When I decided to create Arcane, I hoped that it would gradually become a website that music lovers trusted to provide quality music from quality artists all over the world. In just these few months, I have been given the chance to interact with some of the most talented upcoming musicians from all over the world whether it be in here in America, Europe, or even Asia.
As I’ve mentioned before, Arcane is only as valuable as its readers make it, and because of you all, this will succeed. I take great pride knowing that our readers have occasionally stopped on the site when there are no new posts (at least, that’s what statistics show) and support the artists I have brought onto the site – whether it be through listening to their music, or sharing links to interviews, etc.
Another thing I take great pride in is, well – the success of the artists I’ve brought onto the site. Not only does it boost my ego to know that the artists I show on Arcane are actually as good as I think they are, I’m especially happy to see their growth as time goes on. In most cases, the artists I interview are in the beginning stages of their career and it has been a blessing to see them blossom into the artists they’ve worked tirelessly to become – an example would be R&B songstress Phé.
Some of you may remember Phé, but if you need a quick reminder, she is a singer/songwriter originally from Vancouver, Canada. At the time I spoke to her, she had just gotten settled in living in LA, California after graduating from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. After the success of her two singles “Incredible” and “About Us” she admitted to hitting a creative block but stressed that she was still creating and looking into releasing more music within the year.
In a span of four months, I’m happy to say that Phé has made her return.
With the release of “Feel You” which she describes as an 80s pop-influenced R&B song, it’s almost an immediate reassurance that Phé has pulled herself out of whatever roadblock she was in. Staying true to her R&B love-ballad style of writing, it’s safe to say that she’s one of those artists who has the ability to pull at the heartstrings whether you want her to or not.
Listening to this song will make you feel like you are hearing the words of someone’s diary. Through her sultry vocals, it’s inevitable that you recognize the longing, specifically of a lost love in her voice. The song itself represents what most people who end relationships go through, coping, heartbreak, and even denial in some cases. Phé has mastered the ability to compose songs that touch the soul and make you feel like you are in every situation she has sung about thus far.
I briefly got the chance to catch up with Phé right before the release of this song and talk to her about “Feel You”, what she’s been up to since our last interview, and much more.
Q: Before we dive straight into the music it’s only right to ask, how are you? You’ve been taking care of yourself?
A: I’ve been doing well! Just trying to stay healthy and grounded — sometimes easier said than done of course.
Q: What’s been going on since we last spoke? I know you did a little bit of touring, what was that experience like?
A: It’s been a busy couple months! I was on tour with Ella Vos for a little while, singing background vocals back in March, and then I got asked to come back on the road and open for 2 of her West Coast shows, which was really fun! That was actually my first time playing for an audience that was made of up all strangers, which was a super surreal experience. I’m trying to be patient, but honestly I’m just really excited to start touring and playing my music for people.
Besides that I’ve been doing a lot of writing with other artists and songwriters for a bunch of different projects, working on finishing up my EP, prepping for this release of “Feel You” (I can’t believe it’s finally out!), and have also been trying to spend more time writing for myself again.
Q: Now, “Feel You” – I gotta ask, is this something you’ve written out of a personal experience? And for those who have yet to hear it, can you briefly explain what the song is about?
A: Feel You is based on true experience, and was actually a huge part of my healing process at the time. I wrote the first version of the song about 3 years ago, after going through a really hard break up, during a period where I really wanted to be able to heal and move on, but everything around me kept reminding me of this person and the relationship we had. I was really struggling to admit that I wasn’t doing well, because I wanted to believe that I was better off or that he didn’t have the power to hurt me, but by treating myself like that and judging how I was feeling, I only made things worse.
So the song talks about the process of accepting where I was emotionally, recognizing the spaces in my life where this person still seemed to exist, and then trying to disassociate or separate him from those spaces. Beyond that, the song is about just trying to understand the parts of me that wanted to be able to experience and feel that same kind of love again, while also fearing the possibility of allowing myself to get hurt all over by opening myself up.
Q: How long did it take you to create the song? When did you know that it was “finished”?
A: This song itself was super easy to write, because it was just how I was feeling at the time. But it took a long time till get to a place where the recording and production felt right. I think there will always be a part of me that wants to keep working on every song I write. And as I enter new phases in my life, my understanding of each song changes, and so with that I always want to bring in new elements or change things. But it gets to a point where you just can’t give anymore of yourself to a piece, and I think that’s when you need to let go and put it out into the Universe and let it be.
Q: It’s been about two full years since your first release, do you think you’ve evolved as an artist with each release?
A: I definitely think I’ve evolved as an artist since my first release two years ago. I was in a very different space back then, and so much has happened both in my personal life and my musical life since then that it would be impossible for me not to have evolved as an artist and as a person.
I think now I have a much stronger foundation and a deeper understanding of what I do and don’t want for myself, and what is important to me, which has really helped me to navigate my way and stay focused. But I know there is still so much growth and learning to do, and I can’t wait to see where I’ll be two years from now!
Q: I know you’re working on your debut project, is there a title for it yet? Are you looking at releasing it this year?
A: The title of my debut EP is CRISIS, which is also the title track on the project. This project has been with me for a really long time, and has kept going through changes, but it’s really close to being finished, and so the plan is to release it later this year. I’m really really excited to get this project out into the world!
Q: Will the singles you’ve previously released be featured on the project as well or are you starting from scratch? Also, should we expect any collaborations?
A: All the singles will be on the project — along with two more songs and a couple interludes. Unfortunately there aren’t any collaborations this time around, but I definitely want to explore that for the next project!
Q: Overall, how has your year been, is there anything you’re looking forward to throughout the year?
A: Overall this year has been pretty crazy honestly! I’ve gone through, and am still going through a lot of big transitions, so there hasn’t been a ton of stability. But I’m learning so much and know that it’s all a part of the process. I’m really just excited to finish off this project and to keep writing new music and pushing myself as an artist. I think this year is going to be a pivotal moment in my career, I’m not sure how exactly, but I feel like all of this shifting and transitioning is leading to something big, so I’m just trying to brace myself and keep working on my craft, so I’m ready when that moment does come.
Q: Before we end, would you like to say anything to your supporters?
A: THANK YOU! A million times thank you! While these songs may start out for me, they are also for all of you, and I’m so happy that there are people out there that are connecting with my music and finding solace within them. I’m blown away every day just by the kindness, love, and support I am receiving, and it means the absolute world to me. So thank you for coming on this journey with me, I love you all. Xo
Make sure to listen to “Feel You” on SoundCloud and/or Spotify.
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