Check out I2G”s exclusive interview with Deal The Villian.
I2G is here with Deal The Villain, how’s it going?
DTV: Always maintaining. NEVER complaining.
Tell me a little bit about how you got your start in music and who are some of your musical influences.
DTV: I feel it’s always been a part of my DNA. It began with my love of jazz at an early age. Once I heard rap from the age of 5 my true love was SOLIDIFIED. My influences range far & wide from Ahmad Jamal to Terrence Martin; Stevie Wonder to Swae Lee l; Prince to Anderson .Paak & across every genre. It’s all about creativity, passion & connectivity.
Do you have any upcoming albums getting ready to release?
DTV: I’m prepping for the release of my Beards x Beats x Kicks EP. It’s about music, lifestyle & experience in the shoes I wear. Hopefully it relates to paths we walk; the equipment we utilize in daily operation & the vision of our journey.
Do you have any more upcoming videos?
DTV: YES! I plan to release two more sets of visuals shortly after the June 19th Beards x Beats x Kicks EP release & additional streaming platform availability. Currently, you can go to www.youtube.com/LyriqtoGo & view “Nova Charm”, “Emerald Preference”,”Retro” & my latest; “Legend Blue”.
What are your current thoughts on the music industry?
DTV: I LOVE it’s evolution & showcasing of various talent in multiple arenas. I feel the more capable an artist; the further their reach. The ability to grow organically, build an audience & branch out independently or through label/corporate structure in the digital age leads to limitless opportunities. Nothing is confined singularly to artistry, influence, personality, branding & structure. It’s the synergy of it all.
What is currently playing on your playlist musically?
DTV: LOTS of beats! lol Knxwledge, Dibia$e, Kareem Riggins & Nottz. I also vibe out to the new K. Dot of course! As well as smatterings of Future, Murs, Mary J., SZA, PND & classic Beatnuts. All shorthand for EVERYTHING!
Do you have any shows or tour dates?
DTV: I’m currently in the process of securing dates thoughout the summer & finalizing them to shortly announce online. You still have time to book the kid with special guests folks!
What is your website information?
DTV: Any & everything DTV can be found on Instagram & Twitter: @deal_thevillain; Deal Diamontes & DealTheVillain1379 via FB. And ALL music is available at www.dealthevillain.bandcamp.com.
Appreciate the interview, any last words or shout outs?
DTV: I appreciate the opportunity! I always shout my fans, family & supporters. NONE of this would be possible without you. My Commission; Michael Cardigan & Lyriq2Go aka my director for life Leon Brinson. My day 1’s who always believed in the kid; Myk Dyaleks, Daniel Joseph, Tommie Chase, Khal, Internal Quest, Craft Beatz & The ENTIRE Elite Assembly. Anybody I didn’t name just know I’ll spend the rest of my journey doing what I can to give you recognition. Once again… infinite thanks.