Durham, North Carolina based artist Danny Blaze (of The Koolest) is a freshly unique fusion of Hip-Hop and R&B. Looking for a way out of a gang-affiliated lifestyle that almost cost him his life several times, his escape route was lit upon realizing he could rap — well. Toting his southern energy, adding flare from his favorite West Coast and Midwest artists garnered him the opportunity to open up for Big K.R.I.T, Joey Fatts, A$AP Ferg, Juicy J, Pac Div, Smoke DZA and more.
What Are Your Goals In The Music Industry?
I want to be an artist on a major label. I feel like a lot of musicians are ashamed to say they want to big huge superstars, but I do. I want to be in the music industry, making a living and being critically acclaimed for my work. Not just doing it as a hobby or being the guy that never made it that far.
What inspires you to make music?
I’m inspired by the fact that music has been possibly the only thing I’ve ever been great at in my life. I have been ok at other things like school and sports, but I had been told I was great at rapping/making music. That fueled me and inspired me to continue.
What makes you different from other artists?
I’ve been told I “Don’t sound like where I’m from”, which I believe makes me different already. But what further makes me different is how I like to take several styles of hip-hop and fuse them into one and use them in a unique way. I have a southern sound with a bit of a mid-west flow, but I do a little soul and blues style singing with it as well. I feel like no one (at least to my knowledge) makes music the way I do.
Who were your musical inspirations growing up?
I wasn’t even allowed to listen to rap until I was about 15 so all my early inspirations are 60’s and 70’s soul singers like Al Green, Smokey Robinson, Curtis Mayfield and James Brown. Its what my father listened to and probably why I love Soul samples in Hip-Hop. I was a HUGE Michael Jackson fan as a kid. When I got older I really loved Cam’ron and The Pharcyde.
Are You Working On Any New Projects?
Only releasing singles and videos for a few months, but one day (not sure when exactly) I’m going to release a project called “Punk Ass Dan”. I’ll explain the title further down the road to making that I suppose.
Danny Blaze – Ease The Pain