Lucky Daye Talks to Radio Facts about his Music, New Tour and More

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Lucky Daye has only scratched the surface of where he is going in music.

He’s an R&B crooner with a unique style that has already opened the door for him to work with Babyface and Earth, Wind & Fire. We got a chance to talk to him about his music and to get to know him better.

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photo credit Mark Peaced

Quincy: Lucky, how’s it going, man? You doing all right?

Lucky Daye: Oh yeah, I’m good. I’m good. I just ain’t know it was recorded so I ain’t really get ready for it.

Quincy: That’s all good, man. You go ahead and get ready. Do what you need to and everything. I’ll give you some time.

Lucky Daye: I ain’t tripping.

Quincy: Okay, cool. Cool. Cool. All right, man. So I’m with Radio Facts and I have the pleasure of interviewing you, another New Orleans native just like myself, man. So it’s good to finally meet you virtual, you know? All right. So real quick, in a few short words, tell us who is Lucky Daye.

Lucky Daye: That’s hard. I mean, but if I was to just say, I would say Lucky Daye is an all perspective. I don’t even know how to answer that. That’s all.

Quincy: Yeah. I understand. It’s one of those interview questions that you get, you’d be like alright. Like, do you know who I am, man. It’s so much to hype up and everything. So I completely understand that. But, an all perspective, like what do you mean all perspective.

Lucky Daye: I don’t know. Just look at everything in a way where it’s like me last. You know what I mean. Even when it comes to relationships and stuff like love, I ain’t thinking about me first.

Quincy: Yeah. Okay. I get that. That’s nice.

Lucky Daye: Yeah.

Quincy: That’s a good deal. So before I get into the whole questions and everything, man, I’m gonna just ask you some things that pertain to you so people can get to know you. So what are 10 everyday essentials that you gotta have?

Lucky Daye: 10 everyday essentials that I gotta have. I’m gonna need tweezers. I’m gonna need cologne. I don’t need my phone, so I ain’t gonna say that. I need something to write with. So maybe I just use my phone. I’ll take my phone. I need a piano. I guess water, food. Do I have to include that?

Quincy: That’s all up to you, man. It’s called ten essentials that you can’t go without.

Lucky Daye: I would take my music, man. Literally, all my work and just like try to match that. I wouldn’t do much. I don’t need a lot. I’m one of those people that don’t need much. Know what I’m saying?

Quincy: I feel it. I understand. So we’re getting into it. You got a new album on the way, Candy Drip. So tell me what inspired the name.

Lucky Daye: Well, what inspired the name was, well of course a song on the album called Candy Drip which came out second, kind of put that out there. And it came from just the flavors of the sensors. Not the flavors of the sensory, but the sensors of the body. Like the first album was Painted and it was all about like colors and what you can see. And this album right here is about like the taste different tastes that people have. It’s certain things in this album that some people won’t like, but they’ll love. The people that just are kind of sores of music, they’ll love it all. Okay. It’s just for taste. It’s real eclectic.

Quincy: Yeah. Oh, nice. Nice. Nice. Okay. So what would you say is the theme of this one?

Lucky Daye: I would say it’s a little bit of everything. If you wanna talk about partying and turning up and getting right. That’s on there. If you wanna talk about spending time with a female late night on your bullshit, that’s in there. If you want to sit with a cigar, talk about romance and have a jazz evening, that’s in there. It’s just whatever you wanna turn the channel on at the time. The first one, a lot of people were like, it’s a no skip. This one is gonna be, you playlist these. It’s not a no skip, but every song is gonna deserve a playlist in your platform and that’s the goal.

Quincy: Okay. That’s good. That’s good. I like that, man. So you work with numerous artists, such as Queen Naija, Ari Lennox, Yabba. You got to work with some legends such as Babyface and Earth Wind & Fire. You know what I’m saying? I’m sure that was like on a dream list. So what are some other collabs that you’d like to pursue in the future that you haven’t done yet?

Lucky Daye: I would like to explore like two or three genres that I listen to often, like Afro beats. Shout out to AG. I was on Center and you know, we sent that one up. It’s still gonna shoot in Africa. But I would like to work with like Drake or Jay-Z, one of like the goat of raps, you know what I’m saying? Like the goats of rap.

