Interviews D. Watkins - Slow Wine - Artist Submitted

Published on April 30th, 2024 | by Dr. Jerry Doby


D. Watkins on What He Loves About Single “Slow Wine”

Hailing from Cincinnati, D. Watkins is a multifaceted artist specializing in R&B and Hip Hop. Now based in Atlanta, D. Watkins continues to evolve his craft while staying true to his roots. His songs often explore love, relationships, and personal growth themes, resonating with audiences seeking soulful and authentic music. Drawing inspiration from legends like Michael Jackson and Prince, D. Watkins admires their vocal prowess and captivating stage presence. His dedication to vocal excellence and performance artistry shows their influence and he firmly believes that the best thing you can ever be in life…is yourself. With that in mind, his new video for the single “Slow Wine” is giving us a glimpse of what that means for this artist.

With his upcoming album, Frequency,  D. Watkins explores new sonic territories, incorporating Afrobeat influences into his music. Despite the challenges of the music industry, D. Watkins remains resilient and driven by his passion for creating music. He credits his unwavering determination to his upbringing and the support of his father, who serves as both his producer and manager.

Slow Wine” embodies today’s sound, blending Afrobeat influences with D. Watkins‘ signature R&B and hip-hop style. The fusion of genres adds depth and richness to the music, appealing to a diverse audience with its infectious rhythm and melody. In his music videos, D. Watkins maintains a sense of class and authenticity, refusing to conform to the superficial standards of the industry. He sets himself apart as a respected and influential figure in the music scene by staying true to himself and his artistic vision.

The music video for “Slow Wine” revolves around enjoying life’s pleasures with the set backdrop of vibrant visuals and sultry beats, the video captures the essence of the song’s sensual groove. The video portrays a narrative of romance and allure through captivating and enjoyable atmospheres such as the luxurious home where the video is shot. The leading lady serves as a focal point, embodying the essence of elegance and sensuality. As D. Watkins prepares to release his album Frequency, fans can anticipate a fresh take on his musical repertoire, with tracks that showcase his growth as an artist. Collaborations with other artists and captivating visuals will enhance the album’s appeal, promising an exciting new chapter in D. Watkins‘ career.

D. Watkins - Artist Submitted

D. Watkins weighed in on the single and new video…lots of fun with this one!!!

Who are some of your biggest music influences?

Michael Jackson, Prince, Usher

How has your youth in Cincinnati impacted your songwriting?

A lot, growing up in Cincinnati there’s a lot of talent so the competition is stiff. But because the competition is stiff it makes you a better artist. So all of my musical roots from my family and friends have impacted my songwriting abilities.

Could you tell us a bit about your creative process? Where do you find inspiration from? 

Honestly it’s really simple for me. I go to the studio and get a bottle of water and spearmint gum. That’s my secret. Pull up the beat and whatever comes out I record it, a lot of times my method is get out all of your ideas and then come back and tweak it.

What was the inspiration behind “Slow Wine”?

I wanted to make a song different from my usual songs. I always loved African beats when I would hear them, So I just added my own sound to what I call a tropical beat and blended my R&B voice to the instruments.

How do you approach fusing genres such as afrobeat and r&b on songs like “Slow Wine”

I think the best way to approach the record is to always be yourself. Let the music speak to you but also blend your own unique sound to it and you can’t go wrong.

What was the experience like collaborating with Lorenzo Pier on the music video for “Slow Wine”?

Always fun, that’s my main videographer. We have done a few videos already together. Always good vibes and fun times. Honestly, I think that’s the best way of making magic, you have to have fun or it isn’t going to work.

What advice would you offer to other artists who are struggling?

Never give up, keep going, it will work. Also, find like-minded artists and musicians to work with. Everything is about chemistry.

 What can we expect next from you?

New album Frequency! And more shows. Thank you!

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