David July Interview
Break the Ice
Hailing from Vancouver, David July is a soulful and poetic soul. Rapping slow and speeding things up, David July is an interesting artist. Obviously, David July has been fine tuning and perfecting his craft because “Break the Ice” is a spectacular piece of art. Chill and low key yet exhilarating, David July is a true artist.
“Break the Ice” sounds like The Weeknd mixed with a nice relaxing trap beat. Hip hop meets R & B and David July is just as hot as it is in July. The beat for “Break the Ice” is amazing. The synth mixed with the chill trap beat are perfect. Take David’s vocals and you have a true hit. “Break the Ice” will BREAK THE ICE!
We reached out to David July for an interview and luckily, he agreed.
Rock the Hip Hop Interview with David July
What first got you into music?
I used to always carry this old ipod around when I was younger, and I’d always have artists like Wayne, Em, and Kanye on repeat. Whenever I was in the zone listening to whatever, I’d imagine being on stage performing with my own music. Those were prolly the early moments of realizing what I wanted to do with my life.
In high school, me and some of my homies talked about starting to record over beats that one of us made. One day we hit up the city library and used the recording booth there to record rhymes over the same beat. Ever since then I kept working on it and eventually would realize that I wanted to fully commit to it.
Who inspired you to make music?
There’s been artists I’ve looked up to and gotten inspiration from, but I feel like I got the inspiration mostly from myself and from the conversations I had with my homie about making it big in life. For a long time I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and that caused more problems in general, but when I started writing rhymes and recording, I felt like I found something worth doing, and that gave me inspiration to keep going.
How would you describe the music that you typically create?
Most of my stuff is based on things I’ve seen and been through in my life that people could relate to. I like to make music that either brings energy to the room, or gives people some sense of relatability to whatever shit they been through or are still going through.
What is your creative process like?
Get to the studio, get some drinks in the system, pick a beat my producer got for me, or mess around on the guitar or on the computer, start makin some melodies, figure out the layout of the song, start makin some lyrics, get more drinks in the system, put it all together, finish recording, sit down and start mixing with my engineer/producer.
I’m really all in when making music. Like, imma be a part of everything in the process. I’m sittin there with my producer/engineer goin through the whole mixing process, and I’m there to make any changes/additions in the instrumental too.
When it comes to what kind of track we gonna make, it really depends how I’m feelin that day. Like maybe we all feelin good and just wanna mess around and bring the energy up, or maybe I’m tryna make something more chill cuz that’s the vibe in the room and how I’m feeling in that moment.
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
I’d definitely wanna work with artists from Vancity and around here too. It would be crazy to work with bigger names like Boslen and Manila Grey.
What is one message you would give to your fans?
Don’t waste your time. You’re only young once, you’re only old once, so do what you believe in and don’t let nobody tell you differently.
What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?
Prolly would be doing something to do with movies. When I was younger I wanted to make movies and act in them, so prolly would be something in that realm.
Do you have any upcoming shows?
I’ll be performing a lot this year in and around vancity.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
It’s become so much easier for artists to be seen by anyone around the world with the internet. The internet has made it possible for artists to blow up in a lot of different ways, so we are starting to see people use more creative ways to get recognized and push forward their music.
What is your favourite song to perform?
“Break the Ice” got the right energy to go crazy and have a good time with, so I gotta go with that.
I got unreleased shit coming too that are gonna be crazy to perform with too.
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