By: Tara Thompson
Sheldon Dixon, known as D!XON, is a multi talent artist from Toronto, Ontario, a singer, songwriter and producer just to name a few. D!XON has collaborated with JUNO winner Jully Black and performed at events like Toronto Pride and Toronto World Pride. To learn more about D!XON, read our interview with him below.
Can you introduce yourself for the readers who may not be familiar with you and your music?
Hi, I’m D!XON! A singer, songwriter, dancer and producer with a dream to touch and inspire people with my music!
Your upcoming EP, Sweet Illusion, was funded by the Ontario Arts Council but yet you chose to record the album in your room and produce with your partner, Osama “Verse-Atile” Hussain. Did you think about going into a professional recording studio instead? What made you choose to do a home recording?
A lot of people have a misconception that recordings aren’t professional if it’s not recorded in a huge recording studio when that actually isn’t the case. Many artists like Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Tinashé record at home, in hotel rooms and in tour buses. Over the years I’ve invested and built a studio at home using professional recording equipment. As you can imagine laying down vocals for a song takes a considerable amount of time. When I recorded this EP I wanted to make sure that I could take my time recording the lead and back-up vocals without racking up a big bill where the money could be better spent elsewhere. With the budget given I had to make sure that the costs for the producer, musicians, mixing, mastering, packaging and marketing were covered and that I didn’t waste money on things that I have the skill and capacity to do myself.
You say ‘Don’t Wanna Wait’ was written about at time in your life where you felt completely alone. Was writing this song therapeutic in a way?
Definitely! This song puts me in such a dark place from reminiscing on past relationships and has me thinking about how much I want to turn my love life around. Every time I listen to the song my breath gets really shallow and I can literally hear my heart pounding against my chest. It helped me understand where I’ve been, how emotionally connected I can be in romantic situations and the kind of person I want to be with in the future.
What was it like collaborating with Jully Black on her song ‘Rebound’?
It was a great experience. Jully Black is such a hard worker … she’s very inspiring and I’m so humbled that she chose to work with me.
After performing at Toronto Pride 2013 and Toronto World Pride 2014, do you have any dream events or festivals you’d like to play at?
I would love to perform in Europe – I don’t really have a specific event or festival in mind yet. But I know that in Europe they have a huge appreciation for art! It seems like a thrilling and positive place to express myself.
What songs are your favourite to play live?
My favorite songs that I perform live are songs where I’m dancing and singing! It just makes me feel like I’m on top of the world and like nothing else matters. It’s my most natural way to perform. When I look into the audience and see their expression of excitement …I feel complete.
Do you have any plans for touring?
Yes definitely! That’s my goal and I’m working very hard towards that!
What’s your most memorable fan experience?
The first time I performed my single “Don’t Wanna Wait” one of my fans that regularly comes to my shows came up to me after in tears. They expressed how much the song resonated with them; how they were brought into my world from the picture I painted through my performance. That’s my ultimate goal to make people feel like they are vividly seeing and experiencing a memory from my past.
Is there anyone you’d like to collaborate with in the future?
There are quiet a few people that I would love to collaborate with. I’d love to collaborate with Ne-Yo, Timbaland, Dark Child, Baby Face, and Fefe Dobson.
Since we’re all about Canadian music, who are your favorite Canadian bands/artists?
My favorite Canadian artists are Fefe Dobson, and Nelly Furtado.
I’m Tara and I’m a graphic designer from Newfoundland. I am very fortunate to live in a city where there is a ton of amazing musicians. I’ve grown very fond of the local music scene in St. John’s and some of my favorite bands are ones I’ve met through going to local shows.