DSON McDaniels

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Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there? I currently live in Wayne New Jersey, which is like 20-30min away from New York. The specific music scene around me is pretty calm but being from Jersey, Paterson is the closest area that has a bubbling music scene with artists trying to come up. I don’t fall into their style so I don’t see much of how deep it is, but I’ve seen it first hand a couple of times How did you first start playing music? Uhmm, I would have to say my first start playing or doing music would be in 2009. My freshman year is the first time I attempted to make my own piece of music, and that was me making a High School version of Lil Wayne’s "Every Girl" that I called “My School." l replaced "Every Girl's" hook with “I wish I could date every girl in my school" You come from a very musical family with your father being the front man of RUN DMC, what was your childhood experience like? That’s a question I get asked a lot. For me, it was normal because I don’t know what it’s like to not have him being who he is. Now that I’m older and can look back on how my life actually was and even is to this day is, it’s honestly a blessing. Especially seeing how my friends lives are compared to mine, it made me realize that I was blessed with a path that I can’t let go to waste. What have you been working on recently?  Outside of working on myself, I’ve been working on getting my music to a place where it fills all voids. A place where it hits on all cylinders. Catching what is true to me, but at the same time, finding what is true in all of us. What do you most enjoy about listening to and creating/playing music? Music takes you to a whole other world. It can take you to a place of happiness and peace. Even if it’s only for the few minutes when your favorite song is on. Nothing outside of your favorite artist, or song, or album matters for that moment in time. You could’ve been angry, sad, overwhelmed but the moment you hear that song or artist it all vanishes and brings you back to level headed mindset. Knowing that I have the capability of bringing that feeling of peace and happiness to even just one listener gives creating music the music I make a purpose. The overall goal for my musics is getting people to accept all feelings we feel as humans and to know it’s okay to be EXTRA lol that’s the goal, get everybody okay with being Extra. You've just released your debut track 'Heat' which comes accompanied with a video, what influenced the sound and songwriting for Heat? Well actually HEAT went through a couple phases. I had the song in the vault for a whole year while working on getting it to what it is now, but when I originally came up with the idea I was trying to catch that “club” "turn up" vibe lol. Lil Pump's "Gucci Gang" and Uzi's "XO Tour Life" were heavy in my rotation, so I decided to make a festival crowd banger in this style, but once I showed my dad what I did he opened the flood gate by saying “it’s not enough, you can do way more.” With him saying that, I started looking back and Run DMC's "Rock Box" hit me. The guitar gives it life, the scratching gives it soul, then the sprinkles adding in the one that literally started it all-DMC. There’s no way this song could have been anything other than what it is.  Where and when did you record and who with? I recorded HEAT at Platinum Sound Recording Studio throughout the year, but the whole project “Earning My Stripes” was recorded in New York with the greatest engineer of all time- Serge Tsai. What programs/instruments did you use? To record I use Protools in the studio, but it depends on the studio and what they have. Doesn’t matter to me really as long I can record.  I personally don’t play any instruments.I don’t have the patience so I respect, honor, and lovingly envy all that actually do play.  How did you approach the recording/production process? Pretty naturally I would say. I didn’t rush or stress over any part of it. All the pieces just fell perfectly in place when they were supposed to.  How did you go about writing Heat and how do you go about writing music in general? Well HEAT is more so a dope radio hype song that electrifies a room. My other songs, however, are more heart and emotion driven. I’m really heavy on letting the voice in the back of your mind express itself, like for some songs, I purposely put myself in a mood so that I can express it lol.  Your debut EP 'Earning My Stripes' is also out now, what did you find most challenging and rewarding during the production of this Earning My Stripes? What did I find most challenging? Hmm, I’d have to say the most challenging part was having to only put six songs on there, and all the business that actually goes into being able to actually put out a song. I have so many ideas, but clearing a song is a real thing lol. The most rewarding thing from this has to be actually seeing and completing a full project officially, and taking that first step to doing everything the right way. (And I can move onto all my other ideas.. slowly but surly lol) What are your plans for Earning My Stripes? I want Earning My Stripes to be the bread at the table, not even the appetizer. Just a little something to get the taste buds and mind going to get you ready for what’s actually to come.  Who are you listening to at the moment? Currently, Lil Uzi is my main right now. I have him and instrumentals on repeat 24/7, but overall I vary from KISS, Bullet For My Valentine, Michael Jackson, Drake, Chris Brown, myself, all the way to Video Game/ Orchestral music. I’m all over the place, but I would have to say my go- to‘s are Lil Uzi Vert and Chris Brown. What do you like to do away from music? Away from music I’m pretty simple. I used to play hockey, was pretty good too for starting so late. I started skating when I was 16 and within four years, was able to keep up with college kids who’d been playing since six, seven years old. Other than hockey, I would say video games. I was big into Call of Duty, but the classics Call of Duty 4, Modern Warfare 2, the originals of Online Gaming. Now, what I mostly do, is wait until the next time I’m back in a musical setting. I never want to leave it, only to sleep because my body needs it.  What do you have planned for the remainder of 2019? The remainder of 2019 for me will be working on more music, hopefully getting another EP out for Fall/Winter and getting some videos shot for a few songs off the “Earning My Stripes” EP. Also, getting my name and face out there more so people can join me on my journey.  Any secrets that you care to share? Mm any secrets.. not really, no. I guess I could say a secret could be there are two girls out there that I love and who inspire my whole musical existence, but who they are.. well that’s a secret *tongue in cheek* lol   Favourite food and place to hangout?  Ooo favorite food would have to be pizza. That’s the one thing I don’t think I could ever give up no matter how healthy I wanna be. I’ll sacrifice skipping a meal so I can get those extra calories lol Favorite place to hangout? Outside of my house, the studio. That’s the one place I want to live. I have to merge the two together and then I never have to leave unless I have a show or radio interviews  Social: https://www.instagram.com/dsonmcdaniels/ Website: https://dsonmcdaniels.com

Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there? I currently live in Wayne New Jersey, which is like 20-30min away from New York. The specific music scene around me is pretty calm but being from Jersey, Paterson is the closest area that has a bubbling music scene with artists trying to come up. I don’t fall into their style so I don’t see much of how deep it is, but I’ve seen it first hand a couple of times.

How did you first start playing music?

Uhmm, I would have to say my first start playing or doing music would be in 2009. My freshman year is the first time I attempted to make my own piece of music, and that was me making a High School version of Lil Wayne’s “Every Girl” that I called “My School.” l replaced “Every Girl’s” hook with “I wish I could date every girl in my school”.

You come from a very musical family with your father being the front man of RUN DMC, what was your childhood experience like?

That’s a question I get asked a lot. For me, it was normal because I don’t know what it’s like to not have him being who he is. Now that I’m older and can look back on how my life actually was and even is to this day is, it’s honestly a blessing. Especially seeing how my friends lives are compared to mine, it made me realize that I was blessed with a path that I can’t let go to waste.

What have you been working on recently?

Outside of working on myself, I’ve been working on getting my music to a place where it fills all voids. A place where it hits on all cylinders. Catching what is true to me, but at the same time, finding what is true in all of us.

What do you most enjoy about listening to and creating/playing music?

Music takes you to a whole other world. It can take you to a place of happiness and peace. Even if it’s only for the few minutes when your favorite song is on. Nothing outside of your favorite artist, or song, or album matters for that moment in time. You could’ve been angry, sad, overwhelmed but the moment you hear that song or artist it all vanishes and brings you back to level headed mindset. Knowing that I have the capability of bringing that feeling of peace and happiness to even just one listener gives creating music the music I make a purpose. The overall goal for my musics is getting people to accept all feelings we feel as humans and to know it’s okay to be EXTRA lol that’s the goal, get everybody okay with being Extra.

