, wherever that is.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

I'd place more value on diversity in every kind. Not everyone is meant to be the same, nor should anyone follow the same path as someone else. What is different needs to be embraced so we can progress.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

Numb - Linkin Park

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Set It Off, I Prevail, Asking Alexandria, BTS, Bullet For My Valentine, Linkin Park, After The Burial, Tesseract

What inspires you to make music?

There's not too much externally that does. It's my personal internal struggle. My lack of understanding of the world. I guess for me it's more about transforming my pain than anything.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

You create the world with what you do. Don't underestimate the value of yourself, because your actions today could be stories told in history classes of tomorrow.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

It feels like it's the first time I'm actually alive. Everything negative in the world and in my mind leaves me and for those moments I'm truly free.

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

We're undervalued, I believe. Music can change someone's life. The only thing that could be improved is more people need to be encouraged to do it and give it their whole heart. Also maybe there could be less musicians that follow the rules and formulas that other people have set and create their own path.

What do you think of Drooble?

Drooble is great. It's the best platform I've come across for musicians to meet other musicians and receive helpful feedback.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

Being told that I should "get a real job" even though music has the potential to become a worldwide business that influences a whole generation.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

Sadly, my country doesn't really have much of a local scene anymore from dwindling opportunities and venues. The best I can do to help it is work on my craft until I can add to the scene as an artist.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

A professional approach to their craft, spending enough time to really treat it like it matters. Building an online presence, keeping up with the trends, paying attention to your fans, and actively engaging with them in a way that feels personal. There's a lot not to it than that though. A musician now has to essentially be an entrepreneur to succeed.