Past "The Voice" contestant D. Scott is ready to take his solo career to the next level without slowing down. With appreciation for every blessing that comes his way, D. Scott moves forward with his faith as his guide. Learn more below:
Who are some of your favorite artists and in what way do they inspire you to be better in your craft?
For the last six years, the only songwriter I have really studied is James Fauntleroy. I think I know every song in his catalog, both personal, for others, and for his band Cocaine 80s. On that west coast tip, I love India Shawn, I always have. She has an uncanny ability vocally to transport the listener. I have learned so much from listening to them. If you hear them and don’t get inspired to be better, maybe you’re just the truth lol.
I have a grailed list of singers and performers that I rock with. But we don’t have time to go down that rabbit hole. But here are some names:
Bobby and Taylor McFerrin
Caleb Sean McCampbell
I don't know about what influenced to become an artist but I really like The Walking Dead, Gotham, Supernatural, Smallville. I'm into film scoring and music supervision so I tend to find artists I like to listen to through TV and movies.
Who do you want to collaborate with in the future?
Did I say that already?
Childish Gambino, Andre 3000, Erykah Badu, Snarky Puppy, Band of Brothers, Jade Novah, Hit Boy, No-ID, James Blake, Yelawolf.
What has been a staple moment in your career so far?
Pharrell Williams gave me a project to produce right after the show, it was for a uber talented young lady on my team on the Voice named Madi Davis. One of the coldest songwriters I know, and she’s 17 now. She was 16 at the time, and was churning out the most incredible tunes. Not to mention her tone man. Epic. That was a very proud moment for me, my first time as an Executive Producer.
Are there any upcoming projects that we should be on the look out for? Any last words?
I have something visual happening very soon. I am working on my second full length album and other people’s singles and EP’s. Just promise me if you don’t see or hear from me you’ll be my accountability partner and say "D, you said this…” lol.
Who is D. Scott, what is he a strong believer in and how does that affect your everyday goals to become who you are mean't to be?
Darius Scott is a mult-instrumentalist, producer, singer/songwriter, visual artist and attempted socialite.
I strongly believe in reciprocity, that what you give, comes back. Good, bad or ugly.
I strongly believe that God is the ultimate provider, and that only He can give increase.
How has your career been affected by being a contestant on "The Voice"? Has it added a "reality show" stigma or has it been beneficial to your career?
I get this question a lot. The answer varies. The further I get away from the show, you know, away from the actual point and time I was on the air, I find out more and more how beneficial the Voice was to my development as a performer. I think about my vocal coach from the show every time I do a show now. When I’m producing the records for this new album, I’m constantly thinking about the new fans I gained from the experience, what they’re listening to, and how I can challenge their playlist. I also, think about how blessed I am every time I get a text from my mentor Pharrell, asking me about the progress on my project. Since the show I’ve been to the studio with him about 3 to 4 times, just to learn. Every time I am there, I think to myself, is this my reality right now? Am I really in the ‘yo with P and Vic Mensa or JoJo? Is he really asking my opinion? Does he really want to know if I’m hungry?
So as it relates to a reality show stigma, I think that the Voice brought me closer to realizing my dreams, and it serves a huge purpose in my life. Not the ultimate purpose, but its a wonderful thing to have been a part of such a successful venture.
As a musician, are there any other artistic mediums that have sparked your interest?
Of course. My parents legitimately let me try everything just to see what would stick. Over the last ten years, I have always had a professional camera. I like to make short films that no one sees, I love to shoot my friends, and concerts that me and my lady go to.
I love acting. I always have. I used to be the assistant music director of a company in Atlanta called YEA (Youth Ensemble of Atlanta). Because I was still a company member, I wanted to sharpen all of my skills, dancing, acting, and singing before I went off to college. And like a fool, the director of the company let me try my hand at acting. I took all the classes I could, auditioned for EVERYTHING, and went off to college, and fooled around and got an additional grant to keep studying acting in school after winning a regional acting award for Best Lead in a non-musical stage play.
I have a graphic design company with my partner and best friend Barron Bazemore. Its kinda cool what we do. I’m in Dallas and on a lot of planes lol, and he’s in New York City. We Skype weekly and finish projects, argue about trends, and we make our clients feel like family.