Danny Matos


Tell us about yourself. 

I’m born and raised in New York City. I’m a late bloomer when it comes to this Hip Hop thing. I’ve always wanted to be an artist, but lacked the confidence, self-esteem, and self-belief to make it happen. I lived inside my head for ten years before I jumped on my innate ability to make music. I started as a performance and slam poet and quickly turned into an MC. 

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Tell us about yourself as an artist. 

I write about this human experience. We live in a world when polarization is propagated and nuance is ignored. There are people who don’t fit into the common stats of what a person is, and thus often feel neglected (sometimes their whole lives) because they can’t identify with anyone or anything that resembles them both physically but also emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and psychologically. Being human is complex, and the journey through those layers should be more celebrated, acknowledged, and discussed.

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Tell us the reason you decided to go into music. 

Music induces feeling, and in my opinion, the ability to feel is liberation.

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Tell us about the story behind your song. 

“Small Ones” is just be basically being fed up with everyone who just gets things handed to them. It’s my anger and chip on my shoulder because it seems that platforms matter more than the actually message. There are so many dope artists aside from myself who have been saying some great things, but we don’t get shine. Yet someone else who has a plug and a platform can say something (albeit not even remotely profound or prolific), and people will lose their mind. That’s just crazy to me. I’m tired; I’m tired of the smallest people having the biggest mouth and biggest reach. Period. 

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Tell us about the recording and production of the song. 

I had been working with a producer for a while, and we usually made each beat on the spot. However, he had sent me the beat, and I liked it, and wrote it very quickly after that. It ended up becoming one of my favorite songs. 

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Tell us the artists you will like to collaborate with in the future.

I’d love to collaborate with Joe Budden, Eminem, 50 Cent, Lil Wayne, DMX, Nas. Those were OG’s for me, and more of my fantasy team. As I got older, I began to appreciate Jay Z a lot more just because I wasn’t really exposed to his music the same way I was exposed to the other dudes I mentioned.  But aside from that, I love collaborating, so the name is less important to me than the energy. If we get along, let’s make dope shit happen. 

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Tell us the names of blogs, radio or TV stations that have supported you so far. 

2DopeBoyz, HipHopSince1987, DJBooth, YouHeardThatNew, Mystic Songs, LAonLock, Joe’s Groovy Corner, you guys. I get a lot of rejections though too. Because people don’t support quality shit they don’t know.
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Tell us the kind of work you like to do apart from music. 

I’m a personal trainer and fitness coach. I’m an advocate for health and wellness, and it’s my dream to bring resources and opportunities to marginalized communities.

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State the links to your social networks and stores for the purchase of your music. 

Just type in Danny Matos, and you’ll find me on all streaming platforms. 

 

IG: DMatos105

Facebook.com/DMatos105

Twitter: DMatos105

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Tell us more about your music career and experience so far. 

I’m just getting started. I have a lot of material and a lot of aspirations, and at this point, I’m just done messing with people who are primarily transactional in their business practices. You can pay money to people to do anything. I want to find quality relationships and quality people who actually want to make impactful art, who aren’t self-limited in their beliefs, and who believe in making something significant. 

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Tell us your definition of a hit song. 

If I knew that one, I’d make it every time. I think so much of what pops depends on timing and the zeitgeist. You can’t really predict that, and I think it’s paralyzing to try to. Just make the music and let the people decide. 

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Tell us your happiest moment in your music career. 

The happiest moment was when I made the first song I thought I sounded good on. It’s a weird thing finally realizing and acting on your dream, but it’s even more weird to hear yourself rap for the first time. Finding my confidence and believing in myself was the moment I knew I found my way. 

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Tell us about the genre of your music. 

I’m a hip hop artist. You can call it what you want, but I rap. And I respect all hip hop artists that came before me. I can’t rap about the street because that’s not my life. But I can rap how I feel, and that’s that. 

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Tell us the names of music producers you will prefer for music production and state your reasons. 

I want to work with any producer who believes in building trust and rapport, connection, and taking time to make dope shit. Literally, anyone who believes in those things. Those things can’t be bought. 

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Tell us the secret behind success in life.

Get rid of comparison. That is the utmost of evil.  

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Tell us your view on signing to a major label and “Doing It Yourself”. 

I want to because I want the resources involved in signing. 

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Tell us the challenges you are facing as a musician. 

It’s a challenge to be seen because I feel you can have all the right things to say but if people don’t view you as someone worthy enough to say those things, they will not acknowledge you. 

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Give a piece of advice to your fans. 

People matter. Always remember that. 

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