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Dot Cromwell: “Being realistic is the most commonly traveled road to mediocrity”

Making the knowledge and implementation of sustainable energy attractive, engaging, and ubiquitous. As a species we have a lot of problems that lay ahead of us and filters that may stop us from reaching the next level. One of the biggest issues is climate control & power consumption, and with better efforts in sustainable energy […]

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Making the knowledge and implementation of sustainable energy attractive, engaging, and ubiquitous. As a species we have a lot of problems that lay ahead of us and filters that may stop us from reaching the next level. One of the biggest issues is climate control & power consumption, and with better efforts in sustainable energy we could address these things. It really starts on a small level, really starting to ingrain it in all of us now…we need to at least be conscious of it daily. I hope to play a role by utilizing my position at the intersection of music and tech as leverage to make clean energy cool.


As a part of my series about pop culture’s rising stars, I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Dot Cromwell.

Hailing from the infamous city of Philadelphia, Dot Cromwell is an African American recording artist and songwriter. Currently residing in Brooklyn NY, where he Co-founded the creative arts society known as Milllion Watts, Cromwell is dedicated to bringing his music to the forefront of popular culture. Following the exclusive debut of his latest project, “Full of Sin”, the Philly native continues to set the bar high with his undeniable rhymes over illustrious beats. Cromwell’s sound is all about duality and the tension of being the bridge between two worlds: the black and white, the perceived good and perceived dangerous.

Milllion Watts Official Bio/Mission Statement (Milllion spelled with 3 L’s)

Milllion Watts exist for the exaltation, protection, and preservation of contemporary artists, entertainers, activists, and entrepreneurs. Illuminating and highlighting creatives at the intersection of fashion, tech, and art by way of experiential activation, sonic placements, and emerging artist incubation.


Thank you so much for doing this with us! Can you tell us the story of how you grew up?

Wassup, first off thanks for sharing this space with me…appreciate that! So I’m originally from Philadelphia, Southwest to be exact. For the first 10 years of my life I had both parents at home, I definitely grew up in a household full of love. I look back at those first 10 years and realize..oh shit we lived in the hood and didn’t have much lol. However, My parents made things happen, and I couldn’t tell that we didn’t really have money then…my parents definitely protected us!

Can you share a story with us about what brought you to this specific career path?

As far back as I could remember I loved music. My first tapes were Puff Daddy “No Way Out”, Mase “Harlemworld”, & Jay-z “Hard Knock Life Vol.2”. I remember hearing Puff rapping and being like; “How is his voice on here twice!?!”. So I asked for a Karaoke machine for Christmas, like that’s all I wanted lol. I remember getting blank tapes and trying to record my own raps, cutting out magazine clippings & glueing them on different color construction paper to make my own cassette covers. Few years later I was chilling with a new friend. My mom would drop me off at his house since our mom’s had been friends forever. So I started meeting his friends from his block and they had a karaoke machine and instrumentals in his basement. They turned on some beats and all started playfully rapping & passing the microphone around…but remember, at this point I had been doing this for years on my own. So when the mic got passed to me everyone had this look like, “whoaaa you rap for real man?!?”. From there my curiosity for the craft just catapulted into a life long journey.

Can you tell us the most interesting story that happened to you since you began your career?

There’s three stories that I now use as reminders, that you really never know what will be the song/moment that will change things for you. The first occurred right after high school, which was a really traumatic time period for me when I look back on it. I remember not really caring if I attended college or not, but my mother had other plans in mind lol. One day while I was out, My mother made a copy of some songs I had on my computer and submitted them to the University of The Arts in philadelphia. Fast Forward they ended up offering me a scholarship to attend their school, which was so crazy because they made the decision off of a batch of songs that I wasn’t paying any attention to.

The second happened, for my first feature as a major artist. I had a rough song called “No Discussion” that was just literally collecting dust. I probably recorded like thousands of songs in my life and this was one that I just forgot about. My friend and frequent collaborator, Nana Kwabena was going through some of my songs and this one caught his attention. He had a vision for it and asked if I’d be down to collaborate on it. Fast Forward, it turned into one of my first placements, “Out Of Body” which featured Me, Wale, & Jidenna. That was super unexpected.

