Tell us about your song.

“Successful” is the final song off of my previous album #AAAH (Agoraphobic. Alcoholic. Asshole.) The album is a story about battling anxiety and depression and “Successful” finishes the album off in a much different and more positive vibe. It’s a celebration of oneself and an anthem to loving who you are for what you do.

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Tell us about you as a person outside the musical world.

When I’m not performing as Murdock, I’m David. Raised and still residing in Jersey City, New Jersey. I went to college and graduated with a degree in theatre. I’ve been in the performing arts for years and still act during my spare time. I work at a comic book shop during the week along with some other part time jobs. I live in a house of artists and musicians and am always trying to find new music or events to go to.

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Tell us about you as a musician.

After graduating with a degree in theatre and a passion in Hip-Hop I decided to blend the two together. I always knew that my music has to have a message and I’m a fan of the idea of complete albums. I created a concept album with a clear beginning, middle, and end to tell a story personal to me that other people could relate to. My live performance also incorporates theatre with costumes, props, and the story-telling aspect of the album.

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Tell us how you manage other activities with your musical career.

I work 3 different part time jobs to make sure that my schedule is as flexible as possible to take time off for recording, video shoots and performances. A lot of my free time is spent listening to music, reading comic books, and exploring Jersey City along with other nearby areas. My friends and I shoot short films and music videos so I’m always trying to be involved in the arts even if it’s behind the scenes.

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Tell us your experience as a musician.

Once I started making music I knew that it was right. I’ve been performing for a while on stage in plays but once I started making my own material and had full creative control I felt a sense of freedom. I could do whatever I want and make what I wanted to make. It’s been great going to other local shows even when I’m not performing to support/get to know my local music scene.

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Tell us five artists you can regard as legends.

Zack De La Rocha, Kanye West, Eminem (yeah “Revival” was bad but he’s still a legend), Run the Jewels, Kendrick Lamar.

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Tell us the names of the media that have supported you so far.

Makin Waves and Jersey Indie have been super supportive.

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Tell us your future plans pertaining music.

I have another music video for a track on my album called “Life of an Artist” dropping later this month and am in the middle of recording my follow-up album now.

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Tell us what motivates you to write songs.

I’m an artist; I need to create art to feel fulfilled and to feel purpose. I want to tell stories, spread message and make a difference.

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Tell us the names of the artists you have worked with and the ones you will like to work with in the future.

I’ve worked with Cook Thugless and their individual members often. I have some new collaboration coming up that I’m super excited for as well. I really want to work with a lot of other local artists such as Vincent the Owl, Nizz Sentine and PeteyxKraze.

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Tell us what you think about creativity and originality in music.

You need it to stick out in order to make a movement. No hate on artists that aren’t very creative and riding off of current waves, I jam to those songs too in the right atmosphere. If you really want to be a legend and be someone to make an impact, you need to be original.

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Tell us the reason you are into music.

Music’s always there for me, it gives me such an emotional connection and can make or enhance what I’m already feeling. It’s personal.

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Give us the links to connect you on social media and links to purchase your music.

https://www.facebook.com/MurdockMusic/

https://www.officialmurdockmusic.bandcamp.com

https://www.instagram.com/murdock_music/

#AAAH is also available on Spotify and all streaming services.

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Tell us your view on old school music and new school music in terms of preference.

No preference, music evolves and changes just like any type of art. I like a little bit of everything. I love classics like “Illmatic” and “36 Chambers” but I can also jam to 2 Chainz in the same day.

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Tell us your most memorable day as an artist.

Easily my album release event for #AAAH. It was a charity event for the ADAA (Anxiety and Depression Association of America) where I had a full gallery of local visual artists display pieces that dealt with anxiety. There was a line-up of local Hip-Hop artists, a zine made specifically for the event, and poets/performance artists. The event sold out and we raised hundreds of dollars for charity. The crowd was so responsive and appreciative of the event. While I closed my set with “Successful” the venue turned into a giant party full of some of my closest friends and I stage dove into the crowd feeling the most accomplished I ever had.

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Tell us your genre of music.

I’d categorize myself under experimental Hip-Hop. I switch between boom-bap, to trap, to distorted noise on my albums so it’s hard to place me under one umbrella. For my live shows I bill myself as Theatrical Hip-Hop.

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 Tell us how you write and record your songs.

I’m heavy on themes. If I’m listening to a beat or even writing a cappella I always choose the theme that I want that song or verse to be about and then I just go with it and try to make that idea as clear as possible with a message. I write a lot when I’m very emotional as a sort of therapy and release.

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Tell us what you will do for the people if you found yourself in a position of power.

I’m all about my hometown of Jersey City, NJ. I don’t see myself leaving anytime soon. It’s going through a period of change and gentrification right now and a lot of neighborhoods including my own are getting neglected. If I were in a position of power I would give back to my community, I’d want to help my city as much as I can through donations, events and organizations.

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