How would you describe your music?
“I would describe my music as a feel good sensation and It’s a reason I named my EP vibrations because I wanted to give out those certain vibrations”. “Music has shifted a lot and I am trying to bring back that sense of feeling we used to get from just hearing a good song. So I would describe my music as a feel good sensation to get your body moving and vibrating”.
Out of the three genres Afro,rap, and R&b, which do you lean towards more?
“I got a love for it so much, but it depends on how I’m feeling at the moment.I’m trying to really get the business aspect of music. Right now it’s summertime and people are more focused on being outside and moving so that is why I wanted to get back on my Afro. I started with doing Afro because I’m mixed with Congolese so that brings me back home. As far as the fall I want to bring back my rnb phase. I want to go seasonal and see how people are feeling and everything. I consider myself the audience when I drop or put stuff out. I am my biggest critic. As a consumer I have to think about how I am feeling. If it’s hot outside I’m not trying to listen to sad music. It's already baking. This summer I’m trying to get off a little more Afro and rap”.
Do you feel like your culture plays a part in your music?
-“All the way, one hundred percent, not a lot of people know but Congolese are so in tune with our music and dance, it’s all a part of our culture so it kinda just flows through me. It feels like they just come through me and sing for me so I try to not give myself all the credit. I’m thankful to be Congolese because I am able hear melodies and sounds a lot of people are not customed to and did not grow up to, so it is easy for me to bring another aspect to the table”.
Can you explain your creation process?
- “All work I do comes from my home studio in oakland. Right now I am working on my Afro EP. I want to make my own beats but right now i use beats from youtube and put it on protools and I like to get a feel for it and I do something called scatting and if I like it I record it and literally just flow to it. Now that I have my own studio it’s a lot more freeform because a couple years back I would rush to write because I knew my time was limited”.
Do you feel like you work better in your own space rather a real studio?
-“Oh yeah, most defeintelty because I can be myself. I dont have to worry about what other people are thinking about. I am always open to criticism but when I am in my own space at the crib its just a different vibe, I be in my own zone. I feel like it is my therapy so it’s really a good feeling”.
When you are making music do you make music for the audience or that “sensational feeling” for yourself?
-”I do it for both because like i said i want my music to touch people and not be selfish and make it for me because I actually want to give people something they can grove to. I want yall to feel how I feel when I am creating my music. I try to give my best affort and spend a lot of time making sure thiswill work out for the people, I want them to feel the same sensation I do”.
Where can we expect to see Darajah in the next six to twelve months?
-”You know honestly, Ive been thinking about moving to LA just to expand a little more because I’ve been working independently from home and it isn’t the easiest so that is why i want to move and network in LA. That is probably where you will see me. I plan to have more videos out by then. I will be dropping my Afrobeat EP, called ‘African American”, that will be out some time in july”.
Fun QUestion: What do you think is more important perception or reality?
“ Personally , I watch a lot of anime so I would say Perception. How you perceive things is your reality in a way. It is how you perceive your reality, that is what creates your reality. I have been reading this book called “The Power of Now”, and it actually describe how your mind creates now you perceive your world.”
Written By: India green
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