Read our exclusive interview with Doobie.
If you haven’t heard Doobie by now, you’ll hear about him in the very near future. The Ohio native has spent the last couple of years working the circuit, finally bursting into the national scene with his 2017 hit “When The Drugs Don’t Work,” amassing over 12 million views.
In November of the same year, he was awarded YouTube’s Artist On The Rise award alongside Trippie Redd and Moneybagg Yo. After relocating to Los Angeles to further his career, all signs point to Doobie’s imminent domination of the game.
Who is Doobie?
Doobie is a 23-year-old who never had nothing and one day said fuck it, and just started making music. I just stick to what stays true to myself.
What is the Ohio music scene like?
The Ohio music scene is very much like Texas. A lot of Ohio artists are working together a lot, which was never a thing in the past.
Who are your influences? Your sound is pretty hard to describe, in a good way.
My influences mainly come from Rock-n-Roll. I feel like there’s no way to describe my sound, aside from the fact that it’s just very Rock esque.
What’s the biggest adjustment you had to make after relocating from Ohio to Los Angeles?
The biggest adjustment I had to make from Ohio to Los Angeles was going from sleeping in a van, to waking up and literally having everything that I want.
What was the creative process like for the “More Like Me” video?
The entire team came together when we were in New York City for Grammy weekend, and put together this idea. We went out late and kinda just freestyled it.
Describe your relationship with Krash Minati.
Describing my relationship with Krash Minati is pretty short sweet and simple. He’s been my best friend for almost nine years now, and we’ve been making music together for that same amount of time.
What’s one thing that people don’t realize about the ‘come-up’ when they get into creating music?
People don’t realize that music isn’t just fun. People pour their hearts out in the songs. Sometimes it can be a struggle to get to those places that other people would call “fun.”
Do you believe that releasing a steady stream of music is better than dropping music unexpectedly?
Personally I think releasing music back-to-back to back is more effective, just because I’ve never been the one to just drop something randomly. I feel like you should always plan that shit.
Tell us about your project “Blues Brothers.”
“Blues Brothers” is a six-track EP with myself and my brother Krash Minati. It’s full of good music.
How’d it feel to get included on YouTube’s ‘Artist On The Rise’ list?
That was very important to me, because I remember watching YouTube as a kid and seeing all these rappers that I looked up to; and now I’m the ‘Artist on the Rise.’ It’s definitely a huge stepping stone.
Who are you looking forward to working with in the industry and why?
I’m looking forward to working with Lil Wayne, Eminem and Kevin Gates. Those three helped me get through a lot.
In addition to your headlining tour, what are you looking forward to this year?
I’m really looking forward to progressing, and being somewhere better than I was yesterday.