David Idol was born in Watts, California but was raised in Texas. Considering himself a rolling stone, David Idol is a lyricist and a rapper/singer that is in love with music. Besides music David also enjoys modeling and even landed a small acting role as a cop in a movie called Astonishing News in 2004. Throughout all of these interests, music remains his passion. His element and zone is found while he is on stage, extracting energy from the crowd and giving it back in his performance.
In California his oldest brother Chris was shot by a Black Panther affiliate while sitting on the porch. One bullet made eleven holes and yet his brother survived. His father had a hit man pick up a contract against him and had even met the shooter while setting up his tent in preparation of preaching later that night. He was a full time street preacher who traveled and preached where others wouldn’t. To this day, David thanks God that he is still alive. Racism was heavy in California at the time and the threats were serious from both sides. This spurred David and his family to move to Tyler, Texas.
It was David’s father who sparked the musical interest in David. His father was also a performer who was incredible on stage and David indulged in watching him on stage, mesmerized by his father’s “it” factor. His father had picked up a sponsor who saw him on TV. Then certain people went against the sponsor and David’s father’s ministry came to a halt. His family lost everything and moved in with David’s grandfather.
David began rapping and singing at the age of 18. He started out with gospel but as tough times began to take a toll, his perspective of the good in life, what natural and spiritual was, and the crookedness of society opened David’s mind to a whole new type of writing. Now, David writes the truth about life and what it really brings. He believes that things are not solved with just prayer alone and good people don’t always reap what they sew.
Eventually David got married but after his wife’s issues with Cocaine, David decided to leave Texas. He headed to New York where he dropped his first official CD and has been trying to be heard ever since. Tyler says, “It’s been emotionally tough. My dad is doing bad. My second oldest brother committed suicide. My best friend Tom ended up in a motorcycle accident, R.I.P. It’s been tough. But as long as God blesses me to continue to wake up every day, I will keep moving forward. I have a story and something to say. There is so much more to this story. It is just too much to tell at this unsigned level. I just can’t wait until I am able to bless this world with it.” -JAYO a.k.a. #David Idol. Stay tuned.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
DAVID IDOL: I sing as well as rap. I couldn’t help but love music after sitting in the audience as a son and fan of my dad’s. Hearing him captivate audiences with gospel songs and playing guitar so passionately inspired me by the age of 18 to become what he was: a real gifted performer.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
DAVID IDOL: Simple. I feel that music is one of the greatest and effective tools that people turn to when they want to feel happy, bitter, motivated, inspired, angry, sad, or just better. To take that same ability that music has over people and add it to my very emotional and passionate characteristic traits will help me change this world for the better. I know I will. I move people with my words without music. Add an instrumental beat which translates my experience to a song? With a little bit of others’ life experiences I just know that I will change this generation as well as the next for the better. Bottom line, I love the power of musical instruments.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
DAVID IDOL: My songs are about the truth and daily problems, as well as the ups of our everyday lives. From relationships (which I love to talk about, be it good or bad) to life’s reality concerning harsh and unspeakable topics: drugs, money, rape, molestation, disownment, loneliness, suicide, hatred, etc. Etc. Whether it’s political or domestic I sing and rap about it with passion. My songs are 90% of what I face and struggle with every day and the other 10% is from other peoples’ lives.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
DAVID IDOL: MY DAD. It was just something about his power of captivating when he sang. Then I would have to say Bob Dylan, Aaron Hall, R. Kelly, Jon B., Anita Baker, Al Green, James Brown, Elvis Presley, 2 Pac, Stevie Wonder, and Ray Charles to name a few.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
DAVID IDOL: I would describe my music as passionately inspiring. It is positive and thought provoking.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
DAVID IDOL: What makes me stand out is my story, my story, my story…period. Nobody in this world has a life story like mine. I can’t wait to bless this world with it.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in your music career and how did you overcome?
DAVID IDOL: It would definitely be when my second oldest brother, Gene, committed suicide on March 13th, 2004. He was only 36. There was also the time when my friend Tom aka 1punch Manzella was tragically hit by a car while on his motorcycle. I was actually writing my next album when I got the call. Not only was he a friend of mine and a father figure, but he eventually became my music sponsor. We were about to tour right before he died. Wow. And my brother was unbelievable…I owe him my life because he saved mine when I was going through hardships and he refused to let me kill myself and helped me out of Texas.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects that you are currently working on?
DAVID IDOL: I am working on a video as well as my next album which is going to be my greatest album to date and my official return to the still unsigned scene. I’ve been riding off of old music. Even though the masses have never heard it, my few fans have been ready for this new album.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
DAVID IDOL: My career goal is to be a worldwide motivational speaker, with or without music. I feel in ten years, if I’m finally blessed with a career in music, I’ll be a very giving individual. There are so many people I’m dying to help, individually as well as collectively. I see myself as a Robin Hood type of individual. By any means, somebody’s getting bless before they leave this cruel and tough world. I’ll be blessing the “uncool” and the “have-nots”.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
DAVID IDOL: I can be found on