Diablo Archer ~ Big Noise Radio Interview
Diablo Archer is a very busy man. It took a while to get this Q&A done. But, that’s how it is when an artist is not only busy in the “lab” creating the third album in a trilogy, but also currently promoting his current album. Archer is in demand. And with good reason. The North Carolina based Emcee has gotten nothing but acclaim for his music in the past few years. Big Noise Radio got the chance to chop it up with the very talented spitter, and he dropped a few jewels about his current endeavors.
Q. Big Noise: Who is Diablo Archer? The Artist? The Emcee? The Man?
A. Diablo Archer: Honestly, I’ve been wearing so many hats for so long, the lines that define those titles have pretty much blurred beyond recognition. The one thing that remains constant though, whether I’m writing, recording, booking shows, handing out flyers, or spending time with friends and family, is my inability to ever completely focus on just one thing. That can be a bit of a gift and a curse at times, but I’m not sure I’d have it any other way. Fortunately, you get to find out about Diablo Archer: The Artist, the Emcee, AND the Man through my music.
Q. Big Noise: What is your current project?
A. Diablo Archer: “LIFT: The Rise and Fall of Diablo Archer” is currently available at various online retailers. It’s the second installment from my 3-part “ICARUS” series, and I think it, along with the “Icarus Complex ep“, really makes for a good place to play catch-up if my music is “new” to you.
Q. Big Noise: How long have you been rapping? What got you into rapping?
A. Diablo Archer: Rapping, or rapping well? (he laughed) I wrote my first rhyme when I was around 8yrs old. It wasn’t until around 9th grade that I began to think I was good at it, and not until I left college that I even allowed myself to think I could possibly make a living at it. What got me SERIOUS about rapping and a career in the music industry -and this may sound kinda backwards- was the response to my first solo album, “Catharsis“. That album was actually meant to a personal emotional cleansing after a couple of pretty tumultuous years of trying to find my way in the world when I left college prematurely. I think I pressed up like 100 copies, which, if sold at $5 a copy, would be just enough to cover the equipment I purchased to produce another project I was involved with at the time. A few hundred copies later, I was on the phone with a homie who wanted me to speak with someone. The next thing I knew, I was giving 9th Wonder “permission” to play one of my songs on his show with DJ Premier that weekend! I’ve been telling my story on wax and moving the largest crowds I can muster ever since.
Q. Big Noise: Have you been touring? If so, where, when?
A. Diablo Archer: I’ve toured a bit over the past few years, but not nearly as much as I would have liked. The furthest I’ve been is Miami, FL. I’m still working toward gigging on the West Coast and in the Midwest, but I’m thankful for however I’m able to touch my fans. To have people, not only know who I am, but actually care about what I’m trying to do in places I’ve never been able to physically visit, is truly a blessing.
Q. Big Noise: Do you categorize yourself as an Indie rapper? Have you thought about rapping for the mainstream?
A. Diablo Archer: I used to categorize myself as an Indie rapper, but it really wasn’t so much a self-classification as it was acceptance of an applied label. When I make music, I do it for me. I try to convey as best I can whatever it is I’m going through at the moment, and whoever may relate to that at the time, I’m thankful for being able to reach them.
Q. Big Noise: What’s coming up for you this year?
A. Diablo Archer: Of course, I’m working on the final installment from my ICARUS series, which will be a full-length album entitled “Into the See“. I’m pretty excited about that actually. Also, depending on when this interview posts, I have a mixtape called “I’ll Be Right Backpack“. It’s more of an industry-style mixtape (which I guess answers your question about whether I’ve considered “rapping for the mainstream”), which shines a little more light on my versatility as an artist. Shouts to MIDIMarc and DJ Cannon Banyon for the assist on that one. Fellow Big Noise Radio affiliate, Nemesis, and I are working on an album under the group name Equilibrium, which should be finished this year. We’re about 8 songs in, and I’m anxious to hear how the finished product comes out. So all in all, a pretty busy second half of 2010 is scheduled. Now it’s all about executing.
Q. Big Noise: What’s coming up for you in 2011, and beyond?
A. Diablo Archer: If I could, I would have the entire next 5 years mapped out in detail, but I can’t. At least not if I want to maintain what little of my sanity is left (laughter). Part of the learning process I’ve been documenting on the “ICARUS” series has been gaining more of an appreciation for the “checkers” approach. I mean, it’s cool to see 5-6 moves ahead, and strategy is always an important tool to keep sharpened, but I can’t deny the freedom I’ve felt lately from playing a lot more of my “moves” by ear. I’m definitely having fun right now, so my goal for 2011 and beyond is to keep doing what I love with the least amount of stress possible.
Q. Big Noise: What is the ultimate goal for you?
A. Diablo Archer: Can I say this one. Can I say this one…DOMINATION (he laughed) My bad. I’ve always wanted to say that in an interview since “36 Chambers“. Seriously, my ultimate goal is to not waste my gift. Every experience I’ve been through and will go through in life is an opportunity to learn something. The best gift in the world is being able to translate those experiences to song and doing it well enough for people, who know practically nothing about me personally, to relate on some level. So yeah, my ultimate goal is to not squander the gift God has given me. If I can keep that goal in mind, everything else will fall into place. “
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