Arcane Meets: Swedish-Iranian R&B Vocalist, Ayelle. “I love how music can help people process their feelings.”

In this editon of “Arcane Meets” we are introduced to the Iranian-Swedish R&B Vocalist, Ayelle. Most known for her soft vocals and melodic cadences, Ayelle has been the artist to watch for the last five years. The electronic-r&b artist, who is currently based in the UK, made time to talk to Arcane about her introduction to music, the hardships she has faced since being thrust into stardom and much more!

Enjoy the interview.

Ayelle 01.png“I’ve always been able to adapt quickly and pick myself back up…”


Before we begin, would you like to introduce yourself?

A: Sure! I’m Ayelle, I’m 24 years old and I make electronic r&b/pop. I’m half Swedish/Iranian and I grew up in Sweden and Spain but now live in the UK.


I personally know you to be an R&B artist, but with the amount of music you’ve released since debuting in 2015, some may consider you an Electronic-R&B, and some don’t even label you. I’m curious to know what genre you consider your general sound to be? (if you even affiliate with one)

A: Yep, I would also call it electronic r&b/pop haha. Genres are getting so ambiguous these days though so you can never be sure of what you’re actually making, people will always have  a different idea of what it is to them. I just like to experiment with my voice and quirky sounds.


Growing up in London, I’m curious to know what type of music influenced you. Who were some of the artists you gravitated towards in your youth? Are there any in particular you can pinpoint that influence your personal sound? 

A: I’m a 90s baby so I grew up listening to Britney,  Shakira and Beyonce haha. Beyonce was definitely a huge early influence on me as well as this Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston CD that my mom and I would sing along to religiously. Since my dad’s Iranian there was also a lot of persian music in the house growing up which I feel had more of a subconscious influence on my singing techniques and oriental influences.


Ayelle, Machine.

As I mentioned earlier, you debuted in 2015, but it wasn’t until 2016 that audiences discovered Ayelle, the artist with your debut project Machine. Can you remember some of the emotions, thoughts, etc. that you felt while creating the project?

A: It was both a very overwhelming and somewhat underwhelming process for me. Overwhelming in the sense that I didn’t have a specific producer I was working with so all of the songs were randomly pieced together with demos and different producers and I worked really hard at still trying to create something cohesive.

I definitely had very unrealistic expectations at that time since it was early days for me, so the release felt underwhelming when those expectations weren’t met. But I’ve always been able to adapt quickly and pick myself back up so that’s what I did and just carried on. I’m still proud of that early project though and I learnt so many valuable lessons from that.


Because this was your first project, did you have any goals that you wanted to meet?

A: The goals I had set for the project were different from what I actually got out of it, which I think were some very important lessons about how the industry works.  It equipped me with knowledge that I wouldn’t otherwise have been able to attain. I also got my first big blog premiere and playlist placement on Spotify which was definitely a good step in the right direction.


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“The whole reason I started making music in the first place was to be able to process my own feelings…”


Your lead single “Machine” quickly gained success surpassing over 30,000 plays (on SoundCloud alone); with this being your first project, did you hope for a response like this; and was it somewhat gratifying to know that this many people enjoyed your music?

A: As I mentioned before,  I had very unrealistic expectations about the project and although it made me super happy that people were listening to and enjoying the music, I didn’t realise just how much work there was still to be done, that it was only the beginning.


Looking back on the time between Machine’s release and right now, what part of being an artist has been the most gratifying (thus far)?

A: Being able to support myself off music is honestly such a huge blessing. It allows me to focus on making the best art I can possibly make and to navigate this industry with a healthy mindset and lifestyle, something which was very hard to do whilst I was still working a dayjob. Of course the core of why I do this and the most gratifying experience of all is when people reach out and let you know how a song has touched them or helped them through something. I love how music can help people process their feelings.

The whole reason I started making music in the first place was to be able to process my own feelings, so the fact that the songs can do that for others too feels incredible.


Within a month of release your debut project, you had already begun releasing singles and collaborations; songs like “Reclaim” and “Take Your Time” (prod. Osmo) quickly gaining popularity. With every song that you’ve released, has it ever gotten to a point where it’s hard to remain creative (influenced)? If so, how do you normally get through those times?

