Plugged in with Lee Sahir: DMV Artist on the Rise
If you have been following us for some time now, you know that our site is no stranger to the talent that has been budding out of the DMV. As our search for similar artists out of the scene continued, we came across Lee Sahir. However, he appears to be nothing like we have heard coming out of this area, and he wears it proudly. Like many of the greats, Lee Sahir has his hand in the art of producing, and utilizes this skill to create a range of sounds that not only have not been touched by the DMV, but a lot of the music scene in general. We strive to bring you some of the greats on this platform before their fame takes off entirely, and Lee Sahir is proving to be one of the many. Get to know the rising artist in our chat with him while also tuning into his brand new track, “Godfather” below!
How would you say that the east coast vibe differs from the west coast in terms of music? Maryland has for sure been booming with a lot of talent lately.
I think we have seen a lot of talent come out of New York, Florida, and Atlanta, but the DMV is gonna be up next. I want to say that the difference is that the east coast is full of dickheads. The fans don’t share music in the DMV so it’s really hard for artists to come out of here because fan bases suck.
Before an artist has like 50, 000 followers, they don’t take him serious, so I feel like it’s really hard to come up here as opposed to the west coast.
Do you ever see yourself making a move?
I was supposed to move to LA earlier this year because someone was interested in managing me, and that fell through, but LA is definitely the move.
Who are some of your favorite artists coming out of this scene in the DMV?
My favorite artist coming out of the DMV is Big Flock, but he’s been in jail I don’t know how long.
A lot of the DMV is like recycled flows and concepts, so just about a lot of the rappers sound the same. But Big Flock and Goonew are probably my favorites for sure coming out of this scene, Rico Nasty too. I’ve been a big Rico fan for two or three years and she’s finally blowing up which is super exciting.
How would you describe the importance of finding a solid support system when it comes to entering an industry like this?
With everything that you do in life, you got to have your own back better than anyone else does, and the DMV will instill that in you. You have to have your own back at all times because a lot of times people aren’t going to support you. People are going to see you doing your thing and wish they could do that to, or maybe you’re doing something that they do and you’re doing it better, so they’re just not going to fuck with you like that.
If you can build a solid support system, you’re gonna be alright. Treat your fans and supporters like family and you’re gonna be alright. It’s super important to build a solid support system because otherwise you won’t last in this shit.
What helps you to get through a creative rut like writer’s block for example?
I think about all of the people that are rooting for me; friends of mine that are dead or in jail and they wouldn’t want me to just be stagnant. I’m a big fan of music with concepts behind it, and even if I don’t have something to write about, the concepts will come to me, and a lot of that comes from friends of mine who are dead or in jail.
It’s bigger than me. I’m not making music just because I like making music, that’s where it started but now I have people – if I can blow up and become something potentially with my music, and change the life course of my friends and people in my city then I’ve done my part. My end goal is that I want to generate money and put it back into my city to keep kids out of the streets because there’s nothing at the end of that road. I’ve been through some shit that I hope that my little brother never has to go through, so at the end of the day, I want to help change that, it’s bigger than me.
What is your favorite aspect of producing?
Seeing people’s face when I know I made a hard ass beat.
I try to keep my ego as invisible as possible, but when you know you’ve made some fire, you know you’ve made some fire. I made a beat for someone the other day, and I had his friend listen to it first just so the artist could see the look on his friend’s face. When you know, you know.
How would you say having a hand in producing has helped you to create better music?
Because every rapper that doesn’t know music is a step below me. As far as me coming up with melodies, structure, and all around writing, I can produce and make a song at the same time. Whereas an artist that doesn’t know about producing, harmonies, time signatures, he’s limited to how much he can do on a beat because he didn’t make it.
I’ve seen movies where the actor is directing the movie too, and it gets their idea out there that much better because they’re fully in control of what’s being created.
What else does the rest of the year hold for you?
I’m not going to say who, but I got a producer who sent me a Dropbox with 100 beats, so hopefully I get an EP with that producer out [probably like five songs]. Shit’s fire.
But on top of that, just more singles, as far as Bankai goes [the collective I am apart of] I’m kind of managing it until someone else takes over, but we’re all putting projects out. Between now and the next year, there will probably be about 9 projects released from artists in the collective, and I kind of have a hand in all of that. I’ll be mixing, recording, producing, I have so much work coming that every week, there’s going to be something that I’m a part of.
Other than that, just constantly working, constantly putting out new shit and trying to grow as an artist. I want to work with some female vocalists like H.E.R., SZA, someone who has a cool, wavy, ambient voice because that would just take me to an entirely different level. It sucks because I’m so versatile, and I don’t want to be just a rap artist/producer, so for sure just working my ass off towards the end of year.