Wrap Up And Watch Out: Ddark
Who are you…
I go by the name of DDARK and I’m a rapper and producer. I produce all types of music; I’m inspired by all genres and listen to different types of music. I’ve been on the underground scene for around nine years now, crafting my music style and understanding the elements of my art. Music has been a big part of my life from the age tender age of 5, when I was trained in classical piano. I use my piano skills when I produce music today. As an independent artist, I produce, mix down and distribute all of my own music. I have also worked with major mainstream artists, such as Tinie Tempah and Chipmunk in the past.
I have many musical inspirations, one of them coming from film. I like all types of movies: comedy, thriller, horror and romance. Movies tend to trigger off emotions when you watch them; this is what I want to happen when people hear my songs. I’m also inspired by reading books, which I think is very important because it increases your knowledge and I am always stumbling across new words and information that is essential for me as a lyricist. I believe learning never stops and I’m very dedicated and motivated to excel myself to extraordinary levels. Real life experiences are also very inspirational to me because they enable me to write songs which come straight from the heart about things that have happened to me in my life. It also helps me to let certain things that I keep bottled up inside come out, especially at times when I don't want to talk to anyone or want to be by myself. Other musicians also inspire me, I like the way they work on the music they create and that’s why I enjoy making music with other artists, because this allows so many ideas to come out and the special energy generated in the studio just makes phenomenal music.
I listen to all types of music, as it inspires the music I make today. My style is very versatile, but the main genres I fit into are grime, pop and hip-hop. What I like to do is take elements from all types of music and fuse them into one, crafting something very unique and authentic.
Plans for 2011 and beyond?
My plan for the future is world domination (laughs). The sky is the limit! I have a couple of mixtapes in the pipeline that I'll be dropping this year, one of them being 'Focused Reality' – which will be out for free download soon. An EP, an album and more singles will follow, so make sure you watch this space! Oh, and I've also got a clothing line, which I put together with a few friends of mine, called D.E.C.S and London and it’s currently stocked all over London. There’s so much going on right now. Make sure you stay locked!
DDARK’s new single, 'Star', is out now.
Stay up to date with DDARK on Twitter – www.twitter.com/DDARKOnline
Words: Liz Black
Online editing: Joseph 'JP' Patterson (@Jpizzledizzle)