Alright – so today we’ve got the honor of introducing you to Donnie Dolo. We think you’ll enjoy our conversation, we’ve shared it below.
Alright, Donnie thanks for taking the time to share your stories and insights with us today. Did you always know you wanted to pursue a creative or artistic career? When did you first know?
It was about 7 years ago, lost and confused but had a burning DESIRE to create something. I didn’t have a clue on what it was that I should be doing. I then made a call to my best friend/big brother, Swurve, to assist me with some ideas. It then came down to 2 things that I loved at the time, music & poetry. Something sparked in my brain to put 2 and 2 together, almost like a voice in my head. I never wanted to be a rap artist because of the negative light it had on it but if it wasn’t for my big brother Swurve convincing me that it will be ok, I would have never started the journey. I’ll love that guy forever.
Donnie , love having you share your insights with us. Before we ask you more questions, maybe you can take a moment to introduce yourself to our readers who might have missed our earlier conversations?
Well, for starters, my name is Donovan Giovonni, stage name Donnie Dolo. I was born and raised in North New Jersey. Youngest of 5 siblings in a Haitian household, raised by a beautiful and hardworking Haitian mother named Marie (Love you, Mom!)
Being the “spoiled” little brother, my family took absolute care of me and has a huge influence on who I am today. I’ve gotten into this music industry to do one thing and one thing only… and that’s to change it, to be a positive example for those coming up and to show the upmost respect for those that are solidified in this game.
It requires a great amount of discipline to achieve anything worthwhile in life and I developed that discipline through growing in tough times and trauma but most importantly in the gym. I absolutely love to workout, not only for the aesthetic and power that it gives me but for what it does for my mental health. With that discipline, I am able to enjoy the long journey of building a music career from the ground up.
I was recently asked what was my identity as an artist. It made me think of all the WWE wrestling I grew up watching. My favorites were Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, Bill Goldberg, and Big Poppa Pump Scott Steiner. They were my favorites because their personas all resonated with who I believed I was or can be. So, to answer the question of what’s my identity as an artist, I’m a rebel like Stone Cold, I’m cocky yet funny like The Rock, I embody masculine strength and power like Goldberg, and most importantly, I’m smooth with the ladies like Poppa Pump. I would also like to add that I’m a Don. Most men want to be like me and most women want to be with me. My brand caters to both ideals.
My music speaks masculinity for the most part, specifically to women or my experiences with them. My goal is to have more women tap into their divine feminine and more men do the same in their divine masculine. I believe that is the healthiest balance for our society to grow and to raise the next generation.
I’m most proud of myself for sticking to my dreams and passions despite life throwing all types of obstacles my way. My music is of high quality and can be heard on ALL major music platforms under my artist name “Donnie Dolo”. Music has definitely been an outlet for my creativity and has gotten me through depression, anxiety, and stress. I am truly grateful for this gift and will continue to share it with all that gravitate and hopefully soon, the world.
I would like my current and new potential followers/fans to know that I am committed to my craft and will always be on a path of bringing value, whether that being with providing entertainment, advice, tips, friendship, or someone to talk to and listen. I am a amazing leader because I am a great server to those that choose to follow me. It’s safe here and I look forward to you all joining me on this roller coaster of a journey. You can follow my Instagram @DonnieGiovonni ….. See you soon!
We’d love to hear the story of how you built up your social media audience?
It was a long journey to currently a 13k following on Instagram. It started with me posting a lot of fitness content, working in the gym or the occasional shirtless selfie. Doing that helped me create a small following that found me easy to look at. Then when I SHIFTED gears to doing music, I still used that visual appeal to my advantage to lead more to listen to my music and follow. I still have a long way to go and more to learn but so far, things have been working a little bit.
Looking back, are there any resources you wish you knew about earlier in your creative journey?
Absolutely! I wish I knew how important it was to have a solid team in the beginning. I was and currently still doing everything on my own but I know for sure that if I had the right team that’s as dedicated and committed as I am, I may have been one for the top Hip Hop Artist today. The search still continues to find my people…..
- Website: www.DonnieDolo.com
- Instagram: @DonnieGiovonni
- Twitter: @DonnieGiovonni
- Youtube: Donnie Dolo
- Other: TickTok: @DonnieGiovonni