DEDRICK BRADFIELD: I was born in Temple, Texas, but as far as being from a city, I moved around my entire life and have never settled down long enough to call a city my own. I’d say that Temple is where I’m from but I’d be lying. In Temple, Texas nobody wants to see another person succeed and has the “crab in the bucket” mentality. Not to down Temple because a lot of my family lives there, but it’s a dead end for anybody trying to make something out of themselves. Now when it comes to me and where I was raised, I’ve lived in multiple cities and states and don’t get into claiming a certain spot.
IAA: What is your music background?
DEDRICK BRADFIELD: My musical background consists of playing the piano and writing my own lyrics as well as recording original music. I began playing the piano from the age of 11, after getting grounded and not being able to watch TV, go outside, or play video games. Boredom led me to read books, and hone my skills as a piano player. If not doing the two, I would write songs about life, trials, and tribulations to pass time. Even before being on punishment, I’d write songs because I enjoyed rhyming and the whole process of expressing yourself by being creative with music.
IAA: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
DEDRICK BRADFIELD: The reason I want to record and release my own music is because it’s not limited to what I can or can’t say, and I don’t have to follow a formula in the song making process. That allows me to capitalize on my freedom of speech, rather than being put in a box with limited subject matter to speak on. With that being said, the music I release will be 100% authentic no matter what route I take in this music business.
IAA: What are your songs about?
DEDRICK BRADFIELD: The songs I make are based on my personality and experiences I go through. So if I’m feeling sad and down, then I’ll make a song about why I’m feeling lonesome and record it for have-nots and misfits. If I’m feeling playful and silly, then I’ll make a song about a funny experience and put it out for pranksters, and class clowns.
IAA: Who is your fan base directed towards?
DEDRICK BRADFIELD: My fan base is directed towards 13 to 28 year olds. The reason my music is directed towards teens and young adults is because kids take my music literal while older people can’t relate to my material and find it over the top and immature at times. BUT, on that same token, the audiences outside of my music’s demographic can enjoy it as well. Kids like the catchy hooks and the mature adults enjoy my technical flow. So, even though I write music for a certain age range, everyone can feel my music for different reasons, regardless if children take certain songs more serious than others or if older people find my music less entertaining. Listen to my music and find your purpose.
IAA: Who are your musical influences?
DEDRICK BRADFIELD: My musical influences are 2pac and Eminem. I respect 2pac’s passion that he has for his music and I also appreciate his hard work ethic. The reason Eminem is an influence is because I admire his dedication he has for his songs and relate to the fact that he continues to remain humble.
IAA: How would you describe your music to people?
DEDRICK BRADFIELD: I’d describe my music as being a breath of fresh air, something that people usually don’t hear very often. My music carries the energy of DMX, the edginess of vintage Slim Shady, and storytelling ability as if you were reading a Stephen King novel.
IAA: What makes you stand out from other artists?
DEDRICK BRADFIELD: Personally, I feel that my thought provoking lyrics and technical rhyme scheme play a major part in making me stand out as an artist and a brand. Not just because it’s different, but because I’m not fronting and putting on a mask whenever I record. My music reflects who I am as a person and also shows multiple sides of the artist behind the mic.
IAA: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
DEDRICK BRADFIELD: The main project I’m working on is completing my album while drawing massive attention to my music as I put out more material for a buildup. So, look out for more singles and exclusive tracks.
IAA: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
DEDRICK BRADFIELD: My career goal is being able to financially provide for myself and loved ones doing what I do best and what I enjoy—music. Another goal of mine is being able to get as much respect as possible in this music business and to ultimately become a successful businessman. When I fast forward 10 years ahead from now, I see myself as an artist, producer, and record label owner. I hope to gain the ability to produce music for myself and other artists while managing a label for various types of music.
IAA: How can your fans access you and your music?
DEDRICK BRADFIELD: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dedrick/341093139268343
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