A: I’ve been blessed with a constant flow of inspiration in my life so I’ve luckily never had writers block. I don’t think my way to my songs, I kind of let them write themselves. I call it “subconscious writing” because often I don’t know what I’m writing about when I start a new song and as I explore my feelings further the meaning of the song unfolds.


By 2017, you had released a ton of collaborations with producers and solo work, but if I’m correct you also released your first song with a featuring artist: “Rush”, featuring Nakala. How did this collaboration come about?

A: I had heard Nakala’s song ‘Paris’ and fell in love with it so I reached out. She works out of a studio in Portsmouth with a producer called Brad Baker so I started going there a lot and working with them, we all get on really well and love working together 🙂


Even in 2019, Nakala remains the only singer-songwriter you’ve brought into your world of music. Are there any other musicians you think would mesh with your sound?

A: Yes, this year I’ve got upcoming collaborations with Akacia, Naji and Mothica and hopefully lots more to come!


“I think who I am as an artist is ever evolving…”


As of 2019, you’ve released two projects, two joint projects, countless singles and features. I’m curious to know what some of your goals for the year are?

A: I’m releasing a single every month and putting together some visuals and just focusing on creating consistent high quality music and content.


You recently released two singles “NBDY” and “Obvious” could we potentially hear these songs on a project later in the year?; and for those who have yet to hear, can you briefly explain what both songs are about?

A:  They won’t be going on a project as they’re part of the 12 singles I’m releasing this year. Next year however I do have a 10 track EP on the horizon!

The recent singles are quite different as one is about more recent events in my life and the other one draws inspiration from events that happened quite long ago now but that still hurt nonetheless. Obvious is about being in a long distance relationship and wanting to make sure you both remember how much you love each other. NBDY is about domestic abuse and the patterns of both mental and physical abuse which break down your sense of self worth.


With every song you create, do you come closer to knowing who you want to be as an artist, and knowing how you would like your music to affect people?

A: I think who I am as an artist is ever evolving, every time I think I’ve come close I start changing again haha. All i know is that I wanna make music that speaks to people on various levels and is able to help people process their emotions and grow.


As I mentioned, 2019 marks four years under your belt, do you think you’ve grown (creatively, musically). Are there any words of wisdom you can give up and coming musicians?

A: Yeah absolutely. It can’t be compared haha. My advice would be to educate yourself about all aspects of the industry, through asking questions and always being an active part of your artist project even when you have a team around you. It’s invaluable to understanding the choices you’re making and the consequences.


Lastly, is there something you would like to tell your supporters?

A: remember to self care ❤

If you enjoyed this interview and would like to learn more about Ayelle, be sure to follow her on her social media platforms, Instagram and Twitter. For those interested in hearing more music from Ayelle, including songs mentioned in the interview, make sure to support her on SoundCloud, Spotify, and all streaming platforms available!

Meet South Korean R&B Artist: jeebanoff. “If people in the US are open-minded when listening to Korean songs, anyone can find Korean artists who match well with their personal taste.” (Eng. Ver)

If you’ve been checking on Arcane, then you are already aware that this week has been dedicated towards artists coming out of Asia — specifically, South Korea. As I mentioned in the letter I released on Monday, I’ve been a fan of music coming out of the country for almost a decade so having the opportunity to speak to artist from there has been a blessing.

Today’s interview will be with South Korean R&B singer jeebanoff. His original interview was posted on Monday but in order for international readers (in this case, us) to learn more about him, he offered to release an English version as well.

Hopefully after reading this interview you will check out his music and even take his advice when it comes to discovering music coming out of Korea!

Read below for full interview:

Click here for original interview.


Q: Hello, is this your first time having an American interview? Are you excited?

A: Yes; this is my first interview with American media. I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of questions you have about jeebanoff as an artist.



Q: Would like to introduce yourself?

A: I am jeebanoff, a singer-songwriter based in South Korea. Since my debut, I have continuously made songs based off of genres within the electronic music scene. I enjoy putting R&B and soul vocals on tracks from various genres so I’ve been sharing that blend of R&B vocals and various styles with my audience.




Q: I know you debuted around 2 years ago. How long have you been interested in music?

