A3C 2018 is quickly approaching and we are taking mental notes of who we are looking forward to seeing on stage. One artist we are looking forward to catching this year is ATL’s very own Deante Hitchcock. He is currently riding the momentum of his recent music video “Wide Open” featuring his label mate Goldlink. While Deante was out in LA doing some writing, and recording we interviewed him over the phone to talk A3C, working with Goldlink, and his upcoming project! Check it out below.
RESPECT.: I see you’re from Atlanta and you have a huge buzz there! How long have you been noticing this buzz?
We’ve been doing what we are doing for a minute and we try not to pay attention to the hype. We focus on what we are doing. I’ve been doing music for a minute so it feels good to finally get a taste of the next step. We’re moving up.
RESPECT.: Were you at A3C last year?
Yes, we were on the Spinrilla stage. It was basically the main stage but it was inside.
RESPECT.: Are you going to be there again this year?
Yes, we are actually doing the main stage. It’s going to be Wayne, Wu-Tang, and a lot others. Wayne is my favorite rapper. Just being able to perform on the same stage as him is very humbling.
RESPECT.: Why do you think people attach to you as an artist?
My main topic in my music love. I feel like there’s not a lot of talk about that in hip-hop. I think that’s what makes me stand out from everyone else.
RESPECT.: You have a record out with Goldlink called “Wide Open” How did that come about?
We made that song a year and a half ago before we got picked up by ByStorm Entertainment. After that, Mark [Pitts, CEO of ByStorm Entertainment/President of Urban Music at RCA Records], played the record for Goldlink and said he wanted to get on it and the rest is history. We dropped the video and everything.
RESPECT.: Did you always want to work with Goldlink?
I don’t really plan anything. There is a saying that says “when you make plans god laughs” and I feel that. Granted, you shouldn’t be unprepared for things but you shouldn’t overly plan something because God will take you in an entire different direction.
RESPECT.: How did it feel having the music video premiered on BET?
I didn’t even get to catch it because I didn’t have cable at my house. Everyone was sending me videos. I didn’t get to see it at all but it was a blessing.
RESPECT.: Do you have a project on the way?
Yes, it is the single before the project. More love songs for your head top. It is going to be called ‘Just a Sample 2’.
RESPECT.: Will that include the feature with H.E.R.?
Yes, that will be one of them on there and a couple others too. Can’t say no names! The song with H.E.R. is definitely going to be something for cuffing season for all your cold nights.
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