Following Ddark and his passionate spirit for what he does automatically drew me to his distinct persona, presentation, and music. A true showman, with the flair markedly all his own. It wasn't too long ago I finally had the chance to sit down and chat with Ddark about his journey, music and the influences in the scene over in the UK.
Song River: Ddark you were hungry from an early age to create. Can you recall what it was that sparked this passionate beat of music in you?
Ddark: Well, I started piano lessons at the age of five, which I pursued until I got to secondary school, where I started rapping/mcing and producing music electronically. I also touched on a few other instruments; guitar, drums and a bit of violin, since then I’ve never really stopped making music its always come as a natural thing for me I love it.
“ From a young age I realized people liked the music I was doing and I was glad to share it with them.”- Ddark
Song: Who is Ddark? Share a bit about you, your philosophy, your likes and dislikes?
Ddark: I’m an artist from the UK whose grown up in London, a place called Hackney, which is not the most wealthiest, but has a lot of cultures there, so I’ve seen and learned quite a lot. My philosophy on life is to work hard surround yourself with people who are positive, and to do the things in life that you love... as you only live once, so you got to enjoy it.
Song: In your early years what was influencing your direction in the UK? What was life like for you as a kid?
Ddark: In the UK they play all genres of music on radio, TV etc., so I was hearing so much that has really influenced my music and me as an artist. I take elements from all genres I like and add them to my music, in my own way to create my sound, and I'd say that’s what makes me unique.
Life as a kid was cool had some good friends, good laughs and had music too, I've always been able to build up a good name for myself through my music. From a young age I realized people liked the music I was doing and I was glad to share it with them.
“Positivity is the way forward.”- Ddark
Song: You are undoubtedly a master marketer. Your music, your face, your motion is seen daily as you interact with your fans (new and old) via social media, website, YouTube, merch, email subscription. In today's global market, how important is it to hit all forms of internet media?
Ddark: I think its important if you want to keep track of your fans. I like to have a connection with my fans and make sure they can get access to my music and releases easily so I try to make sure my social media is tight.
Song: You cover a wide range of eclectic music styles, do you have a favorite you prefer to do?
Ddark: I’ve always loved all types of music so I take what I like from everything and craft it into my own pieces, I don’t have a favourite, I appreciate it all.
Song: Has their been a progression you feel in the UK that reflects the 21st century in music?
Ddark: Yes of course, there’s always progression, amazing music out there, you just got to know where to find it, there’s so many new tools now to create music its cool.
Song: Does your style, flow different you think from western interpretation?
Ddark: (Pauses) Ya, I'd say I’m unique from everyone else that raps/mc’s in the western world. I’ve always had my own edge and am not afraid to try new things, some people get it straight away, some don’t, but being unique is the best thing you could do, as in the long run its what stands out.
Song: Your music contains a positive message somewhere within it, as I was listening to many of your tunes I didn't hear social negativity and class warfare nuances. Where do you look to for this positive forward moving motion?
Ddark: Well, I've come from a place where there’s a lot of negativity, but chose to follow my own road and still discuss some of my experiences and temptations at the time. Positivity is the way forward, if you want to have a meaningful life and for great things to happen in your life. I surround myself with great positive people, family friends, and my mind set is that way so I’m always positive.
“...you have to do a lot of things yourself to move forward.”- Ddark
Song: Why did you decide to do Harlem Shake, as I looked into its history it seems it has taken multiple veins of interpretation. Talk about your tune and video Harlem Shake.
Ddark: I had done Harlem Shake before the dance and all the hype had even started. (laughs) If you look at the date it was uploaded you can see the evidence. I loved the beat, so just threw some hardcore rhymes on it.
Song: I watched your video from the Camden BarFly. You put on quite an interactive show, working on pulling in your audience (even though at first I am not sure by looking at the video they knew what to do). How do you work an audience, and bring them into you- Ddark?
Ddark: I like to talk to the audience, get them involved in the show, make sure everyone is having a good time. I feed off their energy and they feed off mine, so as long as I’m putting that out there I usually win the crowd over. I love performing live and being in front of the crowd, there’s nothing like it
Song: You shout independence, in your creativity as you maintain control of each step you take. What advice would you pass along to someone younger coming up?
Ddark: To work very, very hard and that you have to do a lot of things yourself to move forward. If your not willing to do that, you can forget it. (laughs) Unless you get lucky and someone comes and does everything for you.
Song: You have a great singing voice, along with the ability to rattle words in a timely flow. Can we expect a CD release soon? Tour to follow?
Ddark: Ye, a CD is coming. I’m working on an album at the moment which is very exciting and I should be on tour early next year in the UK. Dates to be confirmed with a new single dropping then too.
“My philosophy on life is to work hard surround yourself with people who are positive, and to do the things in life that you love...”- Ddark
Song: Tell me where the name Ddark came from?
Ddark: It actually came from a computer game the character is called, Dr. Dark and I thought that’s dope. I can use the Dr. part as a metaphor that I’m always in the lab creating music and fixing sounds, raps and rhymes together and the dark, but sounds dope. Plus when I named myself that, that’s when my music began getting a lot of attention, so it was meant to be.
Song: Any other style/genre you would like to cross over and try in music?
Ddark: Ye, of course I love loads of music, I will always fuse music together.
Song: It's a rainy Saturday avro at home... you pop into a record store. What is it you decide to purchase?
Ddark: I’ll probably listen to a few records, try find something new that I haven’t heard, but I don’t buy physical records I buy on iTunes, so then I'd go on my laptop or phone and search for it.
To find Ddark:
Watch Freestyle/Comfort Zone: http://youtu.be/ovLu4utLO3U