TMG is pleased to present another introspective artist interview, this time with Saint D, the R&B/Pop singer/songwriter based out of NY! Saint D is a melodic artist known for mixing different music genres together to create a unique sound!
Here’s a message from the man himself :
“I represent Generation Y – Free spirits & dream chasers, no fear of failure, no ceiling to success, people who follow their heart as opposed to playing their part. People who think outside the box, innovative souls that live on the edge & surround themselves the better things in life. Because at the end of the day, there is no currency for happiness. We live we learn, we twist we burn, we bend but never break.”
Here’s a little taste of Saint D’s sound!
*NOW HERE’S OUR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH SAINT D*
1. What’s your bands name? Where did the name come from?
Saint D, the name came from my real name Dylan St. John.
2. The Yellow Collar Collective is all about the daily grind musicians go through to perfect their craft, what has been your biggest struggle and accomplishment as a musician?
Biggest struggle for me has been patience, biggest accomplishment has been seeing the natural growth of a fan base, its a surreal feeling.
3. What other instruments can you and your fellow band members play?
I don’t play instruments, but i produce & engineer my work so technically I can play everything (just digitally).
4. Why’d you start making music and why specifically did you choose your genre?
Started making music when I was a little kid and for me I wouldn’t say I have one specific genre, I guess you could say its new school hip-hop. But to me, my music has depth, I have love songs, electronic songs, club-bangerz….I don’t like to put any limitation on my music, so I try to avoid the whole genre/lane wave and just do my own thing.
5. Do you have any memorable musical experiences that have shaped who you guys are?
Me & my team have gone through hell and back the last two years and were still standing strong…that shapes everything, the people who stand behind me.
6. Have you ever released any albums or are working on any now? Any special projects?
No albums yet…just released a mixtape via Audiomack titled “Live.Learn.Twist.Burn.2:TheRollUp” still working off those tracks, but i got a lot of new work cooking up. I plan to drop my first EP or Album officially sometime in 2016…For now everyone can get my stuff for free haha…ENJOY!
7. Do you collaborate with other artists? Inside and outside your genre?
Collaboration is key. I love it. I try and stay surrounded by music minded people like myself. I constantly work with other artists, producers and engineers. That’s how you grow in this game.
8. What venues and events have you performed at in the past five years? Which has been your favorite?
Over the last two years I’ve done venues all over NYC. My favorite was Webster Hall, I opened for Hi-Rez & the energy was crazy. Plus Joakim Noah messed with my set, so that was a dope look.
9. How do you acquire shows and promote yourself? Do you have any recommendations for other artists?
Grind hard. That’s my advice. The shows will come to you if you focus on the music. GOOD music comes first, everything will follow, just got to have patience.
10. Do you have any mottos?
Live Learn Twist Burn is def a motto of mine as well as Bend Dont Break & Billboard Bound (My Brand).
11. What artists inspire you?
I’m inspired by tons of artists. I’d say PND, Drake, Travis Scott, Kanye, Cole, Em, J Cole, Cudi, Chris Brown….Those are probably the top of the list as far as inspiration goes.
12. What’s next for your band?
A series of music videos to be dropped, and hopefully a tour…stay tuned!
13. What do you do when you’re not listening to or making music?
Thinking about music, can’t lie its a 24/7 type of thing.
14. What’s your favorite song right now?
Tough question….Putting my work aside, I’d say I’ve been bumping that Weezy track Glory a lot as well as that new Weeknd joint Cant Feel My Face.
Saint D again for your enjoyment!
Thank you to Saint D for taking his time to do this interview for all of us!
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