The importance of visuals can’t be stressed enough if you want to become the artist you envision in your dreams. Artists getting dope visuals and videos to drop with hit songs shows their creativity and helps show major labels that they can really make waves with their vision. Having a camera man who can make these visions come to life is so key, and we’ve seen artists latch onto a camera man they have great chemistry with and really build some great work. Del Rosario Visuals has been one of the hottest young videographers, that’s been taking over the city, making great music videos for some of Toronto’s hottest artists. I’ve been hearing a lot about this man, and reached out to find out a little more about himself and his work. Check out the interview below!
Maccadelic: Let’s start off for those who don’t know you, who are you?
Del Rosario: My name is David Del Rosario. I recently turned 19. Born June 21st, 1998. I’m the guy that goes by Del Rosario Visuals. I’m a Music Video Director, Videographer, Photographer, Editor, basically anything that has to do with digital media, I’m that guy. To this date, I’ve been doing music videos for about 4 months. You can view my portfolio on instagram since my website’s currently under construction. (https://instagram.com/delrosariovisuals).
Maccadelic: Where are you from?
Del Rosario: Born in the Philippines, specifically Olongapo City. Moved to Toronto/Canada by 4. I’m currently in Brampton, Ontario. A big portion of my life I grew up in Mississauga, but if I had to claim myself to have been in one place, it’s Brampton. Lived here for about 10 years now, got too much love for this city!
Maccadelic: What got you into videography, and more importantly hip-hop and R&B in general?
Del Rosario: I was a photographer before I even picked up video. I’ve been doing photography since I was about 12. My dad, he loves technology and naturally you would see him with a nice camera. I used to see the family camera laying around and would be interested in picking it up and learning how to get those “nice photos with the blurry background” (something I would frequently search up on google/youtube while trying to learn how to take photos haha). After years of self learning and trial and error, I’ve established myself well as a photographer and influenced a whole lot of others to pick up the camera. I was really in love with photography and loved my work but I felt my work was being overlooked with hundreds and hundreds of other new and upcoming photographers making their mark on social media.. as I grew up, quality equipment became more affordable. Which is probably why many people are able to go to best buy and pick up a camera and learn to use it now a days. I still remember saving up $1300 as a 12 year old to afford my first dslr, the mighty Canon 7D! Cause of the whole thing with my photos being overlooked and my art not making any noise or buzz, I thought I’d try and pick up video. The idea of documenting pictures in motion fascinated me. It felt like a whole new dimension of media and I was excited to explore it. I’ve always been into music, played guitar, piano, alto sax, and I’ve been a church drummer for over 7+ years so I’ve naturally always been drawn to music. I particularly have a taste for local musicians and wanted to draw more attention to them so that’s where me doing music videos all came about.
Maccadelic: Did you have any early influences? Was there anything in particular or one specific moment that made you wanna shoot?
Del Rosario: I can say for a fact the reason I started doing videos was because of one of these guys in my city. Dave Tim, or what most people know him by, Davesuals. (https://instagram.com/Davesuals). He has such a unique eye and taste for film and it was when I seen a video he made which documented his trip to Ecuador which influenced me to start doing videos myself. Music videos on the other hand, I owe it to two guys. Their names ring a bell across the GTA and it’s with no surprise, they are THE best guys in the city and my major influences when it comes to music videos. First, Charlton Visuals. (https://instagram.com/charltonvisuals). Everyone knows the guy, his brand has been stamped on some of the hottest recent Toronto videos, most notably Yung Tory & Jayy Brown/365‘s videos. But I’ve actually been a fan of Charlton‘s work even before his early Yung Tory videos such as Cuffin’ Da Cake and Ya Ya. Actually, it wasn’t even his music videos that made me a fan of his work but it was his car videos! I was actually mesmerized by the way he sculpted the cars outline and shape while documenting the details and uniqueness of each car through his movement and clean quality. One of my favourite videos has to be the Ford GT video with the Roy Woods track lined up to the vid. Definitely a classic from him and his work has been one of the biggest reasons why I wanted to start filming music videos.
