At the end of 2013 I was in a hip hop duo by the name of 'Enough Rope' with one of my good friends Skwid Roc. We released one mixtape towards the end of that year mentored by who most of you would know as the beatboxer Tom Thum. In March the next year, I won the Hilltop Hoods/APRA initiative with my first ever solo tracks under new name I AM D. Going forward, one point I should make is:
- My last name is Daley, that's where the D comes from. And this journey I've been living and continue to live right now (which I'm about to tell you about) is why it's so fitting that this life experience is something I refer to as the 'Daley Grind'.
The (very) short story: During this time, I noticed I started to experience a lot of discomfort with my stomach. Over a short period of time the discomfort and symptoms became more frequent and problematic. Eventually it got to a point where I was unable eat anymore then a mouthful without feeling extremely full. Over the next few years I would lose a lot of weight (I'm not the biggest dude as it is). This meant I became extremely skinny and sick, over a short period of time I went from being about 80kg to 50kg which caused a myriad of problems both physically and mentally.
Not only was I barely able to eat and extremely uncomfortable all the time, I was also constantly lightheaded and dizzy. The malnourishment and lack of nutrients also meant it would effect other parts of my body. During this time I stopped producing testosterone and had an under-active thyroid. Thanks to the help of some doctors, I was placed on hormonal replacement therapy and after about a year of tablets and injections my hormones started producing on their own again. Throughout all of this, I developed extremely bad anxiety, fought myself out of depression and was subject to panic attacks as every health practitioner I saw had no answers or relief for me, I basically felt like I was trapped in my own body.
In January of 2016 I became extremely sick on top of what I was already going through. With multiple hospital visits to no avail, no answers or treatment, I was somehow granted the ability to eat more then i was able to for the last couple of years which resulted in me slowly gaining weight again and gaining somewhat of a life back.
After continuing to make music throughout the time I was really sick in 2014/2015. In 2016, (my 3rd year of making music), I began working on an EP titled 'Mirrors Never Told Nice Stories' or 'M.N.T.N.S with producer James Angus or as I'd like to refer to him as: Uncle Juice.
The title reflects on the constant mental battle of going through a physical condition which strips your life away with no reasonable answer or know how on how to beat it. The EP was a huge success for me, after signing a distribution deal with the Hilltop Hoods independent imprint 'Golden Era Records', to top it off the 7 track EP debuted at #4 on the Australian Itunes Hip Hop charts, as well as #22 on the Urban ARIA charts.
This project, the entire process and it's outcome is something that was very therapeutic for me after some of the pits and valleys I experienced without knowing I was leading up to it. Climbing this mountain to it's peak was exactly what I needed, It restored my faith and invigorated my life's purpose with passion and has made me hungrier (metaphorically) than ever before. :)
Going forward I'd really like to get on top of my health issues that still effect me. However, through my talents, as long as I'm alive and able to, my main mission and focus is to continue to show myself as an artist and person. For myself and others, I want to be the person I wish I had to listen to & watch when I really needed it. I want to be the person myself and others can look up to and believe that although our circumstances and situation may be different for better or worse, you can continue to throw punches when every sign is telling you to sit down. I could never complain about this life I've been given, my talent, passion and drive as an artist, so it's equally right and only fair I never complain about my circumstances.