A Quick Catch-Up With: Dvs
We caught up with south London’s DVS earlier in the year, just before he lent his bars and flow to some of the biggest UK rap tracks of 2011. But DVS is now ready for the spotlight to be shone all on him as he releases his long-awaited mixtape, 'One In A Billion'. Now totally focused on his music, The Wrap Up’s Tobi Oke had a quick chat with the PDC rapper to talk about his musical progression this year...
The Wrap Up: Over the last few years, you’ve managed to keep your name up there with some of the best in the UK rap scene, even though you’ve released very little material. What are your thoughts on this?
DVS: When I came out, I was in PDC. We all came out together as PDC. During the whole PDC era, there was no YouTube, Twitter and Facebook – nothing. The hype that was there was authentic hype. Plus, I’ve been in and out of jail during the last five years, so I wasn’t really able to concentrate on music. But now that I’m free, and I’m totally committed to the music, I’m going to show everyone exactly what I can do.
TWU: The new mixtape, ‘One In A Billion’, is completed and ready to drop next month. Is an album in the pipeline after that?
DVS: Yeah, the album is coming next year. I’ll just tell you that a lot of it’s nearly done, and it’s sounding very professional right now – very proper. We’ve got some radio tracks as well!
TWU: For a street rapper, you’ve got a quite a large female fanbase. Are you looking to cater to them with the coming releases?
DVS: Isn’t catering for females keeping it real? That is keeping it real, right? (Laughs) I’m just gonna do me! The tracks I like, even though they are for roads, girls can relate to it as well – even average people. I’m not idolising street life, I’m talking reality.
TWU: In your opinion, what are the positives and negatives in the UK music scene right now?
DVS: One of the best things I can think of is that the talent is getting better. Five years ago, you wouldn’t get so much people zoning out to British music, but now we listen to our own and that’s a beautiful thing. The bad thing is that I feel that the people in the industry don’t select people good enough to represent the UK scene, and I feel Americans will look at us and think that we’re whack because if it.
TWU: You never really collaborated much with other artists in the past, but we’ve seen you work with the likes of K Koke, Krept & Konan, Colours, Cerose and much more over the past twelve months. What’s the reason behind you becoming more open to working with other artists?
DVS: I’ve never really taken music up until now. I’m taking music much more serious now and I leave the music and the streets separate. I make music with anyone that I’m a fan of and anyone I like - regardless of any views that I hold of them on the roads.
TWU: Regarding the ‘Paranormal Activity’ video, a lot of people want to know why you were the only artist in the video that didn’t get into a costume…
DVS: (Laughs) Well, Krept never told me in due time. He just told me to come for a video shoot, so I went dressed for a video shoot, you feel me? When they told me about blood and make-up and all that, I was thinking, ‘Nah, that’s not really me.’ It was cool for Krept & Konan because it’s their video, but I just knew that it wouldn’t suit me. Sorry If I let anyone down (laughs).
TWU: Talking of other artists, what have been your favourite releases of the year?
DVS: My favourite releases have been Jay-Z and Kanye West’s ‘Watch The Throne’, Lil Wayne’s ‘Tha Carter IV’ and Meek Mill’s ‘Dreamchasers’ mixtape.
TWU: And finally, what’s your aim for the rest of the year?
DVS: My aim is to just keep progressing in music and go through the sky! I just want to do stuff that no one has done before, to be honest.
Stay up to date with DVS on Twitter – www.twitter.com/TheRealDVS
DVS' new mixtape, 'One In A Billion', is out on November 11.
Words: Tobi Oke (@TeflonTobz)
Photography: Verena Stefanie Grotto