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INTERVIEW: D Clak

How would you classify your music?

I would classify my music as relatable hip hop. I like to make music that you can feel in your heart and I also like to make the audience think and visualize what I’m saying.

Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?

My top five musical influences are, Tupac, Eminem, DMX, Jadakiss, and 50 Cent.

What do you want fans to take from your music?

What I want fans to take away from my music is them being able to get the sense that I’m serious and dedicated to my craft. I want fans to enjoy my art while at the same time understanding where I’m coming from as an artist.  I want people to know I’m here to stay.

 How’s the music scene in your locale?

My local music scene is pretty much like the mainstream music you hear today, artists are energizing and very competitive.  There could however be more avenues for local artists to perform.  Seems like if I want to get my music heard I have to travel because the local radio stations don’t have an outlet for local artists.  We are on our own!

What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?

The best concert I have been to was Jadakiss when he performed during bike week in South Carolina. I liked the way he captivated the crowd and he was always one of my favorite Emcees simply because of his lyrical ability.  I also opened up for him at this event, it was a great experience and I realized people from outside of my hometown were feeling my vibe!

Is there a song on your latest CD release here that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?  

There are two songs from my latest cd “The Dime Piece” that I personally like as my favorites. The first song is called “Go Crazy”. I like that record because I get to showcase my story telling ability and that’s one of my strongest suits in my opinion. That record reflects me as an artist and situations in my life. The second record is called “Lyrical Exercise”. That record is when I was able  to showcase my lyrical ability and vocabulary.

How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?

I evolved over this past year tremendously due to the fact of me expanding my topics, my knowledge, and vocabulary. I give a lot of credit to Dave Smith, who is the CEO of Penn Ave which is the label I’m signed to. Dave basically told me to expand my horizon from being a “street artist” to being an ” all around artist”.  That strategy allows me to feel more comfortable making from my heart, as opposed to making music just to satisfy or follow the trend of music people are currently listening to.  I basically have developed my own lane and I feel comfortable and confident in doing so.

If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, have a drink with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?  

If I could meet anybody dead or alive it would definitely have to be Tupac. I would want to pick his brain and just learn his views on everything from music and movies, to politics and business.

If I could perform with anybody it would be Jadakiss because I’ve seen him perform live and I know we would rock the crowd.

If I could write a song with anybody it would be with DMX and Eminem. I feel X”s passion and pain is something I can connect with and Eminem”s lyrical ability would bring the best out of me. I also think Eminem is the best lyricist of all time.

If I could have a drink with anybody it would be with 50 Cent, even though I think he doesn’t drink, lol. But we could drink vitamin water and clown people together because his sense of humor is off the charts, if you know what I mean!  Also Jay Z so maybe we could talk about the business side of things from a beginning artists perspective because he seems to know a lot about turning this thing into profitability from the ground up.

What’s next for you?  

I’m focused on bringing my first effort, “The Dime Piece” to as many potential fans as I possibly can while working on my sophomore project.  I feel there’s been a limited audience outside of my home town that have had a chance to hear my music and I’m determined to change that.  I’m very confident that anyone who’s into my genre of music, will be able to get into my music however it’s just a matter of getting them to hear it that’s challenging but I’m up to that challenge.

We are working on a few videos and I’m in the studio as we speak penning and working on new material.   It’s a nonstop process and I’m not going to stop until I’m up there with the greats!  You can count on that.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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