By Jack Barnes
Daveed is a Honduran/English Hip Hop Artist, Super Producer, Sound Engineer and CEO of Lucid Music, migrating with his family to Perth, Western Australia at 14 years old. Daveed established Lucid Music in 2010. Known for his controversial subject matter, psychedelic drenched production and introspective vibes, the multi-talented Producer, Sound Engineer and Artist is responsible for executive producing EP’s, Albums and Mixtapes for Dozens of Artists, as well as releasing a flurry of his own projects since 2012 that have defined his own original sound.
Getmybuzzup: Tell us a little about yourself?
Daveed: What’s up everyone my name is Daveed, I’m 26 years old, I’m Honduran, born in England but live in Australia. I make my own beats, I write my own lyrics, I record and mix everything myself. I rap but the title of “rapper” usually comes in a box…so just think of me as a musician or an artist.
Getmybuzzup: How long have you been in the music industry?
Daveed: I have been writing and recording my own music for almost 15 years, but I got into production and seriously pursuing a career in the last 7 or 8 years.
Getmybuzzup: How did you get started in the first place?
Daveed: Honestly when I was 12 I used to download beats from Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Snoop, Cypress, Luniz all that old school shit off Limewire and record myself into Audacity, using the internal mic on an old Dell Latitude Laptop. Then my family and I moved to Australia when I was 14, I got into Soundclick beats and it was all over hahaha. Then I found a local studio to record at and just kept developing my craft until I set up my own.
Getmybuzzup: How would you describe your sound?
Daveed: If somehow 50 Cent, Kid Cudi, Don Omar, Wiz Khalifa, Dizzee Rascal, Tech N9ne and Future were put in a blender with a vial of liquid acid and a pound of shrooms, then you gave that cocktail to Kanye West, Alchemist, Madlib, Mike Will Made It, Mike Dean, Dot Da Genius, Plain Pat, Scott Storch, and The Bass Brothers to drink before producing an album together, that’d be me and my sound hahaha.
Getmybuzzup: Who are your inspirations in the music industry?
Daveed: Aside from those mentioned above a lot of my inspiration doesn’t come from the music industry, because you’ve always gotta be thinking outside of the box to get ahead. Gary Vee, Joe Rogan, Joey Diaz, Elon Musk to name a few, but right now though Soulja Boy is legit my spirit animal for 2019 haha!!! Russell Simmons and Diddy got that long game on point though.
Getmybuzzup: How do you go about writing a song and what is your process?
Daveed: It kind of just happens by itself. I never really try to force anything or formalize my creative process because I’ll run into walls pretty quickly that way. Sometimes I make the beat first and an entire song comes, sometimes I write a hook, and build a beat around it, then write verses. Other times I write the odd line here or there over a week, then sit down make a bunch of beats, and different lyrics slot into different places for me to build upon. The main thing I guess is I’m always working on more than one song at once, and I just do what I’m feelin’. I’m all about vibes and freedom.
Getmybuzzup: What is the concept behind your latest project “The Vision II”?
Daveed: The album is basically a loose sequel to one I released in 2016, that project was hosted by my best friend Pluto, who’s been in prison for almost 2 years now (but is set for release in April 2019). He makes multiple appearances on the new album over the phone from prison, contributing even greater this time around. I made this album to remind all of us that there’s a reason, a mission, and an end goal that makes all the pain, mistakes and heartache worth it in the end. To remind us all of our Vision.
Getmybuzzup: Any plans on touring to promote your latest project?
Daveed: I don’t have any specific plans aside from making a lot more new music. Touring is definitely on the table in the future, but probably in a year or two. But when I do eventually go on Tour, it will be global. The United States is in my crosshairs!
Getmybuzzup: What did you buy with your first check off music?
Daveed: I brought more music equipment for my studio, pretty sure it was a Mashine Mikro and a new Desktop Computer or something similar. Early on every check is reinvested. That’s what a smart businessman does. You’ll know when it’s time to splash out.
Getmybuzzup: What are must-haves when you’re in the studio working?
