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Paul Dateh
Paul Dateh

Paul Dateh

Costa Mesa, CA USA

"If I let myself worry about what people are going to think, and my reputation, and try to prove myself-I've done that before, and it's exhausting. At the end of the day, the real person you want to make sure is happy is yourself."

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Day In The Life


I'm a violinist, composer, and host, combining elements of RnB and electronica with violin.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Music Theory and Composition

    University of Southern California

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    Started playing violin when he was very young, says it's been with him his whole life.

  • 2.

    Says that although it was his idea to start playing, his parents really pressured him to keep it up.

  • 3.

    Went USC for classical violin, but on the first day, he walked out of the practice room and into the admissions building, changed his major to jazz.

  • 4.

    Following this switch, he lost a lot of the support from his family and his peers in the classical school, who thought he was "just rebelling."

  • 5.

    Now he's known for his classical/hip-hop mashups, covering music by the likes of Kanye West, The Roots, and Kendrick Lamar.

  • 6.

    He'd been taught that he couldn't mix the classical techniques with modern playing, yet here he is, building a career off of that fusion.

  • 7.

    Says it's a challenge to survive in the entertainment business, especially for Asian-Americans, a group that is especially underrepresented.

  • 8.

    Luckily, he's been able to use the Internet to build a following and craft his own image without having to go through traditional channels.