IAA SPOTLIGHT: GET TO KNOW – DLAUREND YOUNG – MIAMI’S HOTTEST STAR!

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Miami hip-hop artist Dlaurend is gear up to release his newest collection of recordings on Itunes. These tracks are heavy, yet smooth, and woven over a backbeat that just doesn’t quit. Dlaurend pulls no stops, allows no quarter, gives no room for competition. He does not imitate, and his sound, which may even be too fine for the modern era’s tin ear, is entirely unique to him.

Dlaurend Young started singing at the tender age of sixteen, and had already garnered the attention of the music industry in the Miami, Florida, area, which is a highly competitive and unforgiving hip hop scene. Nevertheless, the music of Dlaurend stands out against the usual backdrop of homogeneous hip hop, a trait that has alienated him from major labels whom are too scared to release anything but the same-old, same-old. His music mixes the cool, harmonic sweetness of Boyz II Men with the groove of artists such as New Edition, and a subtler funk hearkening to Prince.

His loops are background music, not melodies, and his beats are rhythm, not the showing-off of a flashy percussionist. His music reminds one of the tasteful hip hop of the late eighties and early-mid nineties, when hip-hop hit a stride in its quality that stretched from the rawness of gangsta rap to the undeniable expertise found in performers like Seal and Brian McKnight. His sound is sonorous and soulful, executed with patience, precision and tact. His lyrics are heartfelt, honest, earnest, and natural. His lines are full of conviction and steadfastness. Upon being asked about the content of his lyrics, Dlaurend has said his music “reflects love, heartbreak and the celebrations of life.” These themes are perhaps his most permeating topics, but they are far from his only ones.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?

DLAUREND YOUNG: My name is Dlaurend Young, I was originally born in Tallahassee, Florida and then move to central Florida. Later, I resided in Miami and was introduced to the art of making music.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?

DLAUREND YOUNG: As student I was in band where I started playing the trombone and then started playing the drums, but I have always just dabbled with playing the keyboard. I understand and read music, so I try to play different instruments whenever I can.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?

DLAUREND YOUNG: I want to release my own album because I feel that I have a story to tell. I want people to remember what real singing sounds like, along with  real substance. I haven’t heard any artist coming from a perspective like me, which is two working parents, still married today. I was not deprived of opportunities and I think that is cool. I miss the days when you had to have a hot album and not just a hot single. I am going to make an attempt to change that because as a customer first, I demand that. Now as an artist I feel anyone that purchases my album deserves nothing less than that.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?

DLAUREND YOUNG: My music is about actual account of feeling and stages in my life. I talk about the time when I cheated as evident in my song “Don’t Take Your Love Away” and I talk about being faithful and needing my girlfriend to trust as in the song “She Ain’t U”. There is no subject that is off the table as long I have personally experienced it or a close friend has opened up to me about it. Then, there are my songs “Pray For Men and “Champion” that reassure my spirituality and a constant strive to inspire people. I just say what is really in my heart and life’s travels.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?

DLAUREND YOUNG: My musical influences are Prince, New Edition, Terence Trent D’arby, Elton John, Keith Sweat, Marvin Gaye, Teddy Pendergrass, Simply Red, and Michael Jackson just to name a few. It is so many great artist that I can say contribute to my approach to creating a new song or even just not being afraid to put my real feeling in my lyrics.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?

DLAUREND YOUNG: The best way to describe my music is, that real R&B that has a timeless appeal, whether you are young or old you can relate to it. Then I bring a hip hop swagger to the music with my delivery and subject content and everything is comes together with a Pop appeal, also known as R&B Hip Hop music with a Pop appeal.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?

 DLAUREND YOUNG: I feel that I stand out from other artists first and foremost because there is not another me. I don’t try to go with the trends that have everyone sounding like each other. I feel that I have a very unique and original sound. I am in my own lane, and I don’t believe anyone can do what I do better

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in your music career and how did you overcome?

