We had the good fortune of connecting with David Hughes and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi David, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
Personally its hard to say I have a specific habit but I just try my best to be inspired and that mostly consists of me waking up and just going with the flow of the day. Ill be on my computer or on my MPC sampler and just see what’s the first idea that’s going to pop in when I load a sample or maybe I start with a blank slate and ask myself what do I feel like creating today
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The way I was able to discover my sound really came from my background and how I was raised in LA. I would listen to all types of music from classical and orchestra to heavy metal rock and even some music from my mothers background in Central America, all those genres of sounds on top of me playing the Flute and eventually finding love for playing an actual instrument at a young age of 5. My Elementary School would host concerts for the all the other kids in the band so I guess that’s where my drive for wanting to be in the spotlight came from. Eventually several instruments down the line and life experiences that drove me to take music serious was the catalyst for where I am today. My love for Hip-Hop came during my High School days at Edward R. Roybal Learning Center where at that time I was playing Clarinet and self taught myself to play Guitar, but musical influences at that time were artist like Tyler, The Creator, A$AP Rocky (Including the A$AP Crew), Joey Badass, Capital Steez, Earl Sweatshirt, Kendrick Lamar, Pro Era, Wu-Tang, MF DOOM, Madlib, Kanye, and J Dilla. Those names including some of the early sounds of Hip-Hop would propel my interest into music production and rap and I went from listening to learning how beats were made and structured which circled back to my days in music band, everything came full circle for me and within a year I would start producing some of my own work on my computer and FL Studio. Since this was still all going on during High School my grades would suffer and I would skip school on a weekly basis but that didn’t matter unless I gained a new skill that would benefit my potential career. My mom would end up having to ground me a few times from making music until I improved, my overall experience growing up leading to where I am now in terms of growth was a slippery slope and still is filled with that, I put a lot of self pressure on myself to do the best it can because everything I do has a purpose even down to my name J DZA is more than just my alter name, and that’s something I want the people who listen to me or new followers who happen to gravitate towards my art to find for themselves.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Man, I have a lot of favorite spots but I would wanna take them to old spots we would hang out at and just be goons. We’d be menaces to society in places around like Downtown. Maybe old parks we used to visit like Vista Park or Echo. We never had favorite places to eat, just a few taco trucks that be around. Smoking talking or just chilling with each other we don’t care where we were at we would just look for adventure. That was all back in High School and we still talk to this day, we had a lot more friends with us but life comes in the way sometimes I’m glad we still pushing forward.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I really wanna give a special shoutout to VIA for shouting me out but also a few other people would be my close friends who are also artists like HappyMynor, Hokin, Goya and the Snazzy Studios team, the team at KTMG and my family and supporters