The third and most recent came with a song called “God Bless”, which I’ve honestly been sleeping on. I had this song recorded for about a year and would just hear it on my hard drive occasionally and always think this is so dope, but then never acted on it. Another collaborator of mine, Zane Durham of BLVK MVGK really convinced me to release the record for spring 2020. It was really divine timing, during that same timeframe Pharrell started searching SoundCloud looking for this generation’s next artists, and my song caught his attention. This literally all was about timing, and all three of these situations changed my way of thinking…I’m never letting myself get in the way, because you really never know what will resonate with people.

We are very interested in diversity in the entertainment industry. Can you share three reasons with our readers about why you think it’s important to have diversity represented in film and television? How can that potentially affect our culture?

Yea, I believe Symbolism, Cultural Exchange, & Economic Growth are all very important reasons to enforce diverse representation. For me, growing up every person in a position of authority was white. Like the president, the richest people on the planet, Jesus Christ, Santa Claus, the news anchors on tv, the biggest actors, the store manager at any establishment, my teachers…everyone I saw was white! Like imagine what that does to the psyche of a young black child growing up in America. Subconsciously you start to correlate power, ownership, leadership, and whatever is right with white. So the best thing we can do is create in a way that lets people see themselves in positions of power.

Cultural Exchange and Economic growth kinda go hand and hand for me. Once we get past our superficial differences we realize we are all part of the human species. As a species, exchanging our traditions and collaborating will undoubtedly move us forward at a greater pace while establishing economic growth and fostering a higher chance for peace and prosperity. There’s so much to learn from the richness of our diverse traditions. You look back at any of the historic text from different cultures around the planet at different points in time and you notice a theme and connection between the prophets, Gods, and ancient stories. It all starts to feel like pieces to a larger puzzle, and we have to come together to complete it.

Are you working on any exciting new projects now? How do you think that will help people?

Yea, So me and my business partner DioMara founded a company called Milllion Watts. Milllion Watts was established to exalt, preserve, and protect creatives. We’ve been lucky enough to work with brands like Belaire, Harman, & Ethel’s Club to name a few. We are currently running a campaign called #PowerBOB (Power Black Owned Businesses) for the month of august, which has been coined “Black Business Month”. Essentially we partnered with Link NYC, Official Black Wall Street, & EatOkra to power 20 black owned food and beverage establishments throughout NYC. With the relationships Milllion Watts possess from our journeys through the music and tech industries, we’ve been able to rechannel the energy to make buying black convenient. It’s interesting because the other day a friend asked me what I would be doing, if I wasn’t a music artist…and my answer was…”I’m already doing it, Milllion Watts”.

You are a person of great influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger.

Making the knowledge and implementation of sustainable energy attractive, engaging, and ubiquitous. As a species we have a lot of problems that lay ahead of us and filters that may stop us from reaching the next level. One of the biggest issues is climate control & power consumption, and with better efforts in sustainable energy we could address these things. It really starts on a small level, really starting to ingrain it in all of us now…we need to at least be conscious of it daily. I hope to play a role by utilizing my position at the intersection of music and tech as leverage to make clean energy cool.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

There are a ton of people who have sacrificed the heavens so I could be here today, We’d need a television series for me to speak on everyone lol. But in the interest of time I’ll name the most recent person & the most important person. My business partner DioMara has definitely helped me open my eyes to things like my male privilege, and toxic relationships that I’ve entertained from toxic behaviors I learned. I’ve always had all the tools, and utilized them correctly, but she pointed out some obstacles and barriers that I was building for myself and I’m grateful for that. The most important person is my Mother. She never forced any specific belief on me, instead she taught me how to manage a well oiled self constructed belief system and having unwavering confidence in myself and my gut feelings. She showed me that I could make the world how I see fit…I’ve been building worlds ever since.

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

Yea, one of my favorite recent quotes is from Will Smith, which is dope because we’re both from Philly. He was speaking on the importance of thinking unrealistically and said, “being realistic is the most commonly traveled road to mediocrity”. Tying back to how my mother raised me, this resonated with the sentiments of her instilling in me the ability to believe that I can shape the universe how I see fit. Yea, if the reader gets anything from this interview, I hope it’s that!

How can our readers follow you online?

Readers can find me on any social media platform under @dotcromwell and at my website www.dotcromwell.com

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