Recently, I had the opportunity to meet a cousin of mine for the first time. I was wildly surprised to find his deep roots in the local music scene. I had a bad habit of thinking there weren’t many artists of this genre around me. Sure, maybe one or two. But I had no idea just how populated Portland was with these exact kinds of creators. It’s baffling to think just how close truly amazing artists can be to you.

David Scott. Local rap artist. My cousin. Thank you for taking the time for this interview. Means a lot. So to start off, tell us a little about who David Scott is.

My name is Caleb Boyer, also known as David Scott, and I’m a 22-year-old alternative rap artist. I’ve been making music for a little over 2 years. I always wrote poetry and did a lot of slam poems in high school. I performed a lot during that time and the catalyst for my music presence was my grandfather’s passing. I turned to music for a stronger expression of myself and to help myself cope with it.

I’m sorry to hear about him passing. When you started making music after his passing, how well did that help you cope, and looking back on that time, do you think the emotional start really helped your passion for this music?

Absolutely, it helped me a lot in coping with his passing, as I look back there was a lot going on in my life, but his passing put that over an edge. I didn’t really have many ways of expressing myself that felt truly like me, so I just started writing, finding beats and listening to music so much more than I previously was. My alias David Scott comes directly from him. David was his first name and Scott is my middle name. It felt like an homage cause he was like my father.

That’s really meaningful and with how you talk about him, I can tell he really inspired you and helped shape who you are today. With how your recent tracks sound, you can definitely tell that the past two years have been well spent on your music and mastering this craft. I know you gave your type of music a name earlier which was “alternative rap”, but how exactly would you define that genre or your personal type of music?

I describe it from the heart, and more of a feeling. I said alternative rap cause it’s hard describing music. My current catalog is definitely more rap-oriented, but my unreleased music is roaming into more experimental realms. I want to be able to collaborate with anyone, and perform as best as possible on any type of song I do. My grandfather taught me to be myself, and there’s a lot of parts to me.

Who are some artists that you hope to one day collab with?

Honestly so many artists, if I had to pick a few, Anderson Paak, Isaiah Rashad, $uicideboy$ or Ramirez. I wanna do a lot diverse music, Childish Gambino would be insane too.

That’s definitely shooting high brother. What do you think you have that stands out when compared to other artists? And you don’t have to only talk about your sound, it could be something you have relating to your personality or something else.

I honestly don’t know, I’m just myself. I think being yourself no matter what you do will make you stand out good or bad. My sound reflects it, and my personality reflects it. I just try to be myself. There’s a lot of sides to that and I want to explore those sonically within music.

That’s a really unique way to look at it, and I think it’s definitely a good view. When it comes to Portland, though, how do you plan to get more publicity. I know you play at burger joints every now and then, but what’s your next move? What do you want to accomplish this year?

I want to release a project first and foremost, nothing big but something for people to listen to. I want to build something in Portland just like other people have. A dream would be renting a house for shows and to make a place for all artists in Portland. Next move is releasing more music then more shows so more people see me and how I perform.

You really show how passionate you are for the music scene. That’s definitely a good sign, but how do you stay so positive when it comes to your music and outlook on the scene?

I do this music for me, even if there was a scene or not. I know I’ll always have this- why not make something of it? Why not get known? If there’s a music scene I want to be a part of it no matter how small or big. I want people to know me.

I love your attitude toward music. It’s different compared to many others. Anyway, getting to the last question, are there any projects you are working on right now that you could tell us a little about?

I have a lot of unreleased stuff I’m putting together. I will have a project out soon I hope. I probably have two mixtapes worth of music, just figuring out what’s the best stuff to release to the people.

Well thank you for taking the time to sit down and have this interview, even if it doesn’t seem like a lot for your cousin. We are all very excited to see what’s next for you.

Thank you very much for this opportunity. I just want people to hear my music and to inspire anyone else to do the same. It can be hard sometimes, but I want to see what we can do in this city.