MADE Magazine Global Impact Issue - Page 12

MADEFEATURE MADEXXXX definitely reflected that. The things that I once held in high regard, I couldn’t care less about today. So I had to make sure this latest project was excellent enough to transcend the dramatically different tonalities. Much like a parent raising their first child, despite my fear, I had to learn to give all that I could and hope that once I set it out into the world, it would represent me well. I became some kind of monk. I wanted to stay true to my roots and remind people that I am part of the trap movement. I also wanted to tie in all of the elements of my grown manhood. I like to spend time meditating but I also like to party. I like to praise the intellect of a woman and I also like to have sex. I wrote that song to show the dichotomy of an urban sophisticate. MADE: What was that ‘a-ha’ moment that pulled you back into music after being away for five years? MADE: How’d you come up with The God Box as the title for the album? I BELIEVE THAT IF YOU FULLY GIVE INTO THE UNIVERSE, IT WON’T LET YOU FAIL. - DAVID BANNER DB: A few years ago, I was scrolling through Twitter and came across a young man that asked why I had been away from the industry for so long. He then said, ‘what if I need your music--what if I need to hear the music more than you need to make it.’ It was at that moment that I realized I was being selfish while focus- ing on pulling myself out of depression. My artistry isn’t just about me. MADE: When was the moment that made you want to pull yourself out of your depression? DB: My spirit was dying. That’s when I said at this point in my life and career, it’s about doing the things that make me feel good and will make an impact long after I’m gone. I have a mentor that introduced me to transcendental meditation, which truly transformed the way I looked at life. It forced me to look at life as it happening. It taught me how to truly practice gratitude. Essentially, it taught how to feel ok about being happy again. DB: I decided to call it that because that name directly correlated with my life. To be honest with you, when I found out where God was my life became so much easier. I panicked less. I lived more. The name just made sense. MADE: Your remarks at the recent Revolt Music Conference about being grateful for Trump sparked a lot of conversation about how our community is dealing with the effects of his administration. What did you mean by that statement? DB: My people are complaining about Trump, but America has always been a racist country. I’m actually grateful that he’s being used as a vessel to fully expose it and as a result we can rally together to discuss ways to remedy the divisiveness. MADE: What are some key takeaways that you hope listeners will get from the album? MADE: Let’s circle back to The God Box for a second. You’ve stated that Cleopatra Jones was one of your favorite tracks from the album. Why is that particular song such a standout? DB: We’re all created in the divine image of God and our lives are a reflection of what we do with that knowledge. I want them to regard the album as the piece of art that it is and take that journey to transcendence with me while listening to it. When I became outwardly conscious, people thought For more information, visit | 12