Over more than a decade, MediaTech Institute has seen bright students come and go throughout our programs. Dakarai “DG” Gwitira is one of those exceptional students who have successfully transitioned into the music industry.
DG is a 2012 Recording Arts graduate from MediaTech Institute Dallas. He currently resides in New York City as the Lead Engineer at Cider Sounds. The up and coming entrepreneur, audio engineer and self-proclaimed dreamer has an extensive resume list of artists such as Ne-Yo, Sara Bareilles, Biz Markie, The Lonely Island, J.Cole and the star-studded list goes on.
Recently, DG had a studio session at the Dallas campus and gave insight to what he’s been up to since graduating, the music industry, his definition of success and more.
Q: What made you get involved with music?
“If you’ve ever noticed, people don’t cry over athletes or even actors, people cry over musicians. That’s because music touches people. It can inspire change and greatness. Plus, I just have a natural love of music and creation. That’s the reason is why I got involved with music.”
Q: What is it like working with A-list artist in the industry?
“Working with A-list artists is interesting. It’s validation for being on the right path, and doing the right things. Also, it validates that dreams do come true because nearly all of them (artist) went through the struggle to achieve what they have.”
However, let’s not forget to mention it helps highlight your lazy work, which, in my opinion, is the best part. You can either step up or step aside!
Q: Define your definition of success
For me, success is happiness. I am happy therefore I am successful. The rest of what’s to come is the icing on the cake for me!
Q: What was the moment like when you realized you have “made it,” or have you not reached that moment of your version of success yet? If not, why? What are you doing to aspire to get to your definition of success?
I realized I made it when I didn’t recognize the difference between Friday or Monday. In other words, I began living a revolving schedule and enjoyed every moment of it! I was “free.”
Q: What advice would you give since you are now an industry insider?
Like I said earlier, either step up or step aside. There is no gray with this stuff (music). Either you are doing or you are not. Stop being afraid and go for it. Home will always be there so if you fail; you can always go back to what you were doing now.
Q: What were the classes like for you at MediaTech?
Great classes! It all comes own to the individual though. SOAK IT ALL IN AND APPLY IT ON YOUR OWN! Three hours of class time is never enough in any field.
Q: What is your favorite MediaTech memory?
Learning the important of shortcuts. Boy, did I study and boy did they start me out ahead of the crowd! Also the pointers on my production. Those were always good.
Q: How has MediaTech prepared you for your career?
MediaTech Institute provided excellent facilities and honest teachers. The place allowed me time to work on my craft. The rooms are there and you better be using them, too! When you leave, you will wish you’d used them more.
Q: What advice would you give current students about graduating from MediaTech? What about prospect students?
Simple, this better not be a phase. If it is, you’re wasting yours & possibly your parents’ money. Well, you could make that back eventually, but the time you’ll never get back. Be certain this is what you want, go for it and never look back.
Check out DG and the Cider Sound Studio at www.cidersounds.com
If you’re a graduate who has been doing well in your industry, we love to hear from our students! E-mail Jaleesa Bealom at Jaleesa@mediatech.edu