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I am proud to call Nick D a friend. He has really pulled through for me at tight times. I am becoming a fan of hip hop with every show he does. Thanks Nick ………………

AUSTIN DAZE: FIRST OFF HOW DID YOUR (STAGE) NAME COME ABOUT?

NICK D: REALLY, PEOPLE HAVE ALWAYS CALLED ME NICKY D. AND mISTA NICK, BUT i ALWAYS LIKED THE OLD SCHOOL WAY OF USING YOUR FIRST AND LAST NAME AND BY THE TIME I GOT REALLY SERIOUS, I JUST SHORTENED IT TO NICK D. A LOT OF MY FRIENDS STILL CALL ME NICKY D.

AD: DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU WOULD ALWAYS BE A PERFORMER? AT WHAT POINT DID YOU SEE THAT THIS COULD BE A PROFESSION?

ND: YES. MY PARENTS WERE HIPPIES WHO HUNG AROUND A LOT OF AUSTIN MUSICIANS AND THEY TOOK ME TO ALL OF THE CONCERTS AND BARBEQUES GOING ON BACK IN THE DAY. WHEN NO ONE WAS AROUND AND THE INSTRUMENTS WERE LAYING AROUND AND MICS WERE TURNED ON, I WOULD SEE WHAT IT FELT LIKE IF I WAS ON STAGE. ALSO, I WENT TO DAYCARE ACROSS THE STREET FROM MEADOWBROOK IN THE 1980S SO HIP HOP WAS SOMETHING I SAW EVERYDAY WHEN THE OLDER KIDS CAME TO RICKY GUERRERO PARK AND BUSTED OUT THE CARDBOARD BOXES AND BOOM BOXES. INSTEAD OF RUNNING TO PLAY, I STAYED AND WATCHED THEM RAP AND BREAK DANCE. FROM THAT POINT ON, IT WAS ALWAYS IN ME AND I KNEW I WANTED PUT ON SHOWS JUST LIKE THE OLDER CATS DID.
THEN, IN 1993 I STARTED FREE-STYLING AND I ALWAYS THOUGHT IT COULD BE A PROFESSION. AS TIME WENT ON, I MASTERED THE CRAFT OF FREE-STYLING. BY 2003, WE (THE KRIMINALS) PUT OUT OUR FIRST ALBUM AND THE REST IS HISTORY IN THE MAKING. IN 2005 I RELEASED A SOLO ALBUM AND, TO BRING MORE EXPOSURE TO THE GROUP, I STARTED PROMOTING SHOWS WITH THE KRIMINALS AS THE FEATURED ACT.

AD: TELL ME ABOUT THE HIP HOP SCENE IN AUSTIN TEXAS.

ND: FIRST OFF IT’S VERY DIVERSE AND THERE ARE A GOOD AMOUNT OF TALENTED EMCEE’S. THE PROBLEM IS THAT THERE IS A SHORTAGE OF CLUBS AND VENUES WHO WILL GIVE RAPPERS A CHANCE TO THROW A SHOW. NOW THAT I HAVE MY FOOT IN THE DOOR WITH A FEW CLUBS, I’M HOPING THAT WORD WILL SPREAD AMONGST CLUB OWNERS HERE IN TOWN ABOUT HOW SUCCESSFUL MY HIP HOP SHOWS ARE AND HOW MUCH MONEY THE BAR IS MAKING OFF OF PEOPLE WHO LIKE TO SEE LIVE HIP HOP & RAP!

AD: THIS IS A MUSIC TOWN, DO YOU FIND THAT HIP HOP IS ACCEPTED BY THE COMMUNITY?

ND: DEPENDS ON WHAT COMMUNITY YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT. IF HIP HOP ARTISTS PERFORMED WITH A LIVE BAND, IT WOULD PROBABLY BE MORE ACCEPTED. I AM TRYING TO BUILD A TRACK RECORD WITH SOME OF THE CLUBS SO I CAN SHOW YOU EXACTLY WHAT IS GOING ON WITH AUSTIN HIP HOP. MY HOPE IS THAT I FIND A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT GROUPS AROUND THE 512 WHO CAN REPRESENT EVERYTHING AUSTIN HAS TO OFFER. I FEEL LIKE THE MORE SHOWS I THROW, AND THE MORE GROUPS I GIVE AN OPPORUNITY TO PROVE THAT THEY HAVE WHAT IT TAKES, THEN THE MORE CLUBS I CAN BOOK AND THE MORE I CAN CONTINUE TO GIVE HUNGRY ARTISTS A CHANCE TO PERFORM WHILE EXPOSING THE KRIMINALS TO ALL WALKS OF LIFE HERE IN THE CAP CITY.

AD: WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN RAP AND HIP HOP?

