SKREWFACE, the title of a 7-Track composition of raw/uncut & organic music, released late last week by New Jersey native, DA$H. I sat down with DA$H a few months ago, in the back of ALIFE, to discuss his future while taking a trip down memory lane. As a fan who discovered DA$H's music almost two years ago, I was pleased to discover unknown details & hear stories about how some of my favorite tracks were created. From DA$H driving more than 20 hours across the country to pursue a better work environment to him working with Rock & Roll artists early on, our discussion solidified the reason why I connected with his music so much. DA$H's experiences have had a direct impact on his music, in which you can organically hear & relate to. From spontaneously moving across the country, to having to cope with the unfortunate & unexpected passing of ASAP YAMS is some of the many occurrences that has shaped DA$H into the man he is today. A man who doesn't feel the need to seek approval, rather organically create his own path. On his path to greatness, DA$H has collaborated with artists & producers including Mac Miller, Chynna, Metro Bommin, Chuck Inglish, Aston Matthews, Vince Staples, ASAP MOB, Ab-Soul, Sha-Hef, L.S XXXX, V-DON, Action Bronson, Earl Sweatshirt & Retch whom he considers a brother, all of whom are on their own paths respectively.
Da$H returns with new visuals for the opening song off his latest EP "SkrewFace" Music Produced By: Antwon Carrera Video Directed and Edited By: Blake Cummings & Elliot DOWNLOAD LINK: "SkrewFace" http://www.audiomack.com/album/hz-global/skrewface MERCH: T-Shirt & Poster available at HzGLOBAL.bigcartel.com "#17MoreMinutes" The Full Length Album - FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 11th 2015
-Born & Raised? Born & Bread across the water, from Bergen County, that’s where I'll rep till the day they bury me in the dirt.
-Speak about your First Project, & early beginnings in music. My first project was "The Script To My Instrumental", about 19 songs, rappin' over other people's beats; stealing beats... i was a savage. Shoutout to the Drummer from Chester French, I def. snatched a couple from him. I was about 16 (years old). I waited a little while, and then released "DreamCatcher"; "Live What I’m Throwin' Up" then came "CAVEMAN FILES" which was really my breakout shit. I did all the beats with Sean O'Connell, a rock singer & guitar player. He wanted to sit down & put some stuff together on some Hip-Hop shit, which became the "CAVEMAN FILES". Once we dropped that, it set a whole precedent of what & who the H'z were, & what we we're doing. More people had their eyes on us.
One of the first times I heard you was on "La Cienaga", with Retch. This was after we both released our own projects. We did "La Cienaga" after being in LA & experiencing life on the West Coast. It was just an expression of what life was at that current moment.
-So you guys both moved to the West Coast. Yea, that’s my brother before this music shit. I've known Retch for over 10 years so when I made my move to LA, I gave him a call. I was posted on a homies couch but we had an in-house studio, so he caught that one-way flight & we made it happen...the rest is history.
What initially made you make that move to LA? It was SXSW 2012. I ended up being in Texas with Chuck (Inglish) at the Illmore (when the floor caved in). He (Chuck) knew me since I was 16-17 years old, so when he saw me he suggested that I come out to LA. This was about 2 years after I graduated High School, about 19 at the time. You can’t say come stay on your couch (with an in-house studio) & not expect me to be there. I took a drive from Austin Texas to Los Angles, about 20 hours. It was me, my sis and 3 of her homies who were already heading back to LA. We got to LA, stayed at my man’s brib & a whole new life/chapter started for me, I had a new work environment. I built a brand new process, and was able to build with my homies. It was some real by chance shit. Once my man's said I could stay at his crib, I really went & slept on his couch until I was able to buy my own spot. It put us in a position where we were motivated to do different shit.
-On meeting Mordecai Beats & creating "La Cienaga". ....When we met Mordecai Beats, he was our roommate & wasn’t even making beats like that. He was doing art design & stuff like that, but when he broke those beats out we (Da$h & Retch) knocked that tape out in about 3-4 days. It was 2 months of life, processed into songs.
I initially thought you both were from LA. No, but we was really posted on La Cienaga Boulevard at the time. That was just the residence at the time. It was a good time.
Fast Forwarding, what took place from that period of time till about now? "Lords Never Worry" (ASAP MOB), finished up "V.I.C.E.S" and started a new chapter of life beyond the music. I went on to cop my own crib & really start the process. Once everything came full circle, I felt like I was in a rush to release "V.I.C.E.S", so this time around (without a name or a release date at the time), it’s on me. As far as V.I.C.E.S, I love it but there’s always room for improvement. I was brought up to never settle.
-Since then, you've also released other projects like "Double A Side vol.1-3", "That Time We Smoked Dust" etc. As far as projects, I don't want to put myself in a box, to say it’s an EP or an Album. We sold "V.I.C.E.S" for a while, then took it down & let people have it for free. I can do what I want with my music because of the producers I'm working with, who are all making original beats from scratch. I don't feel like I'm held to anyone’s standard but my own. I'm working on having more & more people become accustom to my sound & what me and my team is about to do. (H’z Global/Fast Money). We're all one sanction, all being from Jersey, we've put our feet in wet cement, we made our stamp & people have had their eyes on us, just through word of mouth...& now that they do, they're going to be seeing different sides of the camp. People will see the evolution. I feel like there’s a lot of emulating going on...people are seeing approval, trying to give the public what they want. People have lost sense of what they want themselves; everybody makes music for the public. Nobody wants to take a chance anymore & I feel like that’s what’s lacking in our generation. A few people have stepped out & decided to take their own path rather than what been marked out already. I only work with people I respect personally & musically. I have to like the way you rap & know that everything you're rapping about is a buck50. You don't have to be a thug, just let me know it’s real. I have to shake your hand before I put my expression of self with yours.