SJ : How long have you been doing music?
MD : Its been a long journey, I started experimenting with certain instruments at a young age, between the ages of 7 and 13, I came from a musical background so its always been a part of my life.
Shortly after I spent the majority of my teenage years traveling to home studios, basements, and a few smaller professional studio environments that me and my team tried to consistently be in or around 2011 marked the start of my path to professionalism. That year I put together a mixtape titled "earaphernalia" that I swore was going to get me famous haha. It was really raw material,
as an artist that hadn't really found myself yet. Safe to say it didn't provide the results I was expecting. From that point forward I dedicated myself to experimenting, learning, developing myself and breaking out of conventional habits that I had as a songwriter and vocalist. Here I am today with a passion for music as powerful as ever.
SJ : What and who inspired you to tap into your talent?
MD : Its hard to pinpoint one instance or individual that really inspired me. I'll start by saying that music, in my opinion, never translates well if its not drawn from experience both good or bad.
As a reflection of situational emotions, I'd have to say that life and the things that I've witnessed have always inspired me more than any other source to tap into my creative instincts. When you have the ability to express these experiences through means of visual art, motion, or music, it usually seems to naturally take care of itself.
Beyond that my pops had a run as a funk drummer in the 70s and 80s. He always kept instruments and Classic records around me to diversify my musical exposure. The people around me in general always inspired me to continuously work on my craft. I remember countless freestyle cyphers growing up. I couldn't go anywhere without someone saying "lemme hear you spit somethin'."
My squad, my older brother and his friends. They always kept me on my toes and in love with hip hop during what was nearing the end of the golden era. The first two albums I ever owned were Blink-182's "Enema of the State" and Nas' "Stillmatic" I remember playing them both out back when CD players were the future. It's almost impossible not to get inspired by all the music you get exposed to on a daily basis so it all added up. I wanted to be the next lyrical genius having grown up on artists like Nas, Eminem, and countless other
legends it would take me a while to name. It took me some time to mature into the idea that I don't have to be confined to a genre, but after some soul searching and many conversations on the fluidity of the musical landscape, I became inspired to start having fun and not worrying about staying in a lane. That brings me to my final source of inspiration... Critics and Supporters.
Im always driven by the positive energy and support that I get from a lot of people that I share my music with. Theres are few feelings more satisfying than hearing and seeing enthusiasm for work that you spend so much time and energy bringing to life. Im also always driven by the idea that being successful in the music industry is a pipe dream for most.
Ive had countless people tell me to hang it because its "unrealistic" or "better as a hobby," but to me creating is not a job. Its a lifestyle. A lifestyle that impacts the culture and psyche of society. With that in mind, I'll always be inspired by the opportunity to make people think, relax, laugh, cry, hate, and love. The places music has allowed me to go, and the people it has allowed me to meet. I credit all of these influences for allowing me to tap in.
SJ : My final question. What is your ultimate goal for you music and brand?
MD : This question comes with selfish and selfless answers. Anybody who says ego isn't a part of this sh** is in the wrong industry. Every artist would love to be able to poop something out and have a large audience "Oooouu,""Aaahhh" and clap it up. I want to be great and I want my music to be even greater, but thats a matter of perception. I could quantify that with monetary success.
The ability to improve the comfort of myself and those around me. Fame is usually something that we associate with greatness. To be recognized for your efforts, to get accolades, radio play, Grammy's, Billboards and the whole celebratory status. These are things that are easy to want from the outside looking in and what most artists strive for when they first pick up a pen or a microphone. I'm no different. I want to thrive as an entrepreneur and a pioneer of musical enterprise. I want to develop an unmistakable brand that provides an experience that you can only find from rocking with my product, my vibe, and my style. My desire is to stay ambitious and imaginative and to eventually expand from entertainment into a modern day renaissance man, but lets say none of this were ever to happen...
If I can do something as simple as helping people digest this crazy a** life we're all going through, than what do I really have to regret or complain about? Music to me was always about connectivity. The ability to bring people that have no business being in the same room closer together. To dig underneath all of the BS we're all hiding under and get straight to the experience of being a human, regardless where you come from or what you do. I always tell people that music got and continues to get me through life. I've been heartbroken before, rejected, dejected, had the times of my life with the people I love, lost, gained, traveled and been through many situations on this figurative roller coaster ride. Whenever I felt like I was alone or didn't quite have the ability to articulate what I was going through music was always there.
It was always able to remind me that things are relative. Having figures I could look up to with a broader outlook who were able to make sense out of it all was invaluable. Even without getting that deep its dope as hell to have an anthem for almost any circumstance you find yourself in. Ever fall in love with a h**, Boom! there's a song for that. Ever come up and want to celebrate as obnoxiously as possible, Boom! there's a song for that too. I'm also no scientist but the power of vibrations can't be denied. Music has profound effect on almost everyone and as long as I continue to have fun with it while being able to contribute to everything that I've mentioned, than I'm positive i'll be able to look back when its all said and done with no regrets.