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Life & Work with Jah Darkod

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jah Darko.

Hi Jah, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
Ever since I was little, I’ve always been inquisitive. When I was around 3 or 4 years old, I remember asking questions like “Why are we here?” or “Why do we only see one side of the moon every night?”. That curiosity grew as I got older. My interests then shifted to people. I started asking myself “Why do people react to words the way they do?” or “Why do people react this way when this song comes on the radio?” By the time I was 7, I had realized that nothing else created the type of atmosphere or emotion that music did. I wanted to create my own version of that. Something that people can resonate with relate to, and confide in. I had multiple family members who had studio equipment so when I was in 6th grade, I started recording my own songs. Not releasing much music but mainly spending the time perfecting my craft until around 10th grade. Around that time, I started building a regional buzz in my hometown – Montgomery County, MD.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
There have definitely been road bumps along the way but I can genuinely say I’m grateful for every one of them. Through that, I’ve learned so much about myself and other people. The struggles have mainly been jealousy from others, finding my sound, and doubt from myself or others. But like I said, there’s a lesson in every single one of those instances. No matter what we always come out on top shining.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I’ve always felt like the most powerful music is genre-bending. It’s always a mix of two opposite sounds coming together and making something new. That’s what I think I’m focusing on now. Breaking down barriers sonically while also being my authentic self and I hope people from resonate with that along the way. I’m extremely proud of the cult fan base I build. I appreciate the people who keep coming back to stream and listen to my music. I take a lot of pride in creating a soundtrack for my life and others so anyone who is creating memorable moments with my song in the background, I love you and it’s Triple seven forever.

If you had to, what characteristic of yours would you give the most credit to?
Patience is a big one. Also being spiritually grounded. Empathy allows me to create from almost a bird’s eye view. Most importantly, just knowing who I am and not comparing myself to anyone else. Knowing yourself allows you to believe in the direction you’re going. Rather than being threatened by another person’s success. I feel like that is a big reason it’s hard for people to stick their passions for a long period of time. They don’t know who they are so all they can do is compare themselves to others.

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Lauren Albano, ShotbytheFinest, And Milky

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