d jefferson iii - interview 11
1. Tell us your name and a bit about yourself!
My name is d jefferson iii, i’m an upcoming artist from Lexington, Ky. I’m 22 years old and I just simply love this music stuff. I’m studying Audio Production at Full Sail University.
2. What made you start making music?
I’ve always loved hip hop. I’ve always been attracted to the genre, growing up in a white family in the boonies (country) of kentucky I was mainly exposed to 80’s rock and other similar genres lol. Something about it always caught my ears. Being an avid hip hop listener for pretty much my whole life, making the music yourself definitely crosses your mind more than once.
My first year out of high school I was experimenting with certain psychedelic substances for the first time, and let’s just say I didn’t have the best time. FACES BY MAC MILLER KEPT MY SPIRIT ALIVE DURING THIS. It sounds absolutely crazy but, man, I’ve never felt that connection to music in my life. Shouts to Mac and the slept on mixtape “Faces”. The next day I was like... let’s do this. I was working at Jimmy John’s at the time and I sat down and wrote my first ever rap to the instrumental of Yonkers at the age of 18. I didn’t actually start recording music until I went to college about a year and a half later. I got lucky and had some buddies in my dorm that were into freestyling and the music stuff. We made so many bangers on the worst setup ever, having no clue how to mix or master anything. Those are definitely some gems in the vault. I’ve experimented with tons of sounds since but it’s been a steady incline since then.
3. Who are your influences?
Like I said, Mac Miller was always a huge inspiration. HE WAS A WHITE BOY WITH SWAG. Other than that..man there’s countless. Honestly it changes everyday. But at the core:
Mac, Isaiah Rashad, Travis Scott, Kanye, Earl, all of odd future, Outkast, Joey badass... Lucki, Carti, Uzi, Tracy, Peep, Xavier Wulf. honestly there’s too many to name. I think my diversity in my inspiration really attributes to the versatility of my music.
4. What is your take on the underground rap scene right now?
Honestly, there’s tons of talent out there. Most of which are people I work with. Lil starry, Yung Haseezus, Nativi, and tons more, but as a whole the underground is kind of lacking creativity in my opinion. A lot of people are wave riding, which don’t get me wrong, everyone’s been there, but you have to take a piece of the wave and then put your own sauce on it to really stand out. I think a lot of the underground scene at the moment focuses on their image more than the quality of the music. This is a crucial part of marketing yourself as a musician, and it’s something I’m lacking, but in this mess I wish artist’s would focus a little more on their craft, instead of wash and repeating the same lyrics and flows over the same type beats. But aye if it works, it works.
5. What are your goals for 2019 regarding music?
I want to establish my own following that will love anything I throw out there. As an artist I enjoy so many different sounds and to be stuck to one sound can take my interest out of music. I have to stay mixing it up. I completely understand all of my fans not loving every song I put out, but I want to grow a fan base who gives every song and sound I can bring to the table a chance. I want to reach 1,000,000 total plays on soundcloud (hit 200k in my first year actually pushing music and taking it serious), I want to perform shows and grow my following locally, I want at least a couple music videos, and potentially some merch.
6. You have 1 person to thank who would it be?
There’s no way I can thank one person. There’s way too many people and things for me to be thankful for, but honestly my whole family has always been my biggest fans and more than supportive since the beginning. Not many people are lucky enough to have that support behind them, and I’m thankful for that.
7. What is your process for recording music ?
Man... I started out recording in a dorm room with a blue yeti mic in the shelf of a dresser padded in blankets. I’ve came a long way, went from recording in my truck, to now building my own little home studio. I’ve never actually been to a real studio. As far as the actual process of recording I usually just get random spikes of inspiration. 90% of my music is written either on the toilet or in my car while driving (stupid I know) lmaooo. I’ve always been big on free-styling so a lot of my more melodic stuff is a 1 or 2 take freestyle, because it’s harder for me to write and remember the flow of the melody. I mix and master everything myself, and always have. Shoutout Youtube and trial/error. Literally all of my songs are created in 30 minutes or under, honestly if it doesn’t come to be in that time period then I can’t stay interested in that project and end up scrapping it.
8. Any upcoming projects or singles fans should be getting ready for?
I’m pretty sporadic with my music releases but I have an EP planned to come out in the month of January. Stay tuned, it’ll be a little bit of everything.
9. What is your favorite part about being an artist/musician/rapper?
The happiness it brings me and others, easy. I LOVE MUSIC. I do this for my own well being, I was making 5 songs a day even when I didn’t have a single listener. Now that I can share my songs with so many people and bring happiness and convey my emotions to them; that’s awesome. I love the feedback I get and there’s nothing cooler than when someone says they love my music or know the words...that’s still just surreal to me.
10. What impact do you want to have on the world?
I just want people to be themselves. I think the world is getting better about that, but I want everyone to unapologetically be themselves. Don’t change for anyone.
11. What are your ambitions with music is this just a hobby or is this a full blown 24/7 lifestyle your embodying?
Honestly, I go back and forth. My motivation and confidence in my music is very inconsistent. If I could make this a career, that would be awesome. But realistically, I plan to be in the industry and make a career out of music whether that’s being an artist or not. I have a passion for engineering music and I think I can be an asset professionally. As of now, I still consider music a hobby, but it’s definitely my favorite hobby I’ve ever dabbled in.
12. Who is your favorite artist in the rap game right now and why?
It’s gotta be Tracy. He is himself in the fullest. Dude is funny and makes some damn good, catchy music. I love his phases he goes through and how his music is always evolving (his phase now is his best so far imo). He refuses to sell out and he’s just got this real ness to him no one else in the game has. Honorable mention: Isaiah rashad, Earl, Lucki.
13. Anything else you have to say ?
Stay tuned for my EP dropping this month, go checkout my soundcloud and follow me on all my social media’s to stay in touch. I love any feedback, much love for the interview!
listen to "night light"