A: I really started listening and being interested in music around my first year of high school. I spent a lot of my time digging through a bunch of different genres to find a sound that I like – it took a long time but ultimately I ended up focusing on and studying R&B and soul.




Q: Did you always want to be a musician?

A: Well, at least once I began doing music, I never thought about doing any other job.



Q: Did your family support your decision to make music? Or did you have to persuade them?

A: I spent about three years persuading them. But ever since they allowed me start doing music in my first year of high school,  it has been nothing but support – they’ve believed in me ever since.


JeebanoffQ: What advice would you give someone without a support system?

A: When I started out, I had nothing, and like anyone else, I had to go to distributors but ended up getting rejected by the larger companies every time. One distributor told me that in order to draw the attention of distribution companies, typically artists have to start out with a single and follow it up with regular releases to show some kind of momentum. But I wasn’t feeling it.

In today’s market where you need exposure in order to get your music heard, I felt like singles released that way would end up becoming just another song in an overwhelming deluge of releases. I decided to just make a project that showed my true colors – whether I got a lot of exposure or not.  I wanted to make a project that didn’t necessarily get a lot of attention from the start with a large-scale promotion, but instead one that spread through word-of-mouth like a favorite hole-in-the-wall diner.

So, promotion was not given at all – I just created a regular EP. As I expected, I didn’t get any attention in the first month. But after a few months I often found myself waking up to news that my album was featured in some of my favorite media outlets. They usually would describe it as a well-developed album by an independent with rich content.

I’m saying this because there may be someone reading this who is just starting out and thinks that if you want to make money off of a song and become successful that you absolutely need a well-established support system. But I’m starting to wonder if we really need that kind of support system if we simply enjoy music and want to create our own art. I think that as long as you do a good job telling a story within your work in a way that makes sense, people will be willing to listen to it.



Q: How has this experience (starting your career – now) been so far?

A: I’m not exactly sure how to answer this question. But if you’re asking whether things have worked out the way I hoped, I guess I can say that they have. I’ve released an album, got a better reaction that I had expected, received an award, and I’ve personally felt that more and more people listen to my content with each album.



Q: Since your debut, you have been extremely consistent. Have you always had this kind of work ethic?

A:  I do think it will change eventually. People going through changes is normal. But for now I just want to work on the kind of music that I want to make and write the kind of lyrics that I want to write. Of course there will come a time when I might make music that is more commercially accepted and enjoyed by a larger audience. For the time being, I want to keep sharing what I want to share. Even if I do get more fans in the future, I want them to become my fans through the music that I enjoy and not necessarily through commercialized music.



Q: Because you are so consistent, is it hard to stay creative (inspired)?

A: Hmm… I don’t think it has much to do with consistency. Solely, because the values of music are what they are, the inspiration for creativity is comes in its own separate situation.



Q: I know that you are part of the music collective House on Mars. Since every artist in this collective is extremely talented –  do you guys tend to feed off off each other’s creativity?

A: House on Mars is a group of artists that I brought together. I only included artists that I liked and those that have the best chemistry musically. Although we all listen to similar music and we’re able to empathize with each other, all the music we produce individually is different in it’s own special way. I think that’s the most attractive thing we have going for us. I always wonder how we could listen to the same thing and come up with so many different ideas. They are great friends of mine who help open up different perspectives for me.




Q: How do you usually find inspiration for the songs you make?

A: I usually get inspiration from my experiences, especially those that happen while I’m making the album. It can be love, my life, friends, or another person’s story that I found interesting.




Q: Out of all the songs you’ve released: what was the hardest to write? Easiest?

A: The hardest one would probably be “Soft”. A lot went in to that song. From the tempo, to the key, chords, transition points and overall mood it was hard to explain everything that I had in my head to the producer LNNN. I would spend nights going over the rhythm with my mouth to get the idea of what kind of sound sources and rhythm I wanted for the song.

I think the easiest one was “Then We”. I remember the lyrics took 10 minutes to write and the beat was already made, so it was one of the faster projects out of my favorite songs. I remember it was pretty much the only up-tempo and exciting song on the album. Although, of course, the lyrics aren’t necessarily depicting a good situation.



Q: The first song I heard from you was “Polaroid” in 2016 off your debut project So Fed Up. As of 2018, the project has accumulated over 230,000 plays in total. Are you surprised by all the feedback?

