Austin, TX – Artists and business people are swarming Austin, Texas for the 2019 SXSW Conference & Festival this week — and Deraj is considered one of them. He’s considered one of a number of artists acting at RealStreetRadio’s “Reflect Greatness” SXSW Showcase on Wednesday (March 13).
The bold Reflection Music Group artist is presently in the course of a music marketing campaign referred to as “Saturday.” For the primary half of the 12 months, he’s releasing 5 singles and their accompanying movies. Other than that, he’s centered on reveals and releasing some “hearth” merch at See & Hear Apparel.
Deraj’s inventive background landed him a job as artwork director for RMG. When the label discovered of his rap abilities, he was promptly supplied a spot on the roster.
The DMV-raised, Orlando-based performer accomplished his third EP Goodish below RMG in 2017, following 2016’s For the People EP with B. Cooper and his 2014 debut, Mirrors and Medicine.
As a results of his laborious work, Deraj has been featured on NBC’s America’s Got Talent and at main sporting occasions, together with NCAA, NBA Finals, NFL and ESPN’s First Take. His achievements stress the significance of artists being daring sufficient to search out and develop their very own distinctive voices, in the end serving to to advance the tradition.
Ahead of his SXSW efficiency, Deraj had just a few moments to talk with DX about how he acquired into music and the largest misconceptions about being a Christian rapper.
RealStreetRadio: When did you first get into music? What was your family like rising up?
Deraj: Well, I wrote my first rap once I was 9. My older brother was the one who launched me to Hip Hop. He had a rap crew again within the DMV. However, it didn’t turn out to be critical till I’d say round 2012, just a few years after I graduated from school. I had simply acquired in touch with the label as a graphic artist. They would later discover out about my music background. Before then, music was extra of a passion and a approach to share my religion and life experiences.
DX: What made you need to turn out to be an artist?
I’ve all the time simply been actually obsessed with artwork basically. I’m a self-confessed, all-around artistic. Rap simply grew to become one other type of creativity for me. I came upon I used to be kinda good at it and started exploring it extra. My pals and I discovered how one can produce and file ourselves, which opened up doorways for extra expression. After I grew to become a Christian, it was a approach to categorical my religion.
DX: What’s the largest false impression about being a “Christian artist?”
Probably simply the lane of subjects we will contact on as artists. The “Christian” title assumes we solely discuss God or Jesus in our music. Some do extra explicitly than others, however we communicate on life, love and a variety of different issues however via our worldview.
DX: How do you fight these stereotypes?
Mainly by simply remaining relatable and true to who you’re by creating from an trustworthy place. More than ever, it’s a time for us artists to create our personal tribe of listeners. There’s a lot range of music, its actually a matter of making and attracting the bottom that desires to listen to what you need to say. The relaxation will fall in place.
DX: What are you hoping comes out of this SXSW look?
Broadening my community, actually. It’s what SXSW is constructed for! I’m seeking to join with individuals who I can share sources with and vice versa. We all want one another within the business and it’s my philosophy to see how we might help one another win — that and sync licensing alternatives.