Spotlight Interview: Swing Dee Diablo

Swing Dee Diablo may not be what you are used to hearing, but his music is authentic. There isn’t any gimmicks, just his music and his artistry. Swing Dee Diablo has been in this rap game for a while and a long the way, he has learned a lot of things about being independent in the music industry. He knows about marketing and using social media as a marketing tool. It’s more then just music, Swing Dee Diablo knows the business. His music is the self-proclaimed Dark Hip Hop where he can rap about anything in his world. His fans and supporters love it, and those who don’t, he has some words for them too. After our interview with Swing Dee Diablo, we have fond respect for what he does as an creative artist. Learn more about him after the jump!
Tell us about yourself and your music.
Well, My name is Swing Dee Diablo. I was born and raised in Michigan and I’m an old Man…(laughs).
I’ve been selling my music since around 1998. I pressed up some old songs on cassette. I thought I was about to blow up! As far as making and/or writing lyrics I can’t remember. Pretty much since I was a small child. If I had to guess I would say I started writing when I was between the ages of 8-12. I really don’t remember. I’ve been doing this shit for a long time…(laughs).
We used to do everything ourselves back when I was using CDBaby. Now we just turn it into the office and let them do the rest. We have help as far as PR and marketing is concerned also. Way bigger operation than we used to have but…
Tallahatchie River will be in over 200 digital stores and we are working the Cd distribution.
How would you describe your sound?
Well I consider what I do now as #DarkHipHop. Some would call it HorrorCore but I’m kinda funny about that now. A Lot of this so called horrorcore rap music out now sounds like stand up comedy…(laughs). I tend to scare people away before they even give it a listen so Fuck Em! I never needed anyone’s acceptance to do this cause I love it and the real always rise to the top.
I have already started my New album and it’s gonna get back to the #DarkHipHop shit. My fans tend to be the leaders of their crews. The Alpha Males…(laughs).I make music for the Dark, Twisted, and Intelligent. Make Smart Cool!
Talk about the experience making your album.
I had a great time recording this but the subject manner and the shit going on around us was a downer for real. I would much rather rap about scary shit because I can do what I want in that world. But for Tallahatchie River I had to change it up a bit. It’s still abrasive but I had some things to get off my chest about some of the shit going on in this country. Everybody else just runs to Facebook and starts posting Memes that some other Idiot made in photoshop or something. No Research at all…(laughs). The Internet makes dummies feel smart and the weak feel strong. You are gonna get the same Swing Dee Diablo no matter what.
What are you currently working on? Any new projects? Shows?
Yes, I got both of those going on..Ha! Shows are on the way just because I miss it. I used to do shows every week, all while working the day job 40hrs….Took some time off but now I miss it.
Skullator is my real studio Album and it’s coming sooner than later. I was gonna go directly into recording for that but things have changed a bit. May have to Promote Tallahatchie River a little harder than expected because the reaction to it has been great. Tallahatchie River is a full project but I kinda look at it as a side album or a conceptual album.
Skullator will be more of the old Swing Dee
“Stab Ya Face” style….(laughs)
What has been your biggest highlight in your music career this far?
Wow, Not really sure. I’ve rocked a lot of legendary spots in the D. Without saying any names, I know for a fact that some very big people in the Detroit music scene are talking about my little Record Label that could…(laughs).
Name your ideal collaboration: mainstream or independent artist(s).
Never been big on collabs if it ain’t natural. Now a days every rapper will jump on ya track for a couple $100. Shit is mad watered down. It would have to make sense and sound right. Maybe the people I grew up listening too like Esham and Mastermind. Around 8th or 9th grade, I discovered Esham and Natas.Loved that shit!
Name something random that people do not know about you.
A lot of stuff and I ain’t talking…
What’s one thing you have learned or discovered while being in the indie music scene/industry?
Way too many rappers out here and not enough fans.
What can we expect from you in the future?
Skullator for sure! After that you never know…..
Anything else you would like to share with our readers?
Thank You guys for the interview and exposure cause I need it.
Thanks for reading this and if u support me and The Brimstone Lab then I Love You!
The people who don’t support us don’t matter.
#DarkHipHop #DetroitRap #PontiacHipHop #Horrorcore #AcidRap #GhettoMetal
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