DP888 – Rage In The Downtown

DP888 - Rage In The Downtown

 DP888 - Rage In The Downtown

DP888 – Rage In The Downtown

ARTIST NAME: DP888

 

SONG TITLE: Rage In The Downtown

 

ALBUM TITLE: Guidance

 

RELEASE DATE: June 25th, 2021

 

GENRE: Hip-Hop/R&B/Emo

 

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dp888 is a hip-hop artist and songwriter with heartfelt lyrics, touching melodies, and emotively versatile deliveries. Born Jongho Daniel Peck in Seoul, South Korea on December 9, 1997, he grew up listening to a variety of music genres, including jazz, classical, disco, soul, hip hop, and rock.
After building his musical career as a house/hip-hop DJ when he was in middle school, he was inspired to alter his path at twenty-one into becoming a rapper and songwriter after recording an original song for the first time at his friend’s house.
He writes his music from a very honest and personal perspective, which often involves raw and susceptible thoughts and emotions at its core. His music openly speaks about traumatic past memories and the consequential mental illnesses he had to go through. He aspires to keep spreading hope and light to the people who are in similar situations and raise awareness about the significance of mental health with music as the medium.
His latest double single, ‘Guidance,’ released in June 2021, highlights his melodic and emotive versatility, and the delicate lyrical style that captures people’s ears.

 

 

LYRICS:

 

Rage in the downtown
Gotta make away
Listen to the gunshots
Gotta stay awake
Now go and ask your conscience
What we are trying to say
We don’t do it for the fame
We just

 

Rage in the downtown
Gotta make away
Listen to the gunshots
Gotta stay awake
Now go and ask your conscience
What we are trying to say
We don’t do it for the fame
We just

 

Got that vest on I’m paranoid
All my life been a funeral
We slaved away selling souls oh
But we ain’t ready for that talk oh

 

Ikigai what am I here for?
4×4 wheeling down through the avenue
All my life trying to find the way
To hold you close
In this life, love is tenuous

 

Call it gang or b*tch
They’ll never understand
What we are trying to say to you
You’ll never understand
We’ve tried and tried and try
To open up your eyes
But it seems like it ain’t right
To give any more chance

 

Freedom from the lies
Freedom from the fear
We want all the smoke
Rage in downtown
Demons in your eyes
What if it’s in your mind?
The seasons passing by
Rage in the downtown

 

See that
See that
See that
See that
Rage in the downtown
See that
See that
See that
See that
Rage in the downtown

 

Rage in the downtown
Gotta make away
Listen to the gunshots
Gotta stay awake
Now go and ask your conscience
What we are trying to say
We don’t do it for the fame
We just

 

Rage in the downtown
Gotta make away
Listen to the gunshots
Gotta stay awake
Now go and ask your conscience
What we are trying to say
We don’t do it for the fame
We just doing for the best

 

If you can’t love anybody, you are dangerous
Cause you are in no way of
You are in no way of learning humility
You are in no way of learning
About other people’s suffering

 

You are in no way of learning
How to use your suffering and theirs

 

To get from one place to another

 

Are you still in despair about the world?

 

I don’t think I’m in despair
I can’t afford despair
I can’t tell my nephew, my niece
You can’t tell the children
There’s no hope

 

 

Discuss your music life.
My music studio to me is just like school or work for others. I would go there every day to learn and to produce. I bring a little whiteboard with me to use as a daily to-do list. I try to burn myself out when recording to get out of my comfort zone. Amidst the abyss I pushed myself into, I fall into a trance where I can let go of the gravity that holds me. This is like a beginner’s step for expressing myself in the most honest, pure, and creative way. Occasionally, I would invite my friends to come over, and it helps to freshen up myself, and the atmosphere in the studio.
My life outside the booth also revolves around the philosophy of anti-gravity. I try to let go of my other thoughts to experience the moment as my true self. This aids in savoring those moments that touch base with me. Also, whenever a melody or lyrics pop up in my head, I would take out my phone to record or jot it down for later. In essence, I never know when new inspiration is going to visit me. So, even outside of my studio, I try my best to let go of the gravity on a lookout for the next one.
When I have time, I also do mixing and mastering work for others. Working on others’ music has helped me to deepen and widen my creative pool.

 

Discuss the recording of this song.
I recorded this song at my home studio. I was in charge of the whole process except the production. A bit of feedback from my close friends along the way helped me a lot in the process.

