Emerging Toronto-Based Artist Del Chats With TMI About His New Music Video For “Karma” (ft. Ojo)
Hey Del 🙂 You just released the visual for your new single “Karma” (ft. Ojo)! What do you hope your supporters will think of the new video? & What do you hope they’ll get from hearing your new song?
I hope they get some positive vibes from it. This song and video were a lot of fun to make, and I’m happy every time someone tells me they rock with either of them or both. I try to make music that mirrors how I feel and the vibrant nature of this record is something I hope resonates with listeners.
Can you tell us the backstory of the new video? How did it come about?
I had met the videographer at another event in Toronto, for a clothing brand named INTRST. He was filming a recap video for that, and we got to talking through the night. We hit it off, and we’ve been working together making visual content ever since. It’s been a blast working with him, and I feel like we really have good chemistry together. I met the female lead in the video at an event put on by Daniel Caesar’s vocal coach. It was a community event for vocalists and artists in Toronto, and later on that week I asked her if she’d like to be involved in the video. She said yes, and we started planning on what the location would be, and the type of shots we would try to go for. We waited for a vibrant sunny day in Toronto, headed to the waterfront, and made magic.
Can you spill any details on what your supporters can look forward to from you?!?
What’s it feel like to be releasing your own original music?
Feels like a blessing to be honest. Even at the point I’m at, It is a real joy to be executing on the vision of music I’ve had for the last couple years, and I’m thrilled with the growth so far. It’s something special to put out work you feel good about, and have people resonate with it.
Is there anyone you want to thank that’s helped you get to where you are today?
It’s a few people, but I’ll pick the one that’s been riding with me for the past couple years. Big ups to my manager Josh, he’s a good dude y’all. We got a long way to go and a lot of things to learn, but it helps a ton to have smart, driven people on your side, and he’s one of them.
What do you want your message to be towards your fans? What do you want your fans to take away from your music and shows?
That I represent optimism, honesty, and a good ass time. If/when you come to a Del show, come prepared to dance, sing and get involved. I want all my fans to feel right at home when we rock out together, because that’s what my supporters are to me; family.
Are you planning any shows to promote your new music?
Yes! My next two shows are in November in Toronto. I’ll be playing on the 17th at The Baby G venue for Toronto Hip-hop Sounds, and on the 22nd I’ll be out again playing at Sofar Sounds. We’re waiting to get closer to the date to secure a venue for that one, but best believe I’ll let everybody know when we got it.
What is it like performing in front of your fans?
Y’all ever watch Titanic? You know how Rose felt when she stood at the front of the ship with Jack? Probably something like that.
What do you want your supporters to know that you think is important?
That I’m friendly.
What’s something your fans don’t know about you?
Oatmeal is my go-to breakfast option. Closely followed by bacon and eggs. Honorable mention to French toast & Waffles.
Have you ever been starstruck?
Well, I met the band ‘Phony Ppl’ briefly when they came to play in Toronto, and they’re my favorite band but I still managed to say hello and act somewhat normal with them. So not yet I guess.
What do you want your fans to know if they ever see you in public?
That they can come up and say hello! I love interacting with people who like what I make. It’s a blessing to be doing what I love, and I’ll always strive to make time for people who appreciate me. Because I sure appreciate them.
Is there anyone in the music business you are dying to meet?
Anderson Paak. That’s that dude right there. I’m not sure how I’d react if I ever got to meet him, he’s my favorite artist right now.
If I was ever going to be star-struck, it would probably happen meeting him.
Why do you think social media is so important for artists like yourself?
It’s important to put yourself out there! People want to know who they’re listening to and supporting, and it’s our job as artists to use these platforms to represent ourselves and our values to the best of our abilities. Not being on would be missing out on an opportunity to show the world who we are, and what we can do.
What would you say is your biggest dream/goal right now?
My biggest goal right now is to be able to fully support myself with music. If this could be all I do 100% of the time, I’d be ecstatic.
That’s the long-term vision y’all, just working to make it happen.
Any last things you want to tell your supporters?
Y’all rock. Big hug from me to you. If you see me say hello, and let’s talk anime if you’re into it.
Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview!
Nah, thank y’all. This was fun. 🙂