Daveed: Always gotta have my girl within shouting distance ’cause she’s real with that perspective, plus her energy puts me in a good zone. Plenty of Weed for sure, gotta open up those pathways! Other things come and go but that’s always the main-stay. I need to have a lot of water on deck too ’cause when I work I’m jumping around like a mother fucker haha! Coffee is great too if I’m just making beats or mixing, and my phone ALWAYS gotta be nearby!
Getmybuzzup: What is the best piece of advice in this business you actually followed?
Daveed: Stay true to yourself. It sounds corny and played out, but nobody can DO YOU. The moment you imitate you already failed. The masses play catch up on trends that seem current, but to creatives and people in the industry, they’re already old. Don’t be part of a wave, create a new one. If you’re just like everybody else that’s already doing it why should they ever fuck with you? When I started doing what I truly wanted everything else followed.
Getmybuzzup: Will you be collaborating with any other artists on this project or in the future?
Daveed: The Vision II has a lot of appearances from the homie Pluto (#FreePluto!), who’s verses and skits like I said, were all recorded over the phone from prison. When he gets out in April and he’s back in Kenya I’ll be doing a lot more collaborating with him. Aside from that mostly just keeping it within the Lucid Music Family (shout out to Shortcut, Fawkes and BCoz!), that is until the time is right…but I’m always open to collaboration if the right artist was to reach out and we were vibin’.
Getmybuzzup: Do you think your music is mostly enjoyed more for the beats or for the lyrical flow and content?
Daveed: It’s probably 50/50, depending on the listener and what it is they’re feelin’ in terms of me and my music. I think each part is essential to the overall vibe, but you can appreciate both the production and the lyricism if you know much about either. I put that attention to detail in my delivery AND the music itself. Lyrics give context to the music and the music gives context to the lyrics, it’s an essential synergy to me.
Getmybuzzup: What area do you need to improve on in regards to your career?
Daveed: I will always be improving in every aspect, we were all born to live, learn and die. I’ll always be learning about new effects, instruments and studio techniques. Always improving my understanding of Art, Design, and Fashion. Always working on my communication and collaboration with others, and always towards innovation. But right now I’d say the focus is on overall awareness.
Getmybuzzup: What’s your all-time favorite song?
Daveed: Maaaaan this question is way too hard! I don’t even listen to songs as songs, I listen to whole records like they’re one song hahaha, I gotta write a book on it.
Getmybuzzup: In your opinion who is the most influential and successful artist in your genre today and why?
Daveed: Again it’s way too hard to pick a single influence to the current state of Hip Hop Culture. But I’d say 50 Cent and Snoop for the melody and catchiness of flows, UGK for the whole sippin’ lean, grills iced out, 808 S.L.A.B culture, Soulja Boy for the internet hustle and presence, dances and vocal delivery. Kid Cudi redefined the sound both sonically and in terms of content (Kanye West 808’s onwards and Drake’s entire career wouldn’t exist without Cudi)…but Kanye West wins it for branding & marketing, as well as the highest level of success currently, because he’s the king of capitalization.
Getmybuzzup: Who has been some of your favorite artists that you’ve been able to work with?
Daveed: My crew the Lucid Music Familia! Pluto, Shortcut, Fawkes, BCoz and of course the homies ElDilemma, React and Chatters.
Getmybuzzup: How do you feel about the current state of music?
Daveed: It’s the best time to be alive!! Barriers and rules are being torn down!! I love it!! All music is music, genres are a lie made by record companies to target market to different social groups. Take all that away and you realize if it’s real music it’s all the same. It’s all love. All sound waves and vibrations affect us physically and spiritually when you’re open to it.
Getmybuzzup: Any dream award shows you hope to one day play at?
Daveed: Honestly, I ain’t trippin’ on ever going to an award show, the whole thing just seems played out to me haha. But if I’m invited and they wanna show me love why not!
Getmybuzzup: What is your main goal as far as music?
Daveed: Just to be happy and free, in a position where I can create and do what I love every day. Everything else is a bonus.
Getmybuzzup: Who would you say your music relates to the most?
Daveed: All the outcasts, misfits and lonely ass kids. Anybody who’s driven, motivated and in their own lane. Real hustlers. Whatever end of the social spectrum you fall into, you’re not alone, you never were. Let me be that fire you need inside to own your dreams.
