DL Incognito: Taking a humble approach to hip-hop [Article]
Whistler, B.C. – Hip-hop artist and producer DL Incognito (who was born Oliver Nestor) is a pretty down-to-Earth guy.
Despite three Juno award nominations, an upcoming fifth full-length album and being considered one of Canada’s best MCs, the Ottawa rapper is more focused on carving out a place for Canadian hip-hop.
“Myself, I never really thought about being a famous person,” he said. “I’ve always been surprised when we were nominated — not that I didn’t think the music wasn’t worthy, but because we never had any major label backing, and it is great to have your hard work recognized.”
For Nestor, it’s always been about the music.
“I just always liked hip-hop, and hoped to help build a foundation for future artists,” he said. “I think with hip-hop, in general, there’s been a struggle to get the respect other genres of music get.”
Especially, he said, if you’re producing music that’s considered “old school.”
“If you’re doing something experimental though, you’re thought of as a genius,” Nestor said. “But if you’re doing something traditional — not so much.”
Although he’d like to see Canadian urban music given more international attention, and said he’s starting to see it, Nestor isn’t convinced music should necessarily have a nationality.
“There is lots of talent in this country,” he said. “And to a certain degree there is a Canadian identity because some of the content could be considered local, but music touches everyone everywhere and their daily struggles.”
For Nestor, those everyday challenges are what inspire his music.
“It is the daily struggle to pay rent, and the heartbreak and love,” he said. “The themes and issues running through people’s lives are all pretty common. I like to touch on topics that are somewhat common and might be happening now, in the past or maybe in the future of someone’s life.
“It’s therapy for me. I don’t try to be preachy or anything, I still want the music to be fun, but I also hope people get something out of it when they’re listening.”
Find out for yourself when DL Incognito (which refers to “Delivering lyrics on the low”) plays Moe Joe’s next Thursday (Feb. 3) in a co-headline show with Kyprios from Sweatshop Union.
“I’ve played in Whistler many times and it’s one of my favourite places to go,” said Nestor. “Unfortunately it’s always a short-lived visit and I don’t get to spend as much time on the hill as I would like.
“I’ve also worked with Kyprios before. He’s a really great artist and a really good guy. We’ll each be doing a full set.”
Following the current Western Canada tour, it’s back in the studio for Nestor to finish his fifth album, a unique feat for a Canadian urban artist.
“We’re 90 per cent done the next record,” he said. “It’s going to be called Some Day is Less Than a Second Away, and we plan to have it out in the next few weeks.”
Moe Joe’s Lifted Thursdays presents DL Incognito and Kyprios on Feb. 3 at 9 p.m. Tickets are $8 for the first 50 sold and $10 after that — available at Billabong, Evolution, clubzone.com or at the door.
Source: Whistler Question
By: Steven Hill for Whistler Qustion
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