Episode 63: D Folk on Randy Wilson Podcast
Rediscovering one’s passion is one of the few positive mantras we can grasp hold of during this unforgettable year. Virginia native, D. Folks, set out to accomplish just that and is fairing quite well despite the loathsome events of recent months. Emerging from a self-imposed hiatus, he spent the last several years focused on stabilizing his family, career and a thriving business venture. As a writer and performer, he’s been admired and championed by many of your favorite soul artists and producers before they became household names. Try sitting in Dre & Vidal’s (formerly of A Touch of Jazz productions) studio and hearing a rough demo of “Butterflies” before the world heard of Floetry and Michael Jackson opted to record it for his final full length album.
Events like this recycled themselves before his eyes continuously, and ended up being just enough oxygen to keep his passion alive for this very moment. Nearly 20 years later, D. Folks is now in a space to fully nurture his gifts on his terms.
He’s had a busy start to this decade, independently recording and releasing several singles from his upcoming EP “1977”. His second single “The Truth” warranted enough attention to be ranked in a top 2 position on several Indie Soul and Urban Influencer charts. Averaging roughly 3000 streams per week internationally and 30k between digital and commercial radio to date. He’s using a formula that worked wonders for his contemporaries; allow the music to do the talking.
“No One” is the third release from the EP scheduled to hit platforms this fall, and he intends to execute from the same playbook. The tune is a short, yet impactful ode to memorable relationships from years past that somehow manage to plant flags in our memory banks. It is a partial salute to the one that got a way, and a reminder to that person that no one can ever replicate what they shared.
As he preps for the release of “1977”, D. Folks couldn’t have chosen a better song to highlight his journey and illuminate his future. Surely every musical near miss is imprinted in his mind with no regrets. With maturity he can admit that he loved every minute of it and still smiles with each recollection. Appreciating what could have been is what allows him to move freely into what’s ahead. “1977” is the title, but his moment is now and he’s betting that you love it just as much as he does. In his mind, no one can do it better.