Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Proud Of Me”?
“Proud of Me” is one of the sunniest songs I’ve written. A lot of my material is filled with introspection that doesn’t shy away from the darkness in the world—but “Proud of Me” is meant to be that ray of light that makes it all worthwhile.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
Finding out I was about to have a son was the main inspiration for the song. But when I got into it, I didn’t want to make it solely about my offspring; I wanted it to reflect the duality of me wanting my son to be proud while he looks back at me with the same desire. That feeling can also be found in friends, in lovers, and in rivals. It is the drive to feel of value and worth to those around us that pushes us to our true potential of greatness.
What made you want to write a song to your newborn?
It was an intense emotion. As an artist, I guess as the artist that I am, that is how I deal with and understand intense emotions. Once I found out, it was inevitable.
The writing process took place over several years and was a learning experience that lightened my soul and brought everything into perspective. Writing about truth is very freeing. The recording process was seamless as well—it makes it easy when you’re at one of the most state of art facilities in Chicago and surrounded by phenomenal musicians who also happen to be your best friends and family.
What role does Chicago plays in your music?
Chicago plays an immeasurable role in my life, and that’s definitely reflected in my music. While Chicago isn’t all peaches and cream, I am so proud to be from this city. The people are all amazing! The amount of talent we have here at any given time in any given field is mind-boggling. I am continuously inspired by my fellow Chicagoans, and that alone would be enough to drive my music.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material soon—how’s that coming along?
It does indeed, I have another music video set to roll out in about a month or so called “Ankles.” It’s about finding the life that YOU want to live and how that may mean breaking the confines of a complacent and possibly comfortable life. The full album has 14 songs (all dope) and dips into more styles than just hip hop. There’s a lot of jazz influence on there, some rock too.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
The album is called Scuffed Kicks, and the tentative date we’ve been kicking around is April 10.
Any plans to hit the road?
We plan on hitting the road with a fury immediately after our release party, which will likely be April 21st. Still kinda seeing what connections we have to decide which direction to go. I’d love to go to hit Minnesota and New Orleans, but we’ll see what we can do.
What else is happening next in Da$Htone’s world?
Just constantly grinding to make this album release party something Chicago will never forget. Then I suppose we’ll start working on the next album for ya!
Thanks so much for taking the time to do this interview, it’s been fun! Until next time. Stay tuned on what’s going on with Da$Htone on Facebook (facebook.com/dashtonemusic) and on our website (dashtone.com).