Many of the happiest memories I have are filled with music. It’s like the sound is woven through each memory, holding them together.
Because music is so important to me, such a part of my life I’ve wanted to join in on #Music Monday.
My #Music Monday posts will include interviews and music from new and veteran artists from all genres of music as well as the music that has meant the most to me throughout my life.
This week I want to introduce you to Dskillz Harris. He is an 18-year-old producer/emcee from Baltimore. Dskillz is currently a freshman at Morgan State University.
The intro track from his newest project earned a top spot on Maryland’s “Hottest In The State” mixtape.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Westside Baltimore, MD. I grew up in the “Zone 16” Garrison/Walbrook Junction area. I went to Friends School of Baltimore and Coppin Academy for High School.
Were you raised in a musical family?
Somewhat, my late cousin Philip “Sir Andre” Stancil was a pianist who toured with B.B. King. My step-father is Vaughan Mason of “Rock, Skate, Roll, Bounce” and “Break For Luv” fame. My grandfather on my father’s side was a painter named Ray Harris.
Are you a student? What school? What is your major?
I’m currently a Junior at Morgan State University. My major is Computer Science. Honestly I want to further my music profession and my plan B is to do cyber security work.
When did you know you would be a performer/artist?
When I was in elementary school, I performed in many plays. In the third grade, my history teacher taught my class about the griots of Africa. That day inspired me to carry on that tradition. I wasn’t rapping at that time but I was drawing mini-comic books for members of my family. When I got to middle school, I started getting in freestyle battles. I became adept at coming up with improvisational rhymes. One day during my sophomore year of high school, one of my contemporaries “Apollo” (of Mobtown Only) convinced me to start writing my rhymes down. Once I started writing and recording; i wanted to perform live. My Alma Mater, Friends School of Baltimore; helped me hone my skills by performing several times at its Coffeehouse event. These events (held by the Save The Music Club at Friends) is a safe space for local musicians, poets, comedians, and others to share their work in front of a live audience full of open-minded peers.
If you were to go on a dream world tour who would be on the ticket with you ‘old school’ and who would it be ‘new school?’
This is a tough one because many of my favorite artists are no longer with us.
Old School :
The Notorious B.I.G.
The Wutang Clan
New School :
Logic Odd Future
What is your creative process, do you schedule writing?
I don’t schedule writing, I try my best to write whenever the spirit hits me. The best songs in my opinion; are made in the moment (opposed to the songs which take longer to write.) I usually write my songs, without a beat to it. I can’t listen to a song if I don’t like the beat.
Do you play a musical instrument? If yes which one and if not if you did which one would it be?
I no longer play any musical instruments, but in high school I played the clarinet.
If I could, I would play the trumpet. One of my favorite music genres is Jazz. My favorite Jazz musician is Miles Davis.
Does your family support your work?
My family fully supports my work. They come to my shows and help spread my music.
If you could change 3 things in this world what would you change?
The United States Presidency, Eliminate the Electoral College, Fix Flint Michigan’s Water Crisis.
What was the last movie you saw? The last book you read?
Get Out, Soul On Ice by Eldridge Cleaver
What is your favorite home cooked meal?
Fried Chicken, Candy Yams, Macaroni & Cheese, Corn Bread, Collard Greens, Spinach.
Where can we find you online? Purchase your work?
Have a listen: Dskillz Harris on YouTube
Purchase : Buy Dskillz Harris Music
Main Link : Dskillz Harris
Thank you so much Dskillz and best wishes for a successful career!