Darius Bryant AKA “Droyd” a native of Buffalo, New York started drumming at age 3. By age 6 this drumming prodigy began accepting requests for drumming engagements at various local churches in the community. Not merely thriving on talent alone, Darius learned to read and write music in early childhood, ultimately cumulating as a graduate of Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts.
After graduation, he started a small studio in the basement of his mother’s home where he produced many local artists until he left to further his knowledge and musical aspirations at Full Sail University. Due to the huge pull on his talent, he exited college a little early and began working with such artists as A.I, Devvon Terrell, T-Pain, Iggy Azalea, Red Velvet, Futuristic and Fabri Fibra to name a few.
Darius recently teamed up with the Korean pop group “EXO” under the SM Entertainment label, which has led to the platinum K-Pop album entitled: “Ex’Act.” One of the featured song tracks produced by Droyd on the album is “Can’t Break Me Down.” Not new to celebrating his own wins, Droyd is quickly becoming a premiere go-to music producer’s in the industry.
With no plans of slowing down, the Buffalo, New York native is gearing up to release a brand new solo EP of original music with features from Topaz Jones, Futuristic, Leven Kali, and more.
Who is Droyd? Droyd is a man that’s walking in his purpose every day. I have a heart for music and art in the most highest form of the word and i’m continuously creating.
Has music always been your first career choice? Yes actually. I wanted to be a full-time drummer at a young age but then I was introduced to music production via my mentor at the time Tony Rhodes. It was love at first sight. I fell back from the full-time musician thing and went to achieve being a full time music producer and songwriter but i’m still very active playing the drums and keys till this day I might say lol.
Do you think your upbringing has contributed to your style as an artist? I personally would say experiences contributed to who I am as an artist today but my upbringing may have definitely had some contributions no doubt.
Which artist or producers are you most inspired to work with? Wow it’s too many to name but I would definitely love to get a session with the great Pharrell Williams of course, Timbaland, Missy Elliot, Anderson Paak, and Kendrick Lamar to name a few.
What’s a typical day like for you artistically? Everyday is a pretty full work day. In the morning to early afternoon i’m strictly working on records for placements. 1pm to about 5pm I’m working on new beats for my catalog then from 7pm to early the next day i’m in sessions with artist, producers and writers. Literally creating all day lol but it’s so fun cause I do it with my team so it doesn’t really feel like work. We have a balance.
Are there any notable songs, or artists that you’ve written for we know? Yes Futuristic, Devvon Terrell, EXO, Leven Kali (a new artist under Interscope), T-Pain, Iggy Azalia to name a few.
What is your biggest release to date? Placement wise the most current would have to be a song I produced and co-wrote for Mega K-pop group EXO entitled “Chill” I actually had tons of fun doing that record in Korea alongside Maurice Moore and K pop Artist G Soul. Amazing experience.
Are you working on any new music right now? Ye, I’m working on tons of records right now and creating with some very dope artist like Mike Jay, Leven Kali and Brian Mcknight Jr. Can’t wait for the world to hear.
Is there any artist or producers you’d love to work with? I would love to work with Timbaland, Dark Child.Brandy, Usher, Kierra Sheard, J Moss, Darius Rucker to name a few. They are top on my Bucket list.
Describe the biggest obstacle you had to overcome? I’m overcoming obstacles everyday in this industry lol. I’ve been in horrible deals, had music stolen and used without permission, thousands of dollars stolen from me but I stay focused and grateful for every opportunity. God always prevail in those situations.
If you could pick any artist, which career would you follow as a blueprint to your success? Well obviously Jay-Z is pretty much GOALS lol, but outside of that. I loved what Devvon Terrell did in building his career. Really capitalized on social media to get his music and himself in a great position as a artist and producer.
What is your favorite song you’ve written and why? I have a song entitled “I don’t like it” that I’ve recently released on all streaming platforms and I love that song because it was such a plot twist lol. Everybody talks about strippers and twerking. This is a retro pop record that talks about how i don’t like those things sometimes in the coolest way though lol. You would love it actually.
What’s your favorite piece of music and why? One of my favorite songs to listen to right now is Justin Timberlake – Strawberry Bubblegum. Timbaland has a way of tapping into certain vibes that most mainstream artist are scared of. That record was very epic.
Who are you biggest musical influences? Quincy Jones, Ryan Leslie, Pharrell Williams, Timbaland, Kanye, Toney Rhodes, Kevin Camp.
Which artist would you love to collaborate with and why? I would love to lock in with Anderson Paak soon. We are both excellent musicians so i know when we cook up it will be MAGIC.
What is your idea of success? Success is being able to take care of everything in your life strictly doing what you love. It’s each goal on your checklist that you accomplish. The journey is success.
When will you feel like you’ve made it? Well I take care of all my responsibilities via music and other ventures i have. From bills to investments, so the fact that i’m establishing my life doing what I love, I already feel like I’ve made it lol. That’s a blessing in itself. Everything else i’m working towards now is extra and there’s some huge plays in the works.
It’s been a true pleasure catching up with you Darius. We will continue to follow your journey, and wish you continued success. -Vocalstar