How Sound Affects...."My Love For Music"

 

June's contributor to "How Sound Affects" is DJ Harvey Dent. To date Harvey Dent has performed at many venues and events in the area playing various musical genres. DJ Harvey Dent has opened for and shared the stage with many artists such as: Slick Rick, Dwele, The Foreign Exchange, Fertile Ground, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Sean Price, Smif N Wessun, Termanology, The Pharcyde, Saigon, Styles P, Camp Lo, Kane Mayfield, Black Milk, ZO!, Guilty Simpson, Slum Village, Souls Of Mischief, Oddisee, House Shoes, Waajeed, Hezekiah, Ursula Rucker, and Prhyme.

His signature podcast/mixtape series, High Yellow Soul, is a perfect blend of Hip Hop fused with soulful R&B/Neo-Soul. He hopes to continue making a mark in the music scene and increase his influence across state and international borders. 

Usually, a person that has a love for music and those who take it to the next level by making music their livelihood start with their parents' music collection. My siblings and didn't have that advantage. It wasn't that my parents were anti-music, they were just more concerned with work or church.


Usually, a person that has a love for music and those who take it to the next level by making music their livelihood start with their parents' music collection. My siblings and didn't have that advantage. It wasn't that my parents were anti-music, they were just more concerned with work or church.

My love for music started at eight years old when my maternal grandmother passed. As my family cleared out her Brandywine, Maryland home, I came across a clock radio. That radio put me in touch with then Baltimore staples such as V-103 and B-104. The next phase was the music video. Channel 54 and those radio stations video music shows on the weekend, V-TV and B-TV. I taped as many of my favorite videos as I could.

Years passed by and my means of playing music improved. I graduated to boom boxes and CD players. We got cable TV which included Video Jukebox later known as THE BOX. BMG Music Service allowed me to get albums for cheap (I used to do it the legal way! *ahem*). I had a love for different kinds of music but hip-hop moved to the first place. De La Soul introduced me to the Native Tongues, namely A Tribe Called Quest which became my favorite group. Clippings from The Source magazine replaced video game posters on my walls. Special Ed, Ice Cube and MC Hammer cassettes and CD's started popping up under my Christmas tree.  

My parents never quite understood my obsession with music. Even when I became and established DJ, my mom would wonder why I needed to keep buying music. Sometimes it would make me feel like she thought I was weird, but when I became the one in charge of music at my aunt and uncles' family cookouts, I knew I was doing something right! I soon realized that I wasn't the only one in my family who loved music when I found out that my cousin, The Historian DMV, had a better collection than mine.  

Before playing music became my livelihood, it was a part of my life and I know now that it will always be. I definitely have a soundtrack to my live. My wardrobe is music based. The artwork in my home is music based. Every time I move, I picture where I'm gonna hang my Amel Larrieux Infinite Possibilities poster. When I drive to my non-music related job, I need to the right song playing before I leave. Sound has definitely affected me and become a constant fixture in my life. 

-- DJ Harvey Dent