THEOVUN: What is the origin of the name Darq?
DARQ: Pretty much – the name obviously contradicts me being that I’m Caucasian
THEOVUN: Just a lil bit-
DARQ: It started off as a joke – I had a homie when I was younger – he didn’t speak English very well, so we used to make fun of him a lot. He’d just be like ‘I’m gonna “dark your eye”‘, meaning he was gonna give me a black eye. Until one day he actually did and it just stuck. When I started to rap, I just kept the name. Initially I was gonna be the ‘Dark Knight’ on some medieval shit *laughs*, but we dropped the K, put the Q on it and kept it moving…
THEOVUN: *laughs* That’s cool man, good choice.
DARQ: [and to elaborate]…the whole definition of darkness is the absence of light, and I embrace that as a lifestyle and mind state, because that’s how we’re living. We came up, thats the whole concept, you know-the struggle.
THEOVUN: That’s real talk. You’re from the Bronx- what neighborhood you reppin?
DARQ: I don’t wanna split it up you know , we trying to bring it together…
THEOVUN: I like that, solidarity. How long have you been rhyming?
DARQ: I been rapping since I was 11, but I started doing it seriously in 2000. I was going hard when I found out I was having my daughter. Then i grinded for the first 5 years in Philly and in 2005, I got picked up by Too Much Entertainment and then from there we started building a name and getting me groomed as real artist. [that brings you] to now, we working on developing and building me as an artist.
THEOVUN: Artist development, I feel you. Where have people seen you perform or where can they see you?
DARQ: Oh man, I’ve done just about every showcase in New York: Bowery, Lehman College, Get Your Buzz Up, Overtime, Indy 500, Ace of Spades, Protégé Magazine Showcase, all of them… and a lot more coming up so check my pages and everything