Last week I was given the opportunity to interview rising future bounce/hip-hop artist out of Memphis, TN, Daz Rinko!
Fresh off the release of his debut mixtape, LIFTED , Daz and I talked about a variety of things, including what went into the project, how it reflects him as an artist, and what we can expect from him in the future.
Be sure to check out our interview below and stream LIFTED above via YouTube! You can also stream the tape via Soundcloud or via Daz’s website ! (Bonus track included on both Youtube and Website stream).
Bryan: Why don’t you start by telling me who Daz Rinko is? What’s your story? How did you get into music?
Daz: Well, Daz Rinko is a dreamer from Memphis, Tennessee, who’s looking to shift the culture of the city. I first started playing around with music back in elementary school. Me & four of my friends used to battle rap in 5th grade; and I was the worst one out of all of us. I was also the only one who graduated high school. The other guys started to get into gang banging and drugs our freshman year of high school. After graduating high school, I attended college in Memphis; but left after my sophmore year to focus solely on music.
Bryan: Do you remember a certain time where you thought to yourself, “This is what I need to be doing”. A time where you realized music was more than just a hobby”?
Daz: It would have to be when a major label slid in my DMs. *laughs*
Bryan: For those who don’t know, can you describe what “future bounce” is?
Daz: Future Bounce is a sound I was exposed to by the whole Soulection camp. It’s just feel good music that’ll have you grooving like the 70’s.
Bryan: You recently released your debut mixtape, LIFTED. Talk to me about what that project is all about.
Daz: It’s pretty much my introduction to the world and the industry. Full of different sounds in a melting pot that makes it my own.
Bryan: What went into the making of this mixtape and did it differ from the way you made music in the past? Maybe you’ve grown as an artist over the years, did that show when creating this tape?
Daz: Half of the project is tracks I recorded over a years time span. The other half was pretty much made in a week of locking myself in the studio with my manager & my engineer. If you listen close, you can kinda hear the difference in my vocals. *laughs*
Bryan: What’s your typical writing process like? How do you pick your beats?
Daz: I usually browse the Internet looking for beats that catch my attention. I’ll write a couple of bars to it then store them. Weeks later, I’ll go back to it depending on if I still like the bars I already wrote to it.
Daz: Me and Apollo are pretty cool. We both have the same management. He hit me up to be featured on “In A Trance”, and I even made a cameo in his short film for his project afterwards. He’s super talented.
Bryan: Do you look for anything specific before collaborating with someone? Work ethic, creativity, etc? If you could collaborate with anyone, who would you pick?
Daz: I’d say creativity and production quality. I like to work with people who think outside the box. If I had my pick, I would definitely like to collaborate with Alina Baraz and Galimatias. That Urban Flora has been in rotation for about a year.
Bryan: Have you had the chance to perform your new tape live yet? If so, what was it like?
Daz: I haven’t yet, but I can’t wait to share the LIFTED experience with the public.
Bryan: Any tours coming up in the future?
Daz: I have a few shows I’ll be annoucing soon. Also, a few festivals I plan on blessing with my presence this next festival season.
Bryan: What would be your dream tour? Where would you go and who would be on the bill?
Daz: Dream tour? I’d hit up the UK w/ Cudi & SZA.
Bryan: Who are some of your influences? Both musically, and non musically.
Daz: Musically, I’d say ‘Ye. Non-musically, I’d say my 3 sisters & my manager, Kenzii. I learn so much from all of them.
Bryan: A lot of great music has been release in 2016. Any favorites?
Daz: Anderson .Paak’s Malibu project is by far my favorite of the year & this New Zealand group called LEISURE. Their new project will be dropping soon, but I’ve really enjoyed their singles.
Bryan: Any musical guilty pleasures?
Daz: Old Gorillaz music from 2005. *laughs*
Bryan: What’s your favorite track off of LIFTED?
Daz: I’d say “Angel”. It’s so catchy.
Bryan: If you could pick one song to describe your life right now, what would it be?
Daz: I’d say Anderson .Paak’s song “Lite Weight”. There’s this line that goes “There’s no reason to be afraid. No time to be lightweight.” It really hit homes for some odd reason.
Bryan: What does the future have in store for Daz Rinko and why should people be checking you out?