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Born: November 23, 1978
Birthplace: St. Louis, MO
Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT (since 1981)
In 1997 Joshua Walk, neighborhood nickname “Dreamz” left his home to join the Army (Active Duty) as a paratrooper and after training, was stationed in Vicenza, Italy.
Though he always had a very strong connection to music, It was in Italy that “Dreamz” realized both his passion and skill as a lyricist. In 1999 "Dreamz" Started working on his first studio album. While recording, “Dreamz” began to gain quit a bit of local (Army Base) recognition which he used to establish a group of 5 artist that began working together on almost every song. “Dreamz’ used this opportunity to display his strong leadership skills and quickly turned his solo untitled studio album into a new label collaboration for “Dreamz Entertainment” the album was titled “LOVE LIFE INDUSTRY”. DREAMZ ENTERTAINMENT (D.E.) was full of talent but met a quick demise as a result of “Dreamz” enlistment ending May of 2002.
Upon return to Salt Lake, “Dreamz” quickly performed at clubs running off the momentum started in Italy but with a lack of material and solo music, he needed to find a studio quick. The local recognition “Dreamz” was receiving home in Salt Lake landed him at POETIC PRODUCTIONS where he recorded his first solo album “The New Cat”.
“Dreamz” pushed his music locally but unpleased with the album, he revised it, adding and subtracting a few songs and changing the name of the album, he started promoting his new album, “Against Your Words” after a few months of performing/promoting this album, “Dreamz“ booked what would come to be one of his most significant shows opening for Kansas City artist “Lowkeezy“. “Dreamz” and “Lowkeezy” immediately recorded the single “I Want The Life” and proved immediately that each of these artists had a potential future. Recognition was good, but there was just no major breaks coming anytime soon for a Salt Lake City rapper. In 2004 with the struggling music career and some legal issues pending, “Dreamz” stepped away from the microphone with no true idea or plan of a return any more significant than maybe a house party freestyle session.
In 2006 “Dreamz” recorded the mixtape single “My Baby” but outside of proving that he still had an amazing gift, he returned to the shadows. Then in 2008 “Dreamz” showed his face once more recording the mixtape single “I’m A Ryder” this time not only proving that his skills where still very strong, he showed his few remaining listeners that he was actually growing as an artist. This ignited a small fire inside but again remaining focused on family, fun, and work, there was no real return of “Dreamz”.
In 2010 “Dreamz” realized that not only had the fire remained burning but that it actually grew out of control and he decided to re-dedicate himself to his passion to make music. Facing a new era and a rediscovered love for his music “Dreamz” was once again focused and was reminded of the drive that launched him back in Italy. With an evolved skill and sound to him “Dreamz” knew that he was a new artist and out of the respect and love for his original passion and the artist that he originally began with, “Dreamz” changed his name to “D.E.” and began immediately working as a new artist on his mixtape album “Their Music My Words” this time in his home studio giving him full creative control.
“D.E.” made an instant explosion reaching far enough that his old friend “Lowkeezy” heard his album and quickly brought “D.E.” to the “Breakin Free Records” artist line up. In 2011 “D.E.” recorded and released his second original album “Risen” for “Breakin Free Records” also recorded at his home studio “On The Rise Records”.
“D.E.” was notice for his talent specifically for the song “Fight” of “Their Music My Words” by a local MMA Fight Club owner “Pat Patton” of “Steelfist Fighting” who was preparing for his clubs launch at what became a very successful “Steelfist” FIGHT NIGHT 1.
“D.E.” was invited by “Pat” to the weigh-ins for the fights where the opportunity to perform presented itself, and “D.E.” took it. His “Fight” song was loved by the “Steelfist” owners so much that they gave him they opportunity to perform it from the Octagon the following night for their fans. FIGHT NIGHT 1 was amazing and with a dedication to the people that gave him a chance to shine, “D.E.” recorded the original song “STEELFIST”. The song immediately became the Fight Club Anthem which is used today by Steelfist.
The distance between "D.E." (Salt Lake City, Utah) and "Lowkeezy" (Topeka, Kansas) proved to be to much for the business end of the relationship. And though they remain friends, "D.E." left the "Breakin Free" Line Up to continue on his own in his home studio.
D.E. then from 2013 to 2014 recorded his next project, the "LEGACY" album at a friends home studio, and with repeated features by this friend "lil Rock", it practically defined the album as a joint project with serious potential. The two artists promoted "Banger Makerz", which was "lil Rock's" home studio label. Though it remained a local release, the friendship between "lil Rock" and "D.E." remains, and the album continues to show that the capabilities of this artist are limitless.
Ending 2014 "D.E." was finally and fully ready to take the next step and move forward in this industry. With strong relationships in the local industry, artists and venues alike, and the soon approaching expansion of "On The Rise Records" to include the 2015 launch of "Gully Promotions", D.E.'s own and original label, which will among other things bring a tour schedule for the 2016 year and a level of entertainment greatly needed in the industry. D.E. constantly continues to advance his abilities as an artist expanding the boundaries of the music that he makes. A 2016 album "DEdicated" is currently being recorded as "D.E. Music" continues to reach new heights!
Live Your Life, Love the Music!!!