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Saving the Day with Daily Planet

Apr 4th, 2012 | By | Category: Feature, Sounds
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Eric Murphy aka Daily Planet sits on a stoop in his neighborhood just west of downtown Greensboro (Photo by Keith Warther)

I’ve known Eric Murphy, better known as his alter ego Daily Planet, for years now. Back in the summer of 2010 Murphy, Harrison Barrow, myself, and a host of our friends would drink ourselves into oblivion on our friend Pete’s porch while listening to classic Motown and fucking with pedestrians. I’ve meant to get around to interviewing Murphy for months now but was usually half-drunk when I would get the idea and would quickly forget. However, with the aid of fellow Avant Greensborian and photographer Keith Warther I finally drug my hungover ass down to Murphy’s place and conducted an interview.

How does your rap name “Daily Planet”, obviously a reference to the fictional newspaper in Action Comics, reflect your music?

I was drawn to the Clark Kent/Superman aspect of it, of having an alter ego and the dichotomy of it. Plus, I thought just going by “Superman” was kinda corny. I actually think Daily Planet is a bit corny now but I’ve had the name for so long it’s too late to change.

When did you first start rapping?

I started writing in seventh grade and started doing shows around tenth grade. I recorded my first track when I was 17 or 19, sometime around then. It was a freestyle track I did in a friend’s dorm room that went to State.

How has your music evolved since you first started?

I’ve gotten much more comfortable at shows and with myself. At first I was trying to imitate other artists but I’ve gotten better at developing my own style.

What was your first show like?

My first show was at The Brewery on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh. I was a guest featuring in a Hip Hop Band called “The Lower Thirds”. I was nervous as hell and was probably pretty bad but I had fun.

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Daily Planet discusses his evolution as a hip hop artist in his home studio (Photo by Keith Warther)

Do you prefer recording or live shows?

Lately, I haven’t been doing many shows. I prefer recording. When I record something I can get it exactly how I want it to sound…I have a lot more control over the sound and production than I do during a live performance.

When you’re doing a song, which comes first: the beat or the lyrics?

Over the last few years I’ve listened to the music first. It’s easier for me, it comes out better, especially the cadence of my voice and the rhythm of the lyrics.

Are there some re-occurring or over-arching themes that have appeared throughout your music?

I talk about drinking, poverty, life experiences. My girl songs are never long songs and more like “Fuck you, I don’t love you no more” type of songs.

Do you think your stint in prison has affected your music?

Prison made me write more, made me more dedicated. I wasn’t as assertive before. It also opened my eyes to some real shit, too.

What can you tell me about Beaux Vice?

Beaux Vice was a project with me and Harry (Harrison Barrow); other people were involved but we were the mainstays. Hunter from The Bronzed Chorus did drums for a bit. We have some stuff recorded. It’s an ongoing project.

Who are some artists you’ve collaborated with?

I’ve worked with Jean Grae, Roscoe, Phonte of Foreign Exchange, 9th Wonder, Apple Juice Kid, and Tanya Morgan.

If you could work with any producer and MC who would it be and why?

I would work with Producer J. Dilla. He’s my favorite producer of all time. I would like to do a song with Pharoahe Monch; he’s on Rawkus Records with Mos Def and Talib Kweli.

If you could have any super power what would it be?

I would have a mind control type deal, like Charles Xavier or Jedi type thing.

You’ve mentioned to me that your parents sent you to predominantly white schools, how do you feel this has affected your music?

 My parents sending me to predominantly white or mixed cultered schools, naturally opened my mind to other cultures, ways of life and belief
systems, which in turn naturally broadened the demographic I am able to reach with the topics i touch upon.

What’s your favorite song of yours and why?

That’s a tough one. Right now my favorite song of mine is “Venting”, just based on the amount of honesty I put in the lyrics. However, my favorites change all the time depending on my mood.

Who are some other great local (NC in general, Greensboro specifically) acts?

I am a big fan of illpo, Matty Sheets and the Blockheads, The Bronzed Chorus, Heralding, Eszett, and Casual Curious.

Any upcoming shows or performances coming up?

No shows coming up, just working on recording.  I am working on an upcoming project with a producer named L’orange.  It’s called “ink”.

If you want to get in contact with Eric “Daily Planet” Murphy or just give his music a listen you can check out his SoundCloud and befriend him on Facebook, he posts music on there as well.

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