Meet Alternative R&B Artist: Abi Ocia. “I think it’s important that what I do is honest.”

Meet Abi Ocia. This English vocalist made her debut in 2016 as a feature on the song Home and has been gradually building a name for herself ever since. Her music has been called a “mini-masterpiece”, “smooth” and she’s even been crowned as West London’s “new soul-filled R&B princess” by sources such as Wonderland Magazine.

I got the chance to speak with her about her musical influences, what drove her into singing, and much more.

Enjoy!


 

Q: For the readers who may not know who you are, would you like to introduce yourself?

A: Of course – I’m Abi Ocia, and in case you are unsure of how to pronounce the last name it’s ‘oh-see-ah.’

 

 

Q: How did you become interested in music? When did you realize you wanted to do it professionally?

A: Church was a big musical influence growing up. I was fascinated by the worship music I grew up singing, and still sing today. There is such a unique soul and atmosphere that worshiping creates, and I was drawn to explore this in my own way.  I don’t think there was a point in which I realised I wanted to do music professionally, I just followed my intrigue.

 

 

Q: When you decided to become a musician did you have the support of your family and/or friends?

A: 100% – I am blessed with a very supportive circle of family and close friends.

 

 

Q: Your introduction to the world was with the song “Home” which you featured on by Draper,  knowing this was the first time you would be heard by the masses were you nervous about the response?

A: I think I was more excited to finally kick start my journey into music.

 

 

Q: Since its release it has accumulated over 300,000 plays and 6,000 likes on SoundCloud alone. How does it make you feel to know that this many people enjoy your sound?

A: It’s very encouraging to know that people are engaging with the music. That is something special.

 

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Q: You followed up Home with a song of your own entitled, “Running“. What was the inspiration behind that song?

A: ‘Running’ explores an inner dialogue. It asks the question ‘what are you afraid of?’ and how far are you willing to go to rid yourself of those fears. Exploring these themes certainly helped to inspire the song through to its final form, sonically and visually.

 

 

Q: Do you write all of you music yourself? Would you ever collaborate with someone when it comes to writing?

A: Yes, I write all my own content. It really helps that I get to work with incredible producers, such as Draper and Mkulu, who really pull out the best in me. I have worked with other writers previously – creative collaboration is part of the beauty of making music.

 

Q: Who are some of your musical influences?

A: A very tough question indeed – I appreciate such a wide range of music that it is hard to pin down particular influences. Again, the worship music I grew up listening to and playing at Church is certainly an influence that stands out to me the most.

 

 

Q: Is there anyone you want to collaborate with in the future? (they do not have to be famous)
A: Phil Collins – he is a genius.

 

 

Q: Since the release of Running you have released songs “Konfyt and “Expo. Do you think consistency is a trait every artists needs in order to succeed?

A: Consistency and authentic content!

 

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Q: In an interview with Clash Magazine you mention that Konfyt symbolized “have hiding places that are ‘unfamiliar’ to those around us, where the ‘darkness’ and ‘light’ of our own selves tirelessly battle” . . . Is it important to you that your songs have meaning rather than just sounding nice to get views?

A: I think it’s important that what I do is honest. It is a waste of time trying to force content that only serves to please online algorithms and views.

 

 

Q: What kind of advice could you give someone who may want make a career out of music but is too scared of what others might think?

A: Care less and create.

 

 

Q: Since you have released three songs within the year, should we be prepared for a project in 2018?

A: There will certainly be a lot more content coming this year…

 

 

Q: Last but not least, is there anything you want to tell your supporters?

A: You make this journey much more real, and I am so thankful!


To stay updated with Abi: Instagram, Twitter, SoundCloud

 

Meet London Based Singer/Songwriter: Marie Dahlstrom. “. . . Trust in yourself and imagine the best for yourself.”

Meet Marie Dahlstrom, the Danish vocalist who is currently based in London. I’ve been a fan of Marie for a little over 4 years and in that time have seen her develop into the artist she is now. This website was built off the idea that artists like Marie should be getting more recognition. Since the beginning, she’s created timeless music that has captivated audiences from all over the world. 

I got the chance to speak with her about her favorite artists, what’s kept her going all these years, and much more!

