D.Tech - "I released my ego when I did my recording, I wasn’t going to let my mind compare myself to others." - Stereo Stickman

D.Tech “I released my ego when I did my recording, I wasn’t going to let my mind compare myself to others.”

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Following the release of his single No Limitations, we caught an interview with rapper D.Tech to find out more about his journey so far as an artist. Here’s how it went. 

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Hey – thanks for the interview, and congrats on the new single. Your flow is insane, how long does it take to hone such a fast delivery style and lyrical ability like this?

Thank you for the compliments. I wouldn’t consider the delivery very fast, but it is particular in a way where you have to time your breathing. I have been song writing for several years so this single was the accumulation of that experience. The lyrics themselves took me no more than two hours to complete as the idea came in my head instantly. However, the recording on the other hand, took me over 400 recordings to get right. I used to envy artists that would go in the booth and “one-take” the recording and move on to the next one, until I realized every project is different. I released my ego when I did my recording as well because I wasn’t going to let my mind compare myself to others. After several hours later… the track was finally done. It was a grand accomplishment in my musical journey and something I’ll remember forever.

What does the track represent for you?

Originally, I had a different title for the song but after going through many recordings, No Limitations, became the title I chose. It was the perfect title for it since it represented my perseverance on this track and my music in general. I wasn’t going to let this obstacle or “limitation” stop me from finishing this track or other tracks that I had under construction at the time. It symbolizes a milestone for me transitioning to the next level.

How did you come to collaborate with Voice Of G?

I’ve been working with Voice of G for over a year now and one day we were just messing around showing our old tracks. I pulled up No Limitations, and he immediately thought the track was impressive and wanted to hop on it. He even laid out a few ideas free-styling and that’s when I knew I had to drop it. Believe it or not, I was going to archive this track since I heard it so many times, I couldn’t tell if it was “good” or “bad” anymore. I didn’t hate the track, but I was a bit skeptical about it. After having Voice of G on the track, we heard it a few more times before I uploaded it.

What are your thoughts on this year’s hip hop landscape so far, and what are your hopes as an artist working their way into it?

I’m not too impressed on this year’s hip-hop landscape so far to be frank with you. I think artists this year and the past few years are releasing tracks based on quantity over quality. Which makes a lot of sense since music consumers are getting content that it’s so accessible compared to how it used to be in the past. You’ll hear a few tracks on repeat from a new album, for example, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind by Logic, and the rest you’ll skip on. I am planning to work on my own solo project and a collaborative project with Voice of G to make my way into the music industry.

Is live performance an important part of your plans?

It’s not the most important part of my plans but I really need to push myself to perform more. Everyone loves a live performance and I’m not going to disregard that. Once my project is finalized, I’m going to be performing a lot more in my area.

What’s the live scene like in Miami right now?

Miami always had a good live scene and platform for artists to perform in front of an audience. In regards of hip-hop, it can be improved tremendously. There need to be more venues in Miami for hip-hop other than Latin music.

If you could collaborate with anyone at all, past or present, who would you choose – and why?

If there is one music artist I would love to collaborate with before I end my music journey it would be Lupe Fiasco. I always looked up to him and if the day came for me to make a track with him, I would give it 110% of my effort. Lupe Fiasco got my interest from day one and I followed him to the current state he is in now.

What’s next for you – what are your plans creatively throughout the rest of 2019?

Create high-quality music as much as I possibly can.

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Stream the music on Spotify. Find & follow D.Tech on Instagram.

Rebecca Cullen

Founder & Editor

Musician & writer with an MA in Songwriting.