D-Terence – You Know What I Mean

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D-Terence - You Know What I Mean

D-Terence – You Know What I Mean

 

ARTIST NAME: D-Terence

 

SONG TITLE: You Know What I Mean

 

RELEASE DATE: 31.01.2020

 

GENRE: Rap/Hip-Hop

 

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Discuss your music career.
D-Terence – I am a Cameroonian Hip Hop, Afrobeat, and R&B artist, currently based in Stuttgart, Germany.

 

I had the pleasure to perform at the Kids Festival and the 18forever fashion launch in Liverpool, at RADOST Club in Prague, Q-Club in Freiburg and several charity events in the UK.

 

My latest performance took place at an Afro- Festival in Kassel, Germany.

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Tell us how you develop your sound and style to make it different from other musicians.  
My sound is a blend of hip-hop and afro bashment. I can rap and sing, my style is unique in the sense that it captures my expressions in a moment in time.

 

I talk about my experience and there is no “flexing” in my verses. I am staying true to myself and ensure I bring my emotions into the verses to be as authentic as possible.

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Tell us your opinion on the way new artists are coming up and the frequent release of songs. 
I think it’s a new exciting era where the artist can easily release new content unrestricted, the only risk with this I have observed that the quality of the songs being released is reducing. Artists no longer focus on the quality of music (content-wise and production-wise) being released; it’s all quantity over quality.
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Tell us about your experience as a musician/artist. 
I have been writing songs and doing music for close to 9 years now.

 

I started out as a singer and later transitioned into rapping. I was signed to the Big Condo Label in Liverpool for two years.

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Tell us your opinion on streaming and digital download of songs. 

It’s a mixed feeling, on one hand, it provides your music directly to your fans or potential fans but on the other hand, what you get as revenue from the streams you generate is next to nothing.

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Tell us your goals and plans.  
This year I will be releasing every two months a new single. The plan is to build up my audience and later during the year I will dropping an Afrobeat EP.
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Tell us five current artists that are your favourite.
Lefa (I speak French, so he is my favourite French artist)

 

M.I. Abaga (One of the greatest rappers in Africa and possibly the world)

 

Oren Major (My Favourite Indie Artist)

 

Russ

 

Eminem (the G.O.A.T)

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Tell us your dream and hope for the future. 
My dream is to make it to the Billboard 100, write for one of my music idols and make a full time living off music (recording, performing, writing).

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Tell us what has changed in the music industry. 
I think it is not just about music nowadays, there is a lot more to it. You got to be able to sell the image which the industry has defined for each genre and have more commercial songs to breakthrough.

 

I also think music is now available too quickly. Back in the day, an artist will release an album and wait a year or two before dropping another, but today with the short attention span of the audience, you have to release new content as soon as you have them: especially if you are an up and coming artist. You must be and stay relevant even more, especially in the time of Social Media and as an up and coming artist in order to keep your fans or even grow your fan base.

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Tell us your opinion on television/radio stations playing the same songs from established artists and giving little chances to independent artists.  
I mean I get why they do it, but it’s… like, aren’t you guys tired of the same stuff being played over and over? How about some new people and content? There are several talented artists out there who would kill to get a spot on one of these radios or TV stations.

 

I think these stations are missing out and will only catch on once we’ve had a breakthrough and they want to latch on.

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Tell us the challenges independent artists are facing and how to tackle them.  
I think the biggest challenge is getting your music heard by the right people.

 

 

The industry is so saturated these days, especially for indie artists. Getting your music to the right people is quite challenging.

 

 

I think the way to tackle it is just to keep making great music and putting it out, promoting it, doing shows and growing your audience. This will eventually lead to you being noticed (if this is your goal).

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Share your press releases and reviews with us. 

Lady-T

 

Camerounweb

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Tell us your opinion on using social media to promote music online. 
I think social media is a great way to promote your music, currently, I use Instagram and Facebook.

 

I have also started using TikTok as this is coming up fast with the younger generation, and you do not want to be left behind when it blows up as Snapchat did.

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Tell us more about your music career. 

While being under the label of Big Condo in Liverpool, UK I released tracks like Chin Chin, Jay-Z Money, and a remix to J Hus ‘Did You See’. Those songs made me known for establishing my individual print on every sound – giving it a unique sense of versatility.

 

After leaving the label and moving to Germany I am currently working on my debut album M.G.D.H. set to be released this year. With more collaborations on the way with Twwen!,  Der Oscar Effekt, Oren Major the year is looking exciting and promising.

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Tell us what still motivates you to go on with your music career.  
There is no stopping me, music is my passion and I do it for the love of the process and creating content.

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Tell us about you as a person. 
I am of Cameroonian descent; I currently live in Stuttgart Germany. My 9 to 5 is working for a Laser manufacturing company as an HR Analyst.

 

 

I love writing songs, recording and making music. I enjoy playing FIFA on PlayStation and uncharted is my favourite adventure game. I speak English, French, and German.

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Elaborate on the story behind the song.  
I had purchased a couple of songs from Kato The Producer, I was flying back to Germany from vacation (Christmas with the family) and on the flight, I played the beats, opened my notepad and just started writing. I wrote 3 songs on that flight and this song was one of them.

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Tell us the process involved in making this song. 
The beat was produced by Kato the Producer…

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it. 
I go by the name of D-Terence. It is simply my name is David-Terence and it’s called D-Terence for short.

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State the title of the song and the meaning. 

The song title “You know what I mean” is basically me reintroducing myself to my fans – I have not released a hip-hop song in a while and this song is me getting back on my rap game.

 

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