Rei: What is your philosophy behind picking track listings? There is a lot of intention in the pacing of Sensory Overload.
DvDx: It should really be a journey. I look at what I want the project to represent based around the best songs I’ve made and try to figure out which ones sound and feel best together, sonically and subject matter wise. When it comes to pacing and sequencing, I mostly just rely on feeling, like how things feel coming before and after one another.
Rei: On "The Motions (Rabbit Hole)", you talk about people not being able to keep up with your hustle. What do you look for in a creative collaborator, like Juberlee or Kenny Mason? And what about them inspires your hustle?
DvDx: The two things that make me attach myself to artists in the way I have with Jube and Kenny is A. If I see that they have that thing that I have, where their art (in this case music) is really in them. It’s hard to explain with words but it’s like they’re in tune with that other power that creativity and ideas come from and they’re able to reach in and grab it and divinely let it out through their art naturally like no one else quite can. B. Is if I think they’re better than me. It could be technical or if they’re better at executing ideas or if they’re better at trusting their own intuition. That’s the kind of stuff that really keeps me around almost like a magnet.
Rei: There's a lot of melancholy on the closing songs of Sensory Overload. How do you find peace? Where is your happy place?
DvDx: It’s crazy. I think this will always be an ongoing struggle to find bc I feel like your happy place can change. I would say listening to and making music but there’s so much expectation and pressure and extra shit associated with it that it doesn’t suffice by itself anymore. I will say solitude though. I really enjoy my own company. I feel like my best and truest self when I’m alone. Even in public I might go roller skating by myself or just drive somewhere. Exploring by myself always makes me happy.
Rei: You've been deep in the Atlanta underground for more than a couple of years now. How do you think it has changed since, say, 2016ish, both sonically and socially?
DvDx: In the Atlanta circles I’ve been a part of specifically, I think artists are starting to see the importance of making music for the people. The scene thrives on community so if you push inclusivity through your art, that shit just adds fire to the flame. Right before covid, the scene seemed way less isolated than it was back in 2016 where it was a bunch of artists kind of just doing their own thing. It’s taking some time to get back to how it was in 2019 but I think we’re on our way for sure.
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Written By Rei Low: twitter.com/_rocktimist