Enjoy!


Q: For the readers who may not be aware of your music, would you like to introduce yourself?

A: Singer-songwriter, Danish, live in London, PhD student.

 

 

 

Q: What attracted you to music? Who were some of the influences you had growing up that made you think “wow, I want to do this too” ?

A: I was making music from a young age, it felt natural to me, so I just followed my gut and went with it.

 

 

 

Q: Did you always know you want to be a musician? When you decided to do it professionally did you have the support of your family and/or friends?

A: It wasn’t something I ever decided, it was something I felt like I was missing so much when I wasn’t doing it.. It was almost like music chose me, in a way.

 

 

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Q: You released your first project Feelings in 2011. Since this was your first official project released, were you nervous about how it would be received?

A: No I wasn’t nervous- I thought it was exciting and I think I was quite naive to the whole music world, didn’t really know what I was doing hahah…I think that helped a bit.

 

 

 

Q: Do you remember how you felt listening to the project as a whole for the first time?

A: I felt proud, and I felt it was a nice accomplishment, and fun to have tried from scratch to make a project, it’s a lot of work – in a good way :)

 

 

 

Q: Because this was your first official project, did you feel any pressure in creating it? Are there any tips you could give aspiring artists when it comes to creating their first project?

A: I didn’t feel any pressure in creating my first project – making music is a learning curve, and I think it is important to view it that way. Every time I start a new song, I always think, it doesn’t have to become a track that I want to share with the world, and that really takes away all pressure. It’s for you only, until you want to make it for someone else. Some days you make good songs, sometime you make bad songs, and that’s the beauty of it.

 

 

 

Q: Since its release, you have consistently put out singles such as “Look the Other Way” (feat. Sophie Faith), and projects such as Gloom and Nine. Do you write all your music yourself?

A: Yes, I write all my music myself – sometimes I write with my friends, but mostly I do the songs myself.

 

 

 

Q: Has there ever been a time where you had a creative block? If so, how did you surpass it?

A: There are days where I feel less inspired, but I think it’s a natural part of being a creative. I never think of it as a block.

 

 

 

Q: In 2016, you released the joint project Hans Island with producer Mawhs, how did this come about?

A: I just instantly connected to his beats, thought they were really beautiful. It was an organic process. I hope to work with him more in the future.

 

 

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Q: Listening to the project, it is evident that you have departed from you generally contemporary R&B sound. Do you think it’s important to experiment with different sounds/genres as an artist to experience growth?

A: I think it’s important to grow definitely – I didn’t deliberately try and change sound, and I don’t think artists have to either. But I think it’s important to go with what feels right, and trust your instincts.

 

 

 

Q: Was the creative process in making this different from your experiences? If so, how?

A: I didn’t do any production on the Hans Island EP, I was only involved with the singing, which is quite different. Also, Mawhs and I have never met, so we did it all remotely which was a really fun way to work, I feel like I already know him. Lol

 

 

 

Q: In October you released the ep Nine, with every project that you release do it become harder to stay creative?

A: No, it becomes easier.

 

 

 

Q: Outside of music, you are one of five hosts for the podcast called “Time of the Month” where you cover a range of topics such as “mental health and music”. How did all of this come about?

A: We are all friends and all in the same business, and all women, so we felt it was a good way to share our experiences.

 

 

 

Q: I listened to one of the podcasts where you were talking about performing and anxiety and it made me wonder, do you get nervous when you have to perform live? What are some tips you can share for overcoming that anxiety?

A: I get mad nervous. I think the best advice is to trust in yourself and imagine the best for yourself – that the concert is gonna be amazing, think good things. Our inner voice is so powerful.

 

 

 

Q: If you had the chance to perform with one artist of your choice who would it be and why?

A: Herbie Hancock, J. Cole, India Arie, Musiq Soulchild. Haha can’t chooose!!  I just such a big fan of all of these artists. I feel like I draw a lot from their music, and creativity.

 

 

 

Q: The internet has allowed people from all over the world to interact and be influenced by each other. Is there a place you would be shocked to hear they are listening to your music?

A: hmm I feel like I’ve already been shocked so many times! Music really does connect the world.