ND: HONESTLY, I SEE VERY LITTLE DIFFERENCE. IT ALL COMES FROM THE SAME PLACE. I’M A BALANCE OF BOTH. I EVEN ASK MYSELF WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RAP AND HIP HOP AND I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND THE ANSWER. THAT’S WHY I BOOK A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING AT MY SHOWS.

AD: DO YOU WRITE YOUR OWN MATERIAL? WHAT IS YOUR PROCESS?

ND: YES. THERE ARE SEVERAL DIFFERENT PROCESSES THAT I USE. WHEN I FEEL LIKE WRITING, I’LL THROW A TRACK ON AND WORK ON WRITING A VERSE UNTIL I DON’T FEEL IT ANYMORE. I PUT IT AWAY AND WHEN I GET THAT URGE TO WRITE, I WORK ON IT SOME MORE UNTIL I GET A 16. THEN, I’LL WRITE THE CHORUS. I ALSO HAVE A BONE YARD OF HALF-WRITTEN RAPS THAT ALWAYS SEEM TO FIND THEIR WAY INTO A SONG. SOMETIMES, THE CHORUSES JUST COME TO ME AT THE WEIRDEST TIMES SO I WORK ON BUILDING THAT CHORUS UP OVER THE NEXT WEEK OR WHATEVER. ONCE I HAVE IT, I SEARCH FOR A BEAT THAT MATCHES WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT. OTHER TIMES, I LISTEN TO THE BEAT AND TRY TO HEAR WHAT THE MUSIC IS SAYING AND THEN WRITE MY CHORUS FROM THAT. I ALMOST ALWAYS WRITE THE CHORUS FIRST SO MY VERSES CORRELATE WITH THE HOOK.

AD: DO YOU IMPROVISE A LOT ON STAGE, HOW DOES THAT WORK?

ND: YES. I ACT OUT A LOT OF KEY PHRASES OR PUNCH LINES IN ANY SONG. WHATEVER I THINK WILL HAVE THE MOST EFFECT ON THE AUDIENCE. WE DON’T DO A LOT OF CHOREOGRAPHING AS A GROUP SO WE ALL IMPROVISE IN OUR OWN WAY WHEN WE ARE ON STAGE TO BRING A HIGHLY ENERGETIC SHOW.

AD: HOW DID THE KRIMINALS COME TOGETHER?

ND: WE ALL GREW UP TOGETHER IN SOUTH AUSTIN. IN THE EARLY 90S, WE STARTED FREE-STYLING ALMOST EVERY WEEKEND, PERFECTING OUR SKILLS, UNTIL WE REACHED A POINT WHERE WE STARTED MAKING OUR OWN ORIGINAL BEATS (THANKS TO JUAN MCCOOK) AND WRITING OUR OWN INDIVIDUAL VERSES. FROM THAT POINT ON IT WAS ALL ABOUT CREATING DOPE SONGS.

AD: AT LIVE SHOWS HOW DO YALL KNOW WHEN IT IS YOUR TURN?

ND: WE PERFORM ALL OF OUR ORINIGAL SONGS AS RECORDED. SOMETIMES SONGS ARE SHORTENED OR ALTERED TO FIT THE SET BUT WE ALWAYS REHEARSE AND KNOW WHEN IT’S OUR TURN (EXCEPT WHEN SOME OF US ARE TWISTED), THEN WE IMPROVISE UNTIL WE ARE ON POINT. HA,HA,HA
AD: DOES ONE PERSON WRITE THE SONGS OR DO YALL COLABORATE?
ND: WE COLLABORATE ON THE CHORUSES BUT IT’S UP TO EACH PERSON TO WRITE THE CRUNKEST VERSE POSSIBLE, SO WHEN IT COMES TIME TO PERFORM, WE KILL IT.

AD: HOW MANY ALBUMS DO YOU HAVE UNDER YOUR BELT?
AND KRIMINALS?

ND: ONE SOLO ALBUM CALLED NICK D – PAYIN DUES (AVAILABLE AT WWW.MYSPACE.COM/NICKDATX.) THE KRIMINALS HAVE FOUR ALBUMS (AVAILABLE AT WWW.MYSPACE.COM/KRIMINALS)
– VOLUME ONE
– KRIMINALISTIC MINDS
– KRIMINALS ON THE LOOSE
– THE GAMES WE PLAY

AD: WHAT DO YOU THINK OF ACL FEST?

ND: HONESTLY, I’VE NEVER BEEN BECAUSE THERE WEREN’T ENOUGH HIP/ HOP OR RAP GROUPS THAT APPEALED TO ME. HOPEFULLY THAT WILL CHANGE AND THEY WILL PUT THE “A” BACK IN AUSTIN CITY LIMITS AND GIVE AN AUSTIN GROUP LIKE THE KRIMINALS A CHANCE TO REPRESENT THE CAPITAL OF TEXAS.

