DJ Ron Slomowicz: You've got a new single out, Come Inside My World, where did
the idea for this song come from?
Dee Robert: I was working with Dezrok on a song for Colton Ford and came up with the song. Colton never followed through on the project so basically we took the vocal I did for the demo and finished it up.
RS: Now I know that it was written for Colton, that makes the
song have a totally different meaning to me. <laughing> What's it
like working with Dezrok in the studio?
Dee Robert: He's awesome. He makes me laugh because he's so funny. He one in a million, the mold broke after him, you know. Musically he's a genius, he's a lot of fun to be with and we work really well together, we collaborate very well.
RS: Getting a little bit more technical, does he do most of the
keyboards and the programming and you do more the vocals and the
songwriting, or is it a cross between the two?
Dee Robert: No, I would say pretty much that's exactly how it works. I mean sometimes with other people that I work with, I have a little more input with the production and with the keys. Everything that he did, which sounded so great to me, I thought, why tamper with perfection?
RS: Isn't there a video in the works for this?
Dee Robert: Yes, we started working on the video. My friend Freddy Esposito is actually doing the video for me. He did the Mynt video and the Invisible video for Pyramid. It's not completed yet, we still have more footage that we have to take but yes, it's in the works.
RS: I hear you're doing a bit of traveling, you're going to
Australia and New Zealand.
Dee Robert: Yes, I'm working with a sunglass company over there who endorses me. It's Dirty Dog Eyewear and Minx Eyewear, and that's where they're from, Australia and New Zealand, so they booked a few dates for me. They have a few tie-ins down there with Kylie Minogue and a few other big artists down there.
RS: How important do you think sponsorship is for dance music?
Dee Robert: I think sponsorship is really important. I think endorsements are important to keep everyone's names out there and to keep it alive, but I think more important to me than sponsorship is to actually have radio stations that support us. I feel like the venue, the market is closing up so much and part of the reason is lack of radio airplay and support.
RS: Do you think more sponsorships/more endorsements might be
non-traditional ways to get your song out there that might lead to
more traditional sources later?
Dee Robert: I think with dance music or any music in general, due to the fact that record sales are so poor and that everyone's downloading, I think that the new revenue source is commercial use and movie and TV licensing. Endorsements help get those types of deals in place and that's really important. I mean you have dance crossover artists like Dirty Vegas, and their song was first introduced on the TV commercial, so I think all that stuff is really important and necessary for us now.