Based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Just Dave is a 21-year-old rapper, hip-hop artist, and independent performer. Growing up with a childhood filled with music, Just Dave developed his love of freestyle and writing lyrics throughout highschool. His debut album “Fake” was released in 2018 and garnered the young talent nothing but success. With an impressive musical repertoire and more new music on the way, don’t sleep on Just Dave.
The unmistakable sound of Just Dave pours through in the form of an explosive new track “One More Time”. Just Dave smashes into action with this track, a musically pleasing hip-hop-funk soundscape supports a series of hard-hitting or melodically entrancing vocals, each part rhythmically on point and moving the piece along in a uniquely striking way. Everything from the beat to the vocals and the simplicity of that hook lingers in your mind after listening. Fine production by lets the music stand tall, a strong mix means you can turn this up and engage with the energy of each soundscape as much as the personality and storylines at the heart of the writing. Just Dave’s spoken-word vocals are concise and specific, they’re detailed and captivating right through to the end. All of this leans in the direction of originality and character, “One More Time” is absolutely worth a listen!
Check out “One More Time” here and read more with Just Dave in our interview below!
Hey, Just Dave! Welcome to BuzzMusic! What inspired you to first begin making music and releasing it to the public?
Thank you guys for having me! I’ve always had an interest in making music. Even before I could write I would create my own songs with a guitar and my aunt would record them on a tape recorder for me. When I was in middle school, my friends Eric, Elvis and I would freestyle to instrumentals that we found on YouTube when we were at school. But what inspired me to release music of my own to the public was when I went to my first rap concert my sophomore year in high school when my friends and I went to see ScHoolboy Q. Just seeing the artist and the crowd sharing a moment together, and seeing the crowd sing his songs word for word inspired me to create music people could relate to.
You seem to be an artist that puts more thought into his lyrics than most. What can you tell us about the lyrical depth within “One More Time”?
This song isn’t one of my more lyrically deep songs because I was trying to make it a fun track to chill to. But when I’m writing a song, especially hooks, I create lyrics that I could imagine someone using as an Instagram caption. One of my favorite lyrics from the hook is, “everything I’ve ever been is everything I am with you,” because I feel that lyric is authentic to me. I’m not really the type of person to change who I am depending on who I’m with or what’s going on in my life, I’m the same with everyone. For the second verse of this song, I had the idea that I wanted to reference as many 90’s to early 2000’s songs as I could. When I began recording the track, I didn’t have anything written for the second verse, so I decided to do it as a freestyle. I referenced artists like Big Pun, the group 112, Lil Rob, and Baby Bash, who were all artists I listened to with my sister while growing up.
Since you’ve been making music for a few years, how would you compare some of the earlier material you’ve written to your newest release “One More Time”?
With my earlier material, I feel as though I didn’t capture a vibe as well as I did with this one. My main focus for this track was to make the chorus something that people could hum along to whether or not they know the lyrics. I also became better as a recording engineer through working with a Grammy Award-winning recording studio engineer named Doug Geist, who is based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
We’re super stoked to hear your upcoming album “How You Feel?”. What have been some of your proudest or most memorable moments in music so far?
I’m excited for you guys to hear it, so far it’s my best work to date! My proudest moments in music are when I see people connecting and interacting with my music. I’m sure all beginning artists can relate, every time someone shares my song on social media reposts a lyric they liked, or even just reaches out to let you know they support you, makes your day. Another proud moment for me was when my first official track “Don’t” reached over 100,000 total streams. At the time I released it, I didn’t expect over 100, but there was something about it that resonated with people which was awesome.
We really appreciate you chatting with us about your incredible music! What’s next for you artistically? Does your creativity manifest itself in other ways?
What I have next creatively is working on my album throughout the rest of this year, and making some songs that I know people can enjoy. In my free time when I’m not working on music, I’m usually training Mixed Martial Arts. It’s something I’ve always loved to do and that I’ve been training in for almost 10 years! Thank you guys again for having me, I’m planning on having the album done by Spring of 2020 and can hopefully catch up with you guys about it then!
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