The Interview: D34dguy
Author: Justin Grome
• Where are you from?
Kind of all over the place, but if anywhere is home, I seem to always end up back in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
• Have your surroundings shaped you in a creative sense, and in what way?
Truth be told, I've lived a crazy life. I did a lot of things people only consider when they're messed up with friends. It's all provided me with a lot of depth. I'm yet to share this fully through my music.
• What’s your background like?
I've been in the trap and had my closest friends become enemies. Yet, I survived one hell of a ride that most wouldn't.
• Where do you stand on the music scene in your area?
I had a brief moment of throwing shows with Ghost Guys Entertainment. I've met a lot of the movers and shakers that were in the area I was in. We've had some distance between us but hopefully there's room to grow back in a way that lifts our city up.
• What did you start doing first, producing or rapping?
I hopped right in both feet to rapping after spending a lot of time in a local studio. It led to a lot of opportunities for growth and some charity work.
• How did you get started?
I got tired of being scenery at suite 328. I just honestly wanted to see if I had it.
• Do you have anyone that you consider your mentor?
C Millz and Eon Zero as well as a couple of other local artists. They did a lot of coaching me through my introduction to art.
• How has their help or advice shaped you?
It definitely gave me a lot of opportunity for growth. It showed me I row my boat a little different but it's all mine and I should let it rock on these waves I'm trying to make.
• What is one experience in life that, without it, you wouldn’t be the artist you are today?
My sobriety, without it I wouldn't be here.
• What do you hope to accomplish this year?
I just want to touch some new lives and raise some awareness for autism. Also, I like taking pictures with people who think I'm crazy looking.
• What does your work aim to say?
We're all going through different things but we're not alone. We've lived crazy lives and it's our story to share.
• Who are your biggest influences and what do you like about them the most?
I listen to a few artists such as NF, Lil Peep, Tom MacDonald, Mad Child, Token Twiztid Redd, Approachable Minorities, etc. We all have different experiences and we're just sharing them hoping people catch the vibe.
• How would you describe your own style?
• I'm just different. I can ride the beat or just fill the gaps that are off. I have a message and some real things in the pieces I make.
• In what ways has your newest music changed from when you first started?
• I started in the trap and just keep latching onto production I feel. You learn and grow.
• What are the main inspirations for the lyrics you write?
My life. shared stories with friends and a lot of personal experiences that I can't find any other way to share.
• What would be your dream venue in which to perform?
Probably what used to be The Pyramid in Memphis, Tennessee that's now a Bass Pro Shop. It's right on the water and a monument you'd never forget the walk up to.
• What’s a song you have stuck in your head these days?
Honestly, it's between "Castles" by Tom MacDonald or "Bad Guys" by Tom MacDonald. Besides that there are a few "What's Poppin'" covers I've heard.
Listen to D34dguy's new single "Left Me Strange" below: