Thursday, February 3, 2011

DANIEL JOSEPH interview by:SERRINGE

E.T. So you where originally Espee One of Bully Mouth. What made you go with Daniel Joseph
for your release on High Water Music?

JOSEPH I needed change for the most part. I got used to telling people it was because someone else had the name (which is true), but new identity was a way to feed a need I had. Bully Mouth wasn't really doing anything at the time, and my solo music is a lot different from Bully stuff, so I created that line to differentiate the two worlds. It was easier to do than (2006) than it would be now. It's also easier for my parents to tell their friends my name when they're explaining what I do in life.

E.T. In 2009 you released your debut album "Pretty/Ugly". Can you tell us a little bit about how you came up with the title?

JOSEPH Pretty/Ugly was an interesting project. I started recording it in late 2006 with the intention of making it half hardcore hip hop, and the other half more down to earth content. After wanting to do too much at once I kind of lost control and it turned into a compilation of songs that I loved (of course). I'm proud of it. It's something I can look back on, and take from.

E.T. Who was involved in the project as far as production and features?

JOSEPH The Akai Pros did all of the production. Capicoo of Bully Mouth started a production group Along with JS Krillz and they all made great beats, so It worked itself out. If I had the chance to do it all over again I might have slipped in a bigger name for a record, but I think those guys are just as talented as anyone, and I think every last one of them came through with a dope sound. 
The only other feature I had was my homeboy Syah. A lot of people asked me why I only had one feature on there as far as other emcees, and there's a reason for it. Mostly because I think this kid Syah is one of the illest writers I've ever heard. It's very unconventional, and it provokes so much thought at the same time. I thought this kid needed to be heard by like minded people, and be appreciated, so we were in the studio working and "Moonlight" came about. It felt a little more sincere like that. I didn't want to go out and grab the next big artist just for sales and radio spins, or grab a bunch of rapper's I know just because. That shit is wack, and for people with no confidence in the longevity of their own art. As for me, I'm confident enough to know that all of the music I've made, and I'm making will be heard and appreciated by the ears it was meant for.

E.T. How is High Water Music treating you, and what can you tell us about the music industry?

JOSEPH First off. The Music Industry sucks. It's a bullshit system that was manipulated and mistreated from the beginning and it shows on every level of it. Major Labels will eat their own to survive and the Indie Labels are like that one dude who get's famous and becomes a douche. Anything that involves money and egos is just a big bag of shit in my book. I hate it with a passion.

The song "Off Course" on Pretty/Ugly was my subtle "Fuck You" to the industry.

It sucks for an artist because even in this day and time where there's obvious change, we've been conditioned to believe that labels are a standard in the order of being heard. That's the biggest lie we were NEVER told. These pieces of shit will offer you the world, and shit on you as soon as you're not worth anything anymore. Indie labels can't offer you the world, but I noticed a lot of indie label owners will push for personal gain. There's always interest of course on this level, which is the only thing I can respect. A label will actually appreciate the music you make on this level (to an extent).  I've been on 2 labels already. I've put out one album and I'm already at the tipping point. But, I dunno maybe it's me.  It usually is. As far as High Water Music. It's a cool thing to be a part of.

E.T. I know your from Newark, New Jersey. What's life like in The Bricks in these days and times?

JOSEPH At this very moment Newark is kind of scary. We just laid off over 100 police officers, and the crime rate kind of went up. It's not as scary as it was when I was growing up, but now that I'm older I don't really have that disturbing pride of being from a horrible neighborhood anymore, and I'm wanting that security we all deserve as human beings. So, any sense of something gone wrong in the city kind of makes you look over your shoulder a little more.

Even though I pissed in the alley (Downtown) on Beaver Street at 1am just the other night, while drunk.

I love Newark though. I moved out for a couple of years, and while I was away Cory Booker came in to town and really cleaned us up. After that, I moved back to the North Ward and found a new appreciation for the city there, but I wasn't making any money for a little while and couldn't afford it, so me and the lady figured to move back to the East Ward where I grew up. Gotta love the restaurants down here though. I definitely put on like 10 pounds since.

E.T. I'm always telling people how I feel about supporting independent artists and real hip-hop. I sometimes fear that one day Ill wake up and there wont be any of that raw music out there for me to listen to. What do you think is different about hip-hop today?

JOSEPH I think that pure essence of hip hop is always going to be there. I mean, it's been a long time since Puff put on the Shiny Suit, and we can still find quality music anywhere.

Personally, I'm not a fan of the term "real hip hop". It divides us as a culture, and sets up the double standards we all have fell into. Like we all call Kanye every name in the book, and he and Jay have an album coming out (hopefully) with production from Madlib, and Pete Rock. People hate on Cudi not realizing that one of hip hop's great underground minds (RIP) Camu Tao has an influence on his music. People hate on Jay, and all he does is "rap about rap". We didn't give Nas a benefit of the doubt until ETHER, and he put the "Hip Hop is Dead" into the spotlight, when we were saying it for years.

It's sickening that money makes this world go around. I mean, Primo makes beats for Pop Stars. Common has a record with the Jonas Brothers. Raekwon has a record with Justin Bieber.

It's music, some of us take it too serious, and some of us see the potential in a certain sound.

Whether it's real or not it's always going to be there. We just have to look for it.

E.T. Nice, so what's the next move for Daniel Joseph?

JOSEPH I have an EP coming out called "If Walls Could Talk". It's a concept I had while Pretty/Ugly was coming out. It's not car music, or face changing music. It's more like sit back, put the headphones on a reflect type shit. There's also the "Murdered Out Deloreans" album that JS Krillz (of BullyMouth) put out, I'm on that a couple of times.

There's a new mixtape coming out called "Jimi Led Joseph" where I'm just putting bars over the dopest rock samples I could find. After that, the album comes out late 2011.

As far as tours, I'm always going to go out there. I'm hoping the homey GDP has a slot for me on his next tour. That would be dope. The last time I toured with him, I had a great time and really had the chance to build my name, but yeah, I'll be out there for sure.

E.T. Is their any artists or
producers out there you'd like to work with?

JOSEPH Yeah man! I'm an EL-P fan. I've met him a couple of times, and I definitely got mad quiet, star struck, and didn't know what to say to him, but I'm really hoping I can get production from him. He's supported us since day one, which I'm still in awe about. We always joke with Len about doing another Company Flow album and just putting us (Bully Mouth) on songs. It'll happen, I'm sure of it.

Black Milk is my favorite producer right now, and has put out to of my favorite albums in the past couple of years. I've talked to people and tried to get in contact with someone who could get me a beat from him, but it's still doubtful right now, ha!


As far as rappers, That's something that I really haven't thought of. I don't know if I'm good enough to collab with the people I do like, but when I get the chance to I'd really want to sit down with Kanye West. I think me and him have very similar ways about making music. He, of course has more resources haha! But yeah man, I think he feels the music the same way I do. There's a real sincerity in what he does.

E.T. If you had the opportunity to speak to the hip-hop community, and actually be heard... what would you say?

JOSEPH If I could be heard on a larger scale, I'd probably be marked for death by a lot of things I really want to expose. On a brighter note, I'd definitely let the kids know that hip hop is an actual form of music along with a culture that takes itself very serious, and protects itself. We're a universe within. Be proud to make this music if it's something you wish to do. Have fun, but also have a message.

E.T. What can we expect of Daniel Joseph in the years to come?

JOSEPH I've never felt as confident as I do now about the music I'm making at this moment, but I've also never felt as uncomfortable with the fact that it might not be heard. If you had to expect something I can guarantee, It's that I'll be known as great.

E.T. Any last thoughts?

JOSEPH Thanks for the opportunity to share. Shouts to everyone reading. Shouts to the world of music. Follow me on Twitter: www.twitter.com/danieljoseph and give me a listen whenever you get the chance. PEACE.




FOR MORE INFO ON DANIEL JOSEPH TO TO THE FOLLOWING LINK: http://www.highwaterismusic.com/

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