We walked his dog at Coachella and talked The Sound of Music (plus, how he keeps his energy up).
Arriving in style—pink joggers, Gucci loafers, an equally well-dressed goldendoodle, Idnit, by his side—hip-hop artist D.R.A.M. seemed on top of the world. And, perhaps, he was: the musician was still celebrating his first major Coachella performance from the night before—another milestone met after his hit song, “Broccoli,” went five-times platinum—and while the rest of Palm Springs likely slept in that Saturday, he was wired. D.R.A.M. seemed ready to take on the day, along with whatever else the world had to offer (and honestly, it was infectious).
As we walked down the road outside his hotel—sun blazing, heat rising—we wanted—no, needed—to hear everything. How did it feel out there, in front that crazy festival crowd? What was coming up next (aside from his new song, “Gilligan,” with A$AP Rocky and Juicy J)? And hey, wasn’t he working at Best Buy before making it big? Luckily, D.R.A.M. was more than happy to answer our questions....and sing a little something from The Sound of Music, too.
“I was [at Coachella] last year, when Snakehips brought me out to sing ‘Cha Cha,’ but this was my moment. It was one of those career-defining moments, like, damn. I didn’t expect to do Coachella this year, so the fact that I’m doing it, in this style? There was already such a hype-ness that was built up in me, but to just go out there and see everybody, it was just incredible.”