Smoke DZA is set to embark on his first ever European tour this month and we got to catch up with the Harlem rapper to ask him about his experiences attending and performing gigs. For a full list of tour dates see below.
-What was the first concert you ever attended?
“The first concert I went to was a New Edition Concert at the Apollo, very random hahaha but I was there.”
-What is the best hip hop show you’ve seen and why?
“That’s such a hard question to answer. I’ve been to so many great hip hop shows but I can honestly say the best hip hop shows for me are the ones that I actually was apart of & learned from; watching Wiz, Big K.R.I.T, Currensy, and Method Man live every night how they worked the crowd and make people engage in their set I was able to take bits from each of them and apply to my own show so those guys shows are the best hip hop shows to me.”
-Do you like to smoke during shows?
“During, After, Before its a Marathon hahaha”
-Do you take time out to interact with fans while touring?
“Always! My fans mean everything to me touring and outside of touring. I give everyone their moment if you love me I love you. I appreciate the fact that my fans grow with me.”
-Even though you have been doing shows for a while now, do you still get nervous before you go on?
“Yup. It’s natural tho I’m nervous before I’m out there because I’m very hard on myself about making sure my set is tight but once I’m out there it’s gametime.”
-What is the best show you’ve ever played?
“I’ve had so many great shows but one of my best shows was at Sob’s performing with Ski Beatz and the live band was amazing. The crowd and myself thoroughly enjoyed it.”
-What is the worst show you’ve ever played and why?
“One of the worst shows I ever played was some random part of Ohio the promoters were Z-class, the venue was shit and I had to almost throw this bastard through a wall to get paid. There you have it. Haha”
-Is this your first time to headline shows in certain parts of Europe?
“Yes! I’m very excited about this. I get to touch my fans in Europe embrace their culture and bring them into my world. It’s gonna be fun.”
-Does touring become tedious after extended periods of time?
“Definitely. Being away from my wife and kids and my family sucks but it’s all worth it in the quest of being great.”
-What is the best thing about performing in front of a crowd?
“Being able to entertain them and leaving with new fans that maybe wasn’t familiar with you.”
-What is your favourite song to perform?
“City Of Dreams.”
26 January Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands
27 January The Jazz Cafe, London, UK
28 January La Bellevilloise, Paris, France
31 January Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld – Cbe Köln, Cologne, Germany
01 February Yip Yab, Munich, Germany
04 February B72, Vienna, Austria
05 February Prince Charles, Berlin, Germany
10 February The Sugar Club, Dublin, Ireland
12 February Stereolux, Nantes, France (with Blackalicious)
by Ross Logan