Rising from the South…
A cultural melting pot of the south, Florida’s various influences have clearly had an impact on the artistic direction of Denzel Curry. Sitting down with PAUSE while in London recently, we had a chance to quiz the American artist on his journey into music, why visuals are so important and what’s next.
What do you think of London, is it your first time here?
No, everybody asks me “What you think of London?” I’ve been here like 7 times.
For those that haven’t heard of you in the UK & London, tell me who is Denzel Curry and where did he grow up from?
Denzel Curry is the entity that grew up on the dirt of Carol City motherf*cking Florida.
What do you mean ‘on the dirt of Florida?’
I came from the bottom, literally, the bottom, of the United States of everything, because Miami is literally the bottom. South of Florida, south, it’s so south it’s the Caribbean. And country at the same time.
How did you get through that?
You had to get that edge. Gotta get that edge, you gotta stay out the bullsh*t, that’s how you get through it, you need to be smart but don’t be too smart.
Were you still able to be artistic at that school as well?
Of course. That didn’t stop me, that only fuelled me to be more creative than all my peers at my old school.
How important are visuals today?
It’s very important. Everybody’s attention span man, they have to pay attention to the visuals. They going to pay attention to the music and they’ll be fine, but if they get a really nice visual, crazy one’s like This Is America or something like that or Humble, or stuff like that, they’re going to remember it.
What inspires your visuals?
Just like the most bizarre stuff. A lot of bizarre stuff, really creative stuff, just stuff that I see. Something in my visions, something on TV, something they do in the movies, and how to make movies.
What’s one thing you enjoy doing most when you’re on stage?
Going ham. Just going ham on stage like putting together like a story, it’s the best thing. Just performing in general though!
What does it feel like when you’ve finished the set? Give me one word to describe how you feel.
Because I go in there, just really nervous and intense and when I get into it I get grooving, like I go super hard.
And what can we expect from you this year?
There’s me not stopping, there’s going to be an album coming out called Taboo, it’s going to be the best album to come out this year, no cap, you feel me? It’s going to be the best album to come out, ya’ll should expect really creative and bizarre music videos from me, and really dope singles. I’m just going to shot the game and f*ck the brain. It’s what it’s going to be and that’s what it is, that’s the honest truth.
Looking forward to it man, thank you! Nice to meet you.