Derick “Dswift” Houston a young talented producer from Little Rock, Arkansas trying to break the mold for his city. From soulful rap tunes to pop, he covers grounds beyond measures, trying to reach people all over with his music. Unlike many other artists, Dswift focuses his energy on making a personal connection with his audiences through his music.
IAA: What is your music background?
D SWIFT: I come from a long line of singers and musicians, so it was natural for me to engage. I started playing the drums early on at the age of 10. At the age of 14 my interest turned from playing the drums to arranging music. My mom purchased me a Casio keyboard and I listened to the radio and made the beats from different artists. I had to play everything real time so it wasn’t always on beat but that created a good foundation for me. Over time I found my tone and I was able to create the songs with my own sound to them, which today is a distinctive sound familiar to a lot of ears in my region.
IAA: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
D SWIFT: I provide an element that I feel is missing in a lot of arrangements, which is passion. This is something I absolutely love to do and something I am dedicated to and when people hear my music they can hear and see the passion and work I put into my music.
IAA: What are your songs about?
D SWIFT: My music is about life, death, happiness, and sadness. My music reaches some of the darkest places in my life to mountain high. There’s no emotion that’s untouched when listening to my music.
IAA: Who is your fan base directed towards?
D SWIFT: My music is directed toward all races, creeds, colors, and religions. I have something everyone can enjoy from the wealthy to the poor.
IAA: Who are your musical influences?
D SWIFT: Some of my musical influences are Marvin Gaye, The Beatles, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Scarface, 2Pac, Linkin Park, Anita Baker, and Kurt Cobain.
IAA: How would you describe your music to people?
D SWIFT: My music is food for the soul. If you feel like a million dollars I have music to make you feel like reality is getting the best of you. I have music that can nurture those emotions with what I call soulful rap tunes.
IAA: What makes you stand out from other artists?
D SWIFT: I bring a unique sound that’s very original. I have a good work ethic and I know both sides of the game. I have the talent and I can talk the industry language. I’ve always stood out because I never stand beside the next man. I’m in my own lane.
IAA: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
D SWIFT: I’m currently working on several projects for some local artists in my area: R&B projects Sleepy Floyd and Q, hip hop project Cat Daddy (Smart Dumb Genius) 1+1=3. I’m also working on a beat cd and pushing my web page, dswiftbeats.com.
IAA: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
D SWIFT: My career goal is to produce full time and my 10 year goal is to be in a position to create opportunities for inspiring producers in my city Little Rock, Arkansas, that lack the resources and are not able to afford the tools needed to do what they have a passion for. I also plan to arrange music for movies, background music for company commercials, and endorsement deals. I plan to ride this roller coaster until the wheels fall off.
IAA: How can fans access your music and contact you?
D SWIFT: www.dswiftbeats.com