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Meet D. Will

Today we’d like to introduce you to D. Will.

D., let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I go by the name of D. Will but people may know me as “DayDay” as well. I was born and raised in East, Austin, Tx. I grew up with an ear for music and sounds. My mother would play music almost all the time, especially when it was time to clean up. It was more of me listening to the melody or a beat to a song because I feel as if that is what catches people’s attention. Beats are the “attention grabbers.” The first song I remember making was in 2014.

During that time I was a sophomore in high school, where I would not fully take on being an artist due to playing football. As time went by I would make songs every now and then just to release them on a platform called “Soundcloud.” Then, I went to college at the University of North Texas to further my education and play football for my first two years. While I was there, my daughter was born shortly after my freshman year at UNT. She changed my focused and impacted me by forcing me to live a different way to better myself and her in the long run.

A few old memories then came about shortly after from feeling pain and being alone at times which would put me in a dark place. My daughter was and has been “used” as a threat to affect me. That is what made me focus on music more while dealing with depression. Dallas is where I would go to a friend’s house to record in the closet many days and nights. Trying to find my sound with music was by far the hardest because it took a couple years.

In 2015-2016, I decided to drop football to focus on school and music. Therefore, I ended up graduating in 2017 from the University or Texas A&M-Commerce with a bachelor’s degree. Sports have always been a passion to me but music touches me when I create, along with being the way I express myself. I have had a problem with holding a lot of pain in my life from seeing and knowing too much until I started making my way to the music side, with my family and brothers who are on this journey with me. I currently have a tape that I released on Spinrilla which has motivated me to push harder. I want to be able to open new doors for many people in Texas. I hope trials and failure encourages many to push for success no matter what he or she is going through. Motivation is key.

Has it been a smooth road?
No smooth road at all, but it will be worth living for in the future. Taking risks is something that is going to happen while being an artist. I learned that I have to be everything that comes with being an artist. I went from recording in a closet free of charge to saving up money to lay many verses in a recording studio. Minor setbacks such as tragedies and managing money have had a major impact during the process.

I am able to sit back and think about tragedies to create either positive uplifting music or tones of pain coming from my creations. Creating music and hearing my final projects is similar to counseling for me.

Tell us more about your work.
I have focused members of a brotherhood and we go by the name of UGS, which stands for Underground squad. We are dedicated to this commitment and depend on each other to do nothing but good in life. We are “young N with dreams” (YNWD). Putting my all into music whether I am at home or working is something I do every day. The way I upraise on certain topics that occur or have occurred in my life on an instrumental may set me apart from others.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
Partying wise, Dallas is the scene to capture the dancing or performing sites. Never had a dull moment. There are a few casinos nearby that I would like to gamble at. The soul food in Dallas is delicious. The only thing I do not like is the traffic during the heat of the day. Austin, Tx is a great place to visit as well.

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