 

 

 

Q: Who are some current artists that you like listening to?

A: As in right now… HER- her voice is so stunning, it’s unreal. SZA, the new Fabolous and Jadakiss album, Puma Blue, and lots of my friends who are musicians,

 

 

Q: Is there anyone from overseas that you want to work with in the future?

A: J Cole, Lizz Wright

 

 

Q: Do you have a dream collaboration?

A: There are so many, it’s really hard to pick one. Would love to be on a Robert Glasper record.

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Q: If you had the opportunity to travel & share your music where would you go?

A: South Africa, I feel like I get lots of good vibes from there

 

 

 

Q: You have managed to release music for the last six years and though you may not have worldwide success, you have been relatively successful. There are a lot of aspiring artists who release music and feel they will never get noticed or that their work will never be appreciated. Do you have any advice for those artists?

A: Yes – it’s not about other people. You need to ask yourself, would you still make music if no one could ever hear it? And really try and assess what it is you love about it. Everyone’s journey is different, and for me, for example, music-making is quite a sacred thing, and I want it to stay that way, and the only way to do that, is to be grateful for every little opportunity and focus on develop your skills and investing in yourself. It is supposed to feel good.

 

 

 

Q: Last but not least, is there anything you want to tell your supporters?
A: Just that I am truly grateful for every single person who supports me, and believes in my music. ❤️ it really does mean everything.


To stay updated with Marie make sure to follow her on: Twitter, Instagram, SoundCloud

To listen to her latest project Nine – click here.

Meet English Pop Duo: Blessed. “Don’t just believe in your talents . . . work hard for your dream.

Meet Blessed – the South-East London sister duo that’s currently re-defining the sound of pop music. Although they only started a year ago (at least professionally) they have shown that they have what it takes to be successful in this industry. The music, the visuals, the authenticity – everything. Of course, you may read this and feel that I’m a little biased since I’ve mentioned the duo a number of times, but if you’ve listened to the music I’ve recommended – you’d understand why. I’m not a huge fan of pop or dance music for that matter – but I would definitely say Blessed made me have a open ear to the genre.

In this interview I got to speak with the sisters about how they remain consistent, a dream “third member” and much more!

Enjoy!


Q: For those who may have not heard of your duo before would you both like to take the time to introduce yourselves?

Lauren: Hey, we are ‘Blessed’. I’m Lauren and this is my sister Georgia, we are from South-East London.

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Q: I know that you guys are sisters, is music something that you grew up around? Is there anyone else in your family who is musically inclined?

Lauren: Growing up we weren’t like the Jackson Five, all singing and dancing together, but our older brother is very talented, he can write, sing and was in a boy band.

 


Q: When you decided to become professional musicians did you have the support of your family? What kind of advice could you give someone who may not have support?

Georgia: We definitely had support and still do but we know too well the frustrations of pursuing a music career as naturally your parents worry for your future, as the industry is very difficult to break through.

As  for advice it’s super important that you don’t just believe in your talents but that you work hard for your dream. Surrounding yourself with other artists and musicians can be really uplifting and give you that extra bit of support that you may not have from family.

 

 

Q: Are there any qualities about each other that you admire?

Lauren: I admire Georgia’s kind heart, she’s so sympathetic & an amazing listener.  She gives the most mature advice. more mature than me haha.

Georgia: I admire how outgoing and fun Lauren is, she’s always up for having a great time and is always encouraging others to let go and have fun.

 

Q: You officially debuted with the song “My Yute” in early August 2017, were either of you nervous about how it would be received?

Lauren:  Yes, we was definitely nervous about releasing ‘My Yute’, as it was written with such lightheartedness, we didn’t want to come across as two ‘stooshy girls, especially being our first signed release. That’s why the visual was so important to us and Victor Kovachev (Videographer) did such an amazing job at bringing that fun element of the song to life.

 

Q: Since the song’s video release it has garnered over 90,000 views, how does it feel to know this many people enjoy your music?

Lauren: It’s amazing, it’s what every musician wants as it gives you justification that other people are loving what you do, or even if they don’t they are still intrigued.  

