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ArtTalk: MU student produces music for artists across U.S.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 3:03 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Columbia Missourian is re-launching a project called ArtTalk with the goal of celebrating and discussing local art and artists. To submit one yourself, fill out the form at the bottom of the story.

This story was contributed by Missourian reader Darron Edwards Jr.

Q: What kind of art do you create? Tell us about your medium and style.

A: I create music. My main form of art is creating instrumentals for rappers and singers for mixtapes, albums, etc. However, I have also created scores, mixed music for dance routines, and DJ'd a party.

I am a producer, so I enjoy working with people and their creative vision regardless of what they may need me to contribute. I am working on an instrumental album with songs all produced by myself and showcases my musical talents.

Q: What is it that inspires you? And why do you create art?

A: I am inspired by other kinds of art. I am a creative person. I love when others express themselves in their various crafts, especially when they take pride to perfect it. I'm always looking up other music, fine arts, and dance routines for inspiration. I create art simply because I enjoy it. It started as a hobby and grew into a sort-of side business. I do feel less stress when working and relaxed, but I would probably still create if it became stressful just for the love of music and art.

Q: Can your work be found around the community (or has it been in the past)? If so, where?

A: My work is mainly online. I do my best to capitalize on the buzz "word-of-mouth" by social media and internet can bring with music. However, I've produced on albums by artists around the U.S. as well as Canada and the Bahamas.

Q: What sets you, or your work, apart from other artists?

A: In the hip-hop industry, what sets me apart is my ability to work with different artist and styles. Many producers put themselves in a box, while I like to explore and fuse different genres and artists to make something new and refreshing. Also, I work with many Christian artists as well, so the message is often very different than what's popular.

Q: Can you show us your finished art, or you in the process of creating it?

A: I am always working on new music. Right now I am working on an EP for a singer at Mizzou, while making production to sell online, and other projects just for fun. My website is www.soundcloud.com/dedzproductions where I have instrumentals I sell, remixes I have made, and a few songs I've produced re-posted on my page.

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