We had the good fortune of connecting with Tony Dark and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tony, what are you inspired by?
Honestly I’m inspired by a lot of things but mostly my kids, my peers and just life in general.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Well I started my musical journey because of my father’s love for music. When I was a kid I had a turntable in my room and I would always take my pops (and moms) records and listen to them in my room, I was mesmerized by vinyl very early. At the age of 13 I started playing guitar as well as messing around with my older brothers drum set. In and out of a few bands growing up but I was really in love with hip-hop. So after high school I went to MediaTech Institute in Austin Tx, took some music production classes and started making beats.
After school I moved back to Houston, met and worked with some like minded people. I surrounded myself with what I wanted to learn and that was music production. Every chance I got I would be at the studio with a handful of records. Chopping sh*t up and trying to find my sound, I did this for YEARS made some stuff I was happy with but until I started making beats in FL Studio is when I kinda started to find “my sound”.
In 2017 I put out a project called “The Tony Dark Experience” it got picked up by Houston Press as one of Houston’s top 20 rap tape of 2017. This tape helped open a lot of doors for me. It took a lot of work, sweat and tears to get where I am in my career and I still have a lot of work to do.
My most recent work is called “The Legend of DB Looper” I released it last year doing two different vinyl variants and is hands down my most successful release yet. I’m very excited for the future and am working on multiple new projects.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Houston is known for incredible food and a fun night life. You can honestly go just about anywhere and eat good food and have a great time. A few of my favorite things to do in the city are going record shopping, eating either Mexican or cajun food and going to a all vinyl party called “The Waxaholics”
I recently started a residency with my homie Heavy the Bluebird at Brasil Houston called “Beats & Bars” every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. Other than that I’m probably in the studio or smoking a brisket on my pit enjoying a delicious cold beer.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Of course, there are so many people/moving parts to everything I do.
First of all I have to shoutout my wife and my kids, they give me so much love and support. Without them I don’t even know where I would be.
Secondly I have to shoutout my mentor/Unk the legendary House Shoes and his record label Street Corner Music, the work he does inspires the f*ck out of me and I just wanna match his energy pushing the music and the culture forward!
Lastly I wanna shoutout all my peers (producers/artists/engineers/friends) that has either been apart of my music or helped inspire my music! I take my music and production very serious and I really appreciate the people that respect me and my time.
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