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Meet David Gulley

Today we’d like to introduce you to David Gulley.

David, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’m a producer and DJ from Detroit, Michigan. I grew up listening to the Gap Band, Rick James, James Brown, and the like, and as I got older, I became more interested in rap and hip hop. I started as a rapper in the Nightmericans Collective, and since then I have started my own label called Shadow Temple Records, where I release my own music and work with my fellow collaborators to develop and distribute our collective sound.

I recently released my first full-length LP, “L + S,” which was four years in the making and featured a wide array of talented artists from Detroit that I’ve had the pleasure of working with over the years. The project represents the sound of our creative scene, a subset of Detroit culture that I wanted to shine a brighter light on. I’m grateful for everyone that was a part of the project and I’m proud to have released this work as a platform for artists to reach new fans and audiences.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Creativity is easy, but the world surrounding it is the hard part. I have had my own trials and tribulations in my life, and they have all informed my music and who I am as a person. Creating Shadow Temple Records was a moment where I found my creative identity in the midst of uncertainty and various hardships. I’m proud to have created this group for myself and for those that I care about, and I think we have something beautiful to offer to the world.

Alright – so let’s talk business.  What else should we know about you and your career so far?
I’m the founder, CEO, and creative director of Shadow Temple Records. We are an independent record label that focuses on rising talent in the city of Detroit, specifically people that I’ve grown to know and love throughout my life and my creative pursuits. I created Shadow Temple Records to give us the agency to create and distribute our own sound, we have the control and we decide what we want to do with our creative energy. Deciding our destiny for ourselves is one of our greatest advantages, and with the talent that we have as a group, we are able to create incredible work that has the potential to change our lives and the world around us.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
The city of Detroit – everyone before us, the history of this beautiful city, and everyone that plays a role in the creative and societal power of this place. There are too many people to name, but everyone that has ever collaborated with me or supported my work as an artist are essential to my progression and my journey throughout my career.

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