Hi David, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
What’s up yall, thanks for having me! I’ve been super busy but being busy is a good thing so I’m not complaining.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Show Don’t Tell”?
Show Don’t Tell is an alternative/r&b record that I wrote about my struggle with commitment from a personal experience of mine. I know there’s a lot of cliche approaches to the topic but I feel like my experience helps shed some light to what’s going on. It may not be the answer to every problem but I think it is to a lot of them.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
I was going through a fling with a girl who started to want more. I just experienced the death of someone close to me and went through some bad break ups before that, so mentally I just wasn’t ready for a serious relationship at the time…I still wanted comfort but I didn’t want to lead her on either on some selfish shit so I ended up cutting her off. I felt like it was the best for both of us.
Fast forward a few months, it’s in the middle of the night, I’m lonely, thinking about her and our conversation… and that’s where the song begins.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
Having an intimate interaction with someone while people are watching and with camera in your face was new for me. I’m used to singing a good game but I had to put my money where my mouth was for this visual. I was just hoping it wouldn’t look like a clip straight out of Cinemax lol…but I had a talented team and I’m very happy with the final product. While we captured some very raw and sexy moments, these are just pieces of a larger story that Show Don’t Tell covers.
I spent the month before the video just pre-planning the vision with the videographer to make sure we visualized the lyrics while staying authentic to how the song sounds. Some may watch and go, “Oh this is just about sex.” which they may be right about…but sex in this story serves as a method of communication between a man and a woman as they struggle to come to terms with the famous saying of “What are we?”. (Also the song is sexy so the visual should match that vibe.)
Like I was saying before, I think it’s something a lot of women want to understand, and it’s a very deep and complex topic for men to communicate on a honest level, so if I could use my personal experience to help shed light on this then I’m happy with that. I think people will enjoy seeing both sides of the story depending on what perspective you’re watching from. I’m curious to see how people consume it and what their opinions are about it.
How was the recording and writing process?
It’s a truthful record so I was able to write and record it fairly quickly. It’s funny because I always complete my best songs within the first few hours. I think that’s the benefit of being able to self record and engineer from my bedroom studio, there’s just something magical that comes from laying down a good record while the energy is high. If I work on a record for too long sometimes the final product won’t feel as impactful to me as the original idea. There’s probably only one record I’ve worked on consistently for a year that came out fantastic and that’s a song called Scream from my current project, BAPTISM.
What role does NYC play in your music?
New York forced me to step my game up in all perspectives of my artistry and my business acumen. I’m from Baltimore which has produced some great artists, but being a great artist with a decent following is pretty common out here. You meet so many regular people that are doing great things, every one out here is on the come up…so it inspires me to continue to advance myself.
My parents didn’t want me to move here because I made a decision in the matter of two weeks with no type of back up plan or long term idea. I still don’t regret it to this day. I’ve grown so much because of this city not only as an artist but as a person.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Yes 🙂 all I can say is that it’s coming soon. Right now I’m focused on giving fans video content for some of their favorite records from BAPTISM. I wasn’t able to do that right after the release but I’m blessed that people are streaming every day on Soundcloud and new fans are trickling in, so that tells me the project still has a lot of life left in it, and I want to be able to give it a proper send off before the next era.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
If I wrote a song called “Show Don’t Tell” then I have to practice what I preach 🙂
Any plans to hit the road?
Although I would love to, I do a lot of rehearsing and investment into my live shows so I try not to juggle too many things at once…I’m pretty OCD when it comes to my creative genius. I will burn myself out trying to do everything…but you never know, I might just pop up somewhere 🙂
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