Dayvid Michael Doors Up

PREMIERE: Dayvid Michael (of D2E) “Doors Up” ft. 1-O.A.K. and Saba

Bay Area crew Down 2 Earth are always on-point with releasing feel-good hard hitting music that stays within the chilled-out space. Now D2E member Dayvid Michael continues the vibe with his solo debut single, “Doors Up” featuring 1- O.A.K and Chicago representative Saba. This jawn comes from Dayvid’s forthcoming project, Folkland, and is the first solo effort from Dayvid in over two years. Below, he provides some insight about the project.


Mass Appeal: What’s the meaning behind the title Folkland for your mixtape?

Dayvid Michael: I named this project Folkland for two reasons; duality is a reoccurring theme in this project and it was also present in my last album, Frienemy, which dropped back in 2013.

The first reason is a sensitive subject that is affecting the community where I’m from. The most important part of any land is the folks that live there, so if you get rid of them, then you get rid of everything that place stood for and was built for. It may as well not even be there. The people breed the culture, the ways of life, and the community that we live in. Oakland, California, has a very rich and very misinterpreted history and culture, but it’s really a powerful and inspiring city. Walt Disney got inspiration for Disneyland from visiting children’s fairyland in Oakland. In the ’80s, Prince and Sheila E did rehearsals in Oakland. Joseph Jackson, the father of the King of Pop, went to my elementary and high school in Oakland. The Black Panthers, Tupac’s love for the area..the list goes on. Gentrification is making it hard to preserve that historically. It wasn’t always like this. The city doesn’t feel the same, if I’m being honest. So I had to keep the music honest, because that is something in my power that I can control.

“Doors Open” has you credited along with a few other folks on the production tip. How important is it to reach the right sound when working with multiple people on the creation of a track?

The second reason I named the project Folkland is more of an inside joke. I’ve never really identified with being a rapper up until just recently; I spent a lot of my time in music writing songs to guitar while simultaneously trying teaching myself to play.  It wasn’t until now that i tapped into that truth and incorporated that energy into my rhymes and feel really good about it.  Arena rock and the ’80s are a huge influence on the sonics of this project…like epic ’80s cocaine rock music with raps on top. That’s what we were going for. Myself and Santa Cruz multi-instrumentalists and producers Wax Roof were in the studio day-in and day-out for a minute, we cultivated the entire sound of the whole thing.

How did you and Saba connect for this track?

This track “Doors Up” started with me and producer Drew Banga. The idea for the beat and the lyrics came together about a year or two ago. One day at his home studio we started working on the beat, and I had come up with this melody for the hook, but I thought 1-OAK would sound better for it. He ended up completing that melody and came up with what you now hear on the recording. He also the idea to chop and screw the beat at the end. First, I thought it would be really tight if me and another rapper would go back-and-forth the first eight bars, but after I played the song for Wax, it was a wrap. He really took his time on that guitar solo and took the song to the next level. Bringing in Saba was the last piece to the puzzle.

Saba remixed a song I had produced and put out called “Clipse.” He added the necessary drums and percussion and vocal sample to take it to a dark and ominously powerful place. He definitely added that Chicago drill music feel to it. It needed that.

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