Getmybuzzup: What separates you from other artists? (What’s makes you different?)
Daveed: The fact I honestly and genuinely do not give a fuck about the way the industry sees me. I will always unapologetically be me. And the fact I’m a real powerhouse from beats to lyrics to recording to graphics to videos. I don’t need 30 ghostwriters for a verse or 10 programmers to make a beat!
Getmybuzzup: When you’re not in the studio, What do you like to do for fun and relaxation?
Daveed: I’m always chillin’ with my girl Destiny, any excuse to get in the sun really, beach, park whatever. We love watching The Simpsons, American Dad, The Boondocks, Rick And Morty, Adventure Time, Trailer Park Boys, Peep Show etc, Podcasts too, killin’ that Church Of What’s Happenin’ Now (shout out to Joey Diaz and Lee Syatt for making my mornings, tremendous!) Just real life down to earth witty shit. We’d consider ourselves movie buffs too haha. I also spend a lot of time maintaining my tropical aquariums, a 6-foot tank with Oscar Fish, Pleco, and various Severums and a couple 4-foot breeding tanks. I could state the obvious like smokin’ weed and eating brownies but ya’ll already know that haha!
Getmybuzzup: If you could work with any producer who would it be?
Daveed: Honestly, it would be awesome to get in the studio with someone like Dot Da Genius or say Mike Dean. Somebody who can have a real back and forth creatively. Work with your vibes and bring out the best in you. Synergy is key.
Getmybuzzup: What’s the biggest highlight of your career thus far?
Daveed: I’d have to say this interview is up there for sure! No one has ever got into it with me this in depth before on paper, I’m hyped! But doing my first live radio station interview was a pretty mind-blowing experience.
Getmybuzzup: What is your dream venue to perform at?
Daveed: Somewhere big and outdoors, I wanna smoke a blunt on stage and it not be a fire hazard! Something about coming together surrounded by nature brings out the right vibes in people.
Getmybuzzup: What artist’s music are you currently a fan of?
Daveed: Right now I’m listening mostly to Curren$y and Future, but I’ve been killin’ Freddie Gibbs, Danny Brown, A$AP Rocky, 2Chainz, Tyler The Creator, Young Thug, Travis Scott, French Montana, Yo Gotti, Belly and 6ix9ine this last year.
Getmybuzzup: When performing live what are some of the things you do to get the crowd involved?
Daveed: Eye contact is number one, make sure you give everyone in the audience a couple seconds of direct attention. It makes all the difference. Talk to them, ask them questions, demand their responses! The crowd is waiting to be lead, that’s why they’re there! Be the leader you claim to be by walking out on that stage.
Getmybuzzup: When performing live and the crowd is singing along how does that energy make you feel?
Daveed: It’s surreal for sure like the entire room is connected as a single consciousness…But at that moment I’m so focused on delivering my best performance, I can’t let that euphoric feeling consume me. So it’s not something that properly soaks in until later on. I’ll be at home smokin’ after like damn they were really singing my shit??
Getmybuzzup: What’s the name of the last book you read and by whom?
Daveed: I usually read online articles or Wikipedia hahaha, when that information is at my fingertips how can I not?! But honestly, the last actual book was probably something by Tim Leary, a translation of the Quran or a Simpsons Bongo Comic Book or something haha.
Getmybuzzup: What can we expect from you in the future?
Daveed: A lot more new music is on the way!!! Aside from that, we will be launching the new podcast “Pushing The Envelope” very soon! Make sure you subscribe to my Youtube Channel to always stay up to date!
Getmybuzzup: Anything else you wanna add?
Daveed: FREE PLUTO! APRIL 2019 YOU’LL FINALLY BE HOME! LUCID MUSIC FAMILIA!! Thank you to all the real ones who’ve been holdin’ us down! You will not be forgotten!
Getmybuzzup: Where can the fans check out for your music?
Daveed: Visit www.lucidmusicnow.com to hear and download everything I have ever produced for myself or other Lucid Music Artists, my entire discography is also on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal etc. And of course, you can stay up to date by following me on Twitter or liking my Facebook.
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