We had the good fortune of connecting with David Monreal and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi David, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risks are everything in life. I firmly believe that life without risk is a waste. If I didn’t take risks I wouldn’t be where I am today. To be honest I don’t know where I’d be without taking chances. You have to fail forward and be okay with failure knowing it’s going to happen all the time in life. That is how you succeed.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a Hip-hop, Rap, and RnB music artist. I feel like I have a very unique sound and flow that many other artists don’t have that sets me apart. I prefer to sing rap and usually, I can make a hit-sounding song out of most tracks I create. I am very proud of where I came from musically since I first started. If I listen to what I made back in the day (2010) I start to cringe. So I am definitely proud of how my music and sound have evolved over time. What I’m most excited about is what the future holds. Mainly, because I don’t know what it holds for me. But, I do know it’s going to be worth all of the time, effort, and energy I have put in these last 5 years. I made it to where I am today because of the support of my close friends, family, and the motivation from my daughter. This has been an extremely long road for me and it has only been 5 years of me doing this professionally. I know I still have a long way to go and so much more to accomplish. Personal life adversity has always bled into this career path. It has brought me down while also bringing me up and inspiring a lot of what I have created thus far… The lessons I’ve learned from this journey are to keep patience and never give up. If you give up now, tomorrow could have been the day you make it and I won’t let that happen after all of the energy I’ve put into this.
Here is my story:
About D Carter –
Born and raised in Mesa, Arizona, D Carter’s flows are hotter than Arizona summers! Dedicated to honing his craft as a rapper, singer, songwriter, and producer since 2016, he’s rapidly climbing his way toward making his own mark in the music industry.
After tragically losing his firstborn son in 2015, the artist (then known as David) had to find his way in the world. He began taking his music career more seriously and decided to honor his late son, Carter, in his stage name. He became a member of the Arizona rap group Under Society, where he shortly after performed at his first house show where D Carter fell in love with music and knew this was the career for him.
“After I had lost my son I felt like I had no purpose. I needed to change that and I want Carter to be remembered forever and never forgotten. I will make sure of that and my boy will live on through me in my music. I wouldn’t be who I am today without Carter guiding me every day. I decided to pursue music because it was the only thing I absolutely loved doing and I wanted to make a career out of it. The feeling I had performing my first show, even though it was just a house party, felt euphoric and like I was meant for this. I can’t explain the incredible rush I had, in front of many people performing my own music. It was all I needed, to know this is what I want and is my calling.” D Carter said.
D Carter started working with other local artists, creating music videos, learning to create his own beats, and performing at larger venues. He took the stage at the 2016 Arizona Hip Hop Festival and has been performing all around the valley since then. He’s even hosted his own Hip-hop events and gathered hundreds of people to his local shows and provided opportunities for other artists to shine in the spotlight!
“Throwing local shows was amazing because I never thought I could pull it off. I offered opportunities to fellow artists and gave people a chance to showcase their own talents as well. Every event I have thrown on my own (6 local shows with over 70 local artists) has been an incredible experience and I will continue to do so for the culture.” D Carter Said.
He’s collaborated with some notable legends in the underground rap scene. To date, you can find D Carter on the same tracks as Sincerely Collins, Delly Everyday, Bag of Tricks Cat, and more. Making beats is second nature to this Arizona native, so when he’s not writing or recording, you can typically find him creating a beat for other artists. Even if you aren’t familiar with his tracks, you may have still heard some beats produced by D Carter.
“I make beats because I was forced to. Outside of the fact that I also enjoy it a lot, I never thought I could make a beat. The DAW’s and editing programs looked so alien and hard to understand. But, I knew I had to learn them and I didn’t have a lot of money. This was the only way for me to save, and make a track the way I wanted it.” D Carter said.
His debut album, D. Carter Volume 1, was released in January of 2019 and is a collection of eleven hot tracks. By 2020, he had begun working with To The Top Music Management and released his second album, Split Theory. In 2021, he released new music and built his Arizona fan base while also juggling tribulations in his personal life. He’s learned to put those struggles into his music and has kicked off 2022 the right way.
“Split Theory best described, is a self-motivating album with a mix of different styles and stories. Split theory to me in essence, is the theory of writing a “Rap/ Hip-Hop album and splitting it into different genres within the album, splitting different emotions as far as Love, Confidence, Weakness, Anger, forgiveness, sadness, and self-motivation. It was like each song was a piece of me split up, telling a different story.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Phoenix, Arizona is full of unique places and people.
1. Hiking Superstition Mountain (The unique story behind the mountain and the beautiful scenery always gets me in the right mood)
2. Mogollon Rim (About 40 miles East of Payson, my childhood camping area) Beautiful weather and scenery.
3. Rustlers Rooste – Best spot for a romantic dinner with a city view
4. Hiking anywhere really..
5. Sky Diving in Eloy, AZ
6. Old Town Scottsdale area
7. Airplane Graveyard (Gila River Memorial Airport)
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to shout out my son, Carter, for helping me find the light and my passion to make this path a career of mine. My daughter, Aurora, for being my constant motivation and support. My team at To The Top Music Management (KMRN, TALIKA) for being my main support system in this industry and to my manager Daniella for sticking with me this whole way and having my back throughout this journey.
Photo Credit: – Daniella Ellis aka D – Jesse Motyka – Micheal Nsane Felix – Shot By Dub