Daniel Mouyal is a 26-year-old Hip-Hop, Reggae and Dancehall singer, rapper and producer from Miami, Florida. It was previously under the name Dada Major. As a Dada Major, Daniel Mouyal has been very successful as he has been featured in many media such as The Source, WorldStarHipHop, Thisis50, ItsBizkit, RESPECT. Magazine and HipHop Since 1987. Has performed at many local venues in Miami, Florida and toured the Northeastern United States. But now, Daniel Mouyal goes by his real name and only releases his own songs through the label he founded, You Already Know Records. His music emphasizes self-care, ethics, and personal advancement. He has already released an EP and nearly fifty songs, and has four singles and two EPs to release in the coming months. Besides Daniel Mouyal’s burgeoning musical career, he is also an author and plans to publish a self-improvement book in the very near future. As Daniel Mouyal continues on his path to wisdom and growth, he urges fans to follow his journey and absorb his messages.
With his single “Boy To A Man”, which has just been released, we took the time to find out more about Daniel Mouyal. Read below to find out more about Daniel Mouyal, the story behind his single and what’s to come.
Hi Daniel Mouyal! Let’s start with how did you get your artist name?
My artist name is my birth name, fortunately.
What city are you from and where do you currently live?
I’m from Miami, Florida, and I’ve been in Jerusalem for three weeks.
When in your life did you decide to pursue a career in music? How did you start?
Five years ago, towards the end of 2017, I realized that I wanted to be in the music industry and get paid doing what I love. In college, I wrote and recorded my first rap.
Did your upbringing play a role in shaping who you are and defining your sound today? If so, how?
I started playing the viola in ninth grade and played in an orchestra every year until ninth grade. I also played guitar for about a year when I was younger. When I was eleven, I was visiting my uncle in Copenhagen, Denmark. As I was sitting on the living room floor, he looks at me and switches the channel to MTV, and on the TV is a cartoon music video of Eminem and Nate Dogg playing “Shake That.” I instantly fell in love with the music. The next day, I ran to a department store and bought the “Curtain Call” CD.
How would you describe your sound to readers who may not know you?
I do Hip-Hop, Reggae and Dancehall with Blues and House influences. I do whatever comes to mind while making beats and writing. My music is clean, has philosophy and ethics in the songs.
Do you have any hobbies outside of music? What do you do to stay creative?
I read a lot. I play basketball. I like to fish. I hike and run. I exercise regularly. I study Torah.
What are your main musical influences?
Bob Marley, Drake, Kanye West, Tupac and Frank Sinatra.
With whom would it be a dream to collaborate?
A song with Drake would be crazy.
A song produced by Timbaland would be amazing.
An EP with Ziggy Marley would be epic.
Working with Pharell would seem amazing.
What are some of your future music career goals?
I would like to do an international tour, taking roads less travelled. Besides flashy stuff, I aim to inspire those who listen to my music and teach ethics leading to more peace. I would like a #1 record on Billboard, and a record and album that sells gold while having clear lyrics and a positive message.
Now on to your release, “Boy To A Man.” What inspired this song?
I made lifestyle changes where I decided to seek the truth and improve my morals, values and seek out what life is really about. I started reading Torah and getting more involved with people and friends who are also looking to grow.
What is “Boy To A Man” about in your own words?
“Boy To A Man” is the story of my finding God and learning a strong relationship with him.
What is your favorite song in “Boy To A Man” and why?
“I just aim to be me at my best, and when I say I’m the best, I’m just me at my best.”
I say this is not a comparison between me and you or anyone. I aim to be better than yesterday, whether spiritually, physically or whatever.
What message do you hope fans take away from your music and “Boy To A Man?”
I hope my fans can listen, enjoy and maybe learn something.
What is one of the proudest moments of your musical career so far?
I was in the studio recording “I Try”, and I started crying with joy. It was as if I connected to God at that moment.
What do you think are the biggest lessons you’ve learned so far?
Being myself is the way to go and having faith. The best case scenario for me is always looking for things that keep me upbeat and positive. As long as I’m doing the best I can, that’s all that matters.
What’s next for you? Are you working on any upcoming projects or do you have any upcoming shows we should be on the lookout for?
Currently, I am in Jerusalem. I was in Los Angeles three weeks ago and recorded an EP there that I’m waiting to release. And, I’ve recorded four songs since I’ve been here in Israel. I’m making a fun mixtape with some of my friends that I met here. It’s safe to say that in October you can expect new music from me. I also started writing a book about being your best self.
Where can we follow you on social media?
Before leaving, we are going to ask you something at random. What is your favorite food?
Sushi, ramen and schwarma sandwiches are my favorite foods.
Thanks for the great interview; I wish you a lot of success !