There are at least two artists with the name Decipher.
1. An American rapper.
2. A post-hardcore band from Singapore.
3. Melodic black/death metal from Athens, Greece
1. Born Danny Chung and raised in Philadelphia, Decipher experienced more ups and downs in his youth than many go through in a life time. To call his family broken would be a huge understatement. Conceived by a woman he would grow up calling “aunt” and a man that may have fathered him but was never a father, his biological mother was left with no choice but to give him up to be raised by her sister. In addition to all the family drama came financial struggles as well. He saw first hand how hard his immigrant parents struggled for that slice of American Pie as they worked their way out of the ghetto only to find the taste was fleeting and bittersweet. Incidentally, his newfound life of hard-earned luxury wasn’t meant to last. It appeared lady luck held a grudge against the Chung clan, and before you could say ‘Good Life’ it was straight back to the ‘Hood Life’ for them all.
Despite the tumultuous drama and turmoil, Decipher was able to find the one thing that remained steady in his life. Thanks to an uncle that moonlighted as a party DJ, he got his first introduction to a music that served as the voice for a people that needed to be heard because no one else could speak for them. Young Decipher had discovered Hip-Hop. The renaissance of this genre in the early 90’s served as the aural back drop that shaped and inspired him to understand the power of true honest expression. It wasn’t too long before he realized that the very voices blaring through the headphones of his walkman weren’t just those of the musical artists; they were also his voice. These MC’s weren’t just speaking to him, they were speaking for him. This epiphany helped him to realize his life should no longer imitate art, rather it should create it. He had found his identity and it enabled him to stand firm in the midst of the twists and turns he was constantly experiencing.
Even when starting off as a battle MC, it was immediately apparent that he possessed undeniable raw talent. Decipher not only had the requisite wit and charisma, but more importantly he had the heart to turn ordinary words into a powerful message. It should be no surprise that he quickly found himself in the company of other like-minded artists. After linking up with Johnnyphlo and the independent label Treble & Bassment, Decipher worked hard to share his voice, releasing critically acclaimed mix tapes and albums while collaborating with some of the best Asian American talent such as Ailee, Andrew Choi, Chan, and Shogunna. Fast forward to the present, Decipher is now with MuZo Entertainment, the spiritual successor to TnB; and he continues his mission to make sure he is heard. Just as the Hip-Hop MCs of yesteryear provided a constant influence that shaped his identity, Decipher aims to do the same for today’s alienated Asian Americans who also struggle to find their place in a society where there are too few voices to properly represent them. Decipher speaks for anyone tired of having big media America dubbing over them like a bad kung-fu flick and is here to provide the raw audio track where subtitles are not necessary. Because now he isn’t just speaking to us, he’s speaking for us.
2. Formed in 2012, Decipher is made up of a group of close friends, each different from one another. Young and aspiring, they write songs and lyrics that are close to the heart, with every line having something to talk about.
Decipher hopes to impact the the local scene in a different way, with a combination of catchy choruses, hard hitting breakdowns and of course, mind blowing intensity.
With their debut single "Beneath The Trenches" released, Decipher is currently writing 4 more songs to produce an EP by early 2014. With that said, lookout for a gig with us in the near future.
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