And you know what I’m saying, I’m already with Derrick so I already got like one of my favorite rappers that’s killing shit right now. And of course, I wanna continue working with females because I’m a feminist. I’m a male but I’m a feminist, you know what I’m saying? Like, women are the future, the beginning and the end. You feel me. Women are the ones to keep this thing going. But yeah, like rappers I just want to explore a little bit more and I wanna open up my tracks eventually someday and work with Adele. That’s one of my dream features.

Quincy: Nice. Nice. Yeah. I like that, man. Hopefully, you’ll be able to get in touch lot easier with yourself as opposed to Frank Ocean. You know, that’s Jay-Z’s main go-to guy when it comes to a R&B artist laying some tracks on there.

Lucky Daye: If I had his number.

Quincy: Right, right, right. So we gotta make that happen.

Lucky Daye: Call him up right now. He has some crazy stuff though. For really?

Quincy: Yeah. I’ve heard different —

Lucky Daye: You might have just spoke that up.

Quincy: Right. You know what I’m saying? Once we put that out there, hopefully, we put that into the air and everything. I heard plenty of celebrities say that hold just has some way of getting that number and he’d be like, hey, what’s going on? This is Jay Z. They’d be like, man, get the heck outta here. They end up hanging up. He’d be like, that happens often.

Lucky Daye: He would never reach me cause I don’t answer my phone.

Quincy: Yes. Yeah. That’s crazy. But yeah. So let’s see. So again with your album, you’re now preparing for the tour. So what are you doing to prepare for this tour?

Lucky Daye: A whole lot of rehearsing and organizing and just thinking, because we wanna make an experience. You know what I’m saying? We don’t wanna have like just a concert. We gonna have that but we wanna experience since it’s a world, it’s a world that you go into then, you know what I mean? Like imagine going to Disney World.

You go to Disney World. But when you get in there, you see a whole lot of different rides. None of ’em got nothing to do with each other, but you still at Disney World. So we want people to pull up and have an experience like this part of the — I don’t know. You just gonna have to be that?

Quincy: Oh yeah. I plan to man next month-end March when you come to Houston. I definitely already got tickets for me and my lady and we gonna be right up in there.

Lucky Daye: Hey, absolutely man. Yeah.

Quincy: Oh yeah, definitely. I got you, man. Definitely. So what are you looking forward to most with this tour, man? You had the last one with Painted. Like you said, that’s a no skip album. I got that on vinyl. I got the CD and everything.

Lucky Daye: Oh, for real.

New Speaker: I put a lot of people on. I got roll some Mo and I used to blast it for my Air Pods. People be like, what the heck is that? I like, just wait. I was like this guy right here.

Lucky Daye: Appreciate that.

Quincy: Oh yeah. And I was likely from the city too. So I was like, oh yeah, y’all be ready for it.

Lucky Daye: I can’t wait to go home, bro.

Quincy: Yeah. So that’s one thing that you’re looking forward to like House of Blues in New Orleans or —

Lucky Daye: Yes, sir. Yeah. I just want to go down for the energy cause you know it’s crazy.

Quincy: Absolutely.

Lucky Daye: Every time you go.

Quincy: And then, you know, of course we got the best food.

Lucky Daye: We got it.

Lucky Daye: I don’t know what people would consider surprising. I feel like I’m the surprise.

Quincy: Yeah, yeah. Yeah. Like you said, it was called. We did just get a chance to do Verzuz. We got to see you get brought up by Musiq, man. Tell me how that was, how that call went about?

Lucky Daye: Oh man. That was incredible. Shout the Black Smurf. He hit me on Instagram and was like Musiq doing a Verzuz in LA. We was just talking and he was like, yeah. That might be hard for you to pull up. I’m like, of course. Yes. So immediately we connect the people. And next thing you know, I’m in the building, me and Musiq. Icons of R&B.

Quincy: Exactly, man. And you got your record over that samples, that song and everything. And that’s amazing.

Lucky Daye: He mess with it too. He told me he liked it.

Quincy: That’s even better.

Lucky Daye: That’s why we was going so hard. Like we trying to build each other up. I’m trying to lead by example. You know what I’m saying?

Quincy: That’s good, man. So do you consider him passing that torch?

Lucky Daye: Exactly.