Gabe from Samureye Films. (https://instagram.com/lastsamureye). One of the biggest underdogs in the film game. His quality and work ethic is unreal. His dedication to the game is crazy and the fact is he’s just started. He’s definitely one to look out for. Him and I have a similar story, we both went through individual struggles to find ourselves on the path we’re on now but don’t ever look back. His story inspired me as I’ve always kept an eye on his work after being a fan of his clothing line. Seeing him pursue film after the death of his mom and seeing him go through depression and conquering it and making a career for himself helped me make the jump into starting my own business as well. One of the first videos I’ve seen from him was Derin Falana – The Pick Up. I can definitely say Gabe is one of the guys, that when I see his vids forces me to work even harder and step it up in terms of my creativity. Much love to him and his work!
Maccadelic: Did you attend school to learn your passion?
Del Rosario: Nope. I did go to school though, just not for film. I Went to the University of Waterloo for a year after signing to the football team. Got injured during practice, stayed for two semesters and left a few months ago. I was study Economics and Business. Planning to take the year off and potentially going to Ryerson or Guelph Humber afterwards and study film. Depends, never know what the future holds!
Maccadelic: How important is balancing a healthy lifestyle working vigorously? (Diet, water, sleep)
Del Rosario: Crazy important! I know it’s great to have that grind don’t stop mentality but you got to take care of yourself. Going from a football athlete lifestyle where I worked out every morning at the school weight room and ran track after school every day to this film/edit lifestyle where sometimes I’m crushing 5-6 videos a week was a hard transition! There are nights I get less than 4 hours of sleep, and days where time only allows me to catch 1 quick meal before going back to work. With my prices going up, it’s allowing me to do to less videos while making the same amount of money (for now, but it is getting busier still!) but this gives me more time to take care of myself. Hoping it slows down a bit once summers over so I can hit the gym again consistently without worrying about what time I’ll have left to finish the next video edit!
Maccadelic: You’ve broken quite a few new artists into the scene, who maybe that’s been slept on a little do you think has the biggest potential to blow up?
Del Rosario: I don’t want to bring any bias opinions to this answer but I work with two new artists who both have been with me early through my career and one I met recently all whom I would love to see both blow up. First is YK (https://instagram.com/mr.theydontknow). He has the right mindset, he has the determination and his music is on it’s own wave. He brings a flavor of that Toronto-street sound and blends that with his unique flow and catchy word play which in turn makes for some of my most favourite music. My favourites include “Cuff No Thot” “They Don’t Know” and “They Watching.” He also has a handful of unreleased bangers but everyone’s just going to have to wait for those!
Second is the boy 2 Eaze (https://instagram.com/stugangeaze). All I can say is, SLEPT ON TALENT. He records, mixes and masters his own vocals. Incredibly talented audio engineer and artist! He’s versatile enough to lay down bars and can also sing some crispy vocals on his R&B tips like he’s Chris Brown haha. (seriously, everyone checkout his song Melodies, it speaks for itself).
Third is Trill Spiffy. (https://instagram.com/trill_spiffy). Just a STRAIGHT. UP. HITMAKER. His vault probably contains at least a 100 tracks all of which sound like hits. Literally, if I had to choose a 4th Migos, he would be the perfect fit. Incredibly slept on, has such a great flow and bars are on point.
Maccadelic: What would you say has been your biggest break so far? Or that moment that you had to pinch yourself?
Del Rosario: I haven’t had that big break yet. I’ve been working and working and working to get to that moment. I say this because i’m not anywhere near where I want to be. I want to be doing movies and big budget high production value films and music videos. Until then, it still all feels like reality. I can’t lie though, I am truly blessed. I have to come to the realization that I’m in a position most 19 year olds aren’t in. Who else left school and already made an income some undergraduates don’t even touch for himself? Not a lot of people. Still, I don’t say this to boast but I say this because I know I’m blessed by God to be in this position and that he could bless anyone just the same! Without God, I could have all the talent in the world but he provides me the opportunity to use it!
