My names Saadiq Powell but I go by Deos and I was born May 13th, 1997. I’m a rapper and producer from New Jersey. Proud to be from the east coast because I love the energy people have here. I’ve been playing piano for about 11 years and writing for 9. It wasn’t until I was 13 that I started actually writing and composing my own songs.
Exposed Vocals: So tell us your story. Where did you grow up? What made you decide to become an artist?
The first 9 years of my life I grew up in Prospect Park, New Jersey, right next to Paterson. I use to just tell people I grew up in Paterson because that's where my friends were and where I went to school. It was hectic there, my school went from grades 1st-8th and people loved to fight. Thankfully my parents were able to move me away from that and I've been living in Montclair, New Jersey ever since. It's a completely different vibe, when i first moved here everyone was so friendly and I wasn't use to that but I was able to adjust. My biggest influence in wanting to become an artist was my father and his crew. He rapped too and taught me how to play the piano. When I was younger I'd be in the studio with him watching how they worked and it was amazing to me. They put me on a few tracks to just talk but I always wanted to write something and surprise them with some heat. It's really cool that I can do that now and get their feedback.
Exposed Vocals: Since everyone was a start-up once, can you give any smaller or local bands or artists looking to get gigs and airplay some tips?
Stay consistent, PRACTICE, and don't let anything stop you. Personally I have depression and that's a bitch to kick but I motivate myself every morning and always look up what's going on in my area to stay in the loop. Chances to perform and get exposure for your music pop up everyday you just have to really want it and put in the work to search for it.
Exposed Vocals: Do you ever make mistakes during performances? How do you handle that?
Hell yea hahaha, I laugh it off and keep going. Freezing up is the worst thing you can do and truthfully the crowd isn't going to boo you for it. I would usually get an applause or somebody would yell "KEEP GOING". It shows a lot about your character when you can take that L and bounce back.
Exposed Vocals: Do you tour? Anything interesting happen on tour that you think our readers would enjoy hearing about?
I haven't toured yet but when I do I'll start a vlog so y'all are going to see the interesting parts. It's gonna be lit.
Exposed Vocals: Any planned studio upgrades? What are you working with now?
I just got some audio-technical headphones and a new Rode mic, which is WAY better than my usb mic I had before. I'm planning on getting some speakers to use for mixing as well. Once I get my apartment I'm going to treat it and put foam all over for the best quality.
Exposed Vocals: How do you find ways to promote your music? What works best for you?
I network around town by going to open mics or music events and I also network on soundcloud because there is an entire world of different artist there. Doing features can also build up a good following. Also a cool trick I learned was going on twitter and searching up keywords to find people looking for beats so I can send them my link.
Exposed Vocals: If you could perform anywhere and with any artists (Dead or Alive) where and who would it be with? Why?
I would want to perform at Coachella with Odd Future and Mac Miller because they blew my mind when I discovered them. OF because they were just reckless and rebellious and when I was a teen I could really relate to it. Mac Miller is just a beast and some people don't see or appreciate how lyrically crazy his mind is. A performance with them would be wild.
Exposed Vocals: So, what’s next? Any new upcoming projects that you want to talk about?
I have a single that's relevant to the world right now that I'm going to drop soon and an EP that I've been working on. I kept setting a release date for the EP but it didn't feel right at the time so the next time I announce it ITS HAPPENING. I'm waiting on the cover art to be finished by my boy but it's looking like it'll drop in the summer if not after my birthday.
Exposed Vocals: If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing?
Pffft I feel like I'd be doing theatre because my whole life I've been searching for my passion and I've learned that I'm most happy when I'm entertaining people. Fuck a 9-5 lol.
Exposed Vocals: What should fans look forward to in the next year or so?
They look forward to some dope singles, an EP in or before the summer and another EP in 2019 for sure.
Exposed Vocals: Any Shout-outs?
SHOUT OUT TO MY SQUAD SHOUT OUT BENGI C NOTES FOR PRETTY MUCH MENTORING ME AND SHOUT OUT TO MY FAMILY FOR THE LOVE. WE OUTCHEA!