Eddie Morra tried therapy once, but music is his way of unleashing pent-up emotions and problems.
Under the stage name Dbait, Morra does plenty of that on his cathartic 48-track album “The Phantom.”
“It’s basically a collection of music I’ve made over the years,” he says. “It’s a pretty big album, but the reason I’m doing it this way is anytime I find a new artist I like, I find 15 tracks—if I’m lucky, 20.
“I want to hear more and there’s nothing more to listen to, so I’m Googling similar artists and I can never find artists who sound similar. I’m stuck with this missing music. If I put out enough tracks, it’ll give people the chance to listen to me more than once.”
The collection crisscrosses genres like R&B, hip-hop and K-pop.
“It’s an experimental body of work that encompasses my whole sound, which doesn’t just put me in a box,” he says.
“The first 10 are the most diverse—rock and my vocals over an acoustic guitar. It’s not your typical hip-hop and R&B album. I didn’t want to be boxed into one genre.”
The Centennial High School graduate has been a musician most of his life. His mom is a jazz pianist and singer. His grandparents are mariachis.
He started rapping at age 8 at church, nonetheless, when he rapped a Christian song. His experiences also include jazz band, drumline and rapping through a Christian club.
“Music is what brought my family together,” Morra says. “We were part of the worship group in church. My mom is a nurse, and my dad is starting a business. My sister does gigs. Music is nostalgic for me. That feeling is a good memory that I cherish. That’s what brought me into it in the first place.”