HCM. How did you come by your stage name?
Daniel Coyne. I was using a lot of different nicknames for a while, none of them seemed quite right. Then I decided when I’m older I’ll probably want something more mature sounding and just went with my regular government name. I haven’t questioned it ever since.
HCM. When did you discover your love for music and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in music?
Daniel Coyne. I think I’ve loved hip hop as long as I’ve known of its existence. My early introduction was too aggressive sounding artists like Ludacris, DMX, Busta Rhymes, Eminem, 50 Cent. From there I began to get a wider exposure to the ever-expanding sounds and styles and learn more about hip hops history till now. I realized I wanted to pursue a career listening to music and thinking to myself yeah I could totally do this, and my story can bring something unique to the table I hadn’t heard before. I’ve been crafting my sound and artistry continuously.
HCM. On your current album… How did you come up with the concept for this project?
Daniel Coyne. It was meant to be a compilation of a bunch of Local Montreal artists but either I couldn’t afford a feature or people weren’t genuinely interested. I pushed myself to make more and more content and it soon was a full solo album, that starts in a dark place but comes to a more positive introspective place by the last track.
HCM. What are some of your greatest challenges as an artist, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic?
Daniel Coyne. The greatest challenges are getting my music heard and taken seriously. My greatest attribute is knowing I have stories to tell, I’ll never stop until I’ve told them all and I feel like they’ve been heard on some level.
HCM. Is there anyone you’d like to thank, any shout outs?
Daniel Coyne. My older brother Chris. He has a lot of knowledge about music and over the years he’s constantly fed me bits of knowledge I’d still be figuring out on my own at this point. Having mentors is important and I could definitely use more in the music business.
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