Hi DIZASTERPIECE, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Thank you for having me! I’ve been doing very well!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Hip Hop Is On Its Way Back”?
I wanted to do a song that displayed some of my true emcee skills and that would have tons of energy live. I wrote Hip-Hop is on its way back a couple years ago when I first reality started experiencing what it is to be a Master Of Ceremonies. Trading off energy back and forth with the audience, controlling the crowd, and accumulating that energy from venue to venue. The message in the song is calling for a renaissance of the genre, insisting that Hip-Hop is currently at an all time low, and society is brainwashed by the mainstream media. Consistent tempo changes make way for steady moshing in the crowd.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
So that first line in the song that goes, “Yo the world is comin’ to an apocalypse, burnin’ up in hot shit, cause we can’t learn from consequence. We be infected by the toxic” was inspired by some of the ugly things going on in the world between 2015 and now, and the parallel of how I see people treating each other due to this. As well as how all that has affected the state of Hip-Hop and entertainment. The song was also inspired by a few different Jeru The Damaja songs and the Common song, “I Used To Love H.E.R.”
Any plans to release any sort of video for the single?
Yes, There will be a video released for this single eventually. I’m waiting for the opportunity to get more live footage first.
The single comes off your new album In Too Deep To Sleep – what’s the story behind the title?
The title comes from shit getting real to the point where I’m losing sleep over the rap game. Sometimes, when I think to myself “Is this what you really want to be doing with your life?” There are certain reminders that immediately pop up indicating that I’ve come way too far with this shit to stop, or to even second guess myself. I lose sleep over my Hip-Hop career. For better or for worse, but at least it’s a constant reminder that I’m doing something right over here.
How was the recording and writing process?
The writing process was fun. I produced the instrumentals. The studio sessions where I laid the vocals down went smooth. The songs were engineered and Mixed & Mastered in Austin, Texas by Dan Goebel AKA Little Dan who is a really good friend of mine. We vibe really well in general, and when you put us in the studio together… It’s magic. We would start the sessions off in the morning, meeting up for coffee, and then we would usually hit a deli near the studio for sandwiches. Then we’d hang out a bit, play some guitar or whatever to make sure our souls were ready to go, and shortly after start recording. Shout out to Little Dan!
What role does NJ play in your music?
Growing up in Jersey has definitely shaped a lot of who I am. The good and the bad. I love New Jersey. My career has allowed me to travel and see all sorts of new places, and it’s dope. But the more I see of the world, the more I realize how unique Jersey is, and how it has influenced who I am today. My music is very raw, blunt, and passionate, and I would say NJ has played a huge part in that. A lot of people think we are rude, but as bold or blunt as we can be… A lot of us, including myself are equally as genuine and sincere. Jersey has raised me to just be myself and not give a fuck what other people think, and to maneuver with pride and confidence… But to remain humble and sincere at the same time. I really think a lot of that shines through in my Emceeing.
How did you go on balancing your punk ethos with your Hip Hop influences on this album in particular?
On In Too Deep To Sleep, I wanted to keep the sound strictly Hip-Hop still, with strong East Coast/90’s vibes, but naturally a lot of my Punk influence shows up in the lyrical content I wrote. My Punk and Metal influence also comes out in the dark sounding choice of samples in the songs.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
My inspiration for Hip-Hop is on its way back comes from the state of the world between 2015 and 2020, and the way that I see people treating each other due to it. And how I see the state of the world directly affecting the media, mainstream music, and Hip-Hop as a whole, as well as how I see people treating each other all around me. The inspiration for Spiritually Incarcerated came to me when I first really started noticing situations in my life that looked like spiritual warfare. The song is basically insinuating that I go from being a God to a slave. Or going from being powerful, and aligned with my true purpose to having no soul, or to feeling like my soul is being taken away as punishment for a crime I did not commit. In the lyrics, I also describe having a spiritual guide, or even a genie that is nearby, figuring out a plan to break me out and get my soul back, so that I can return to my normal state, and continue on my true path.
What else is happening next in DIZASTERPIECE’s world?
So I got a whole new full length record on deck that I’ve been working on. The record is called “Regression Toward The Mean.” I plan to release it at the end of 2020 and into 2021. After that I plan to tour a bunch. Just have to wait and see when venues will really be opening back up and then I’m going to book shows. I would like to play in new areas as well. There will be new music videos coming out, and new merchandise being released for purchase via my online store and at my shows. I’m really looking forward to the release of “Regression Toward the Mean” and I think my fans are really going to enjoy it. It’s going to be the same kind of sound and style, just much more polished and put together.