All of our dreams come true if we have the courage to pursue them – Walt Disney
Dreams are the gateway to opportunities. They enable a person to think big and beyond their comfort zone. They give hope for the better and transport one to an alternate reality – something they desire but do not have at the moment. It is merely because of these dreams and hopes that a person becomes determined about their future and works accordingly. Similar was the case for Diomande Elliot, popularly known by LaChaleur, his stage name. He is an emerging artist who aims to introduce to the music industry his new-age music and desires himself to be known as the new face of music.
Emerging from the Birthplace of Hip-Hop
Known as the birthplace of Hip-Hop, Bronx is famous for introducing fresh talents to the music industry. Opening his eyes to the sound of music blasting from his neighborhood, LaChaleur was determined to build a career in the music industry from the beginning. He was heavily influenced by the borough he lived in and wanted to live up to and continue its legacy.
Although LaChaleur almost always inclined towards music and had his earphones on, he actually realized his dream during his sophomore year in 2006. The peace and comfort that music brought him became evident, allowing him to set his mind to make it his career. This fondness for music slowly turned into a passion. He then started practicing music daily with his friends after school hours and even at home. Out of the many acquaintances, Curtis, his true friend, pushed him to transform his dream into reality. He played the role of a caring friend and motivated LaChaleur to take a step forward.
Together with his friend and LaChaleur, he released his debut song on a beat created by them. It was then that he learned the skills of being an audio engineer and music producer. Learning and creating music on his own, without a mentor, allowed him to explore various kinds of music and experiment with different techniques. LaChaleur has an Ivorian descent, which makes his music taste even diverse. He has made it a point to add a touch of Côte d’Ivoire’s music and culture to the new-age HipHop. This twist on the music and makes his creation unique and stands out from the rest.
After making a small debut in the music industry and examining how the industry operated, LaChaleur became even more determined to establish himself in the music industry. He started to put his heart and soul into creating new tunes and practicing his vocals. It is said that bigger dreams demand small sacrifices, so to get closer to fulfilling his dreams, He dropped out of college in 2013 and gave up his subject of digital media arts to pursue music as a full-time career.
One Step Closer
2017 was the year when LaChaleur officially started creating music. He worked with various artists and professionals to release his debut album, Frequency Rouge. This debut boosted his confidence to create more good music. There was not a single day when LaChaleur did not practice his craft. During his initial years in the industry, he crossed paths with D’use Saida, an equally talented and passionate woman. They both started dating and later formed a band with her named ‘La2us’ – a combination of LaChaleur and D’use Saida. Together, both of them experiment with new beats and tunes and create great masterpieces. The duo has collaborated with MusicmanTy, Byrus West, Lauren Declasse, Arnstar, Marc Baptiste Epperson, Kshine, The Wav, Audiomack- Matt Composure, Serena Rigacci, Lang Father, Roarnlion, and Rov productions.
In addition to being a rapper and an excellent singer, LaChaleur is also a music producer. Some of LaChaleur’s most popular works as a producer include the ’27 Delly Quarter Water,’ Hass Irv’s, ‘No Patience,’ 147 Cal Boy’s ‘Motorola,’ and QDaFool’s ‘No Feelings.’ In addition to that, he has produced, mixed, and mastered Efya’s ‘Kingston Child.’ To date, he has had the opportunity to work with acts such as A$AP Ferg, 147 Cal Boy, Desiigner, Mak Sauce, Efya, Q Da Fool, Black Fortune, The Wav, MusicmanTy, DJ Tunez, Tweek Tune, Kashbeats, Young Paris, Livelikedavis, MC Galaxy, Jabbar Hakeem, Famous Dex and more. He has also worked with various artists on Asylum Records and Polo Ground.
With such determination and positive spirits, LaChaleur will surely reach new heights of success and make his name known to the world!