Skotch’s career is truly taking off yet the Harlem breed is not overly confident just yet, believing his perseverance to have taken him far already and hoping to continue on this path so long as his passion for the music prevails. In the midst of his fast moving stream, he sat down with NJ from MelodicHustle.com to discuss the music scene, Harlem dreams, and among other things – the life of an artist.
MelodicHustle.com: Skotch, how would you describe your musical style for a reader whose meeting you for the first time today?$.D: I try to stay away from classifying my music because my job is to make it. It's the listeners right to label if need be. I truly just write record and at times produce what I feel.
MelodicHustle.com: Okay so if you had to describe your music in three or four words, excluding hip-hop how would you describe it?
$.D: Progressive, Clever and Audible!
MelodicHustle.com: How did you get the name Skotch and what does it mean? Something tells me there is a meaning behind it!
$.D: (laughs) there’s no wild and crazy story behind it. It’s just a nickname given to me by a cousin. Honestly, it was an accident. I would say the definition of Skotch is like that of the drink. I get better with age.MelodicHustle.com: Smooth answer! (laughs) Who would you say inspired you to become involved with hip hop and at what age did you begin your journey?
$.D: Hip-Hop was the genre of choice to be the voice of my generation. So naturally, my growing up in the inner city of New York allowed me a ton of hands on experience with Hip-Hop. To not say I have been engaged in the culture since birth would be inaccurate.
MelodicHustle.com: Does anyone in particular influence your musical talent?
$.D: My Father for sure! He's what I feel can be classified as a musical genius. He's fluent in a number of instruments not to mention being well versed in many musical genre.
That really explains a where you get a lot of your versatility
from. It's etched in your DNA!
$.D: That's too tough of a question to honestly answer! I imagine that's like asking James Bond what his favorite mission was. Each one offers something different to appreciate with each experience.
MelodicHustle.com: (laughs) Okay! well what’s the hottest bar you ever heard an MC spit?. Excluding your own of course!
$.D: Damn, another one of those questions huh?! For the sake of not avoiding to give one answer again... I'll say Canibus,
"Every word I utter for hip- hop lovers, will reflect forever like 2 mirrors facing each other."
MelodicHustle.com: Damn! That is hot! Now tell me what’s your thought process when you're creating a hit?
$.D: For starters, I don't put the pressure of making a "hit" on myself. I just try to be honest as possible when writing the lyrics and I try to capture and convey the emotion of the track.
MelodicHustle.com: That’s real! What can fans expect to see at a Skotch Davis live performance?
$.D: Another stage being destroyed!
MelodicHustle.com: If you could record and or perform with anyone in the world, either departed or alive who would it be? Why?
$.D: Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, Paul McCartney, Billy Preston & Buddy Miles. I'd give my left arm to have them as my band.
MelodicHustle.com: What do you think your “biggest break” or “greatest opportunity” has been so far in your musical career?
$.D: It's still on its way.
MelodicHustlecom: What has been the biggest challenge for you in this industry?
$.D: Finding outlets for all these ideas, I have in this mind of mine.
MelodicHustle.com: We all have our own preconceived notions about how artist make it to the top. In your opinion what determines who gets to the top of the hip hop game?
all about the artist that has a plan and is wiling to make the
proper adjustments to whatever the people are looking for.
You have to supply the demand or create it. The
artist that keeps that in mind usually climbs their way to the
MelodicHustle.com: How would you define SUCCESS?
$.D: I was told "Success needs no explanation and failure has none". Success usually speaks for itself both spiritually & financially so I believe the true meaning changes with the individual. If you’re accomplishing YOUR goals and avoiding having to explain your mishaps, you’re succeeding in my book.
MelodicHustle.com: With that being said I would say you’re seeing great success as an independent artist, what happens when the major labels start knocking at your door?
$.D: I'll assess where I'm at and answer accordingly.
MelodicHustle.com: Do you have other interests and or talents that you wouldn’t mind sharing with us today?
$.D: I really enjoy doing production on my music and for others. Expect a lot more of that from me. Acting is another avenue that I'm going to be spending a lot more time exploring as well.
MelodicHustle.com: That will be a great look! So we’ve spent a lot of time talking about the industry. Tell me! What does Skotch like to do in terms of fun and relaxation. How do you spend your time away from the music?
$.D: I like to travel, read and sports of course! I really do like traveling and learning about the places I visit. Gaining knowledge on their historical and geographical relevance. I have a few other past times as well. Hahahahahahah....
MelodicHustle.com: (erupts with laughter) So what is your ultimate goal. When it’s all said and done! What’s the legacy you want to leave for generations to come!
$.D: I'm still figuring it out you know. I do know that I want to leave a positive & progressive impact on my community and society as much as I want to in music. You must give as much if not more than you plan to receive and the universe will make sure you are remembered.
Okay Skotch let's have a little fun! I’ll start a sentence
and I want you to finish it with the first answer that pops in
MelodicHustle.com: Without Hip- Hop, Skotch would be......
$.D: In a band playing. A Rock/R&B/Folk song band. (laughing)!
MelodicHustle.com: Hip Hop is......
$.D: Youthful but not young anymore!
MelodicHustle.com: My music makes me feel......
MelodicHustle.com: Skotch is the truth because......
$.D He believes in the truth!
MelodicHustle.com: I truly appreciate you taking time out your busy schedule to connect with MelodicHustle.com. Before I let you go, let us know what we can expect from Skotch Davis in the near future?
$.D: More Music. More Hustle. More Creativity. More Cool!