I heard David Michael was putting out a new song via Facebook so I contacted him about the song and also asked him about his experience over the last year or so.
Christian Treborn: “Send the Sword” is your newest song. Is it apart of your upcoming album or project, a mixtape maybe? What are your goals with those projects? Also, was there any inspiration behind the writing of ‘StS’? I understand it’s about getting the Gospel out there, what more…?
David Michael: ‘Send the Sword’ is a single off “The Underground Part 2″. A follow up record to my 1st EP “The Undergound” Released April 10th, 2010. I am also working on an Album TBA later this year.
My goal with this record was to intentionally create a record that both the people that know God, and those that don’t could relate to and be interested in. Mainly covering topics I felt haven’t been addressed before with an over load of raw emotion and rapid fire lyrics.
With “Send the Sword” I wanted to convey a message that we need to send out the Word of God at any cost. Sometimes it costs us friends, money, even comfort, but its time to display Gods Word in Power. People who are in darkness are sick of us running our mouths, its time for our walks to scream loud, its way over due.
CT: I see on YouTube you have a lot of concert footage, especially for some Reach artists. How was it opening for Phanatik & Tedashii? Who else did you open for? Didn’t you open for Trip Lee or Lecrae?
DM: Yes I’ve opened up for Phanatik, Tedashii, Mahogany Jonz, Thi’zl, D-Maub, Trip Lee (twice), PRo, R-Swift, and Lecrae. I’m booked to open up for Lecrae again this coming May in Saginaw, MI.
I’m so thankful to God for opening up doors like this. It’s always a Blessing, not because of who they are, but because of what I always learn from them by watching and observing, appreciating the Gifts and Wisdom God has given them.
CT: Your last release was “The Underground”, How successful was “The Underground”? What did you learn from reviews or from the fans’ input about the project? Is there anything you would change or add to it? For those of us that want to purchase it, is it online, did you do any distribution, like iTunes?
DM: I got a great response off “The Underground”. Considering I sold it out of my trunk with no online presence, no marketing, or promotions etc. it did great. It sold just under 500 copies. On top of that I sowed over 500 copies to various organizations, and youth groups, so there is a little over 1,000 copies floating around.
A very popular (mainly secular station) FM 98.WJLB here in Detroit,MI. featured my single “Lonely Road” quite frequently in their rotation Sunday morning so I was amped about that!
I heard a lot of positive feedback from it, especially on the “ex-posits” I did in between songs. It was a huge bridge builder for the older generations. I saw the disconnect from the Pastors to the Youth Groups, so I intentionally gave them ex-posits to connect them again. Most Pastors here the name “Jesus” and say “OK we like it”, but for the most part they have no idea what most Christian Rap is saying.
I think “The Undergound served its purpose. It was my first record this side of Christianity and I needed to pour out what the Lord had been brewing in me.
I intentionally didn’t make it available online. I wanted it to be, well, under ground. A street album particularly made for Detroit. We have a lot of work to do here and I wanted to pour into the local Body with no real desire to gain a national platform. I submitted some singles and my album to some online Christian sites but only to hear what others outside the city would say. That way it would be unbiased.