You’ve just released your debut track ‘Heat’ which comes accompanied with a video, what influenced the sound and songwriting for Heat? Well actually HEAT went through a couple phases. I had the song in the vault for a whole year while working on getting it to what it is now, but when I originally came up with the idea I was trying to catch that “club” “turn up” vibe lol. Lil Pump’s “Gucci Gang” and Uzi’s “XO Tour Life” were heavy in my rotation, so I decided to make a festival crowd banger in this style, but once I showed my dad what I did he opened the flood gate by saying “it’s not enough, you can do way more.” With him saying that, I started looking back and Run DMC’s “Rock Box” hit me. The guitar gives it life, the scratching gives it soul, then the sprinkles adding in the one that literally started it all-DMC. There’s no way this song could have been anything other than what it is.

Where and when did you record and who with?

I recorded HEAT at Platinum Sound Recording Studio throughout the year, but the whole project “Earning My Stripes” was recorded in New York with the greatest engineer of all time- Serge Tsai.

What programs/instruments did you use?
To record I use Protools in the studio, but it depends on the studio and what they have. Doesn’t matter to me really as long I can record.
I personally don’t play any instruments.I don’t have the patience so I respect, honor, and lovingly envy all that actually do play.
 
How did you approach the recording/production process?

Pretty naturally I would say. I didn’t rush or stress over any part of it. All the pieces just fell perfectly in place when they were supposed to.

How did you go about writing Heat and how do you go about writing music in general?

Well HEAT is more so a dope radio hype song that electrifies a room. My other songs, however, are more heart and emotion driven. I’m really heavy on letting the voice in the back of your mind express itself, like for some songs, I purposely put myself in a mood so that I can express it lol.

Your debut EP ‘Earning My Stripes’ is also out now, what did you find most challenging and rewarding during the production of this Earning My Stripes?

What did I find most challenging? Hmm, I’d have to say the most challenging part was having to only put six songs on there, and all the business that actually goes into being able to actually put out a song. I have so many ideas, but clearing a song is a real thing lol. The most rewarding thing from this has to be actually seeing and completing a full project officially, and taking that first step to doing everything the right way. (And I can move onto all my other ideas.. slowly but surly lol).

What are your plans for Earning My Stripes?

I want Earning My Stripes to be the bread at the table, not even the appetizer. Just a little something to get the taste buds and mind going to get you ready for what’s actually to come.

Who are you listening to at the moment?

Currently, Lil Uzi is my main right now. I have him and instrumentals on repeat 24/7, but overall I vary from KISS, Bullet For My Valentine, Michael Jackson, Drake, Chris Brown, myself, all the way to Video Game/ Orchestral music. I’m all over the place, but I would have to say my go- to‘s are Lil Uzi Vert and Chris Brown.

What do you like to do away from music?

Away from music I’m pretty simple. I used to play hockey, was pretty good too for starting so late. I started skating when I was 16 and within four years, was able to keep up with college kids who’d been playing since six, seven years old. Other than hockey, I would say video games. I was big into Call of Duty, but the classics Call of Duty 4, Modern Warfare 2, the originals of Online Gaming. Now, what I mostly do, is wait until the next time I’m back in a musical setting. I never want to leave it, only to sleep because my body needs it.

What do you have planned for the remainder of 2019?

The remainder of 2019 for me will be working on more music, hopefully getting another EP out for Fall/Winter and getting some videos shot for a few songs off the “Earning My Stripes” EP. Also, getting my name and face out there more so people can join me on my journey.

Any secrets that you care to share?

Mm any secrets.. not really, no. I guess I could say a secret could be there are two girls out there that I love and who inspire my whole musical existence, but who they are.. well that’s a secret *tongue in cheek* lol 😜.

Favourite food and place to hangout?

Ooo favorite food would have to be pizza. That’s the one thing I don’t think I could ever give up no matter how healthy I wanna be. I’ll sacrifice skipping a meal so I can get those extra calories lol

Favorite place to hangout? Outside of my house, the studio. That’s the one place I want to live. I have to merge the two together and then I never have to leave unless I have a show or radio interviews.

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