[Exposure] Deuce Ducartier Has Two Personalities "Rap N Roll"

Single handedly spearheading his own movement amongst a crowd of artist who all look the same an act the same, Deuce is an artist worth the listen. Coming out of Atlanta where catchy tunes and one hit wonders are far and in between, Deuce is more so looking for longevity than over night success. With his ‘Rap N Roll’ personalized genre combining the influences of Creed with Biggie Smalls his style is from one spectrum to the next. We recently sat down with Deuce to get more information on him and his movement.

Q. You seem to be all over the place. Where are you from?
A. What’s Groovy! I’m Deuce Ducartier (Do-Cah-tee-ay) and I represent the DMV (D.C, Maryland, Virginia). I was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia but now I split my time between Atlanta and the DMV.

Q. Deuce Ducartier is quite the interesting name, how did you get the name?
A. Deuce means two. So I go by Deuce to represent how I mix two genres of music–rap and rock–to create the perfect blend of both sounds and a new genre called “Rap n’ Roll” (a.k.a Urban Rock). Ducartier describes me on a more personal level. It has a lot to do with my infatuation with Ducati motorbikes and Cartier diamonds. When you think of motorcycles you think “edgy,” and when you think of diamonds you think “rare” and “unique,” just something you simply must have.

Q. How long have you been doing music?
A. I’ve been doing music for about 10 years. Growing up everyone was doing music but at that time I was playing a lot of sports like football, baseball, wrestling, etc. My curiosity and love for music made me interested, so I switched it up and started writing and performing. Music and sports are similar in my eyes. In both, you got to work hard and let your talent speak for itself.

Q. How does your style reflect you as an artist? How are you bringing something different?
A. First thing that pops in my mind is “one of a kind.” After listening to various music, artists, and styles I can honestly say there’s no kind like what I’m doing right now. I took my musical influences, rock and hip hop, and created a new genre of music called “Rap n’ Roll.” Basically, it’s the perfect infusion of rock and rap over heavy 808s and distorted guitars. Various artists have mixed the sounds before but not with that balance that me and my production team (340 Music) have achieved. As an artist, I bring an IMAX 3D feel to the musical table. I put everything in a different echelon. When you hear my songs, see my videos, and witness my live shows it gives you that feeling that this dude is definitely here to stay and wants to make a huge mark in music.

Q. Are you looking to get signed?
A. At this time I’m just having fun and doing what I do best and that’s make good music. I feel like there will be a day when it’s time to make that transition to a major in order to cater to my fans on a bigger level and expand my brand. Honestly, whatever situation benefits me the best and God sees fit is where my home will be.

Q. Who would you want to collaborate with in the music industry and why?
A. Pharrell Williams. We’re both from VA. I respect his craft, he’s a creative genius, and I see a lot of similarities in our approach to music.

Q. So how do you feel you rank against top music talents today? And why?
A. As an artist, I’m always focusing on my craft and creating quality music. I’m pretty much a perfectionist, so my philosophys is that every record I make has got to be better than my last. So I rank myself on the same level as truly talented artists who are actually trying to create something real that’s going to heard not just for a few months or a year but 10, 20 years from now.

Q. What are you working on now and when can fans expect to hear more from you?
A. I’m working on music, music, and more music. Bascially, I’m focusing on the building process of giving fans quality music. I just made this track called “Boy I’m Groovy” that you’ll be hearing in late June/July. It’s hard hitting with a good a hook, 808s, and rock guitars. Definitely something you can hear on urban radio but with a nice rock feel too. I’m also shooting videos and performing anywhere there is a mic, drum kit, and guitar amp. Fans can look out for my new music all throughout the rest of the year and beyond–even if the world ends in 2012. I’ll be dropping records and videos in 2013, and I’m not planning on slowing down no time soon. My EP “Life On Planet Rock” Is currently out and my newest EP is dropping soon, currently Untitled. But for now those who haven’t heard need to check out my singles “Invincible” and “Planet Rock” on YouTube and iTunes.

Q. A year from now, where can we expect to find you?
A. Making even more creative tracks and collabing with other talented artists. Most importantly, I see myself finally getting recognition for that different sound I’m bringing and introducing people to Rap n’ Roll.

Q. Who and what are your influences?
A. I’m inspired by art, struggle, my fans and the future me 10 years from now. I have a personal competition with myself to keep pushing. Sometimes I feel like I’m my only competitor. Not in a cocky way, but more like I’m the only one who can stop myself! When it comes to musical influences, the artists who influence me varies. From rock acts such as Creed, The Beatles, Lenny Kravitz, Alice And Chains, and Michael Jackson to hip hop acts such as Biggie Smalls, Kanye West, DMX, and Pharrell.

Q. What do you think of the hip hop/ music world right now?
A. Hmmmm. That’s a tough one. It’s hard to say right now because the industry is changing so fast and all the time. I think we really have to give it more time before we can really know what’s going on in the music world right now. Nowadays artists are taking hip hop back to it’s roots by being more lyrical and actually talking about stuff. At the same time, hip hop has expanded. You have pop/rap, trapmuzik, conscience rappers, commercial rappers, autotune rappers and the list goes on. Some of those styles will continue to grow and others will fade away. But as a lover of Hip Hop, I want to make my contribution to the artform and to rock by adding Rap n’ Roll to musical history. Right now hip hop is in a transition stage. Only thing we can do is sit back and see, but personally I feel like Hip Hop is headed in a better direction than it was several years ago.

Q. What music do you have playing in your sound system right now?
A. Arcade Fire, Kendrick Lamar, The Black Keys, and Future because his hooks are contagious. Last but not least Kanye West.

Q. Who is your celebrity crush?
A. I dont know. Seems like all the bad girls always taken. Ha ha. Seriously, though, right now it would have Azalea Banks because she seems original.

Q. How can business heads reach you?
A. If I’m in your town performing just come chop it up with me. If not you can find me at @DeuceDucartier, my website www.DeuceDucartier.com, and Facebook www.facebook.com/Ducartier. For booking and features, you can hit up my management at 340music@gmail.com or 340musicgirl@gmail.com .

Q. Any shot outs?
A. Yeah shout out to you for showing the groovy support and shout out to the whole DMV, especially Virginia from Alexandria all the way through Richmond. Shout out to my fam Rico Bmore, Stevie Diamond, my bro Marley’s World, Joel mullis (Producer), Carlos Ramsey (Director), and my Management Team. Cheeeaaa!!!

One comment

  • July 31, 2012 12:52 amPosted 5 years ago
    Angela - Anjee'

    I’m so proud of you Deuce…Love to see you doing YOU…and You do it well!!! For all who don’t know Deuce, He is a very Kool and down to earth person with his head on STRAIGHT!. He may be young but has the knowledge of a very much older man. His music is very different as well as unique and once you’ve had a taste you will definitely want MORE. Take a moment to listen to all of his songs and you will see for yourself how multi-talened and gifted he is. Love you my dear friend,

    Anjee’

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