An Interview with Dzh

By Damilola Grey

Dami: What was your first introduction to hip hop?

Dzh: My first introduction to hip hop was actually through gaming soundtracks. The Game (the artist) had this record called “Higher”. I studied those lyrics, and from there I just became a huge fan after wanting to know more.

Dami: What inspired you to start making music?

Dzh: I honestly just started writing songs because I fell in love with songwriting as a whole and I wanted to learn how to produce music as well. As I got older, high school really, I really took interest in it and went from there.

Dami: When making music, where do you grab inspiration from?

Dzh: Anything or everything that I could be going through or went through. I try my best not to dive too deep into situations, but draw from them as best as possible.

Dami: Who are your biggest inspirations?

Dzh: Obviously, the bigger artists like Drake, Kanye, J Cole, and Jay Z. Those are stamped, but my main three are Mick Jenkins, 6LACK, and HER. Honorable mentions are Blxst, Nipsey Hussle, and recently, as far as instrumentalists go, Terrance Martin too.

Dami: What’s your creative process like?

Dzh: Usually I listen to beats constantly. I write in my head and try to take my time with what comes naturally. If something feels rushed, I won’t bother and I’ll step away from writing.

Dami: How would you describe your sound?

Dzh: In recent years, I’ve only been compared to Mick Jenkins. I listen to him almost every day, so I can see where people draw that conclusion.

Dami: You just dropped a single titled “Relying on Me”. Can you tell us more about it?

Dzh: “Relying on Me” is part of an upcoming project scheduled to release later this year. It’s the record where I’m able to be a little bit vulnerable, but also let my listeners and fans know what my come up or journey really was. It was an introduction to who I am and what I’m about.

Dami: Can you tell us more about your upcoming project?

Dzh: My upcoming project is really something special. I discovered different strengths and weaknesses in this project and I’m more than excited to share it. Just gotta wait a little bit longer.

Dami: Any features on it?

Dzh: Don’t wanna reveal too much, but there’s one twist on the album that a lot of people aren’t ready for.

Dami: What has been your most memorable experience as an artist?

Dzh: Actually, last year. I’d released my video for a single “No Doubt” and I was doing my best, for promoting it at least and randomly I’d gotten a notification that the video was playlisted in VEVO’s official “DSCVR Hip-Hop” playlist. I’d never been playlisted in anything that major, so it was pretty exciting for me.

Dami: What do you hope to achieve by the end of the year?

Dzh: I have a bunch of accomplishments that I plan to release this year, like travelling and meeting more of my internet friends, charting for this album, shooting more videos etc. BUT the biggest goal to reach this year is to inspire someone and to let them know it’s possible with or without a budget. All they need is a great team and a better work ethic.

Listen to “RELYING ON ME” by Dzh here.

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