The Interview: DJ Flawless
• Where are you from? Have your surroundings shaped you in a creative sense, and in what way?
I am from Mo. City, Tx but live in Austin currently. I feel like Houston is the best city in Texas and has had an huge impact on the music industry. It’s many legends that have put the city on so I use those cats as motivation for sound and a foundation on the right way to hustle in this business. I listen to a lot of jazz and old school music so I feel like I get my creativity from many different places not just Houston.
• What’s your background like? Where do you stand on the music scene in your area?
My background is H Town for sure. Influenced by Bun B, Pimp, Scarface, Z-Ro, Killa Kyleon, Siwshahouse the lists goes on. Being in Austin is different though, I’m feeling the scene out but I feel like my talent/ work will speak for itself.
• What did you start doing first, producing or rapping? How did you get started?
It’s crazy honestly cause I used to play a lot jazz growing up so music has always been apart of me. I started DJing in college and me and a few homies took over the party scene in there. From there I begin to write but never really hopped out there and put music out. I have tracks from like 5 years ago that nobody will ever hear. But I dropped my first tape last summer on Soundcloud called Better Now Than Never. I feel like the tape was dope for sure but the music I’m working on now is 10x better. I have two singles out now that are nicer than that whole tape.
• Do you have anyone that you consider your mentor? How has their help or advice shaped you?
I don’t really have a mentor. I do have a few artists that I look up to including Le$, Curren$y and Kendrick Lamar. I study the game and make the best moves for me. I know nothing happens over night so I’m just consistently dropping quality music trying to create a buzz.
• What is one experience in life that, without it, you wouldn’t be the artist you are today?
I would have to say losing my grandpa. I struggled dealing with not having him around but now I use that as motivation. Every time I get in the booth I think of him and that’s where my work ethic comes from. I know he watching over me, watching my moves.
• What do you hope to accomplish this year?
I would love to go on tour this summer. That’s my goal. I’m dropping a EP next month titled “Elevate” which is for sure my best work so far so I’m planning on performing that on tour. In addition to dropping merchandise.
• What does your work aim to say?
My work aims to let people know they can accomplish whatever they put their minds to. You have to believe in yourself and your craft and have faith. You get in what you put in. Everybody not gone see your vision, you have to stay true to yourself and make the right moves for you.
• Who are your biggest influences and what do you like about them the most?
My biggest influences would have to be Kendrick Lamar and Le$. Kendrick Lamar because I feel like he’s in he greatest to ever do it. There’s not a day that goes by that I’m not jamming Kendrick. The homies put me on Kendrick in 2011 when that section 80 dropped, I was like whoa whose this cat. He’s been an inspiration since. He’s gotten me through some tough times in life. Le$ is motivation for me because of his work ethic. Dude never stops, consistently killing it. Quality music too man. Just to see someone dropping multiple albums in a year is motivation to me. It’s no excuses, if you want to be good. You gotta work. Exactly why dude is blowing up now. I been jamming Le$ for a min. Back to that Settle for Le$ volume 2 tape with that Candy Coated and Third Coasting track with Killa Kyleon & Paul Wall.
• How would you describe your own style?
I would describe my style as motivational and chill for sure. I just ride beats man, jazzy feel almost like I’m an instrument when I hop on tracks. I always want people to feel good when they listen to my music, I also want them to feel like they can chase their dreams and be successful.
• In what ways has your newest music changed from when you first started?
I’ve grown tremendously. The creativity has always been there but the confidence is there now and everything is clicking.
• What are the main inspirations for the lyrics you write?
Just my experiences in life in addition to how I’m living or feeling at the the moment. I never Rap about nothing that I haven’t experienced. If I say it then I’ve experienced it. Everything is facts, I don’t try to create an image. I stay true to myself.
• What would be your dream venue in which to perform?
I would have to say NRG stadium or the astrodome would be dope too. H Town!
• What’s a song you have stuck in your head these days?
Not a particular song but a few albums I have in rotation are Saba, Care for Me. Jay Rock Redemption. Nipsey Hussle, Victory Lap, and Kendrick and Le$ on shuffle all the time.