Strictly business 2010…DTMD interview part 1 (Dunc)
Hailing from Washington DC, these two friends have been very productive while hanging out. I heard the Basics EP recently and was blown away: really tight production and versatile rhyming. Dunc & Toine are both aged 19 and seem to have a very healthy amount of boom bap flowing through their veins. They are a force to be reckoned with, not just in the US. Some great talent and that’s why Beat Bungalow is bringing you seperate interview with each of them…
Can you please introduce yourselves: who’s behind DTMD and what’s your mission?
DTMD Stands for “Dunc n Toine makin Dollas”, we are paying hommage to the legendary group “EPMD” in naming ourselves that. Toine does all the rhyming and I handle all of the production for the group. Me and Toine have been making music together since we were 12. Toine and I wrote rhymes back in the day when we realized we needed original beats to rhyme over, it turned out I began to make beats and stopped rhyming while Toine carried the Emcee torch for our group. It wasn’t until about 2008 that we decided to officially become “DTMD”. The formula seemed right and we just began making songs from there.
Our mission in doing music is to do it right. We try not to complain too much on the state of the industry, we just do what we do.
What’s the last vinyl you bought and where?
The last vinyl I bought was Leroy Hudson’s “Love Oh Love” 12″. Its one of my favourite albums of all time and I finally got my hands on a reissue off ebay for 6$. Kragenoff!!
Who are some of your favourite beat makers and MCs, in fact, musicians in general?
My favorite producers active right NOW are Oddisee, Black Milk, Kev Brown, Hudson Mohawke, Mike Slott, Damu the Fudgemunk. I can go on and on about producers (the greats go without saying). Favourite Emcee right now is Blu without a doubt. Favourite overall group would probably have to be Little Dragon, they absolutely shape and change my musical horizons on the regular.
Tell us about DC and the hip hop scene there, what’s happening?
The DC Hip-hop scene is VERY divided. Everyone seems to have a clique and whoever isn’t part of your circle gets no love. But things are definitely getting better. People are really starting to come together, whether you are mainstream or underground. I think that’s what needs to happen for DC to become a Hip-Hop super power one day like Detroit / LA / NYC. There’s too much hate in the city. If everyone supported everyone we’d definitely be a force to be reckoned with. That’s yet to be seen so far.
Any last words of wisdom or shouts?
Shout outs to the extended Fam Low Budget, Oddisee, Damu, Diamond District, Slimkat78. All of the DMV. and shout outs to Germany!! One day we’ll have a show there hopefully!! Peace