 

Q: Your EP, See Through All The Colours, was released in late August, do either of you have a favorite track off the project?

Georgia: We both love See Through All the Colours probably the most off that EP.

 

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Q: Listening to the project it is noticeable that y’all cover a range of genres whether it be R&B in the song “Venom” or Moombahton (fusion genre of house music and reggaeton) in the songs “My Yute” and “See Through All the Colours”. With that being said, who are some of your music influences/inspirations?

Lauren: Growing up, Georgia was definitely a pop queen and I was more into 90’s/ 2000’s R&B. We are half Jamaican and although we don’t listen to much reggae, we are heavily influenced by the melodies/slang used not just in reggae music but in Jamaican culture in general. That’s definitely why there is a sense of genre fusion.

 

Q: Do you write your own music? Are you open to collaborating with other singers/songwriters?


Lauren: Yes we write our own music and have collaborated with songwriters on some of our tracks. I think it was important for us to work more or less on our own on our first project, and then on our Howlin Ep we have worked a bit more with other writers. We have definitely learnt that you can’t do it solely alone as you grow so much more with working with others. We are always up for working with people in the Future.

 

 

Q: Are there any current artists that you guys like listening to?

Lauren: We are both really loving Kamille, we have not stopped listening to her My Head’s A Mess EP. Lotto Boys, H.E.R, Masego and A Boogie wit da Hoodie.

 

 

Q: If you had the option to become a trio w/ any other artist of your liking (could be mainstream); who would it be and why?

Lauren: I would choose Raye, I just love how real she seems and looks like she would be jokes to be around.

Georgia: Mine would be Bebe Rexha, she’s an amazing songwriter, great energy and would add some supper sass to the band.

 

 

Q: If you had the chance to open up a tour for one artist, who would it be?

Georgia: We’ve been getting a lot of love from with Harmony fans, so probably them. I think we could also learn a lot from them performance wise as they are sick.

 

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Q: Even though you released your debut project over the summer, in December you released another project Howlin’. With all of this new music coming out are there any big plans for 2018?

Lauren:  Yes we are constantly creating music, we feel it’s really important to be consistent. As we are constantly evolving and changing and we want people to be on that journey with us. So 2018 you can definitely expect to here much more music and hopefully some collaborations.  

 

 

Q: If I were introducing your music to someone, what song would you recommend I play them?

Lauren: I would say ‘Howlin’ its off our ‘Howlin’ Ep that dropped on the 8th of December.

Georgia: & I would say ‘Fire It Up’ which is also off our ‘Howlin’ EP.

 

 

Q: What do you think is the hardest thing about being in the entertainment industry in general; Do you feel you’re prepared to become a public figure?

Georgia: I guess we won’t fully know until we are in the public eye, but I feel we are prepared and we have each other. Today it’s not just about the music, there’s a million other things to do (social media etc.) so finding the balance can be quite hard but i think we are finding it.

 

 

Q: Do you have any lifetime goals, you’d like to reach — specifically having to do with music?

Lauren: We’d love for music to take us around the world, meeting fans. Can’t wait till we sell out tours and make more music people connect with. We are just ready to take any opportunity that comes our way.

 

 

Q: Do you think you’ve found your core audience yet? Who do you think they are?

Georgia: Haha I really don’t think we have, At the moment it seems very mixed, maybe as we release more we will start to see an emerging audience. But we’ve had a few teenagers reach out to us giving us their support, a lot have been boys which has been really nice to see them relating to our sound and being vocal about it.

 

 

Q: There are a lot of people who will follow in your footsteps, do you have any advice to those aspiring artists?

Lauren: Like Gee said before, believing in you dreams but putting in a lot of hard work. Networking & be patient. There will be many testing moments but you will get through the other side, and end up doing something you love for a living.

 

 


Q: Last but not least, is there anything you want to tell your supporters?


Georgia: Thank you all soo much! We promise 2018 we have a lot more coming, that we know you’re going to love. We hope you stay on this journey with us and continue to show love! Follow us on all socials @Thisisblessed, we want to hear from you all!! We love you guys!

 


To stay updated with Blessed make sure to follow them on: Twitter, Instagram

To listen to their debut ep See Through All the Colours click here.

