What is your name and what city do you rep?
We are Decked Music, a newly established independent record label currently residing in the city of East London in South Africa. Our label consists of 3 individually skilled artists and 2 in house producers who together collaborate to create a broad variety of sounds and styles focusing mainly on Hip Hop.
Tell us about your latest releases, what inspired you to create them?
Our latest release “The Origin” is our debut label EP and consists of 7 tracks that tells a story from start to end. The concept behind the EP is to narrate stories about our lives in present time, through music and storytelling giving the listeners insight into our trials and tribulations as individuals and as a collective.
What is unique about you and your music?
What sets apart is that our music is genuine, conscious and honest. Each artist has their own individual sound and style which we as a label allow the artists to explore, develop and grow as individuals giving them a platform and the freedom to create sound and tracks that are authentically us.
What shaped your music?
The love of music, hip hop and the culture and how it has taught us to take your environment and emotion to convey the message across in an artistic way that makes it relatable to the listeners as there are always people out there that have been through similar circumstances. Our passion for music has also been nurtured and influenced by other artists we have looked up to from an artistic point of view as well as family and friends.
When did you realize you were going to make music professionally?
As a yungin’ writing lyrics was a great way to express emotions in an artistic manner and rapping became something that fueled the passion. When we linked up as a team we naturally started to create music together as everyone in the team had gravitated towards music or the industry in their own ways prior to linking up and we are now ready as a team to take on the world telling our stories and giving a voice to those whose stories are still untold.
What type of music do you listen to?
Well we all love hip hop but we also listen to a broader variety of music that also includes; house music, R&B and rock to name but a few genres.
What inspires you to write music?
Raw emotion and our life experiences. Music is an expression of one self so that is what our music is about.
Happiness to you is…
Being able to be our true selves, being able to see our family and loved ones being ok.
What do you wish you were told when you first started making music that you think would help artists just starting out?
How much work it is, that what you see is not what you get. That it takes time and investment. Most upcomers don’t realize that, it is not a over night thing, that even releasing your music takes time if you want it done properly.
Tell us about your upcoming projects…
We have two main projects in the pipeline for 2021.
The first is another label Ep, “The Origin PT2”, this is a follow up to Part 1.
The Origin PT2 will have a softer feel to it.
The second project is the label album which will feature solo songs by the Decked Music artists.
When these projects are completed we will then move onto the artists solo projects.
Where do we find you music / music projects?
Our music is currently available in digital stores as well as YouTube.
Any last words for the readers?
Be true to who you are, If your style is similar to another artist than so be it. If you are unique and your style is different than great, people will enjoy your music because it is authentic. A lot of artists attempt to be different and set themselves apart from the rest and end up failing cause the audience can tell that it is not authentic.