Hi how you doing? Introduce yourself to the readers of TalkingAllThatRap.com.
Bless, I’m D-red
So tell us about your latest release and where people can get it.
S.F.M.S. is my upcoming release, it will be available for free download on https://ddashred.bandcamp.com from the 4th of November.
This is a tough question, and I know some people like to remain humble, but if you had to give a reason why you think people should check your music, what would you say?
I make music that’s real to me, so it’s gonna appeal to people who think in a similar manner to me or about similar things. You might be one of those people.
Out of all the songs you have released or been involved with, which song would you say was the popular? What is your number one track?
So far ‘Just Some Weed Bars’ has been my most popular track. It’s the first track I recorded, it reached 1k views on SoundCloud in it’s first month (I had about 20 followers at the time) and the video I released for it recently reached 1k views on YouTube in it’s first week. Both the video and SoundCloud track are currently on 2.3K plays.
In the whole process involved in making music which due you think is the most exciting?
I really like the moment when I’ve just finished writing it, I’m by myself and go through it 3 or 4 times, and I think “yeah, that’s it”. I also enjoy hearing the feedback from my close friends.
When your recording what is the vibe like in your studio, do you have mood that helps you create?
Gotta have a couple zoots before I write or get on the mic, darkness is preferable to light, incense is the dopeness.
How do you like your production, do you prefer original played beats or more sampled based production?
I’d say I’d lean towards samples. But there are some insane original beats about I just haven’t had a chance to hop on any.. yet.
What producers do you work with and are there any producers you’d like to work with?
Since I started recording I’ve been working mainly with Matka, a dope producer from the west of France. He’s actually my cousin’s boyfriend. The beats on the mixtape were made by Jmaxfield, a dope UK producer who’s in a crew called Aristocrats. I’ve got some work coming with a really good London producer, but I don’t wanna say too much just yet. I’d like to work with any of the producers on the Japanese label Hydeout Productions, Statik Selektah & Alchemist. I don’t wanna name any UK producers I wanna work with, as I will work with them and don’t wanna give too much away.
The Hip-Hop scene is really split between the mainstream and underground, do you think this makes it harder to get noticed by so many different types of rap fans?
It’s never been easy to get noticed. As well as the splits that exist there are things that unify the underground & mainstream, festivals & certain nights being one example. I don’t focus on the problems, just try and think of solutions.
A lot of artists have some sort of free download project. Do you think doing these kind of releases helps or hinders sales on iTunes?
If you’re intelligent with your marketing it will help your sales, I can’t speak for overall sales.
Image seems everything these days, so lets talk about your artwork. Do you come up with concept or does your designer do it? Tell us more about who done the cover to your latest release.
I’ve come up with the concepts for all of my artwork so far except the cover for the single ‘Society’s Problems’. The cover for my upcoming EP is a photo I took myself, a friend did the editing that I suggest. I have a good imagination and tend to visualise things in detail, and I’ve been able to meet and work with people talented enough to help me bring these visions to life. I like this about creative people.
Even though You Tube is on-line TV Station, it seems to also be the place where most people go to listen to music. Do you think putting songs up with an artwork image or photo is detrimental to your full music videos?
No I don’t think so. It just gives people more variety to choose from, that can only be a good thing if the quality is maintained.
Do you have anything on You Tube or you own Channel?
Yeah I have my own channel called Higher Frequency on which I’ve got my music video for Just Some Weed Bars, a couple of tracks with the artwork, and Episode 1 (and the only episode) of the UK 16 Bar Challenge wave I started a few weeks back
Have you ever done anything for any DVD or on-line TV channels? Any freestyles or interviews on-line to check out that are recent?
Yeah Fire TV dropped my a cappella ‘prestyle’ a week ago, I’ve got something similar coming out on an American channel soon too.
Okay before you go is there anybody you’d like to thank or anybody you’d like to shout out?
Shouts to The EMC HIGH GANG & all the Bristol heads, big up Matka & Tricksta.
Thanks for your time, give us all the relevant website details to check out!
SoundCloud Account; https://soundcloud.com/ddashred
YouTube Channel; https://www.youtube.com/user/HigherFrequencyprod
Twitter account ; https://twitter.com/DeedashRED
FaceBook page; https://https//www.facebook.com/DdashRED
My Music Video;
Questions by Alex Dunlow