How Deams went from Graffiti Artist to Hip-Hop Battle Master
Matthias Mazur: Can you walk us through your humble beginnings and what led to what you do now and really walk us through how you got into music and then into the music business?
Deams: Well, I started out as a Graffiti writer and dancer. I like break dancing. Not on the floor, I didn’t like the floor.
My moves were just standing up and after Wild Style, I started to get into rapping and started to go to every battle and every rap contest I could find in the Netherlands and only lost once. So that really gave me the motivation to just…
Matthias Mazur: Focus.
Deams: Keep on your goal and that’s why I really believe in the Lord for protecting me because at that time, I was only focused on music, music, music, music and that’s how I started to meet other people like Ice-T plus Ice-T, he knows me since I was 17.
So I met a lot of them when I was young, really young and by knowing more and more people, then I created more opportunities, started recording and… What exactly do you want to know? How I got into the music or how I started?
Matthias Mazur: Yeah, what was the transition from being a music fan really and then really getting into the music business?
Deams: Oh yeah, that’s the part of the rap battles and the rap contests because you know, that was like the ultimate test.
Matthias Mazur: Yep, okay.
Deams: You know, you’re going to square up with other emcees and by winning a lot of those battles, it got me a lot of shows through Holland and experience the art of performing. So all those different aspects when they started to transform into really thinking about what being an emcee means, being serious.
Matthias Mazur: Seriously, okay.
Matthias Mazur: Yep so rap battles meaning like in 8 Mile pretty much. I’ve seen the local rap battles here in Switzerland but how was it like at that time?
Deams: I think the biggest difference was that we were battling on beats, on music.
Matthias Mazur: Okay.
Deams: Nowadays, it’s all acapella. It’s almost like spoken words but more aggressive of course.
Matthias Mazur: Okay, so it’s more music based than lyric based?
Deams: Yeah, it wasn’t just battling with words but also with delivery because when you rap on top of the beat, you also have to adapt your flow and your delivery.
So it was just more aspects and nowadays, it’s more about how slick routines are, they just say and how you deliver. I mean it’s still cool. I like the progress of it because it’s more technical now.
Matthias Mazur: Yep.