"The role of the artist is exactly the same as the role of the lover. If I love you, I have to make you conscious of the things you don’t see." James Baldwin
Recording artist, Decial Douglass also known as Strictly D.T, born in Seattle, Washington later moving to Perth, Australia in 2005 and now located in Melbourne. Strictly D.T started writing poems and songs at the age of 10 and became a recording artist at the early age of 17. Over the years, DT's style has evolved from artists such as Tech N9ne, Brotha Lynch Hung and Suga Free to the likes of Mos Def, Logic, The Roots and now days, local artists such as Sampa the Great, Dialect, and Oath One.
DT's first show was at Perth's Metro City in 2006 in a rap competition. This was the beginning of his regular Perth performances around the city including support act for artists such as Mos Def, Common, Pete Rock & CL Smooth. Branching out, he began hosting events, spoken word poetry, performing at B-Boy shows and many more.
DT's first four projects were released under a local independent label, who he worked with until the beginning of 2017. DT has since become a fully independent recording and performing artist.
“I would say a lot of my music and what I talk about is self reflection, and healing from trauma in my life and community. Flipping it into something constructive like music and training. Being a role model ancestor for my kids to come all the while trying to upgrade my DNA by letting go of inter generational trauma passed down by my family. “
In the last few years, DT has placed much emphasis on developing his writing and poetry leading him to win The "International Songwriters Competition" for 2017 with his song "Love Not Lust". With over 16,000 entries from 140 countries, DT was fortunate enough to take first place. Judged by renowned artists such as Ziggy Marley, Lorde, Booker T. Jones, Tom Waits and many more.
These days, the veteran, DJ Tek joins Strictly D.T for almost every live performance in Perth. Popular spots like Mojos Bar and Rosemount Hotel have been their second home - releasing DT's previous projects including the sold out show at Bar 459 in May, 2017.
Later that year, DT's dream was realised when the two of them were joined by the eight piece band "Premiss" at the iconic Fremantle Arts Centre for the release of his mixtape.
The release of DT's mixtape "Leave A Message" was the beginning of a new inspired style of writing and performing. Focusing on self reflection and leaving a message in each song in such a way that is still current in the way we listen to music today. This has lead him into his next project with Sydney based producer, Ralph Radical.
With the release of their first single, "Parlay", it gained much attention from the public and Triple J. People from all over Australia loved the new sound and even had New Zealand followers reaching out with their support.
Supporting the Hip Hop community to the fullest, contributing his energies to make a better scene and uplifting spirits through music, that is Strictly DT.