DIZ: I was born and raised in Binghamton, NY. I currently lived in Orlando, FL for the last 6 years.
IAA: What is your music background?
DIZ: Growing up in a poor city, we turned to music to get through the days. I would go down to the park and spit freestyle and have battles just to pass the time. Music has been my love since a very young age. I saw how rappers lived, and I fell in love with the lifestyle. I first started recording when I heard Nas’ Illmatic , that was a very inspirational album. Hip hop was all I knew and still is. Growing up I realized how big the game was. I began recording with local artists in any studio that was available. I would spit lyrics everywhere I went. I have worked with many local artists, and I have learned from every one of them. I will continue to work with more and more people, spreading my name as much as possible. My heart beats for hip hop.
IAA: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
DIZ: Writing and recording my own music is a passion I have always had. When I get on the mic, I feel like I’m where I belong. When I’m on stage and I see the crowd, it gives me a feeling like nothing else can. When struggles and obstacles stand in my way, writing and recording is a way for me to relieve stress. I put my problems into my music. I hope my lyrics can help other people get through their problems. I also feel the industry has changed so much. I’m trying to bring back real hip hop. The time when hip hop was about day to day life and experiences. I do it for the hip hop fans. The fans need someone who isn’t obsessed with fantasy and writes real life shit. I’m not looking to be a one hit wonder and disappear. Every artist with money or rich parents gets ahead a lot faster. I will get ahead with just my lyrics and heart.
IAA: What are your songs about?
DIZ: Most of my songs are about the feelings I am experiencing at the time they were written. I write about what I see around me. The same way an artist sits back with a paintbrush and draws a picture, that’s what I do with my lyrics. I listen to every noise, fight, every movement, every car horn, police siren, every unfortunate gunshot, and convey the things I see and hear into words. I write songs about different cities I’ve been in, parties I’ve went to, women I’ve been with, girls from the neighborhood that always walk by, to the kids that run around. I rhyme about life.
IAA: Who is your fan base directed towards?
DIZ: My music reaches people who are going thru struggles and trying to find their place in the world. People always look for a rapper or singer to turn to when things aren’t working out their way. People need someone they can relate to or a song to enjoy when they just want to hear some music. My music helps kids who grew up without a perfect family or without their father to offer guidance. My music lets them know there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I encourage my listeners to never give up, and to know that they can accomplish anything.
IAA: Who are your musical influences?
DIZ: Growing up I listened to many different artists and genres of music. What made me fall in love with hip hop was Nas’ album Illmatic. Growing up, it was just my mom, my sister, and I. My father wasn’t around. I saw how rappers lived and that influenced me to want a better life.. I saw hip hop as a way to have a better life. To do something I love and get paid for it, is something I can’t pass up. I started listening to more hip hop artists such as Jay-Z, Jadakiss, Mobb Deep, Biggie, AZ, Talib, Mos Def, Kanye, Big L, Run DMC, DMX, Memphis Bleek, and all the old school east coast hip hop rappers. I also began listening to rappers such as, Wu Tang, Dre, Bone Thugs, NWA, Lil Wayne, Ludacris, 3-6 Mafia, St. Lunatics, and so many more. There was a big gap in the industry for a while until Drake and J Cole emerged. I know hip hop is still alive and I will do everything I can to keep it that way.
IAA: How would you describe your music to people?
DIZ: My lyrics convey a message that life is hard but wonderful. Enjoy every moment you have because you never know when that moment could come to an end. My music reaches out to people who are still working towards their goals, and people who have been hated on or mistreated. My music let’s them know to keep going and continue to work hard. If you keep your head up, and your goals in sight, you can get anything you want.
IAA: What makes you stand out from other artists?
DIZ: I don’t indulge in fake lyrics or have other people write them for me. Everything I rap about either happened to me or I have witnessed it with my own eyes. I persevere through any problem thrown my way. Most artists say the same things in every song they make, I change up my flows. I take criticism very well because it actually motivates me to improve. A lot of artists play themselves by lying about things, trying to get ahead. They get ahead but fall quick. I don’t claim to do things I haven’t done, everything I talk about is true. Every time a new artist comes out there are hundreds of people copying his style. Most artists don’t come up with their own style of rapping. They just listen to others and mimic them. I learn from them, but I don’t copy them. One thing that makes me stand out is that I have no fear. I have no fear of putting myself on the line for something I love. I have no fear of making a stand for what I believe in. I always strive for a better life. I will never quit.
IAA: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
DIZ: I released my Digital Mix Tape Vol. 1 ‘Came From Space’ for free download on dat piff. I am currently working on Vol. 2 of my mix tape series, which will also be free to download. I am also working on my first album titled ‘The Beginning’ which will be released late June early July. Be on the look out!
IAA: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
DIZ: My career goal is to inspire as many people as I can to get off the couch and become what you always wanted to be. You only live once. In ten years, I plan to be with a major label working with major names. I’m not doing this for a little exposure. This is my life. I have a lot of people counting on me, and I do not accept failure. In ten years I’ll be in the shoes of the major labels looking for people just like me to bring into the spotlight.
IAA: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
DIZ: My main website where I put almost all of my work is reverbnation. The address to that is www.reverbnation.com/dizhiphop
I can also be found on twitter, @NickDizC
Facebook as Diz New Hip Hop Voice
Also other websites…
You can attend one of my live shows and see the real rawness and emotion in my heart.