To listen to their latest ep Howlin’ click here.

To watch their music video for Howlin’ click here.

Meet Alternative Pop Artist: Astrum. “Just create art that you are passionate about and put aside everything else.”

As one of my favorite vocalists to debut in 2017, I am especially happy to share this interview with you. If you listen to artists like Billie Eilish – then you need to add Astrum to your playlists. She’s been releasing music sporadically since 2015 but finally decided to release her debut project Perception in 2017.

In this interview, I got the chance to talk to her about the backstory of Perception, what drove her into being an artist, and much more!

Enjoy!


Q: Before I start the interview would you like to introduce yourself?

A: Sure! I’m Astrum, I’m nineteen years old and I am a singer/songwriter and producer. I like to think I make dark alternative-pop music.

 

Q: How long have you been interested in music? Was there a specific moment when you realized you wanted to do this professionally?

A: I’ve always been interested in music. Music has been with me my entire life. I remember being young and singing my heart out in the car. It’s always been my passion, my shelter, my way to express myself.

I started writing when I was eight years old and producing at fourteen. Honestly I don’t think there was a moment when I knew it’s what I wanted to do, I think I’ve always known.

 

Q: When you decided to become a musician, did you initially have the support of your family/peers?

A: My family is supportive of me now, for sure! I mean they have always been supportive, but I don’t think they understood how much music actually meant to me growing up. I was always afraid of how they would interpret my music. I think once they saw me perform live, they were more understanding and supportive of my career choice.

 

Q: Your music (as a whole) is relatively alternative. Who are some artists that you looked up to growing up and influence your music now?

A: The Beatles for sure! I don’t know if I would say they’ve inspired any of my music but they definitely inspire me as an artist and in general.

I love Fleetwood Mac and I think Lindsey Buckingham inspires me as a lyricist. Lana Del Rey and Marina and the Diamonds are my OG’s, I love those ladies.

 

Q: Are there any artists that are out now that you’d want to collaborate with?

A: There are so many artists I would love to collaborate with. I love Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, SOHN, Vince Staples. I think it would be cool to work with Lorde, as well!

 

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Q: You released your debut song “Promises” in January. Can you briefly explain your thought process while creating this song?

A: Promises’ was originally created as a writing assignment for one of my classes. We had to link up with another writer in the class and do a co-write. I had never written a song with anyone before so it was a new experience for me.

I wrote the song with my friend Lilianna and in the end we liked it so much we were like “we should release this”. We wanted to switch the narrative with this song.

Usually in “one night stand” situations, people associate women to always wanting something more for some reason. I wanted to be the one in control of the situation. I wanted to feel empowered.

 

Q: Were you nervous about how it would be received? What advice would you give someone who wants to be an artist but is afraid of how they’ll be perceived?

A: I was SO NERVOUS! I had never released a song before on larger platforms before. I was a Soundcloud artist, the majority of what I was releasing was covers, so I didn’t know if people would like my original music and sound.

I’m a very anxious person so I was worried that it wasn’t good enough, that everything had to be perfect. I think every artist has these fears, because you’re putting out a part of yourself and giving it to the world to analyze.

My advice would just be to make sure you are putting out something you are proud of, and the rest shouldn’t matter. If it doesn’t mean something to you, it’s not worth it.

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Q: Later in the year you released your debut ep Perception. To me, it feels like creating this project was somewhat therapeutic for you, am I right? How did you decide what you wanted to talk about?

A: My EP Perception means so much to me, and I feel like that is maybe weird to admit, but I really needed it, and I hope that others can relate to it.

I had been writing songs that fit a concept that didn’t feel right at the time. I was in a rush to get something out immediately after ‘Promises’, and it took me some time to realize that I couldn’t rush myself.

I wanted to tell a story that felt real. I’ve always had a toxic relationship with myself and I had to admit that and pour out my feelings, because I felt like that was the only way I was ever going to accept myself and grow. I had already written ‘I’m Still Standing’ and I knew I wanted to end on a note of strength and self acceptance, and once I wrote ‘Perception’ it all came together.

 

Q: This may be a hard question, but from the project, which is your favorite song and why?

