EXCLUSIVE: Daron Jones Steps Into The Solo Spotlight AND Discusses The Future of 112!
With as much as he’s achieved, Daron Jones had every reason to approach this interview with a big ego. As a member of one of the most successful R&B Boy Bands in history (112) Jones has achieved notoriety and success on an international level, a feat some of today’s artists can only hope to achieve. The interview was particularly fun for me because I’ve been a fan of 112 for years. In fact, I first met Daron alongside Slim, Q and Mike back in ’96, when they were FRESH on the scene and they’d just rocked a stage in DC and were signing autographs. Since then, they’ve won the hearts of fans everywhere with their smooth sound, lyrics and stage presence. Still, he was one of the coolest, most down-to-earth artists with an established resume that I’ve had the honor of interviewing. Check out the video and full story after the jump!
Through the years, Daron has made a name for himself aside from his 112 fame as a producer/songwriter in the industry for many of today’s biggest talent, including Usher, Keyshia Cole, the late Notorious B.I.G., the Isley Brothers, Jamie Foxx and more. And while those achievements would make any songwriter feel accomplished, Jones still hungers for more. “I want to work with Alicia Keys, I wanna work with Daughtry (American Idol), I like their sound“. He’s also admittedly a fan of R&B/pop stars Trey Songz and Chris Brown, who he hopes to work with as well. As far as newcomers he aims to link up with ATL’s own Travis Porter. “I really like their movement, I respect their movement…“
With all the rewards to be reaped from writing and producing for others, Daron is currently shifting focus to himself and is in preparation to release his own solo debut album later this year entitled Uncensored. “The title came from me being a product of artist development and me coming into the business as a child at 17. At that time I had to just do as I was told and a lot of the things that I would say musically were censored. I’m grown now, I can say whatever I wanna say and that’s what this album is about – me expressing myself…“
The lead single Money (listen here) is making it’s way around the digital circuit and getting mixed reviews from fans – some love it, while some question the new sound and direction that Daron takes with his music. But Jones takes care to reassure that the soulful crooner side is still there and the album’s next single O.M.G. will restore the familiar sound of Daron from his days as a member of 112. Quite simply “The ladies love O.M.G…. it’s a babymaker…”.
While we’re on the subject, the infamous question about the status of 112 was inevitable. The group’s longtime fans will be happy to learn that an incarnation of the group is re-uniting for a reunion album of sorts. In a conversation that followed this interview, Daron shared with me that Slim declined to be a part of the reunion, but not for reasons of contractual obligation. He simply opted out. “Slim just didn’t want to be a part of it…” Daron commented.
Uncensored is the first major full-length musical project to be released on Jones’ DPS (Definition of Platinum Sounds) imprint, a full-service production company which has now expanded to a music label. On his label, Daron is building a roster of acts including an R&B group (Premier), Charlie D, his sister Sunny Jones and is currently branding a new genre of music he calls “pop-hop”. With all his previous successes and the future success yet to come, he continually thanks the people that put him where he is – the fans. “Thank y’all for the support – DPS is in the building.” You can stay tuned to Sound-Savvy for all the latest on Daron’s solo album and for breaking details on the highly anticipated 112 reunion project!
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