AD: WHAT IS NEXT FOR YOU?

ND: MY NEXT GOAL IS TO PROMOTE/BOOK TWO TO THREE SHOWS PER MONTH AT AS MANY DIFFERENT VENUES HERE IN AUSTIN AND SURROUNDING TEXAS CITIES IN 2009. THE KRIMINALS WILL BE RELEASING A NEW ALBUM IN EARLY 2009 CALLED “AUSTIN KNIGHTS” AND WILL BE TRYING TO REACH AS MANY PEOPLE IN TEXAS AS POSSIBLE.

AD: WHERE CAN SOMEONE FIND OUT MORE ABOUT U?

WWW.MYSPACE.COM/NICKDATX
WWW.MYSPACE.COM/KRIMINALS

AD: AND WHERE CAN WE SEE YOU LIVE?

ND: CURRENTLY, I AM PROMOTING A MUSIC SERIES CALLED “THE 512” AT RUTA MAYA TWICE PER MONTH THROUGH DECEMBER 2008, WHERE THE KRIMINALS WILL BE PERFORMING LIVE. THE KRIMINALS ARE ALSO PERFORMING AT BIG DIRTY’S (OF P.I.E)
ANNUAL B-DAY BASH OCTOBER 11TH AT THE DIRTY DOG ON 6TH ST.

AD: HOW DO YOU PUT YOUR SHOWCASES TOGETHER?


ND: I FIGURE OUT THE CAPACITY OF A CLUB AND TRY TO SELL IT OUT. THERE ARE SO MANY GROUPS THAT WANT TO PERFORM THAT I PUT TOGETHER A LINEUP THAT MAXIMIZES THE TIMEFRAME BETWEEN 10PM-2AM. IN ORDER TO GIVE BACK TO THE 512, I CAME UP WITH THE CONCEPT THAT WOULD FEATURE AS MANY ARTISTS WHO ARE TRYING TO GET EXPOSURE. THE WAITING LIST IS GETTING LONGER. RIGHT NOW, WE ARE ALREADY BOOKED THROUGH DECEMBER.
2009 WILL BRING A BRAND NEW YEAR TO SHINE!

AD: ANYTHING ELSE?

ND: AUSTIN DAZE IS ONE OF THE FIRST BOOKERS WHO SAW WHAT WE HAVE TO OFFER! I THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO FLOURISH. I APPRECIATE YOU RUSS AND LORI !
BIG THANKS TO ALL OF THE KRIMINALS – JUAN DISCO, X-OTIK, SUN FERN, LIL D, GIGOLO, K-MO-G, MS. CHIEF A-LOT, TEMO, LIL NICK AND KRIMINAL KOMMUNICATIONS – RON 10 & DREW AND TO ALL OF THE OTHER KRIMINALS WHO ALWAYS SUPPORT US, YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE!
THANKS BIG JUMBO (P.I.E) FOR JUMPING ON BOARD AND HELPING ME THROW ALL THESE 512 SHOWS!
THANKS TO JAMES DEAN, MR. MATT “SO REAL” SONZALA, AND BMRG FOR THE OPPORTUNITIES THEY HAVE GIVEN US.
I’D ALSO LIKE TO THANK ALL OF THE GROUPS WHO HAVE BEEN PERFORMING AT THE 512 MUSIC SERIES AND A SPECIAL THANKS TO 512 TV & RED DRAGON PROMOTIONS FOR BRINGING US EVEN MORE EXPOSURE!
AND GIVE A SHOUT OUT TO POVERTY ISLAND ENTERTAINMENT, TRAMPIA, AND THA REJECTS.
WE ARE ALL WORKING TO BUILD A BETTER PLACE FOR HIP HOP AND RAP HERE IN AUSTIN. IF WE DON’T FIGHT FOR IT… WHO WILL???
TO FIND OUT WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH AUSTIN HIP HOP VISIT AUSTINSURREAL.COM
WE KEEP THROWING SHOWS AND YALL KEEP COMING… SO THAT’S WHATS UP!
“WE ARE THE KRIMINALS”

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  1. JUMBO

    MAN wHAT KAN I SAY… IVE BEEN WORKING WITH NICK D FOR LIKE A YEAR NOW AND HAVE NOTHING BAD TO SAY ABOUT HIM… HE IS THE REAL DEAL WHEN IT COMES TO PROMO IN THIS TOWN….. SO IF UR ANOTHER VENUE WANTING TO BOOK HIM TO BOOK UR SHOW…. HES WORTH EVERY PENNY…… PLUS UR BAR STAFF WILL BE THANKFUL!!