A: Perception’ is definitely my personal favorite song. Don’t get me wrong I love them all, but the day I wrote the lyrics to ‘Perception’, I knew it was my favorite.

I didn’t really have to think with this song, the melody and the lyrics just came naturally. I think it’s my favorite because it’s my truth. It’s me being honest with myself, and I hope people listen to the words and know that they aren’t alone in what they are feeling, because I know I always felt like I was.

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Q: Do you think who you are as a person and who you are as an artist are similar/polar opposites?

A: Astrum is a persona. I don’t consider us polar opposites, but there are definitely aspects of me as an artist, that differ from me as a person. As an artist, I am a more dramatized version of myself.

Everything I write is personal and has truth to it. The emotion is real, but the experience doesn’t always have to be, which is something that will make more sense with future releases.

 

Q: There are a lot of aspiring artists who want to put their content out into the world but are afraid of how they’ll be received — did you have the same fears? If so, how did you surpass them. Also, what advice could you give those people?

A: It’s scary putting yourself out there and not knowing how you’re going to be received, but I’ve been making music for so long that the fear of not doing what I loved overruled the fear of what others were going to think of me. Just create art that you are passionate about and put aside everything else.

 

Q: Was there ever a time you thought (or felt like) this career path may not work out? What made you decide to take the risk of being an entertainer?

A: It’s something I questioned a lot, and on bad days I have doubts, but I think it’s normal to doubt yourself sometimes. It’s a hard industry to break into when you are an independent artist, but it’s all I’ve ever wanted to do so in the end it’s worth every doubt, struggle, and risk.

 

Q: Is there anything you want to tell your supporters?

A: Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me and listened, streamed, or bought any of my music. I hope you know that you are loved and you are not alone. Your support means so much to me and I truly thank you for believing in me and following me on this journey!

 

Q: Last but not least, should we be prepared for something in 2018?

A: Definitely! I can’t wait to share what’s next.


 

Stay updated on Astrum by following her on: Instagram, SoundCloud, Twitter

To listen to her debut ep Perceptions click here.

Meet Alternative Pop/R&B Band: The True Blue. “People are drawn to genuine feeling.”

Meet The True Blue, an alternative r&b/pop based in Detroit, Michigan. For whatever reason, out of all the music I listen to, there are only 3-4 groups that I actually listen to – The True Blue, being one of them. The first time I heard their music, they had just released a song called “pLAyed out” and within hours of listening to it repeatedly, I knew the song word for word.

Through consistency, hard work, and undeniable talent, this band has gained a cult fan base who not only love the music, but the band itself. In this interview I got a chance to learn about their beginnings, how they deal with live performances, and more!

 

Enjoy.


 

Q: For the readers who are being introduced to you through this interview, can you briefly explain who The True Blue is.

A: The True Blue consists of Jake Burkey, Koda Hult, Ben Wilkins, & me (Christian Koo.) We’ve been friends for a long time & simply wanted to make music that helped us express all the most impactful experiences in our personal lives, & hopefully make connections with other people along the way.

Ben came up with the name, when we were on the road in an old project. “Blue” being used to describe nighttime or sadness, which we found fitting for a lot of the subject matter in our content. It’s not about dwelling on that sadness, it’s about expressing & moving forward with your life.

 

 

Q: When you first decided to become musicians, did you have the support of your family/friends? What kind of advice could you give someone who may not have any support?

A: All of our families have been fully supportive with our decisions to pursue music as a career, whether or not they’re musicians themselves. We can say the same for our friends for the most part. But even if we didn’t, that would never stop us from being who we are & creating what we want to create.

For anyone who might not have that support, just know that it’s a luxury. It doesn’t define who you want to be or what you want to do.

 

 

Q: Is music something that you were always attracted to? Are there any artists that made you think “wow, I want to do this too?”

A: Always. And of course there are plenty, too many to name honestly. Inspiration comes in new forms & people every single day.

 

 

Q: I know some current artists you (Christian) are influenced by are SZA, Frank Ocean, and John Mayer. What qualities about each of them do you admire?

