Featured Rap Artist On Dubb Spot, Datay
Dubb Spot Records caught up with Rap Artist Datay for an interview.
Datay discussed where his interest came from in rap music, his outlook on the rap artist within the last 10 years and any lessons learned along the way.
DSR: How old were you when you developed an interest in music?
Datay: My family tells me I developed a dance nicknamed “The Dave” as a baby.
DSR: What was your earliest musical memory? What formed your love of music in your head?
Datay: Riding in the car as a kid listening to rap artist Snoop’s Dogg Gin and Juice in the car with my family. I loved the rhythm and even though I didn’t know what the words meant back then I still felt the vibe.
DSR: Let’s get to know a little more about you and how you grew up. What was it like in your hometown? What kind of kid were you?
Datay: I’m a military kid to a colonel in the army. I’ve lived all around the world and in many different states. My hometowns to make a very long story short are San Francisco, California and The Tampa area of Florida.
DSR: So let’s talk about your music. How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard it before?
Datay: Originality in a form different from the rest rap artist, hard but clean, intellectual yet street.
DSR: What is the significance of your name?
Datay: A Childhood nickname that’s a combination of my first and last names.
DSR: There’s a part of the industry that irks me the most, where great music gets overlooked because it doesn’t fit a mold. How frustrating is that for you, if people seem to think that you don’t have that sound for radio?
Datay: Very upsetting. People are quick to say that hip hop is dead but they are choosing to listen to the wrong music. Just because it is on the radio doesn’t make it good music and doesn’t mean you have to listen to it. Most people are lazy and don’t want to have to go in search of new music from rap artist which is why most of what they hear is mainstream. I greatly respect a rap artist like J Cole, Kendrick Lamar, K.R.I.T. Wiz, Lupe Fiasco and Currensy (as well as many others) for their grind although they are not as popular as they should be in my opinion.
DSR: What do you think needs to be brought to music in this decade and how do you plan to add to that?
Datay: More music describing the world around the average person living the average life in America from their eyes of its citizens written in poetic form (rap).
DSR: What do you think of the music that came out in the last decade?
Datay: Necessary. Music goes through swings of different styles and techniques every so often. That is what makes hip hop alive.
DSR: How would you rate the music that your music competes against in your local area?
Datay: I tend to not worry about what another rap artist is doing. I focus on my craft and how to do Datay the best way possible with my friends and family.
DSR: Have you learned any lessons so far and if so, what are they?
Datay: Practice makes perfect and that there is no success without the grind.
DSR: Do you write all of your own material? And if so, are you working on any new projects or have any projects that you are promoting right now?
Datay: Some of my lyrics are raw freestyles. The others are 100 percent written by me. Sometimes I feel it is better to just freestyle over a beat to really get the feel for it and figure out what I want to rap about on it. Right now I am working on my first solo mixtape titled “The Nova Lounge”. It is almost complete. The link for the preview is below.
DSR: Where can the people find you performing or attend the events you are involved in?
Datay: Holla at me on twitter @REALdavetaylor
DSR: Where can we find your music online and offline?
Datay: Soundcloud- Http://www.soundcloud.com/datay
Mixtape Preview- http://soundcloud.com/datay/sets/nova-lounge-mixtape-preview
Email me for tracks- email@example.com
Youtube Links- http://www.youtube.com/user/datay7
DSR: We ask all Artists that we interview, what’s the best piece of advice that someone has ever given to you?
Datay: Always look at the glass half full there is nothing that can’t be fixed.
DSR: Is there anything else that you would like to include in closing of this interview?
Datay: I know this has been said before but you should check me out. It will be much appreciated. Thank you.
Mad respect to Datay for putting it down for all rap artist in the World.