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GET TO KNOW: Du'val
After spending the last few months building up his image as a strong and vibrant name emerging on the alt-RnB scene of late, Reading-based newcomer Du'val has now unveiled his tantalising debut EP 'Moments'.
Offering up three new cuts in the process, 'Moments' makes for a brilliantly diverse and captivating listen. With his sweet and soaring voice layered over an eclectic bed of soul, 2-step, and trip-hop textures, he is sure to become one of the most talked about new artists of the moment.
So with the new EP out now, we joined him in a quick sit down to find out more about his background and influences over the years.
What was the first instrument you learned to play?
First instrument i learnt to play was Drums, used to annoy my mum, making make shift drum kits with pots and pans....got to the point, where my mum thought it would be less annoying if she just bought me a drum kit....which was a massive mistake on her part. Got the drum kit on Christmas, by new years eve I'm sure it was at the tip. Nah in all honesty, she supported everything music related, even if it pained her
What was the first album you remember owning?
First Album I ever bought was X&Y by Coldplay...legendary stuff!
Did you ever form a band when you were younger and if so, what did they sound like?
I was in an absolutely horrific band when I was younger, we played "punk rock" i was too shy to sing infront of other humans at this point, so I was the drummer in the band...we sounded awful.
What is a song you wish you had written yourself?
I get song envy about most songs I listen to. I wish i wrote the song 'Happy Birthday' I'd be a billionaire.
What has been the most thrilling moment about creating your own music?
Most thrilling moments for me, cone from me hearing my creations on TV or Radio! Once wrote a song, that was played on an advert for Criminal Minds. Was a mad experience, cause it was the first time hearing my song on TV.
And what about the most frustrating part?
I used to get frustrated with the marketing side of music. Trying to get my music heard...I realise now though, its all part of the proccess. I've spent some time studying the industry, networking. Just generally trying to educate myself on all the boring bits...
Which artist would you most love to share a stage with?
Travis Scott...if you're reading this, dm me @duvaltwc on insta. If I've got free time, we can work something out. Seriously though, that would be lit. He has the maddest energy. It would be explosive!
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
On a headline Arena tour...hard work starts now!
Du'val's debut EP 'Moments' is available to stream now. Check it out below.