When you follow your passions, it’s easier to find the time and energy for work that you love outside of what society tells us we should be doing with our lives. It allows room for self-expression without feeling like a sacrifice or burden. Instead, when something gives us joy in life, we want to read about it and learn about it all day long and have an endless supply of energy to pursue it.
David Johnson, better known by his stage name, Dave Childz is an American rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer from the Bronx, New York who started playing the piano at age 4 and singing R&B music at age 7. His passion continued to grow and flourish and he started writing music at 13 years old and recording at 16.
Artists inspired by artists
While Childz didn?t intend on cultivating a career in music in his youth, once he listened to the ?Flesh of my flesh, blood of my blood? album by DMX, he became inspired to pursue a path in music, a path that he has not looked back on.
Childz loved singing songs by Boyz II Men, Aaliyah, Mary J. Blige, and Soul For Real. R&B was his preferred genre until he was properly introduced to Hip Hop by Outkast?s ?Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik?. After hearing this, Dave would spend much of his time listening to anything he could find. His favorite artists were DMX, Jay Z, The Notorious BIG, Lauryn Hill, Dre Dre, Snoop Dogg, Beanie Sigel, Ruff Ryders and the list stretches on.
Infuse life experiences
Through his passion and love of art, Childz has developed his own unique sound by infusing his life experiences and eclectic taste in music. He utilizes his melodic hooks and lyrical flows accompanied by energetic, yet soulful production to create a soundtrack to life and has released two full length project albums, ?How Long Till Then?, and ?Strawberry Skies? with a third album releasing this summer/fall. All while growing his brand ATF.L Entertainment where he has his own merch line ATF.L Cloth.
Living between NY and PA provided Childz with ample opportunities both positive and negative, but no matter where life carried him, he never strayed far from music.
Passion is the key to success in any field, and it’s especially important for those looking for a rewarding musical experience. If you’re an aspiring artist, be sure that whatever instrument catches your ear becomes something worth pursuing with all of your heart.