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Made In The DMV - 757 Session

Made Sessions 757

August 3rd, 2021, Spotify released their exclusive new series entitled, ‘Sunday Dinner,’ presented by Frequency. The first installment of this series, produced by Day Day of BYT.NYC (Bright Young Things), features a star-studded ensemble, representing various regions of the DMV (The District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia).

The following is the official press release which explains the intent behind the ‘Sunday Dinner’ concept and how it coincides with the Ripple Effect: DMV playlist, even though the representatives at the table, like Push for instance, may already have a playlist they use to highlight artists that have made some noise around the 757, specifically.

About Spotify Frequency Sunday Dinner: DMV | Full Documentary ad

VIDEO Spotify Frequency Sunday Dinner: DMV | Full Documentary TV commercial 2021 • This documentary film is a celebration of Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia (DMV) and the Black artists driving music culture forward. Over dinner from KitchenCray and Ohhs & Ahhs, we gathered Rico Nasty (PG County, MD), Ari Lennox (DC), Backyard Band’s Anwan ‘Big G’ Glover (DC), Pusha T (Virginia Beach, VA) and hosted by Spotify’s Black music editor, Domo Wells (Glenarden, MD). Frequency’s Ripple Effect playlist series uplifts Black Artists from a regional scope to amplify their cultural power and value beyond their cities. - advertisement spot 202

DJ Domo hosted this dinner to introduce the Ripple Effect playlist to the DMV in a creative manner and simultaneously start a dialogue between some of VA’s highest-ranking generals, in efforts to express the importance of unifying the DMV as one entity, without taking away the unique traits that make each of the various regions special. These creatives gathered to share their thoughts on how to usher in more of the national spotlight onto such an abundant talent pool. By stressing their point of unification, they are trying to show the DMV a path to ample opportunities that may not be available to some of the smaller markets. This couldn't be more evident as you go around DC and see some of the ad spaces of artists on the playlist, being posted up at various bus stops. Also, it was dope to see that Domo enlisted DMV photographer, @MadeNChynna to shoot the event. The Bowie State alum has certainly established herself as a certified shooter.

Listening to someone that is held in such high regards, the way Slim Charles is across the DMV, trying to convey the importance of music and its presence in the community, is something that leaves you inspired, knowing that the OGs are looking out for the future torchbearers around the way. The sentiment behind this hit even harder when I remembered that Ari had just mentioned how she got her start in the local church choir.

Everyone sitting around the table agreed vehemently with Rico Nasty, as she expressed her disappointment in the lack of places to record in the DMV. She also mentioned that local high schools and trade schools could be doing a much better job of training young artists in courses such as music production and engineering. Getting these resources to those on the ground level is really what will lay the foundation of what Push mentioned.

Push brought up an important point, being that even the biggest names in the area have yet to establish an extension of their success, which would allow them to implement an additional route of creating tours and setting today’s price, for the next wave of talent. There is no secondary market, outside of the national tours that come through, that would allow the DMV’s own to travel the area’s best venues, in hopes of expanding their reach in the region, outside of their perspective cities. With two states and the Nation’s Capital all backing the top acts coming out of the region, instead of each region battling it out separately, there is an incredible amount of untapped potential just waiting to explode as some sort of DMV music renaissance.

Once the Ripple Effect: DMV playlist dropped, outside of all the love people were showing, a lot of comments seemed to reflect that some people wanted to resort to the antiquated way of thinking, regarding the actual makeup of the DMV. Basically, a lot of kats tend to think that the 757 and Baltimore (some mentioned RVA and NoVa) were not part of the DMV. This is where Byrd comes in and she could not have had more impeccable timing with the Made In The DMV – 757 sessions.