IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
DANGEROUS D: I am originally from Saginaw, Michigan. In 2001 I moved south to Jacksonville, Florida and then in 2007 to South Carolina where I currently reside.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
DANGEROUS D: I started writing rhymes and hooks in high school. I got schooled in the production game shortly after that by a couple of cats from my hometown, Gee Pierce and Don Q. Those boys are as good as they get; great talent, great minds and great hearts. They taught me a lot and helped me take my skills to another level. I’ve been flyin’ ever since.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
DANGEROUS D: Anything and everything. Inspiration can come from anywhere whether it’s something that you’ve experienced on a personal level, other artists or something that you might observe from a far. Whatever the case is, there is always something to write about.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your favorite song to perform and why?
DANGEROUS D: A song called “B.O.O.M.” off of my first album, Method 2 My Madness. That one gets the building shakin’ and the crowd rockin’!
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What has surprised you the most in the pursuit of a career in music?
DANGEROUS D: I’ve been around for a while and have experienced a lot of good and not so good. Absolutely nothing surprises me anymore.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
DANGEROUS D: Without a doubt the old school pioneers, Run DMC, Whodini, Cool J, P.E. etc. throw in Dr. Dre, Tupac, Biggie, Scarface, Nas and Ice Cube and that’s all that needs to said.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
DANGEROUS D: I am a story teller. So if you like a good story with an edge, fused with dope beats and a side of low end, then check me out at DANGEROUSDMUSIC.COM.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
DANGEROUS D: I write, produce and mix. This may sound cliché but I truly believe that I have a sound and style that is all my own. That’s why I strive to create some stuff that hits the listeners from a different angle. It’s easy to get caught up in writing about the same tired 3 or 4 subjects. I feel like you need to have something a little different to separate you from the herd, even if it’s one or two cuts. I am definitely my own worst critic, so if it sounds good in my head and feels good in my chest I’ll put it out there and let them love it or hate it.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What would you like to see changed in today’s music industry?
DANGEROUS D: The internet has made the world a much smaller place and has created countless avenues that didn’t exist 10-15 years ago for independent artists. One of the downsides to that is over saturation and that’s one of the biggest factors that stand in the way of getting heard. It’s all good though, if you believe in yourself, work hard and make good music they will eventually hear you.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects that you are currently working on?
DANGEROUS D: I am currently working on a new album titled DIGITAL IMMORTALITY. I am shooting for a November or December release time frame.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
DANGEROUS D: I will keep pushing myself to become a better artist, business man and human being. Also I plan to continue to take full advantage of legitimate opportunities so that maybe one day I will need to do nothing else but music to pay the bills. And 10 years from now I hope to still be breathin’.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
DANGEROUS D: DANGEROUSDMUSIC.COM
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