On Our Radar: Dkay [Interview]
Vancouver, B.C. - Dkay, one of the hottest up-and-coming artists from Vancouver made his official debut on the Vancouver hip-hop scene when he released the anthem for every college student, “College Party.” With the success of that track came the release of “Vancity Sh*t” which is being called one of the dopest Vancouver anthems released up to date. His music continues to progress, incorporating different types of sounds to create something that listeners can straight vibe to and fully enjoy. Keep your eyes and ears open for this soon-to-be Vancouver hip-hop staple.
HipHopCanada: How did you get started?
Dkay: I got started in 7th grade, pretty much on Mac computers. Me and my buddy always wanted to be in a band, so we’d make music, he’d rap and I’d sing. We did that for a couple years then split up and went our separate ways. I just kept going with it, to see how far I could take it, and that’s pretty much it.
HipHopCanada: Did you have any influences when you first started? What type of music were you into?
Dkay: In the beginning I was listening to a lot of Lil Wayne, T-Pain, and Chris Brown. Those were my major influences starting out, but they changed as different artists came out. You take a little bit from here, a little bit from there.
HipHopCanada: What are you into now?
Dkay: I’m a heavy Kirko Bangz listener.
HipHopCanada: There’s a growing number of hip-hop artists coming out of Vancouver. What sets you apart from other local artists?
Dkay: The difference between me and a lot of the other artists is that I’m not trying to go hard and let people know that I’m a crazy lyricist. I prefer to make a song that people can relate to, a song that they can like and vibe with on a different level.
HipHopCanada: How has the response been so far on the music you’ve put out?
Dkay: Pretty good actually. A lot better than in Calgary, where I’m originally from. People are a lot more receptive to music out here. It helps that I’ve been making music that is easy to take in. I’m really happy with it.
HipHopCanada: What was the inspiration behind your videos for ‘Vancity Sh*t’ and ‘College Party’?
Dkay: I needed to make songs that could spread really fast. “College Party” was my first one, and it made sense since it was my first year starting up at University. Everything was there for the song, and it was genuine and came together really easily. For “Vancity Sh*t” I really wanted to make a summertime track, an anthem really. I’ve been hearing different Vancouver anthems, and thought they were alright. I wanted to do something bigger, and take it to the next level.
HipHopCanada: In one word, how would you define yourself?
HipHopCanada: Accomplishment most proud of to date?
Dkay: Opening up for T-Pain in Calgary. We drank some Nuvo together, and he told me that he was into my music. He told me to keep doing what I’m doing, and that eventually I would become successful if I was passionate and worked hard enough.
HipHopCanada: What are your goals for the future?
Dkay: For the future, I see myself making music and making a living off of it. Hopefully becoming big enough to work with people such as Kirko, Lil Wayne and other artists I admire.
Interview conducted by Maral Bahmanpour for HipHopCanada