Dun D is starting the year off strong with a new single Badman from his up coming project, Forêign. After already being championed by Capital Xtra’s DJ Abrantee. This one is sure to make some waves in the scene. Dun D’s recent tracks have had an Afrobeat feel while Badman is more a mixture of Bashment/Afrobeat with a touch of Grime.
The last 18 months have seen Dun D being supported by the likes of BBC 1Xtra, Kiss FM, Capital Xtra, and Reprezent radio, while also supporting Fuse ODG on tour, and garnering over 1.5 million views on YouTube. Alongside the music, Dun D has also launched his own YouTube series Barz In The Whip on Link Up TV, which has featured Rudimental, Eddie Kadi and legendary Ghanaian rap superstar Sarkodie.
Adding to his more recent string of well-received offerings, which includes War In The Air featuring Big Tobz and MOBO Award winner Abra Cadabra, Dun D’s new single Badman creates a raw sound depicting life growing up in North London.
#TBB10 caught up with Dun D to find out more…
1# Introduce yourself…
I go by the name DUN D.
2# Where do you come from?
I live in Tottenham North London but originally Ghanaian.
3# How long have you been a music artist?
I have been doing music for about 8 years.
4# Name the first song that inspired you to become an artist…
I can’t really remember the exact song but I used to listen to Dj Luck & MC Neat and Dj Pied Piper on the radio and reciting like it was my own lyrics.
5# Can you remember the first bars you ever wrote – what they were about and are you proud of them or when you think back were they nonsense?
Yeah, I remember it was garage bars with all the hiccup noises. Thinking about my first bars now, I think it suited the era and time it was made in.
6# Tell about us this latest song what’s it about and why you chose this as a release?
My latest song is, Bad Man. A Bad Man is someone who is cool and has cool things that everyone looks up to and listens to. If you grew up in the Endz like I did, you will definitely know one or two Bad Man from around the way. The reason I chose this as a release is because I feel like there is a lot of Bad Man about these days and they all need an anthem to vibe to and announce their arrival when they are in the building.
7# Why is it remixes tend to get more hyped than the original track?
Remixes tend to have more of a hype because it brings a different vibe from the original song and also adding other artists on the track brings new fans.
8# What does your name mean – how did you come up with it and why?
My name Dun D was actually given to me by my cousin and it means Don as in Don Corleone but when said with a north London accent its Dun and the D at the end is the first letter of my name.
9# Are you signed to a label? Do you plan on signing? Which British artist you do you most admire for their work ethic and success?
I am not signed to a label and yes if I am given the right deal I would sign. An artist I always admired was Mega Man from So Solid Crew because from the outside he always looked like he worked hard and always kept his team solid. At the moment I like what Stormzy is doing with his whole independent success and the way he seems to be in control of his music content.
10# Shout outs…
I want to shout out to all my fans that have been rocking with me since the beginning and everyone who has gone out of their way to give me a word of advice whether I took it or not. My family and friends for putting up with me while on this musical journey.