Indianapolis, Indiana was given the nickname Naptown due to the city’s history of being a slow paced area. In an attempt to reverse the meaning of the name, musicians like Wes Montgomery and Babyface gave the city more soul, which made Naptown a place unavoidable to liveliness.
From these same roots comes a singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist who made his way to Los Angeles, California with one goal in mind: create music to revive the soul in modern R&B.
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On January 3, 1993 a pair of musicians blessed their newborn child with a name they believed was destined for greatness; D’Anthony Davis, better known by his stage name Didda Joe.
“[My name] is actually a mixture of my mom and dad’s name, which is cool because they’re musicians themselves. It was kind of like they named me after them to imply that I was born to be a musician.”
Growing up, D’Anthony realized his innate abilities to play many instruments including the drums and piano, but directed his focus toward fully mastering the guitar. For him, there was no escaping his destiny considering his musical family tree was always around to maintain his development through the church choir and performances.
“When I was young I was really into Michael Jackson. I made my mom get me this glove with glitter on it… They had me perform in front of family and I was like ‘Cool, I like being in the spotlight’.”
However, it wasn’t enough for D’Anthony. As he got older he made his way from Indiana to Orlando, Florida where he tackled a 9-5 job. Even then, he still wasn’t satisfied.
The opportunity came for him to move to Los Angeles in order to promote his musical talents, with an emphasis in rhythm and blues. Since his departure from Orlando, D’Anthony began working with the likes of Master P, No Limit, Kobe Honeycutt, and Columbus Short on his debut EP 1993 under Builders International.
During times when R&B is closely sounding like pop and is losing its sense of rhythm and blues, Didda Joe looks to become the differentiating sound. His first task was to remind his audience R&B is not dead by intertwining this new trap soul sound with a 90s vibe.
The Lunch Table sat down with Didda Joe for an exclusive interview on his debut EP 1993, the Evolution of R&B, Lance Stephensonon + MORE.