With visuals for some of his earlier projects hailed as ‘mesmerising’ and ‘powerful’ it feels a bit inane to call DAP The Contract just talented. With a self possession that belies his age as well as a clear understanding of what he wants his music to say, it’s hard to see the shyness or awkwardness he has referenced in past interviews. There’s a self assuredness and awareness when he speaks of his music as well as his place in the world. He clearly understands the privilege he has and weaponises that unique perspective in his music. His ability to ‘shapeshift with culture’ as insider, outsider and creator is fascinating to watch.
His education is as varied as his influences- with a background at once typical and atypical of an affluent Nigerian – after Harrow (typical), his gap year saw him take two semesters at Berklee College of Music (atypical) and then finally graduated from Brown University with a BA in Classics (Latin & Greek) and Computer Music & Multimedia. He is currently finishing up Grad School at Columbia Law in New York.
Citing Kanye West and Andre 3000 as some of his very favourite artists, as well as the ones he would most like to work with. DAP’s rising star has seen him not work only with Mark Ronson (due to a collaboration with Noisey and Converse Rubber Tracks) and record at the legendary Abbey Road studios (The Beatles famously recorded there almost exclusively). The Lagos-born artist chats with BN Style on the evolution of his style and his sound.
…I really enjoy the more poignant, quieter moments in my show…
Age – 24
Where did you go to school?
High School – Harrow School (London, UK)
College – Brown University (Providence, RI, U.S.)
Grad School – Columbia Law School (New York, NY, U.S.)
Siblings? – 2
Kaliné, singer/songwriter/film scorer
What was your first big break?
I did the Converse Rubber Tracks competition and got to record at Abbey Road Studios in the U.K. with Mark Ronson.
You can watch the documentary here
On How He Got Into Music
I have started to get more creative and experiment with different styles I wasn’t brave enough to wear back in the day.
What’s in the pipeline for your music?
I’m working on a visual album to be released in 2018.
Where can we listen to your music?
DAP The Contract on Apple Music, Spotify, iTunes, Soundcloud, and my website. And recently under Hi-Lo Jack, a collaborative group I formed with a couple [of] friends.