Since everyone represents DKTM as a whole, all their music is found in one place – eliminating the problem of searching for everyone separately. Needing to only make one search to find everyone’s music, seems a bit more convenient, logistically speaking. Making it clearer and easier to find everyone, also gets straight to the point of discovering local music around the area. All the releases by the members help sustain everyone’s own unique persona. Making the creation of their own music, highly valued between everyone, especially when collaborations happen. The freedom of not being bogged down by one style, or have to obey by one aesthetic, influences artistic diversity within DKTM. When collaborations do take place, when the masses come together, that diversity presents itself once a week at the DKTM lair located in Baltimore, MD.
The weekly meet-up/jam cultivates the environment mentioned earlier, and also strengthens a song writing process that’s positively inherent between the individuals and the whole. From the point of view of “Blklexx,” it seems to be more of an organic process now than before. “Members would come to the jams with multiple aims to write together and to produce together by bouncing ideas around…for example, you’ll write a verse then I’ll write a verse would be the mentality between us…and no one is explicitly stating that you have to write about one thing either.” That type of collaborating reinforces the organically driven process that DKTM thrives on. The collective stretches that process by welcoming other talent from the area to come to the meet-up/jams. Giving the invitation to others – that aren’t part of DKTM – enhances the beauty of working spontaneously through each other. But more importantly, the collective goes “beyond the music making” in terms of opening a space where collaborations between different kinds of artists can happen. “Baat-Choy” even states that, “it’s a part of the DKTM experience of opening the jams to other local artists…to come by to record and jam. In that way we try to establish a form of community building.” To create a sense of community like “Baat-Choy” stated, opens a platform where an artist can come and participate, among the collective, and have an outlet to establish themselves and their art. Being able to host an that type of artistic outlet, creates freedom of expression between the artist and the art; doesn’t have to be measured against a preexisting pedestal. Together they all want the opportunity to create, to inspire, and to enjoy the beautiful process of making music with others. Coming to the jams allows the opportunity to unfold – between the members of the collective and the array of artistic energy that walks through the door.
By the time that energy has walked through the door and out, DKTM utilizes that energy when they record and to write. But also, it plays an integral part for their live performances, and its more fuel for their attempt to “take over the world,” “Mouse’s” laughter echoes next to mine. You’ll see the collective stretch up and down Interstate-95 – playing anywhere from unconventional venues such has house shows in College Park, Md to more conventional ones such has Sidebar and The Crown. Regardless of the venue, DKTM’s energy remains the same wherever they perform. Setting your eyes and ears towards the stage, you’ll defiantly witness the essence of a hip-hop show but there is something more radiates from the stage. From the words of Mouse: “our energy during shows have been described as sharing the same energy as a punk band…an outpouring of energy.” Combining the two energies – a hip-hop show with elements of a punk show – keeps a diversity of taste between audiences. Whether they like a lo-fi aesthetic or a moshed-filled frenzy, DKTM will surly produce! The energy you’ll hear on their recordings may be a little different from their live shows. The reason why that is because the integration of live drums played by “Slovak” and “Mouse” breaks out his 404 to get more of a DJ vibe.
Their performances favor a sight and sound that’s different from any other collective in the area. Establishing the benefits of artistic diversity between the artist and the whole collective; the ability to curate a stimulating live performance – sonically and visually; and being the builders of an artistic community. Underneath all the bars, raps, beats, moshes, grooves, and Twin Peak references is seen as a collective of friends that simply enjoy making music with one another, enjoying of having the opportunity to grow alongside each other – artistically and non – to strive together, and most importantly….to have a good time. Be sure to check out the DKTM Collective on Soundcloud for their latest releases and their Instagram for show announcements!