A: Their music exudes genuine expression. I don’t feel that they are making music so it can be popular. They make music because it’s given them an outlet to say what they want to say & make real connections with an audience who’s going through similar situations.  
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Q: This group was originally an alternative pop/rock group. What made you switch genres?

A: As we got older, we grew tired of what we were writing & playing. The fondness for the kind of music we play now is in no way a new development. We’ve grown up listening to so much pop, pop rock, R&B, & hip-hop over the years that it got to the point where we asked ourselves, “Why aren’t we making the music we’d want to listen to?” Then, The True Blue started.

 

Q: One thing I’ve noticed about this group is how consistent you are. Do you feel it is necessary for artists to be consistent in order to attain success, especially today in age?

A: Yes & no. I think sometimes artists get caught up in the oversaturation of artists & content out there, which is a fair concern. However, sometimes I think quality is overlooked because people fear if they don’t deliver, they’ll be instantly forgotten.

It’s become a bit of a toxic relationship between artist & audience where content is relentlessly demanded. Artists may rush their projects & deliver a product that’s subpar but available because of the fear of being irrelevant. That being said, we feel it important to be consistent as a small artist but certainly not at the cost of quality or a clear vision.

 

Q: Besides being consistent, you guys also produce quality music. How do you find inspiration for your songs? What is the usual process of creating a song?

A: Personal experiences. Find the feeling, what’s causing it & explore that. I try my best to find what that feeling or experience sounds like, or what color it is. I guess it’s a fairly abstract process to make something tangible, in this case a piece of music.

Album

 

Q: In June you released your debut album Other Summer was released. Can you briefly explain the theme of this album for those who have not heard it?

A: We were unsure of where that summer would take us, not only as a band but also in our own lives & relationships. The True Blue has been such an explorative, creative experience for us & we knew that summer would simply feel different than the rest. It would be distinct from previous summers, unique in itself, the “other.” The emphasis on “summer” being that it’s a season typically used to refer back to as far as your growth in life.

 

Q: In an interview with STHeart you (Christian) mentioned that one of the most personal songs for you on the album is “At All.” In September, that song reached 100,000 streams on Spotify. How does it make you feel to know this many people appreciate your music? Were you nervous about how it would be received when you first released it?

A: Incredible. It’s an insane feeling. Talking to people about that song & how they can relate to that rock bottom feeling is incredibly humbling. We’ve all been there & it’s nice to know you can share that weight with anybody when you feel that alone. I was excited to get “At All” out there but yes, very nervous because lyrically, that’s the most vulnerable I’ve ever been. It was all necessary, though.

 

Q: Do any of you have a favorite song off the album to perform live?

A: For Koda & me, it’s “Life After June”. // Ironic” for Ben & Jake.

 

Q: Do you remember the first time you guys performed live? Were any of you nervous? Any tips for aspiring artists when it comes to live performances?

A: I think we all remember it vividly. Our first performance as The True Blue was a very emotionally filled day. My grandfather actually passed away that morning. I knew it would happen any day but even when you’re half expecting it, it’s always a shock. We dedicated the set to him & we just got up there & played our hearts out. We didn’t perform on stage for almost two years until then, so it was nerve racking but overwhelmingly exciting & cleansing for us.

Something I can tell aspiring artists that has helped me appreciate the live experience is to do it for you. Don’t worry about crowd approval or whether or not they like you up there. People are drawn to genuine feeling. They want to see you up there doing you, not catering to them. At least, that’s what my favorite artists do for me. You will feel that much more comfortable & yourself on stage if you’re doing your best to take it all in.

 

Q: Is there any event that y’all have not performed yet that you want to? (Ex. Coachella, Afropunk, etc.)

A: All of them. Any festival that’ll have us, we just want to be a part of it. We’d really love to play Mo Pop in Detroit this year.

 

Q: Last but not least, is there anything you want to tell your supporters?
A: Thank you. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you. It sounds cliche, but you have no idea the kind of impact you’ve made on us just from listening or coming to a show. The connections we’ve made with some of you have allowed us to reflect on our own lives & learn so much about ourselves, life & moving forward. The love we have for those who support us is immeasurable, so thank you.


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To listen to their album Other Summer click here.