Quincy: That’s what you said. Okay. I like that, man. I like, I believe it was Anthony. He brought out the different R&B artists. He brought out Kevin and he brought out Raheem and he just kept going. And I was like, man, you get to see these generations. And then Musiq brought you out. I was like, oh man. I was like, you know, this seems like the genre is really in good hands.

Lucky Daye: Oh yeah. Nah, I feel good. I think that, you know what I’m saying? I feel like we just have to continue to just go. Like all of my comments. I be saying with all my fans, all my friends and family be like, keep going, keep going. That type of stuff. Pushing me. And that’s all we gotta do as a genre, just keep going, keep going, keep going. It come around. That’s it. We innovate. That’s what we do.

Quincy: Yeah. So would you ever consider doing a Verzuz battle if Swiss and Tim reached out to you?

Lucky Daye: Nope.

Quincy: Nope. Just nope. It wouldn’t be anybody that you could see yourself like I could probably handle my own with them.

Lucky Daye: Wouldn’t do it. I got too much work to do. Wouldn’t be right.

Quincy: I feel it, man. I feel it. You know, there’s plenty of room to grow and everything so I definitely I like that response, man. You know, I ain’t know where to go, where to expect you to go with it. Anyone else response would’ve been acceptable. Would be like, okay. Yeah, yeah. I could hold my own with them.

I guess like the Painted album is no skips and you’ve been dropping single after single and every time a Lucky Daye single just drops it’s like, ah, I’m about to keep this on repeating until the next one, about to keep this on repeating until the next one. I guarantee you, everybody gives that same reaction. It was like, here goes Candy Drip and now you just drop NWA with Lil Durk. How did that come about?

Lucky Daye: It was awesome. What’s funny is it was on Twitter and I just tweeted, Lil Durk’s my favorite rapper. Like when I’m tweeting I’m in a crib just cleaning up and I’m like, you know what, who do I like? Cause people always ask me that. So I’m like, I like Durk. I admit it and now I can just say it so nobody can ask me again.

I like Durk. Then next thing you know, they like, yo, we fuck with you too. I’m like, I bet. Well, you already know what we gotta do. There is it. Like, music different. Music, different man, just put you on a different level with people. Don’t matter what nothing is. Like if you real, if you a real person, it’s gonna come through so it’s just work.

Quincy: Absolutely man. So my next one was, on the day when you feeling down, finish this sentence for me. A good blank record can cheer me up.

Lucky Daye: A good vinyl record can cheer me up.

Quincy: Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Lucky Daye: You want a detailed one?

Quincy: Yeah, yeah. Yeah.

Lucky: You have to dig at the heart.

Quincy: Like gimme an artist that can always pick you up when you feeling down or gimme a song that your pick me up song.

Lucky Daye: My pick me up song. I play like Sly and the Family Stone. Or like, I don’t know. I mean, I could run some Tims. I could definitely run with some Tims. She always get me right, Wizkid. If I wanna dance, I’m going Afro pop, that’s for sure.

Quincy: Okay. Okay. Finish this one. This song will quickly have me in my feelings.

Lucky Daye: Floods will quickly have me in my feelings.

Quincy: Gotcha. That needs no explanation. You know what I’m saying? It’s called Floods.

Lucky Daye: That song hurts. It hurts me to sing that song, just want y’all to know that.

Quincy: Yeah. I feel that. That’s a good answer. That’s a good answer. So what are three of your favorite albums of all time? Three favorite albums all time.

Lucky Daye: Ooh. Three of my favorite albums of all time. Rehab. I don’t know if it’s Bad or Thriller. One of them.

Quincy: Yeah. Yeah, yeah.

Lucky Daye: And Bang Bang and… Oh man. It’s hard bro. I would have to go Bone Thugs.

Quincy: Hmm. Okay. Okay. Gotcha. All right. So going back to Verzuz. What is one verse you would like to see that hasn’t happened.

Lucky Daye: Verzuz I would like to see that hasn’t happened. Hasn’t and never will or hasn’t.

Quincy: Let’s go. You can do that. You can do dead or alive.

Lucky Daye: I don’t have enough songs. I would just love to get the Tupac and Biggie over. Just like, just do it.

Quincy: Right, right, right. Understand. I’m sure that’s where everybody will say.

Lucky Daye: Just knock it out.

