Born in Nigeria, Daye Jack moved with his family to Duluth, Georgia, on the outskirts of Atlanta, when he was six. Inspired by his dad, he got interested in the inner workings of computer programming, and by his late teens was awarded a Computer Science scholarship to New York University. But his interest in technology (“I want to be the black Steve Jobs,” he says) is perhaps only equaled by his interest in music. Singing in choir as a child, he later became a fan of hip-hop, and in 2014 released his first digital mixtape, Hello World. On its strength, he signed a recording deal with Warner Bros. Records, and now, following two EPs, he’s releasing his debut full-length album on March 24th.
Like the EPs (2015’s Soul Glitch and 2016’s Surf the Web), the title of No Data slyly reveals his interest in the tech world, and bridging it with his music. To bring the songs on the road, Daye has even developed an innovative live show wherein he utilizes a pad controller to personally DJ and trigger tracks while rapping. “I want to do something people haven’t seen yet,” the ambitious 21-year-old declares. After collaborating with the likes of Killer Mike (the single “Hands Up”), Tori Kelly (“Expensive”) and Ariana Grande (“Sometimes”), Daye looks poised to establish himself as an innovator on the rise. “If you take one thing away from my music,” he emphasizes, “it’s that you should be yourself and do you at all points. If I make it, I’d love to inspire some kid to be like, ‘Damn, if I do me, I can be successful.’”