SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 22ND: DOORS AT
HOUSE OF VANS TORONTO 2018
House of Vans Toronto will come to life as Hampton, Virginia’s D.R.A.M takes the stage for live musical performance in a celebration of creative expression. The live performance is all ages and free to attend ages.
D.R.A.M is just like the guy next door— if the guy next door could rap, sing, and make smash records. “I always had a boisterous personality,” says the 28-year-old singer/songwriter. “Even when I was dead ass broke, I still found ways to have fun.”
Born Shelley Massenburg-Smith in Germany to a military mom, D.RA.M. (an acronym for Does Real Ass Music) and his family planted roots in Hampton, Virginia, where he was raised. Growing up, he hung around his older cousins and found inspiration in artists beyond his years, such as luminaries like Al Green and Parliament. “As a kid, I remember everyone in my family played older music, it just rubbed off. It was a blessing,” he says.
When he hit his teens, D.R.A.M. was enamored by hip-hop and hit the mall every day after school to look for local rappers to challenge. “I was rapping just like Cassidy. He was my favorite rapper at that time,” he recalls of the Philadelphia rapper. “It took a lot of growth, but I always knew that I was gonna make it as an artist. Over time my sound just developed.”
The biggest development came when D.R.A.M. dropped his #1EPICSummer mixtape in 2014 and captivated fans with his break out hit “Cha Cha.” The infectious Latin rhythm fully showcased his soulful singing
“We put #1EPICSummer out on a whim, we didn’t know how we were gonna make it work, but we knew we were gonna make it work,” he says. “It was energy, the universe, the lord, all of that and timing.”
Fast forward a year and D.R.A.M. has quit his job at
Now with the release of his debut album Big Baby
The wildly fun anthem “Cash Machine” starts with a show tunes piano courtesy of producer Ricky Reed, before erupting into a joyous toast to the good life. “Cute” is a flirtatious boy-meets-girl story where D.R.A.M. remains charming and innocent singing “I chose you
“I want to set my mark, and leave my mark. This is my intro, but I want it to stick and be one of the great ones,” he says.
With each track, D.R.A.M. remains a relatable superstar that will captivate fans for years to come. “Through conversation if I can relate with other people why not portray that in my music as well,” he says. “I just gotta be true to me.”
*All events are free and open to the public