We chat with the seriously talented DARQ E FREAKER this week, who has just dropped two big singles. He tells us more about his constantly developing sound in this exclusive interview...
Good to have you with us! Please tell us a little about yourself... who are you and where are you currently based?
I'm Darq E Freaker originally from Peckham, South London and I've been living in Shoreditch, East London for a while now.
How long have you been making music? What made you first want to write it?
I've been making music since I was a kid. I came from a scene where lots of guys started out making music young, inspired by early grime MCs and what the pirate radio stations were doing.
What do you enjoy most about getting in the studio and creating work?
It gives me the ability to express myself best in the rawest form.
Do your surroundings inspire your music? How would you sum up the Darq E Freaker sound?
Yes - London is a very inspiring city. It;s tough to live here, everything is a hustle and the barrier for entry is very high as there are so many talented people here - but that drives you to be the best and stand out. It's hard to nail a certain sound as I make so much music all the time, but I would think that I aim for something between SoundCloud rap beats and rave music from the future.
Are you pleased with how your new singles have turned out? You spoke of them being inspired by UK rave music - what are some of your memories from that time?
Very happy with my new singles - it's a new stage for me as I have not released music for such a long time. This is an evolution of what I'm been striving for and I'm finally starting to get back on the road: sharing music, collaborating. Can't think of any memories, my mind is too blank right now!
Where do you see your sound progressing over the coming months/years?
Hard to say. I'm producing for other artists internationally more than ever so I'm sure that that will effect my approach somewhat. I want to make music in the context of a big live show, which is not something that I've considered previously. So I think that I would aim to make music that is more narrative TOGETHER.
If you could work with any artist (alive or dead) on a track, who would you choose and why?
What can we expect from you next? What are your dreams for this year?
More singles, working towards releasing an album length project. It will be the first time I'm doing something like that, a mixtape of rap beats with some amazing English rappers. A couple singles outside of this on a couple special projects, and I've produced for a few American artists who are releasing the tracks soon - which is exciting!