DLAUREND YOUNG: One of my biggest challenge was to just have the confidence to really believe I could create a song that people would like enough to know and learn the words to. It was very hard to put my heart into something that I was so insecure about, especially when at times the people I surrounded myself with were less than supportive. My confidence and determination really got tested, but I am a firm believer that persistence out lasts resistance, and I was persistent. With all those feelings I was feeling during that time, I developed an all about me attitude.  I made my circle smaller and really focused on my music. Then I just said to myself all I need is one stranger to like my music, and I would be happy. That stranger was going to be my motivation.  However, I got more than  just one stranger and even radio stations. Once that happened my creativity just went to another level because now I had my confidence.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects that you are currently working on?

DLAUREND YOUNG: Right now, I am working on completing my album. That is my top priority at the moment and making sure that my official introduction to the public is a very well done album that people will demand to hear more of the story. I also have a few very talented artist that I am looking to sign under my label once all the paperwork in order. I just don’t want to be an artist that just takes and not give something back. Power is in numbers and if my entire team is experiencing success of some kind, I know we could be a force and create a new era of music.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

DLAUREND YOUNG: My ultimate goal is to be able to say I own the label with the number one artist. Ten years from now, I want to be able to say my music still is relevant. I want new artists to remake  my songs. I think that would be the ultimate show of gratitude for my contribution to the art of R&B.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?

DLAUREND YOUNG: The people that appreciate my music can reach me at the following links

http://www.reverbnation.com/DlaurendYoung

http://www.facebook.com/DlaurendYoung

http://www.myspace.com/DlaurendYoung

http://www.twitter.com/DlaurendY

 

 

 

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66 COMMENTS

    • I’m definitely loving the article,very well put together.I love music,when I started listening to dlaurend it definitely got my attention.it has a smooth touch a mixture of r&b and hip hop.Loving the flow of it and definitely want to hear more from him.

  1. Love the article! The detail of the article is right on point. I look forward to hearing your new album as well as seeing you perform!

  2. Awesome article on Dlaurend. Very well spoken and very true answers about himself ! Dlaurend is a crowd pleasing performer and he shows it by singing from his heart.Great shows from a great artist. Can’t wait for the Cd.

  3. DLAUREND YOUNG – IS A GREAT ARTIST HIS MUSIC SOUNDS SO GOOD I ENJOYED READING YOUR ARTICLE U ARE LETTING EVERYBODY KNOW WHO U ARE AND WHAT GREAT MUSIC THAT U CAN WRITE U ARE SO BLESSED KEEP PUTTING THAT BAD ASS MUSIC

  4. Great article on Dlaurend, Congratulations D. Wish great success on the release, he has been working hard over the past 9 years I have known him. It is true of the lyrics, when I hear them I can remember some of things and people he refers to. 🙂 Can’t wait till the album release party.

  5. Dlaurend – Great article. Keep up the good work you are doing, You have have been working hard for this day – you deserve it all.

  6. Well put together I believe this artist will go far in the music industry and inspire others to show what real love for music is all about and not just throw Words and beats out.I believe he has what it takes to show the younger generation that music is not all about who does what to who or how much money he has to flow.music should be about passion and being real to our self Yes some music can be hard but I believe soft flow of tones and great sound goes along way!

  7. Now here is an artist that is not only true to himself but, also his fans. I have had the pleasure of seeing him perform multiple times. It’s been blood,sweat, tears and pure dedication that has gotten him this far. I look forward to the release of this new album! D I am so very proud of you!

  8. That’s how it’s done D. This man is dedicated and focused. He is poised and ready to take folks who are real , to a new place in music. Sit back and ride…

  9. D’s music, how do I describe? Take a little sweetness from Sam Cooke, some heart from Marvin Gaye, a bit of mischief from Bobby Brown, wrapped up and delivered with sincerity. It’s music you want to listen to, to hear what he’s saying. It’s genuine.

