Hi DA REAL3ST! How are you?
I’m doing great, super excited to talk to you today. How are you?
Where are you from?
My background and childhood played a role in the path I have pursued. I am a British African. I was born in the UK but have roots in Africa for my Mother was from Nigeria and my Father from Guyana. I spent the first 8 years in Milwaukee Wisconsin and moved to Addington, followed by Thornton Heath and then Croydon with my mother. But yeah, I’m from Croydon, London.
What is your greatest inspiration for your music?
I didn’t grow up in the most conducive environment. Racism was a norm, so I had faced a lot of bullying and hate for the color of my skin. I hate seeing a lot of hate and violence. I’ve lost friends and family, and have had my own run-ins with the law. Nothing serious, but it’s these experiences that I carry with me to this day. I know that most people with backgrounds like mine have very similar stories, but it’s not very often you find them have the motivation to elevate out of it. But I knew I had to. My late mother played a big role in me pursuing music. She was my biggest motivator and even helped me come up with my first stage name, ‘Realestmusicplayed’. Music gave me an escape. It was a catharsis I got obsessed with, and since then, I’ve never looked back.
What are 3 words that describe your music?
Real, emotionally charged and understanding.
What is the hardest subject you’ve ever written about?
Losing my Nanny and my Mother one after the other was probably the hardest part. I was most closet to them. They were the two people that convinced me of my place in the world and the strength I had to overcome all the adversities I faced. The song I wrote about my Mother after her passing was probably the hardest. I still carry them with me. All their teachings, all their dreams for me.
What are the challenges of being an artist?
I think the dissonance between producing music that resonates with me and in line with my goals, and producing things that my fans want. But, I started realizing that my fans really just want to know me through my music, and be heard themselves.
Are you planning on releasing new music soon?
I always have work on the way! I like working ahead of time, so I can give out content as quickly as possible, with as few delays as possible. My debut mixtape is on the way. No set date for the album yet but I can assure you that it will be worth the wait!
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