Since gaining traction with early hits like “Murder” and the 2Facebleed-assisted “Ma$Hoo₹,” Hyderabad-born artist Dynami8 quickly became a prominent figure in India’s burgeoning trap scene, securing a spot on some of the country’s most popular playlists and even reaching the Top 100 Apple charts.
The 25-year-old artist released his debut song, “Trust Issues,” in 2020. In just two years, Dynami8 accomplished an EP and collaborated with the likes of Vasudev, 2Facebleed, and $arthak. Boasting an ALT pop-rap style paired with a strong command of Indian vernacular, Dev Marisetty, known as Dynami8, stands out as one of the most versatile emerging artists.
With multiple club bangers and at least two EPs already under his belt, the rising star firmly believes in the importance of hard work, even when it goes unnoticed. As he embarks on the next chapter of his music career, we caught up with Dynami8 to discuss his new direction, musical journey, diverse range of influences, upcoming projects, and more. Read our exclusive interview below, and make sure to stream ‘Down‘ here.
This conversation was edited and condensed for clarity.
1. Could you please walk us through your musical journey, starting from the very beginning?
“In 2011-12, I was introduced to music through ‘Smack That’ and loved Eminem’s rap without knowing what it was. Honey Singh’s rise in the industry made me fall in love with Hindi/Punjabi music and inspired my style. I wanted to be like him, not necessarily a rapper or hip-hop artist. After high school, I told my parents about my interest in music, and they agreed, but I had to complete my junior year first. I finished my bachelor’s degree in business administration and then joined KM Music Conservatory in Chennai for audio engineering to better understand music. Finally, in 2020, after 7 years, I started pursuing my dream.”
2. Let’s discuss some of your influences. I understand that Yo Yo Honey Singh is vital to you.
“Yeah, Honey Singh Paaji is the first artist who has opened my gates to this world, and through that, I’ve discovered a lot of rappers from the West who have a major influence on me like Drake, Future, Eminem, Kanye, Lil Wayne, Juice WRLD, etc.”
3. I must commend you for bringing a distinctive and refined sound to Hindi rap. Can you elaborate more on how your musical style has developed?
“Well, I’m not a trained singer, or even a great lyricist for sure, but one thing I understand really well is my vocals and what I can do with them to stand out. I personally feel I’m more of a music director because my focus is just on bringing out the best output with the team, using the best of my abilities to create something fresh.”
4. I discovered you through Ma$Hoo₹, and that track dominated my playlist for months. I want to ask what really inspired you on Ma$Hoo₹?
“Okay, It’s a funny story [Laughs]. When I approached 2Facebleed for a collab, I did not even have anything ready, to be honest, because I’ve personally never imagined that I would be working with someone so skilled. But when things went positively, all I knew was that I wanted to create a track that stands out from the regular. I recorded it on a trap beat, sent it to him for his verse, and once I had his vocals, I started producing it. I usually work on the beats at the end because I feel it gives me more creative space.”
5. How do you feel about these new artists in your city and how they carry themselves after you’ve passed the torch?
“I come from a city where most of the artists make music in Telugu, and even a lot of my friends have worked for Tollywood. If it was money that I wanted from music, all I need to do is just change the language from Hindi to Telugu. For me, it’s more about bringing a revolution in the music scene of my city than just blowing up.
Blowing up can bring you money and fame, but when you start something revolutionary, it becomes your legacy.”
6. As an artist, dealing with mental and emotional health issues is quite challenging in life. How do you manage to keep things in place, and what’s your go-to source of motivation during such low moments?
“I contemplated quitting music this year due to the overwhelming success of ‘Mashoor.’ The unexpected fame and love it garnered, hitting the top charts in India and dominating playlists for six months, weighed heavily on me. The fear of disappointing my fans, coupled with mental stress and weight gain, pushed me to the brink. Friends like Flowbo from Bantai Records unknowingly inspired me to hit the gym. I realized that my lifelong motivation to surpass myself also contributed to the stress. Artists need breaks to recharge. Fans recognize your talent; self-care is as crucial as making music.”
7. Can we expect you to talk about such vulnerable topics, and what do you think about the reception from fans when they hear you discussing the light in your journey, as opposed to the flex and trap shit?
“My personality as an artist is completely different from my personality in real life, to be honest. I make music for the people, whether it’s trap or R&B, I just try to deliver something that they would love and want to put on repeat. To be honest, I don’t think the reception of my fans would really change because they love me for my music, not for who I am, because music is the only source through which they know me.”
8. Tell us about your new project and walk me through the creative process of C.R.E.A.M. How did you decide to explore a sound that might not be in your usual comfort zone?
“C.R.E.A.M is something completely different from my previous work to date. Personally, as an artist, I feel I need to challenge myself and push myself to be better than I was before. Making another song like ‘Mashoor’ isn’t even a big deal anymore, and I’ve actually done it, but I feel I might not put it on C.R.E.A.M because C.R.E.A.M is all about the new me. It’s not just for ‘trap/hip-hop lovers’; it’s for people who love good music, not a genre. The genre may change, but it’s still my music. So, I believe my fans listen to me for me, not the genre.”
9. With the snippets you teased, C.R.E.A.M feels like a triumphant body of work for yourself. What do you hope fans take away from it?
“I want them to be excited about what my next project is going to sound like, instead of expecting me to sound like that one song, which is their favorite. I am not a rapper nor a trap artist; I’m a musician who doesn’t limit himself from diving deep into the world of music. I’m not someone who grew up listening to Tupac or NWA; I grew up listening to Yo-Yo Honey Singh. I know what good music sounds like more than I know what hip-hop or trap sounds like.”
10. Do you think about your legacy and what you’ll leave behind in the competitive world of rap when you’re in the booth these days?
“I’m focused on personal growth in my music, not worried about competition in the rap game. My aim is to introduce listeners to diverse music styles beyond hip-hop/trap. My style varies from mumbling in tracks like ‘Mashoor’ to singing in songs like ‘Murder.’ I often write lyrics just before recording, prioritizing song structure and production, considering lyrics just one element.
I just want to be an artist who’s on everyone’s playlist. It doesn’t matter if it’s a hip-hop listener or a Bollywood music lover.”