Dana made the featured artist spot on the 1's and 2's website for this week. Check out what he had to say in our interview.
1. Q: - Hey, very happy to welcome you to the Radio Show and Podcast community. Tell us a little bit more about yourself. Introduce yourself to the community.
A: - Dana Joseph is an up and coming New England based Artist.
I set out to create music that brings peace, love, unity and positivity to the listener.
Expect a lot of feel-good, uplifting songs throughout the summer.
The eponymous "DANA JOSEPH EP" set to release on 10/31/21 will be my debut tape.
2. Q: - One thing that I’m always interested in, when I sit down and chat with artists is, what their defining moment was that they knew that they wanted to be in music… What was that moment in time for you?
A: - I was sitting in my room listening to a Tupac interview. The one he did in ’94 with MTV. He talks about sparking the brain of the person who will change the world. That hit me because I’ve always looked at the world from a standpoint that things needed to be changed in a positive direction. This was back in high school when I realized I had a gift with words and passion for music. My mom would play Pac and Eminem when I was young so I always had an ear for music with influence to inspire a nation.
3. Q: - Overall I think your songs are positive but, I can’t help but feel some hunger and sadness there… Is there any truth to that statement?
A: - That’s human music. Kendrick Lamar said “I don’t do black music, I dont do white music. I do everyday life music.” That’s really what being an artist means to me. Being able to be vulnerable and express myself completely. The hunger stems from the desire to be heard and appreciated in the Hip Hop community. I feel that the state of Hip Hop needs to be more balanced. Everybody wants to glorify sex, drugs, money, fame, violence, you know…Im going against the grain and it can be depressing when you have a genuine love for a culture that seems to be heading in a much darker/manufactured path.
4. Q: - What motivates you? Not just in your music but in your normal life as well.
A: - I woke up today with a fresh start to reach new heights and be a better person. That right there motivates me. Growing up I lived on Section 8 with my Mom and that’s really where the hunger comes from. I remember sitting in the living room staring at the white walls using my imagination to pass the time. No TV because my mom couldn’t afford one. She’d sleep during the day and work night shifts. A lot of my life experiences motivate me. I read a lot of self help books in my early stages of finding myself back in high school that have shaped my character as well. I study what the most influential people did in their lives and try to model my life in a similar fashion. Not to be perfect but to be great and push myself out of my comfort zone.
5. Q; - I am personally on a mission to get good music heard by everyone. What is one thing that bothers you the most about trying to come up in the music world today and, do you prefer being underground or, is the mainstream something you strive for?
A: - What irks me the most is the media’s role in what they advertise as good music. If you listen to the mainstream radio, Rap music specifically there’s less than 15 artist you hear and they repeat those songs all day long. I like the fact that social media makes it so anybody can promote themselves. I plan on achieving mainstream success while remaining an independent artist.
6. Q: - Who, musically, is one of your bigger influences?
A: - So many. Pac, Eminem, Rakim. It’s crazy because when I’m not listening to rap I’m singing high notes along with Prince or crooning Sinatra. My musical taste is so wide that I could write a book on all of my music influences. Out of all of them I’d say Kendrick Lamar really influences me as an artist because he fuses elements of Hip Hop with other genres that I greatly appreciate.
7. Q: - One question that I like to ask artists is, how did Covid affect your music in particular and the music scene in your area?
A: - We miss the shows. Performing is where we as artist get to connect with the crowd and see if they’re really feeling what we bring. Personally I love how the world had a shut down. Gave me time to turn inward and set new intentions for my debut project and really work on the craft of writing.
8. Q: - I, myself, personally think that there’s too much social media out there to keep up with. I understand why it’s necessary but there’s a ton of it out there. What are your feelings on social media and music today?
A: -Same bro. I believe that there’s way too many rappers out here who are just trying to get clout. It’s hard to discover someone you genuinely like and relate to because the media chooses the artist for you. There’s a group of artist who sound the same on radio that we have to hear about everyday who talk about things most of us never experience but we as a community sing along to it because its there.
9. Q: - Do you create music often? When can we expect another release?
A: - Every day I write. Sometimes I’ll sit all day until the inspiration comes whether its in song form, freestyle or even brainstorming. I released a 3 song project on 5/5 so I’m going to let that do its thing for a few weeks. These are just songs to vibe to until the official EP on 10/31 that I’m treating as an album.
10. Q: - I grew up in the 90’s, I listened to everyone from Dr. Dre, to Weezer, to Pink Floyd, Metallica, Cypress Hill and back again. I truly believe that the 90’s were one of the greatest era’s for original music. Which era of music is one of your favorites? I like 90s.
A: - I like 90s. Raw Hip Hop but at that time there was a lot of negativity between the East and West. I love the Motown and Woodstock eras of music. Yeah, lots of unity and peace being promoted.
11. Q- If you could swap yourself into a different artist, who would it be?
A: - The Artist Formerly Known As Prince. Just the fact he changed his name to a symbol shows he was more than an icon. He could play every instrument, dance, sing, even a few poetic rap flows in his music. His music took a turn from very sexual to conscious over the years. He had a perfect balance though. If you study Prince you can’t go wrong as an artist.
12. Q- I want to thank you for this Q&A, Is there anything you want to say to everyone out there?
A: - Be on the lookout for Dana Joseph. Spread more love and believe in yourself. Thank you DJ X Tech for this opportunity.
13. Q: - What tips would you give someone who’s just starting out?
A: - Write daily and mimmic your favorite artist until you get the hang of it and then mimmic someone else. This is how you blend styles and create your own. Eventually songwriting will become second nature. Study the greats and don’t be afraid to express yourself. Thats what it’s all about. Self expression