Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience. 

 

Name: Derick John Knox. I was born May 27th, 1997. I was raised in Chester PA for the first 11 years of my life. At that time the homicide rate and frequent shootings kept a lot of people on edge and kids in doors when the street lights went out. By the time I was in 6th grade we had moved to Drexel Hill, a suburb of Philadelphia. My mother encouraged my siblings and I to try our hand at anything we could imagine and with that I started boxing at age 14. That honestly changed my life in ways hard to describe but most prominently, I believed in myself and my ability to overcome any obstacle. I’m thankful for both boxing and the street smarts that Chester gave me at such a young age, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. It was all a part of my growth.

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Tell us about your music career, band name, musical background, experience and skills.

 

My music career started soon after placing in several poetry slams and writing contests during High School. Upon coming to college that same poetry had found it’s way into beats and instrumentals in what would become my first songs. 2 years were spent releasing music consecutively and performing locally to find my voice. The past year was spent almost exclusively working on my debut project titled ‘Derick Knox LP’. The Project is self-titled because it is very much an exposition of who I am both musically and personally. I really believe that I understand rap and writing lyrics. Aside from that I have experience in mixing/mastering audio.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

My genre is Hip-Hop and Rap.  A Lucid dream is a dream that is extraordinarily vivid and where the dreamer becomes aware of the fact that they are dreaming, often being able to exhibit control over what is happening inside of it. I spent some  time practicing this to combat awful sleeping habits, so that’s where the title stems from. The first line in the song is “All my daydreams lucid yeah…imagine that”.
I’ve always had the habit of drifting off or “zoning out” regardless of the time, place, or what’s going on around me- I can’t help it.
It’s a complete daze, where daydreams develop into vivid and complete scenarios that I believe are harnessed in creative writing. These thoughts are so important, it’s like your brain is undressing lol. No one is around to judge your mind so it’s raw and unfiltered, the only person that has to accept it is you. So yeah do yourself a favor and let your imagination run wild, it’s pretty lit. 🔥

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

 

I love Hip-Hop. My greatest moments were performing at Kutzstock in front of the biggest crowd I have ever rapped for(250) along with several local shows that prepped me in building my stage presence. I love learning how to better myself as a music artist. The only struggle I’m faced with is feeling that I’m fighting against the odds in making the kind of rap music that I do. The people succeeding are mostly doing the same things, but I’m taking a different route so naturally the lane isn’t quite as defined. I trust that I’ll find clarity in what I want from the industry soon though.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

For my debut project all of the beats used were free with the exception of the one’s produced by Jesse James and Don Detta. This song, ‘Lucid’ was produced by Ghxst and recorded with my own equipment in the basement of ‘Old Main’ of Kutztown University. Afterward it was mixed and mastered by Don Detta and myself.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

I’ve been making music for about 3 years. In that time I’ve done several local shows in Central PA and the Philadelphia area as well as recording/writing a several dozen singles, many of which were never released. I just released my debut project and want to perform the LP everywhere that I can in order to spread it as far as possible. In that time I’ll be collaborating with artists with different talents than that of my own(singers, producers, graphic designers, etc.) in attempt to add some depth and different perspectives to what I’m creating.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

I let my life inspire my writing. As I learn and grow as a person through collecting experiences, new thoughts and ideas feed my creativity.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

I don’t think I know the secret behind making a hit song, but I do know how to make a song that I enjoy. The secret to that just lies in artistic truth, you gotta keep it real with yourself and with your audience.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

Peace and love over everything, because if everyone’s kind to the person beside them unconditionally, we’ll all be good. Aside from that be true to yourselves.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

I would tell any artist to take all praises and criticisms with a grain of salt. Music is inherently subjective because it’s an art, so people will ultimately like what they like. The same reasons some people dislike your music could very well be the same attributes that make you legendary in someone’s eyes. Just stay true to yourself and progression will come naturally.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

As far as awards and recognition I’ve won and placed in various writing contests and poetry slams before music had even started for me. Recently I opened for Madeintyo and Taylor Bennett at Kutztown and had the honor of performing rap for the orientation program of the University as well.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.

 

I am not currently being played on TV or radio stations but I am currently in contact with a few locally so hopefully that changes soon. The blog ‘FlowsForDays’ has covered a release for me before so big shout out to Julie for that.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

 

As my mind wanders throughout the day I brainstorm lines and tuck them away- normally in my phone or if I’m in class then a notebook. When I wanna write I listen to beats that I’m interested in and kinda place these lines scattered around the track, then fill them in with lyrics to construct my message. I often get stuck trying to find the perfect word to make a sentence work perfectly, in which case I write to a different song instead and come back to it later. In the studio I record all of my songs in solitude, sometimes in the dark as well. I think I do my best work alone. When it comes to collaborations though I record wherever that person wants to and I don’t mind being in the presence of who I’m creating with, we’re building something together.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Earl Sweatshirt, Logic, Eminem, Mick Jenkins and Nas.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

 

Most recently I’ve collaborated with Don Detta for the song ‘The Shift Anthem’ which is also on my LP, he produced the beat and then engineered/mixed the entire project. Before that I did some songs and performed with local artists Chronic and Jameek Jones as well. In the future I’m interested in working with singers and producers to compose different kinds of music and experiment with song structure, so no one in specific just those that are talented and willing to try and push some boundaries. If I ever got the chance to I would love to work with Alessia Cara one day.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.

Website: https://theshiftsociety.wordpress.com/

@DerickKnoxRap on all social media

instagram.com/derickknoxrap
twitter.com/derickknoxrap
facebook.com/derickknoxrap

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

 

My music is free and can be streamed/downloaded via:

https://www.youtube.com/DerickKnoxOfficial

https://soundcloud.com/derickknoxrap

derickknox.bandcamp.com

spinrilla.com/derickknoxrap

https://open.spotify.com/artist/3Z6a2dmJKdM4OvUAT5vv0s

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/derick-knox/id1258956853

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

I’m not totally sure about either. My happiest day was probably one of the several days that I sat back and admired the beauty of life and my circumstances, that’s a lot of different days though honestly. My saddest day was probably one of the random nights in my Freshman Year of college where I went out to a party only to come home afterward and regret going out in the first place, knowing would’ve rather stayed inside writing or playing video games. It’s sad to lie to yourself. But since that second semester of Freshman Year I’ve been more true to myself than I’ve ever been and I’m thankful for the growth. Not to say I don’t enjoy a party once in a while, but now I do it when I feel like it and not for the sake of doing what everyone else likes to do in order to have fun.
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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

I’ve actually never thought about this haha. I guess I’d make sure student loans are taken care of and pay for my college career. Followed by a bunch of travel and making sure that my family and close friends are living well. Everything after that is extra so I’d save it and probably end up putting it back into music.

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