  10. Dlaurand Young…Is the man to listen to with his New R&B Hip Hop sound… I personally watched D grow in the music industry and have enjoyed every new song he has put out there. From my favorite song Popping bottles to champion.
    Congratulations D…Looking forward to your Album release

  11. Excellent article. I know this guy personally and not only is he a good singer/songwriter but a good person as well. I’m sure the music industry can benefit from someone of his character and talent.

  12. I always enjoy hearing Dlaurend sing. You can tell he really feels his music. He has a style uniquely his own, but a great blend of the all the greats. He is gonna go far this one, and I can’t wait to see him live again.

  13. Well written article about Dlaurend! His music is inspiring and always puts me in a good mood. Can’t wait for the album to come out! Keep up the good work and beautiful music! 🙂

  14. I was fortunate to hear Dlaurend live and in person in Houston, Tx. God has blessed him with a great voice, a star for sure! I wish you all the best and congratulations.

  15. I have followed Dlaurend’s music for a long time; Ive been fortunate enough to have spent some studio time with him and he’s a TRUE artist. I’m looking forward to the album release….All I can say is that the world should get ready!

  16. Keep them coming boi feeling the new joint. Hard work does pay off and by your article it shows……….. KJ FREE SPIRIT

  17. Great article. Dlaurend is a talented artist with a style all his own. His music reaches out and offers something real and moving. His lyrics reflect life.
    straight up D! Shine on.

  18. What’s up Dlaurend! It’s been a while since I’ve chopped it up with you, but I love the interview. You really put it out there how your music is like no other style, it’s your style. It’s great to know that there’s still artist out here that want every song they come out with on their album to be great, not just one hit. I could comment Alot more, but I’ll save it for later. I think your amazing and wish you nothing but the best! Aight Boss, much love from Twista in H-Town T.X!!!

  19. That way the realist I have heard any artist rep themselves. Dlaurend you did the interview exceptional and I give you mad respect for all you had to say. You will be a talented and very insperational RnB artist. ♥♥ from H-townshotz H-town Tx

  20. I’ve been following Dlaurend and his music for years now….one of my top ten favorites. BTW, he puts on an awesome live show!

  21. Cant wait for the next performance in our area!!!! Love his music! And article is on point!!! #truestory. Congratulations D!!!!

  22. Discovered this artist though my student and I haven’t been disappointed. Amazing artist with a classic sound. Can’t wait for an album!

  23. Very well said D. I can’t wait for the album to drop. I already have a lot of your songs and am looking forward to hearing the rest.

  24. I’ve had not only the opportunity but the pleasure of getting to see you perform live and I must say it was not only amazing but I couldn’t sit down! I found myself trying to learn the words off the gate because I felt the emotion in them. I look forward to you coming to the Raleigh, NC area again. The word is OUT! Keep it up D!

  25. Dlaurend shares his truths in his songs. You cannot help to close your eyes and feel his music! The article is heartfelt and honest. Looking forward to getting the album! Congrats D!

  26. I ran across Dlaurend on the internet and was intrigued with his music. I’ve since followed him and love the smooth quality of his voice. I love how he expresses things of the heart and is very versatile. Would love to see him perform. As a fellow artist, I see a lot of potential in him and believe with perseverance things will go well for him.

  27. Definitely loving what I hear.it has a smooth flow to it.a mixture of r&b and hip hop.definitely want to hear more from him..

  28. THE GENTLEMAN HAS A LOT OF POTENTIAL & I CAN HIM GOING PLACES & DOING BIG THINGS IN THIS MUSICAL INDUSTRY.

  29. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by the music of Dlaurend Young. Looks and titles are deceiving. Love the smooth mellow sounds, heck even my 82-year-old mother enjoyed the complex melody presented. Great look, great lyrics, and I’ll happily enjoy listening for many years to come ♫

  30. Dlaurend has done it again, with a hot new collection of songs that are sure to be on your list of got to listen too!!!! Keep it up D, you are my hero!

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