THE NEW WAVE REPRESENTATIVE
Exclusively for Shatlé, interview with slovakian producer and raper Dalibor Štofan.
Interview & edit: @patrikshatle & @elkmc
Bringing a new trend takes a lot of courage. Proof of strong determination and persistent work is 24 years old Dalyb, real name Dalibor Štofan, member of the label F*CK THEM. His music has a significant influence on the direction of Czech & Slovak music scene. From the streets of town Košice (Slovakia), he gradually emerged as one of the best producers, together with Hahacrew are selling out their concerts, stood at the rising of global star Tekashi69, and his rap is also heard in the streets of New York.
When we say New wave in Slovakia, you come to my mind as the first person. Considering dressing and music, you are basically the most up to date. Are you glad that you are a pioneer or would you rather have this train run more?
Thank you. I'm glad that you feel that way. I hate to give myself stickers that I am someone or that I am the best in something. It may pass tomorrow. But I realize my credit how I kicked things in Slovakia. The beginnings were not easy and I went through different things. But yes, I am glad that it is like this and I am not willing to stop my progress and still create the best I know in the current period.
Especially, I do nothing by force. I do it naturally and with lot of love. Whether dressing or music. Well, I don't see many people who do it because they really like it, so I think the train is still empty. :( It is important for me to motivate young people to do something what they like. Make music or dress the way they want to, or do what they are best in. Try to show that no one can‘t ever stop you from being who you want to be.
Who, in your opinion, has the greatest influence on the world‘s music trends today, not just hip-hop. Who in fashion?
Hmmm ... I think rap has a pretty big impact on fashion, trends and people around. Almost every brand has adapted to us (hahah). But Virgil is currently destroying it all.
In Czechoslovakia, if you don't count yourself?
You know who, so why you asking. Hahacrew and Million +.
Let’s say, in mainstream radio you can also hear some kind of rap in our country. What do you think? Is it possible that the Slovak mainstream will be up to date? Do you feel any improvement?
Wherever you think, they're still struggling to call someone who's different. So if there is a rapper or rap in the mainstream, it is one of the worst and farthest to me. Although sometimes it‘s a surprise. But I understand. People are fed by what they want. We will see.
It’s difficult not to notice that you and Yaksha were traveling several times to US in past few months. You shot video clips, recorded tracks at Feet 1ST Studios, where 6ix9ine, Trippie Redd and many other leading artists also produce. Tell us more about it.
(achh) I don't even know where to start and how I would describe this feeling. For me, as a person who loves music and rap, is being in NY and record in a studio where the world music is made, something unbelievable. I'll tell you, there were my closest friends, fried chicken, blunts, and we made music the way I’ve never seen before. I wish to enjoy this moment to every musician. These Slovak "studio sessions" are nothing. I really enjoyed the moment and I recorded two things. I look forward to coming back soon.
You mentioned a story from Brooklyn club. There was a guy, when he figured out you’re Dalyb from F*CK THEM, called a big group of other people and appreciated your visit at party. Do you think it is possible to succeed with Slovak music abroad (production / rap)?
Yes, there were people in New York who recognized me on the street or in the club. But Yaksha is the winner, so far. He was caught by fan right after arrival to the airport. (hah) Well, Instagram and Youtube is one big village. We are all very close to each other. I'm sure Kanye West already watched our clips, at least once (hahahahhh). I definitely want to go abroad. As a producer, I have more opportunities to work in the US, I go for it. But I still want to do a lot of things here, I like playing, having concerts and enjoying everything around. After all, I can go to NY and come back and go back again ... 8h chill.
What are you planning to release next, what are you working on these days?
Making music and making video clips for that music. I'm not talking about any albums anymore. I'll just create and publish.
Thanks for the interview! @dalybhahacrew
Interview & edit: @patrikshatle & @elkmc
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