UK Interview: Danny Blaze on Latest Mix-Tape and More!
For those of you who may not be in the know, Danny Blaze is an underground UK rap artist hailing from North London that has circulated around the world a wide array of fellow musicians. His current project ‘Ghostryda‘ is what the man in question classes as a “street album” that boasts 14 original tracks and production from producers in the UK & across the pond in the US. After Danny Blaze informed us of the mixtape we decided to get a few words from the UK hip hop emcee about; the release; his dealing with the industry and more!
Tell us a little bit about yourself
I am a North London based rapper but have circulated around the world networking with different musical talent that has molded me into a versatile artist. As a producer and songwriter I am much more than an mc.
What made you choose the name ‘Danny Blaze’?
I have many aliases. I’m known as Brasco da Don, Don Blaze, Danny Brasco… So Danny Blaze is Just the beginning and end like a closed book.
What, if any, are the main influences for you when writing your music?
My Main influence is The Most High Creator that flows though me whenever I touch music. I catch a vibe on the beat and whatever happens is God given not written. I could make an album in a day.
At what age did you first decide to make Hip Hop music?
I remember at primary school I won awards for my poems and one time I rapped in assembly and the whole school went crazy. Form that moment I knew it was my destiny to deliver the word.
What is the main theme behind your current release ‘Ghostryda’?
Ghostryda is another alter ego like a silent hero in the shadows who you might mistake for a villain if your not paying attention. The mix-tape is actually a street album with fourteen singles, I’m finishing an industry ready album as we speak but this one isn’t far off. It has a lot of commercial sounding music.
How long have you been working on ‘Ghostryda’?
It was around a year from when the first track was recorded to when the album was finished, but I was working on other projects at the time simultaneously. The bulk of the work was done within three months.
Who features on production for ‘Ghostryda’?
All original production apart from the intro. Underground and industry producers from the U.K. and U.S. including myself, O.J. (Soho Sonic Studios), Ray Gun, DnA Productions, Tmics Beats and more.
Have you got any other promotion in place?
At the moment I have just secured mix tape distribution and have a street team promoting and selling the mix-tape in various areas.
Have you performed at many live shows and what kind of a reaction do you get?
I have performed at lots of live shows, both here and overseas. Crowd reaction is always good as I have a very lively stage presence and always interact with the audience. I think this Is the most important part of the show.
Have you been on any live radio shows and what do you prefer, radio or live on stage?
I have been on various radio shows but not for a little while now. I think I prefer the stage but have no problem setting fire to a booth
Have you featured on any other UK Hip Hop artist’s tracks, if so, who?
I’ve made a lot of various collaborations with UK artists over the years most of whom are in my circle.
Have you got any videos on-line i.e YouTube, Vimeo etc?
I have lots of videos online:
Brasco – Ghostryda, Brasco – Mission, Prince Louie ft Brasco & TmacD – Never stop, Danny Blaze Hustlers Movin and many more videos, freestyles and tracks on youtube and other sites. Google Danny Brasco da Don Blaze.
Have you been featured on any UK broadcasters like SBTV/Link Up TV’s YouTube channels?
I did a video with Link up TV just before christmas but I haven’t seen it yet. The ‘Man Dem’ are starting to get impatient!
I’m also about to do a couple videos with Rap City and Capone from Grime Daily.
What are the plans for the future?
World domination. Simple as that.
Thanks for your time, is there anyone you would like to shout out?
I’d like to shout out ‘The Fam’ Kon-X, A. James, None Se7en, TmacD, Timerdan, Prince Louie Montana, Dirty Drama, My sis The one and only Kayz, all my producers and engineers who without, this work wouldn’t have worked. Free Hova Mac!!!
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