Born Dominique Travant Webb on April 3, 1983 in Fayetteville NC, grew up in upstate NY. A dedicated athlete growing up, didn’t start writing until age 19. Recorded his first track “400 Lbs.” under the name Nique in 2003. Got serious about music and developed the stage name CHAN$E after a near fatal car accident the following year. Over the next few years he released 2 albums with a group The Mistri Fam (K-Mex, Phille, CHAN$E). After K-Mex graduated and moved to L.A. my music career slowed down for a while until I started working with Hectic (Hector Reiter) and released my first solo mixtape in 2007. In 2008 Hectic and I released a mixtape with Nuphlo Entertainment, and in 2009 we released a mixtape called “Piff Piff” under our own independant label High Def/Mistri. After the release of “Piff Piff” the local buzz began to grow and in the beginning of 2010 we formed Guava Smash, a collection of elite artists from other local bands. And the rest is history.
What’s the first thing you would say to someone when they ask you to describe yourself as an artist?
I’m a versatile writer and lyricist and I pride myself on my ability to adapt to any type of music. From Funk to smooth R&B to Dance/Electronica to Metal back to straight Hip Hop.
How long have you been in the industry?
I am currently an independant artist. My band, Guava Smash, and I are in negotiations with a few labels however. As far as the music itself, I recorded my first track in 2003, a feature on my boy K-Mex’s solo release “What You See”.
I have been working with a live band called Guava Smash for the past year. We are a 5-peice Hip Hop/Rock band, Zach Boyd on guitar, Tyler Logan on drums, Deric Frost on bass, Hector Reiter on vocals and guitar, and myself, CHAN$E Money on vocals. We have recently finished our self-titled first album on sale Dec. 11.
What inspires your music?
The main inspirations for my music are my emotions and the music I am working with. Whether Im working with a produced beat or a live instrumental. I like to put a track on repeat and listen to it until I’m overwhelmed by one main idea and then I work from there.
Where are you from?
I was born on Fort Bragg, an army base in North Carolina. Lived in Waco, TX for a couple of years then my mom and I moved to upstate NY when my parents separated. I grew up in a small college town called Oneonta, NY a.k.a. Stoneonta. I currently reside in Stoneonta, NY.
What artists in the industry inspire you the most today?
Cee-Lo Green, The Foo-Fighters, and Snoop.
Why is that?
Cee-Lo is one of my favorite artists because of his ability to reinvent himself while still sticking to his own style. From the Goodie Mob to Gnarles Barkly to his own solo endeavors. I find it inspirational to see such a talented and big artist changing the game while still sticking to his roots.
The Foo-Fighters are my favorite band. Their varsatility is one of my favorite aspects, their ability to play from soft acoustic molodys to hard core ballads. I often find I get this epic feeling while listening to ther songs. And Dave Groehl is an amazing song writer, I’ve drawn alot of inspiration for songs just listening to his lyrics.
Snoop is just one of my favorite artists of all-time in any genre. I ‘ve drawn alot of my flow and swagger from Snoop. Since he has stepped foot in the industry he has changed the game. Alot of dudes were on that okie doke flow until Snoop stepped the game up and he’s still doing the damn thing today. We actually do a “Gin & Juice” cover at our live shows.
What makes you different from other artist today?
The same thing that makes my favorite artists my favorties is the same thing that makes me different, it’s my versatility. I love to try new styles and I’m not afraid to step outside of the box. For example, on our new Guava Smash album we have a track called “You” that is straight smooth R&B, something you could find on the soundtrack to a love movie. And at the other end of the spectrum we have a song called “Broke Millionaire” that sounds almost like a Rage Against the Machine track.
What do you want your future fans to know about you?
Over the past 30 years Hip-Hop has changed and evolved. It’s had its rough patches, its great times, and its ups and downs. Over the past 5-10 year Hip-Hop and all, well, most of its sub-genres have become the most popular style of music in the world. But CHAN$E Money and Guava Smash just arrived, SO THE BEST IS YET TO COME!!!
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