Interview With Alternative Rap Artist ‘Deleriq’

Tell us a little about yourself?

My name’s DELERIQ, I’m only 17 and I absolutely love making music. Ever since I can remember I liked to sing, dance, laugh, and speak my mind. So I decided why not make music?

How did you come up with your artist name?

Before I was DELERIQ I actually used to go by the name $peakEazy. While I still to this day love that name, I found that many other people used that name too, so I tried to come up with the most diverse name I could so I created an anagram of the word derelict, that is derelict itself. I hope for it to be interpreted however it helps you.

How long have you been in the music industry? 

I’ve been making music since the 7th Grade. But I didn’t start to get taken seriously until last year.

How did you get started in the music business in the first  place? 

In grade 7 me and my friend Hunter started making music on his laptop off Audacity and Youtube beats. Not to mention we used some iphone headphones to record our vocals. But in the end I saw how much fun it was and how much potential I had.

How would you describe your latest single? 

My last single was a rock heavy rap song, but I recently released an album called “$peakEazy’s Funeral” in commemoration of my old name and persona. I did lose a piece of me when I lost that name and that is what’s kinda hard for fans to understand.

When can fans expect the visuals for the single?

I would like to get working on some soon, I already have some Music videos released for songs on my recent album. But I have high expectations for the video on my recent single so it will take as long as I need to find a good videographer.

Who are your inspirations in the music industry?

I take inspiration from a lot of things. Like people, places, movies, art, almost anything. If you can mentally touch me with something I see or hear, I can write a song about it.

How do you go about writing a song and what is your process?  

After I get the beat I usually listen to it quite a few times and process every kind of flow or melody I would like on it, maybe I will freestyle a bit. After that I pause the beat and write a couple bars down in the flow I am feeling, and play it from the top to see how it sounds. If I like it I will pause it again and keep going but I always start the beat completely over before continuing. Not only to hear how it sounds, but to interpret flow change up and to help me memorize it.

What is the concept behind your forthcoming project if working on one?

Trial and tribulation, for a lot of reasons. Everybody has a sob story, it gives nobody an excuse not to live life to the fullest. But art is meant to be interpreted, so make of it what you will when it’s out.

Any plans on touring to promote your latest single?

I’ve done over 10 shows in the last month locally. But I haven’t got the opportunity to perform or collaborate out of state.

What did you buy with your first check off music?

I’m gonna be 100% honest with you. Them collard greens.

What are must haves when your in the studio working?

Gotta have all the essentials. Water, weed, and nicotine.

What is the best piece of advice in this business you actually followed?

Never doubt yourself. Everyone is their own worst critic. So do and make what you love, and never care what people think about you or your music. Even the greatest have some haters.

Will you be collaborating with any other artists in the future?

I am always working with my good friends and team at SoulSearchin. Artists DK, V30, and Ashtro are always my best/most fun features.

Name an artist(s) that you would love to work with?  

There are a lot of people I’ve always thought about how well our voices could work together. Artists like Eminem and Mac Miller are more or less impossible for me to work with. But I hope to work with Caskey someday soon, and hopefully make a friend.

Do you think your music is mostly enjoyed more for the beats  or for the lyrical flow and content?

There is no song without vocals. If you record a track I want you to listen to it 1,000 times. Then just listen to the beat alone. If it doesn’t feel weird to hear the beat with no vocals then it’s not finished yet.

What area do you need to improve on in regards to your  career? (Example: Better production, Delivery, Stage presence, etc…)

I like to improve on everything at least a little with everything I do. When I write I look for more complex flows. When I perform I try to make the crowd more hype than the last show. Everything can always be better to me.

What’s your all-time favourite song? 

Bad sun by The Bravery. But I love a lot of music.

What was the last album you listened to?

The fine art album by caskey.

Whose your favourite five artists right now? 

Even though there’s a lot of shit talk, Eminem will always be considered a rap legend to me so definitely him, Mac Miller (Rest in Peace), Post Malone, 2 Pac, and DMX.

In your opinion who is the most influential and successful artist in your genre today and why?

Considering his current position and the things he has done I would say J cole. He’s been in the game for so long and isn’t going anywhere.

Who have been some of your favourite artists that you’ve been able to work with?

Dk, Ashtro, and Caskey. I only got to open for him but we got to meet and hopefully we can work soon on a track.

How do you feel about the current state of music? 

I think there are a lot of people who don’t deserve the praise they get. However, they clearly must have some kind of artistic ability because so many people click on it.

What is your main goal as far as music?

I’m not in it for the clicks, the attention, but I want to touch people. I want to blow people’s minds and make a living out of it.

Who would you say your music relates to the most?

I have a wide variety of music and styles, so anybody as long as they listen far enough.

What separates you from other artists? (What’s makes you different?)

A lot of people don’t bring the energy and don’t put the time and effort into making it perfect for them. I try my hardest to do that very thing.

When your not in the studio, What do you like to do for fun and relaxation?

I like to watch television and play video games. But I also like to swim, play baseball, and drive.

If you could work with any producer who would it be?

I am not super particular on producers, it’s more the beat itself. I’m down to work with anybody as long as they meet my musical standards.

What’s the biggest highlight of your career thus far?

I recently performed at Incandescence in Utah and opened for Caskey.

What is your dream venue to perform at?

The complex in Salt lake City.

Whose your favourite actor or actress and their best movie?

Adam Sandler kills every movie he is in, happy gilmore is my shit.

What can we expect from you in the future?

More and more music. Never expect it to stop. I plan to top the charts one day.

Where can the fans check out for your music?

You can find me on all platforms @DELERIQ. But you can stay updated on my instagram @deleriq as well.

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