 

Discuss the lyrics of this song.
The lyrics were inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement that was going on last year following George Floyd’s death. The enraged public storming the streets of the whole nation for weeks and months, the burning of buildings and cars, the tears of the youth all somehow spoke to my soul so deeply. I remember just grabbing my pen and suddenly writing the lyrics down. It was also a process of pulling out the intense feelings boggling my mind at that moment.
I pictured myself hopelessly walking through a battleground. A ground where dead bodies are lying all over, where flames and dust fill the air, where shouts and cries of injury echo around the whole space. It was a walk of rage and paranoia. I was covered in blood and mud, looking just and filthy as my emotions were. I started singing during the walk, and that became the lyrics for this song.

 

Discuss the melody of the song.
The vocal melody is very mournful and sorrowful. The melody is accompanied by the main instrumental sound of the organ that spouts a dreamy vibe. Ultimately, it conveys a vulnerable state of one’s heart and mind.

 

Explain your songwriting process.
Oftentimes, I just randomly start writing lyrics like I am writing a diary or a poem. If I feel the lyrics, then I will start looking for a beat that suits the vibe and the mood I was in. Other times, I just start looking through random beats in my library and then start writing lyrics on the beat of my choice.

 

Tell us what makes this song unique.
This song is special in a way that the style is not mainstream. The lyrics and the melody touch one’s heart and speak to the soul in a deep and subtle but intense way.

 

Tell us how you develop your sound.
As a default, I try to listen to what my heart says. I will test out different melodies and voice tones to see what kind of sound suits the best for the chosen beat. And I ask myself what kind of vibe I am trying to convey. From there, I started developing my sound.

 

Explain your music style.
People often think that my style is just Hip-hop, but I don’t fully agree. My style is a mixture of different genres—Hip-hop, R&B, Latin, Afro, Jazz, and so on. I sometimes sing and I sometimes rap. So, I honestly do not like to call myself a rapper. I think I am more of an artist who loves to add a taste of Hip-hop in his works.

 

Discuss your music background.
Thanks to my mother, who used to work in a big music company when I was young, I have always been exposed to a wide variety of music while growing up. I started playing cello and piano when I was eight. I have played in various events in and out of school since then. But it was when I started DJing during my middle school days I found my true passion for music. For the first time in my life, I began going to a music studio all on my own to just practice, practice, and practice.
After years of experience in DJing and organizing various club events, Woojin, who is also a Hip-hop musician, introduced me to the recording world. That was already almost three years ago, and it has been an ongoing journey since then for me.

 

Tell us the factors you consider in a good song.
Honest lyrics, great chords, and fresh melodies are the key factors I look for in a good song. Moreover, the kind of emotion and reaction that the song evokes is also very important. People have to be able to tap into some kind of zone with the song, and this is only possible when the song is relatable on a personal level.

 

Elaborate on your fan base.
My fan base is international, and most of my fans are on Spotify. Among the listeners, around 60% are male, 40% female. They are mostly in their 20s and 30s.

 

Discuss your future goals.
I plan to keep training on my mixing and mastering skills; continue making fresh new music, and collaborate with other artists. On the other hand, I would like to do some other fun activities outside of music to keep my life fresh and light.

 

Mention those that have supported you so far.
Shout out to my Kinderparkers family: Woojin, Tello, and Lucider. And shout out to my artistic cousins: Kyungwook, Yunil, June, Sean. K, Gxxdkelvin, Matthew, DH Seo, Minsung, and others who have always been there to work together with me as a team on this journey. Also, shout out to all my friends who supported me and showed me love no matter what. Last but not the least, shout out to my mom and dad, my grandparents, and my sister for everything!

 

Tell us your opinion on categorizing songs into genres.
I think the boundaries between different genres are getting blurred more and more. Artists frequently fuse multiple genres when writing a song, making it trickier and perhaps even pointless to categorize the songs into genres.

 

Tell us if you are interested in collaborating with other musical artists.
Yes, I am interested. I haven’t felt that way until recently, because I had been prioritizing the development of my own musical style. But now, I finally feel like I am ready to collaborate with other artists. In fact, I already have some collaboration projects I am working on right now!

 

Elaborate on the song.
This song is a mixture of R&B and hip-hop with lots of lo-fi and emo vibe. On top of that, the strong deep bass pad and kick make it a good tune to vibe on, especially during nighttime.

 

Elaborate on your artist’s name and the title of the album.
“dp” is the initials of my full name, Daniel Peck. And the two lower-case letters juxtaposed reminds me of the duality of this world. Number “888” comes from my wish to catch something that is eternal; something that lasts forever; something that is infinite—thus, the number 8. And the repetition of the number three times was intended to highlight such a wish.
The title of the album can be taken literally. It stemmed from the feeling that I need guidance in order to sail through this journey called life safe and sound.

 

 

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