East Dollar West (@eastdollarwest)
“Music is the universal language of mankind.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Music, for some, is art, harmony, peace, and a dream. It gives life meaning and, for some, a purpose to just exist in this exhausting world. East Dollar West is one such being, embracing the magic the music holds. His music, lyrics, and compositions portray the difficult times he went through in his past.
East Dollar West was born in Takoradi, Ghana. He belongs to a truly Christian family and moved to the United States in 2004. He loved music since a very young age but having a strictly Christian mother and belonging to a very religious family, opting for music as a career was never an option. His mother is a very Religious lady who never liked music but East Dollar West loved his mother and was proud of her for raising seven children regardless of her physical disability, so he chose to study art instead.
East Dollar West, to keep his mind off of music, used to paint billboards in different locations. As a result, Art became his 2nd nature. East Dollar West graduated College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture. But breaking up with the person he thought he could spend his life with, left him heartbroken due to which he went into depression and set off on the journey of self-exploration. His emotional rollercoaster ride filled with an immense amount of pain made him ponder upon his future. His sufferings made him realize that following his dreams is the only way to achieve the self-satisfaction, happiness, and success that he has always been looking for and so he knew he was made for nothing else but music.
“Stay away from those people who try to disparage your ambitions. Small minds will always do that, but great minds will give you a feeling that you can become great too.” Mark Twain
To achieve success letting go of people who are an obstacle in your dreams is very important. The ones who would want to stay will stay with you through thick and thin, and the ones who were always your friends for a cause will eventually leave. East Dollar West happened to pass a similar path. He lost all his friends on his journey towards success.
“When I was a kid, hunger used to be my only friend. The pain was my motivator and the tears from my eyes filled my empty stomach. But now, my wife and my son are the ONLY friends I’ve got” says East Dollar West. His sufferings were always his motivation and the fact that he never lost hope makes him an even bigger star than he already is. His works portray the emotional connection he has with music and how music became an escape route from his tough life.
East Dollar West released his very first debut single “Sucker For Lashes” on 28th January 2022 which currently has more than ninety five thousand (95k) views on his YouTube channel in just a month!
East Dollar West had the opportunity of creating a monument as per his architectural skills. WSKF Architects assigned him with the project to design the monument of the First Female Black American officer in the U.S Army, Charity Adams Earley. The monument that he designed was launched in 2018 and is located in Fort Leavenworth Military Base Leavenworth, Kansas.
His passion for music and his skills in art and architecture go hand in hand in his life. He works on architectural projects and also makes music & beats. This shows the hard work he puts in every single task he does. For him, he is now living the life he always dreamed of. His dedication and his belief in him have led him to witness the true colors of success. Who knows he might become an emerging talent in the Hollywood Music Industry in upcoming years!