Quincy: Right. Let’s go now. How you feel about that comparison of Beyonce and Mariah Carey? People trying to talk that up and everything. How you feel about that?

Lucky Daye: That’s not the same. We gotta go Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston and Beyonce and Aaliyah.

Quincy: Okay. Okay. Yeah. The Mariah Carey and Whitney, I definitely agree with cuz that’s who they was always being compared to and I was like, man, that’s kind of weird. Right. So I understand from an interview that you read up on books, once you moved out to LA about the music industry, correct?

Lucky Daye: Right.

Quincy: Barnes and Nobles

Lucky Daye: Say it again? Barnes and Nobles.

Quincy: Yeah. From Barnes and Nobles. That’s why I stayed going. I was there yesterday.

Lucky: Shout out Barnes and Nobles.

Quincy: So what might you share to someone looking to be in your position as a singer or assigned to a label or just putting out music?

Lucky Daye: Man? I would say, like I say, keep going. But of course you gotta know where you going. So pay attention to where you going and know your business. Like people be getting into this stuff and they want stuff to fall in their lap. It don’t work like that. It’s entitlement be messing people up.

Even for me, like that’s what messed me up. I thought I deserves stuff cause I know I was good. And even though somebody in somebody else shoes, probably would’ve got that good deal in life, like, but it’s my route, and I’m still in it same way. I ain’t going nowhere. I’m gonna still keep working. I’m still gonna put a million albums out. I’m still gonna never stop and get on a million features. Nobody gonna stop.

Quincy: Yeah. Cause I remember you saying it was like a trial and error thing. You had to fail quite a few times before you could finally get that step up. You know what I’m saying. Fall seven times get up eight and everything.

Lucky Daye: Yeah man. By the grace of God though. That’s it. All of it. I’m confident in that, you know what I’m saying?

Quincy: Yeah. So with that, would you say that your rise to fame has changed you in any way?

Lucky Daye: Yeah. Yeah.

Quincy: Okay. Good deal.

Lucky Daye: Because like more perspectives.

Quincy: I like that. Yeah, definitely. So how do you feel when artists such as Ari Lennox or Summer Walker? They mentioned that fame is like getting the most of them. You know what I’m saying? It’s a lot in the music industry in general. It’s gotten some of the best of them. How you feel when you hear stuff like that.

Lucky Daye: I understand. It could be annoying. It could be tiring. It could be aggravating. And we sensitive, is how it is. And sometimes we do wanna see what people say on our pictures. We do wanna know who posting something about us. And when you look at it, sometimes it’s good and sometimes not. It’s like it could mess with your moods. So I do get it. But I feel like to each his own. You gotta handle it differently. It don’t really bother me.

Quincy: Good. That’s good, man. Definitely appreciate that. Like you said man, sometimes that can be the inspiration to a great album or good song if you’re in your feelings or anything like that.

Lucky Daye: Yeah. Just write a song about it. That’s it. You ain’t gotta do all that.

Quincy: Put it on paper and then you make a whole smash hit. You see Mary J with My Life album. Everything she went through.

Lucky Daye: Oh man.

Quincy: You know, she went through with KC. That was all on that album.

Lucky Daye: Then I’m gonna get 10.

Quincy: Right, right.

Lucky Daye: Sade. I’m thinking about Alicia Keys.

Quincy: I’m trying to get Diary of Alicia Keys on vinyl now. It’s been like hard to find.

Lucky Daye: It’s hard.

Quincy: Right. So what are your hopes for the future, your hopes and your goals for the future?

Lucky Daye: Well it’s like three different futures, right? One is the short term. I’m just gonna think about this tour and get it out. I’m thinking about getting on stage and continuing to make amazing songs. The other future, you know what I mean, I probably, you know what I’m saying, fall in love or something and build my own thing. And then it’s just like, you know what I mean, icon future where it’s like, I did everything I was supposed to do and I’m a fucking icon.

Quincy: I feel it, man. That’s all you can say about it. So I mean, that sounds like my next question, which is pretty much what’s next for Lucky Daye, but you pretty much answered it up, man. I love that you broke it up into three parts, that short term, long term and I appreciate that. So, without further ado, man, I appreciate your time, man.

Lucky Daye: Appreciate you. Thank you.



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