Discuss your personality.
I’m a laid-back dude that’s into fashion, music of course, and just the finer things life has to offer.
Brief us about you as a musician.
I’ve been making music for over a decade now but more so part-time, but as of late I guess with getting better at it and just building more confidence I’ve taken it very seriously. I started out just writing a ton of rhymes/lyrics but never been to a studio once. I found a studio that let me intern and I just worked hard to understand the workflow of studios and engineering. After that, I was ready to really make structured music since I could literately record myself.
Go into details on what has changed in your life for choosing music as a career.
Like I stated previously, I’ve always loved music and hip-hop in general. Growing up in Brooklyn NYC we had Jay-Z, Biggie, and Nas as lyricists to look up to. And it may sound funny but when I started I didn’t give myself a chance because I held myself to their standards, like I wanted to be that good before I proclaimed I was a ‘rapper’ or artist. So I’ve watched so many people that may not have had the talent but lacked what may have been fear for me as well. I went to college with Wale and his passion and drive always inspired me because he had a lot of people doubting him, I would say 95% of people he told he would rap just laughed it off. So to be so close to someone who dreamed like that and actually see it come true did something to me. So now I’m giving the efforts I should have a long time ago.
Tell us the benefits and drawbacks of choosing music as a career.
I would say today you have to have tough skin, with social media everyone is all of a sudden a critic. So just going in understanding that once you create music and it is out to the world as much as it may be your baby and you love it, it might not move others the way you expected. The benefit is almost therapeutic for me; it’s like getting to literately speak your mind in a creative form. I love hearing a beat for the first time that I know I’m going to write to.
Tell us how you will manage fame as an established artist.
For me, I think currently what is consider fame today is really broad and can be more so subjective… For me, whenever I do become ‘Famous’ I would just want to help motivate those that may need it, I remember having doubt in myself and just fear of failing. Aside from that hopefully I could get perks like free clothes from my favorite clothing lines.
Elaborate on the storyline of this song.
For me there’s was always a thing where you had to be authentic and be real. That kind of is the motivation behind the track ‘2 Many’… You hear it in the hook and lyrics pretty much, nowadays via social media, you see a lot of people faking or doing things for attention.
Tell us the means of connecting you and purchasing your music online.
Currently, I have several projects on iTunes, Spotify, Tidal, and Google Play under my stage name ‘David Ball – db.’
Let us know the greatest moment of your music career.
I would say creating my last project which is dedicated to my cousin Ola. ‘Overly Living Ambitiously’ is not only the project title but a movement of sorts. Positive vibes which I hope can inspire… My motto is Ambition, Inspiration, and Motivation. AIM at your goals and squeeze!
Tell us the highest amount of money you have ever received from your music career and how it happened.
Well I just started to put my music up for sale 2 months now and I’ve made $20 lol… that’s just from streaming from multiple sites and apps. I’m definitely looking to change that sooner than later. But I love music and right now it’s not so much about the money for me.
Discuss your experience pertaining to live performances, gigs, shows, and tours.
I recently did an open mic before the holidays and it was cool. It was a smaller venue but the crowd was really feeling my music so that was a positive experience I look forward to doing more often.
Tell us how you interact with your fans.
I think for underdogs out there I would be very relatable to; I’ve been doubted and still found ways to succeed in life. I wanted more than life was offering at the time but I got off my ass and hustled hard to better my situation. With a lot of my music, I speak of being down and out but finding a way and staying consistent with your efforts towards your goals.
Tell us what you will like to change if you have the chance to turn back the hands of time.
If I could turn back the hands of time I just would want to have my cousin Ola back and have had the courage to pursue my dreams sooner, fear is most people’s greatest enemy and the rest a lot of talent never gets out to the world.
Tell us the most important people that have boosted your music career and how you met them.
At this point in my career, I can only say my engineer Matt and My little brother. I moved from NYC to Miami and tried to network with cool people, I met Matt and I just kept going to his studio and he showed me how to finish off a track.
Brief us on what you have in mind before considering music as a career.
Sitting in front of a computer all day… I’m currently a Web Developer.
Discuss your good and bad experience in life.
I would say the death of my cousin Ola. My cousin was an angel and probably too good for this planet, but she always believed in me more than I did myself, I got her portrait tatted on my arm…
Name the artists that have influenced the world.
Jay-z is the first to come to mind, I guess seeing him come from where I’m from and have such an impact as far as giving back and having an artist in mind when creating Tidal.
Tell us about your moment of rejection as a musician and how you are able to cope and move on.
I remember when I first started recording and my delivery was off. I tried sharing my music and got real honest feedback. It was discouraging before but I remember feeling a way after a girl didn’t like my music. She just reminded me that even Michael Jordan started as an amateur so I learned not to take criticism so hard and to actually use that feedback to work on getting better.
Tell us the most negative comment you have ever received about your music.
Well, I probably had horrible things said behind my back lol but to my face, I remember what was once a close friend of mine said when I played him my music. He said “you’re not a rapper why are you even trying”… It hurt more coming from what I thought was a good friend but I later realized that he didn’t have much faith in himself to do anything so he didn’t want to see others dream and achieve. It’s easier to be a critic than actually go out there with the courage to be judged so I have forgiven him but we don’t speak anymore.
Tell us how to become a famous artist.
I’m still trying to figure it out everyday lol… but it’s crazy in the world we live in today I think with social media you can reach that status faster and putting in less work than others before you…
Tell us how you plan to make an impact on society.
I look at Puffy Daddy, Jay-Z and see how they are in the position to give back thanks to music. I want to branch off into things I love like fashion and even film. But ultimately I would hope to motivate those that may have doubt in themselves because I’ve been there before.
Elaborate on the recording process of this song.
I actually found the instrumental on Soundcloud, and the chorus came to me instantly. Like I stated before there is a lot of phoninesses and faking going on via social media, we’ve become movie editors kind of where we just show the parts we want you to see. Also, I think we all can relate to having fake friends and getting backstabbed; this track speaks on it with lyrics like ‘See we always ahead/ haters always behind/ easier for the stab/ hope you see it in time’. I recorded this track with my Engineer Matt and I’m currently working on a treatment for the video, please look out for that…