Slidin’ Thru: Duchi Da Vinchi

August 10, 2019

Read the full interview on YoungCalifornia.com!

Duchi Da Vinchi is the space god. The Pittsburgh native will tell you with a straight face he’s from space — and you’ll quickly see why. His hair is dyed pink, he’s got chains around his neck, he’s holding a teddy bear… everything down to his scent is extraordinary. Of course, in this generation of shenanigans and clout-chasing, you question whether he’s really about it — but Duchi is no cap. Read more…

In 2015, Duchi came to the city of Angels to pursue his artistry (with music being just one out of the long list of things he hopes to pursue). While his body resides in Mid City, he’s oftentimes orbiting the air with his 2Rare gang, bringing good vibes with him wherever he lands. Most recently, his debut and breakout single “Basquiat” has been in serious rotation, dedicated to all those who feel lost in the world and are struggling to cope.

Why should people fuck w/ you?
Because I am the realest. I’m here to give everyone out there hope in some type of way.

How would you describe your sound? 
It’s very, very spacey. It’s different. Something creative, something you’re not used to. It’s something different for everyone’s ears.

Your bio says your music lives at the crossroads of pain & ecstasy, what does that mean?
It’s like whenever you’re on drugs, you feel everything. Whenever you hear my music, you feel everything. You feel pain, you feel everything in the music basically. You can feel however I’m feeling in the song.

Being from Pittsburgh, talk about coming to LA.
Shit’s crazy. [laughs] Pittsburgh is very weird right now, you know how that is. Your city don’t represent you until you’re poppin’ really.

Did you come to LA for the music?
Yeah, I came out here to do music and a lot of other things. Everyone will find out soon. The fashion, the music, the modeling, movies, everything. I’ma be doing everything you could possibly think of. [chuckles]

How important is it to come to LA as an up and coming artist? 
It’s not that important. I wish I would’ve went to New York first, because NY will show you the ins and outs of really grinding to work for it. LA, you’ll get comfortable out here too soon. A lot of people get comfortable out here, that’s the problem. But LA’s a good place, the weather’s good I’ll say. It’s beautiful.

Biggest influences growing up?
Drake, Michael Jackson, August Alsina.

Did you see what happened to August recently?
Yeah, that’s crazy to me! I really like his music. He just woke up one day and couldn’t walk. That’s weird. And XXXtentacion, he’s one of the newest. He’s one of my favorites in this new generation of music.

At what point did you realize this music thing was forreal?
Whenever I dropped “Basquait.” That’s my first song, it’s poppin’ right now. That was the first song I felt comfortable dropping.

Bring us back to that studio session. 
That studio session was in Hollywood, one of the only sessions I recorded in the studio. I record everything else in a little room. My producer’s daughter’s room actually, we record in there.

Why are you the living “Basquait”?
Because I’m a rockstar. I live life to the fullest and I don’t give a fuck about anything. [laughs]

What was the inspiration behind your name?
My name was Wuba Duchi at first. [laughs] My nickname was Wub growing up. When my brother had passed away, me and my cousin had come up with this Duchi thing in a different type of spelling. I felt the Wuba part had to go and just kept Duchi. Then Da Vinci was my alias, I just loved that. Duchi Da Vinci!

What can we expect music-wise?
I’m dropping my next single “Yellow Light” with my producer, KidsoftheForest, next month. We got a lot in store.

What is it you want fans to get from your story?
To be able to do whatever they want. Really, you can do whatever you want. Whatever you put your mind to.

How hard or easy was it to start doing music?
I mean, I started when I was in 8th grade. I wanted to test it out ‘cause my history teacher had the whole set up in the back of the class. I’m like “yo, let’s test it out!” I stayed after school one time with my cousin, we were just testing the waters with the music. It took some time to actually find the sound you’re comfortable with, ready to put out quality music. Some people put out music as soon as they make it but me, I do things a little different. It needs to be quality to put it out. Forever-lasting.

What are some goals yourself as an artist at this point of your career?
To continue to stay real with myself, and to drop fire music at all times.

How important is social media for your career?
Social media is whatever. It’s very important because you need it, but social media is another outlet to let people hear your story, your past, what you got going on, what’s coming out. So I guess you really need social media, but social it’s whatever. [chuckles]

Favorite person to follow on IG?
Right Now? Probably Billie.

Talk about your friendship with Billie. 
We just both dripping. We got the drip. There ain’t too many people with the drip, with the whole gang. Our gang is tied into one because we hang out with the same people, so I say we the drippiest.

How did you guys meet? 
Through one of my homies Seven. We are part of the same gang. We just hang out. We cook, we watch movies, we vibe out literally.

Did you go to the show last night? Billie has 3 shows in LA!
Nah, I’m gonna go to the one tonight or tomorrow.

Musically, do you guys have shit poppin’? 
Me and Billie? Soon. You never know, everything is possible remember? You can do whatever you want. Anything is possible, facts.

What’s a normal day in the life? Walk us through.
This is what I do everyday, I look at myself in the mirror and just say a prayer.[laughs] Get in the shower, make sure this skin’s poppin’ at all times. Hit up my producer, see what’s new. See if we can get to the lab. Shit, go to Chauncey’s house, handle some business, meetings, take a couple phone calls. I’m always vibing, always got a dope vibe with me at all times. If it’s my friends or the music I’m listening to or playing out loud, just vibing all day, everyday. Catching a vibe, trying to inspire some people. Posting some inspiring things on IG maybe.

3 things you need in the studio?
1) Candles. [laughs] 2) Candy. 3) KidsoftheForest.

How would you describe your fashion sense?
One of a kind. Space. It’s very different because I can do whatever. I can set the vibe for whatever type, whatever’s going on. I’d say my style’s very spontaneous.

What would you be doing if you weren’t doing music?
I’d probably be a dentist. I really love teeth.

What’s the best encounter you had with a fan?
So many. I was on a Bhad Bhabie tour so all her fans really loved me. That shit was crazy. It was amazing. Every night was sold out. Shit, I love all the fans. Every encounter is the best encounter. It’s always a good vibe whenever the fans and I are vibing. We just create vibes.

Most played artist on your phone?
Myself. 2RARE the gang. That’s my whole gang. I only listen to me and the gang.

Dream collab?
Probably 6lack. 6lack for sure, he just spits the real. I like anyone who keeps it real hot. He’s really dope.

Is there anything else you want to let us know? 
“Yellow Light” will be dropping in August. Just stay tuned. “Basquiat” is out right now. I’m about to have a billboard on Sunset in 2 weeks. You gotta stay updated on IG: @duchidavinci. I’m pretty active on IG, that’ll keep you pretty updated with my life.

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