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For the Record is a conversation series where we speak with all manner of music heads — DJs, music journos, indie label captains, record shop owners, listening bar kingpins, et al — about their stories + the music that makes them.

Black Dave

Black Dave is a recording artist, producer, engineer & artist focusing on both traditional and non-traditional means of promoting his work. Having established himself through the use of blockchain & NFT tech, Dave is known to be a multidisciplinary creative citing anime, rap, hardcore rock, streetwear & sneaker culture as influences. As a child, he spent many years unknowingly watching anime with his grandmother before formally discovering it through the cult anime, Berserk.
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A proud native of Charleston, SC, Black Dave played bass and produced in several bands ranging from punk to metalcore, moving to rap music in 2014 with his first mixtape, Owl Eyes Part 2. His music experiments with creating an intersection at rap, rock and lo-fi. In 2020, he recorded and released a 3-song EP each month. Since 2021, Black Dave has been placing a lot of focus in web3 and NFT technology, creating art, music and experiences using the technology, making the NFT 100 list in 2022 among many other successes.

Music Mentions

Nu Metal renaissance, current events in music (7:25):

Evolution of fans and fandoms, music & artists as a vehicle for culture (12:22):

Discovering music then vs now (18:16):


Three artists of note discovered in the last year (38:27):

Most under-appreciated artist from your favorite music decade (43:16):

Desert Island Discs (48:41):