A Spotlight Interview with DYVE
A brand-new banger from DYVE takes classic and fresh styles and flows and blends them together into a righteous and high energy rap opus that hits hard and has enough grit and freshness to turn heads at a party.
"Next" is absolute fun from the first few seconds on and the lyrical phrasing and presence is killer, and it showcases a youthful brightness and edginess that becomes quickly infectious.
The single hits like whiplash and is here and gone before you know it and within that time frame you get one hell of a sucker punch to the gut.
You can't deny this energy or the pure love for the craft that DYVE exudes in his performance either.
The beat is a heavy handed, horns pumping, bass driven blitzkrieg and the artists attitude and character on the track match it damn near perfectly.
You won' be able to sit still for this one. You'll be banging your head and singing along in no time flat and it's all due to that hook.
DYVE has that something about his style that is memorable. That thing where, if a track of his is playing, you know it's him. That thing that stops you mid conversation to say, "wait hold on, what is this".
With such a badass new single, we wanted to have a chat with DYVE to find out where this all comes from and where it may be going for him.
Here's what went down.
RAG: Okay so let's start with "Next". This single has an amazing energy to it! Where did this song come from?
This single kicks off my up and coming album, “Milestones” and creates a tone around the story. Seeking fame & success without succumbing to the decadence and pomposity that so often follows. “Next” celebrates a quick rise to fame and shows the build of confidence that comes with a perceived notion of success - to some this may feel arrogant but I believe you should enjoy the fruits of your labor and make time to honor the strides along the way. You should celebrate your wins, but you shouldn’t get lost in them. So “Next” is all about celebration and working hard.
RAG: So how did this all begin for you? When did you fall in love with music really?
I’ve been in love with music my entire life. Since I can remember, I have always searched for new sounds and genres of music. If you look at my playlists, they are all over the place. My mother, seeing how much I enjoyed music, put me in the school / district musical theatre performances at the age of 6. When I was 13 I asked for a guitar and when I was in high school I joined choir to learn how to sing (when I first started singing I was terrible). Music has always been a love in my life.
RAG: Who is in your headphones right now?
Like I said, my music is all over the place. Doja Cat, Jim Croce, Old Dominion, JID, BIA, Russ, Kanye, Sam Cooke, etc. “Doja Cat is my girllllll right now”
RAG: What inspires you to write a song?
Everything and anything. I love experiencing new things in life and I think my openness to trying new things is what helps the inspiration in my music.
RAG: I'm hearing some great styles on this song. Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
I’d say my biggest influences come from J. Cole, Kendrick, Kanye, Drake, and some of the other greats that I grew up listening to in my generation.
RAG: What are you doing when you're NOT working on music?
Honestly everything. I love being outdoors, working out, traveling, finding new food spots, and hanging out with friends.
RAG: Who are you listening to right now?
I listen to a lot of my friends music, they are all so amazing and talented! Matthew Grant, Ed.1t, Young Lit Hippy, Lana Love, Bosey, Angel B, Nathan Piland, Averi Burk, Clancy, Sierra Blax, Jadelyn, Christina Mathew and I could probably go on for a while.
RAG: Would you say live performances are a big part of what you do? This single feels like a big undertaking, is there any advice you'd give to other up and coming artists out there?
Absolutely, performing is an entire art genre separate from making music. I don’t just enjoy singing/rapping to a track in the background. I want to put on a performance that people will remember for their whole life. The best advice I ever got was from Logic, he told me to just drop music and don’t waste time perfecting every song you release. That can take way too long, especially if you’re a perfectionist like me when it comes to my music. Just release it, learn from that release and do better on the next one. Don’t waste any time.
RAG: What can your fans expect from you in the near future?
They can expect to see a blow up followed by a world tour.
RAG: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music?
Always be open to listening to every genre. Every song has potential to tell beautiful stories, it’s cool to see life through someone else’s eyes.