Maccadelic: Who’s Del Rosario listening too right now in his whip?
Del Rosario: On repeat right now is YK, Killy, Nav, SGBandz & Prod, Travis Scott, Playboi Carti, LiLSUNFLOWER.
Maccadelic: What was it like working with Tre Elijah? We’ve worked with him before on music videos and he’s a dope artist.
Del Rosario: He was the guy that gave me my first opportunity to film a music video. I can’t lie, stepping into the uber for the first time headed to the shoot, I didn’t know what to expect. I was pretty nervous, didn’t know who I really was about to meet. I had my camera bag and knew that it could potentially all go well or it could absolutely go wrong. Eventually, the shoot happened, all nervousness was calm, Tre was an especially dope guy and he was mad friendly. He made it easy for me to do that first video. He already knew what he wanted and had a general idea of the video beforehand. Safe to say the video went well and that the rest is history!
Maccadelic: Casper TNG is hands down one of the best artists breaking out, and he has mad potential to be a star, what was it like working with him?
Del Rosario: Of course when you’re working with a guy like Casper, you’re not going to know what to expect until you meet him. He turned out to be an incredible nice guy, and easy to work with. He’s a funny dude, got some crazy songs. When we shot unforgettable, the funniest thing is I came to the shoot expecting to film a completely different song. He totally switched up the whole plan as soon as I touched down after the 1hr uber ride and we went back into another cab straight to the studio. He recorded unforgettable, got it mixed and master all within the next hour and we filmed the video.Ended up being my current most viewed film, almost reaching 200k on youtube. Casper for sure has the potential to becoming bigger, only a matter of time until he does blow up!
Maccadelic: Who would you like to work with next?
Del Rosario: I would love to work with Killy. It would be a challenge because I’d feel my editing would have to step it up a a couple notches but it’d be fun to work with him. I’d love to also work with Tory Lanez even though ZacFacts is THE guy. I’d love for any opportunity to work with guys higher up in the industry. If I could have all the tools and as high a budget as I could with some of these bigger artists, I feel I could create some movies! Migos is definitely a group id love to work with for a music video. Their dude DAPS does a good job incorporating cinema techniques into their music videos and I really try to incorporate some of them into my films as well!
Maccadelic: Do you have any mentors in your life? Anyone showing you the ropes of the industry? Or you are just figuring it out for yourself?
Del Rosario: Just figuring it out for myself. I learned a lot from watching some of my favourite youtubers (YCImaging, Creative Ryan, A Zae Productions) and just reading on the internet. All of what I am doing as a filmmaker and as a business owner is trial and error for the most part. I keep what works, and learn from what fails.
Maccadelic: Where is Del Rosario 3 years from now?
Del Rosario: Hopefully on a plane with a TEAM, travelling to a shoot! I want to go international. I would love to work with bigger artists and would love the opportunity to showcase my work to a wider audience and a bigger platform.
Maccadelic: And finally, what direction is rap and music going in the next few years, and what contributions can you make to cement your legacy?
Del Rosario: I feel rap is a genre that will never die. There are so many sub-categories of rap that I feel make rap the best genre out there. We go through different phases of rap, from lyrical poetry of the 90s, to the hard-hitting rhymes of the 2000s, to the catchy, flow riding wavey rap of the present. I feel rap will just continue to grow more and will dominate as a top genre in music. As for cementing my legacy, I am going to keep striving for that cinema quality in my films. Of course I don’t have the equipment right now, but I can incorporate the techniques until I can eventually one day invest in the 5-digit thousand dollar cameras and lenses as well as have with me a full time team helping bring visions alive. I want to create more meaningful work, something that leaves a print in people’s thoughts. Hopefully when time comes where I can do more personal projects of my own without worrying about money, I plan to release short films and story-telling music films and do my part in contributing to something great in the music industry and film industry!