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“With an air of the Fun Lovin Criminals and the gritty literature of Hunter S. Thompson, D.P. owes as much to the likes of Johnny Cash as he does Rakim.” (grindmodeconnect.com)
Spending night after night in smoke-filled, dimly-lit bars and venues, soaked in live, loud, local music will begin to shape an artist's perception on reality. It's here among the groupies and scenesters, drunks and pill-poppers, bright lights and vast stretches of highway that separate the days from nights as an artist on the road, that D.P. draws inspiration for his music.
D.P., born Danny Perez, pounded out his first piano melodies at the age of six, and hasn't stopped since. Trained in blues and classical piano, D.P. uses his background to create original works of art completely from scratch. His music is often straightforward and to-the-point, relying heavily on strong chord progressions and melodies. This self-classified genre, 'piano-rap', is a blend of traditional hip-hop with strong doses of pop and rock mixed throughout, all held together with sing-a-long choruses. Guido Stern from RapReviews.com comments on the style, "Perhaps the most impressive quality D.P. displays is his uncanny ability to write and sing affecting, catchy hooks. There are thousands of American rappers who can spit a hot sixteen, but so few who can write a chorus worth hearing."
A deep love for live, passionate performances led D.P. to book his own national tours (two) as well as rise to the top of a thriving local music scene (Gainesville, FL) by 2010, headlining shows at long-time local staple Common Grounds, as well as branching out to secondary markets in the state. Local success eventually saw the artist ink a management deal with Orlando’s Fly South Music (Paramore, A Day To Remember) in 2011, which led to increased regional exposure in Florida, playing shows from Ft. Lauderdale to Pensacola and everywhere in-between with Yelawolf, Los Lonely Boys, Fishbone, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Goodie Mob, Nappy Roots, Afroman, P.O.S. and more. D.P.’s statewide presence eventually fostered a strong friendship with Orlando juggernauts The Supervillains, who shared two national bills with D.P. in 2011, leading to a year that would see the performer rock over 100 stages in 20 states.
Strictinde.com sums up the unique sound: “D.P has created an accessible sound with character, depth and self awareness, striking a perfect balance between conscious lyrical subject matter and radio friendly hooks and melodies."
The singer/songwriter recently recorded his second studio release, ‘While We’re Still Young’ in Gainesville, FL with No Idea and Paper + Plastick favorites Black Bear Studios. The album boasts a full live-instrument take on the genre, drawing inspiration from opposing corners of the music world, pop country, indie rock and hip-hop.
While We’re Still Young release nationwide on September 10th, 2013.