R&B trio and Detroit natives DMK have seen a lack of female/girl groups in music over the last few years. They’re hoping to lead the charge in helping girl groups make a comeback into R&B music. DMK has been together for over twelve years and is comprised of Damoli, Melanee and Kourtney. Much like their city, Motown is in their roots especially considering the fact that Kourtney’s grandfather is Levi Stubbs, member of the renowned Motown group The Four Tops. DMK brings with it perfected harmonies and unapologetic authenticity. They recently released their self-titled debut EP, DMK along with winning the title of Fox Empire New Artist.
As part of our “The Resurgence of The Girl Groups” series DMK sat down with Colosseum Media for a short Q&A discussing their journey as a group after 12 years and the defining moments of the EP.
DMK has been together for over 12 years, but how did the group actually get started?
Melanee: Drama! Damoli stole my part in a play when we met lol.
Having been together for so long, what have been some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced?
On the flip side, what have been some of the most rewarding?
Kourtney: Seeing our EP come to fruition. It’s been 12 years in the making and finally getting to a place where we felt comfortable with putting out music felt amazing!
Being in an era when there aren’t too many prominent female groups in any genre, not just R&B, what are you doing to make sure you’re heard and given the attention you deserve?
Your songs have been described as “unapologetic”, were you originally going for that or it just happened to develop that way?
Kourtney: I think both. We’re just real girls. So it wasn’t necessarily something we were going for. We are just being ourselves.
What were the biggest influences in shaping DMK as a whole and your self-titled EP?
Damoli: I would say SWV and En Vogue. Their harmonies were amazing!
What else is on the horizon for DMK?