A: Well, it’s hard to understand just how much 230,000 really is, but I really appreciate the feedback for the So Fed Up EP. I’m so proud and forever thankful.



Q: From the very beginning of your career, you seemed to be open to features. How do you decide who to work with?

A: It’s not really so much a decision of whether or not to work with someone. I pretty much decide to do a project if the music is good. Sometimes people ask me for a featuring fee before they even play music. I hardly ever work with them. I guess it’s just if the music fits with me.



Q: I know one artist you like is Jay Park. If you got the chance to work with him, would you?

A: Yes, I would. It feels like he’s making all of his dreams come true. I’ve never had a chance to talk to him, but if I did, I’d really like to work with him.



Q: I’ve been listening to K-Pop for about 10 years. Right now, in America – I can definitely say there is a new wave of interest in the genre. (thanks BTS).  Are there any musicians you would like to see get more recognition in the western world?

A: There are many respected artists in Korea. The most disappointing part is the language barrier. I think that just as Koreans listen to American pop, if people in the US are open-minded when listening to Korean songs, anyone can find Korean artists who match well with their personal taste.




Q: Would you ever travel here to promote your music in the future?

A: I would be honored. It is a country I have never been to before, and I wonder what kind of music Americans actually enjoy listening to, singing and making. When I get the chance to share my music with people there, I am curious to see what their reaction is.



Q: Before I forget; Congratulations on winning Best R&B & Soul Song at the Korean Music Awards! Did you expect that win?

A: Thank you. And no, I never imagined it, so my acceptance speech probably sounded really dumb. After that I decided that if I ever get another chance, I’m going to have to be really prepared.



Q: What are some of your hopes for 2018?

A: I think the only goal would be to complete my studio album. I certainly hope I can do it.



Q: Last, but not least. Is there anything you want to say to your supporters?

A: I think I’ll be able to continue to share music that I like with you as I’ve been doing. I really appreciate that you all show interest in whatever kind of music I bring to the table.


Make sure to follow jeebanoff on social media: SoundCloud, Instagram

To listen to his latest project Karma, click here.


Meet South Korean R&B Artist: jeebanoff. (Kor. Ver)

오늘의 인터뷰에서 저는 R&B 아티스트인 jeebanoff와 이야기를 나눌 기회를 얻었습니다.

그는 바쁜 중에도 음악 산업에서의 그의 개인적인 경험과 어떤 것이 그에게 동기부여해주는지, 창의력을 잃지 않게 하는지.. 그 외에도 많은 것들에 대해 이야기해주었습니다.

즐겁게 읽으세요❤

*English Ver. will be released on 3/21*


Q: 안녕하세요, 이번이 미국 매체와의 첫 인터뷰입니까? 기대되나요?

A: 네, 미국 매체와는 처음으로 이루어지는 인터뷰라 지바노프라는 아티스트에게 어떤 부분이 궁금하실지 기대되네요.



Q: 자신을 소개 하시겠습니까?

A: 저는 South Korea를 베이스로 두고 음악을 하고 있는 싱어송라이터 지바노프(jeebanoff) 라고 합니다.

데뷔 후 쭉 전자음악 씬의 장르들에서 음악을 만들었고, 알앤비,소울 보컬을 다양한 장르에 올려놓고 어우러지게 하는 걸 좋아하고 재밌어해서 여러 장르와 어우러진 알앤비 보컬을 리스너들에게 들려드리고 있습니다.



Q: 2 년 전쯤 데뷔 한 걸 알고 있습니다. 당신은 얼마나 오래 음악에 관심을 갖고 있었습니까?

A:음악을 시작한건 고등학교 1학년 때 부터였고, 그땐 여러 장르의 음악을 많이 디깅하며 내가 좋아하는 음악이 뭔지 찾는 시간을 오래 가졌었고 그 후 알앤비 소울을 많이 공부하게 되었었죠.  



Q: 당신은 항상 뮤지션이 되고 싶어 했나요?

A:적어도 음악을 시작한 이후부턴 쭉 그랬던거 같아요. 다른 직업을 생각한 적은 없어요.



Q: 당신의 가족이 음악을 만들기로 한 결정을 응원했습니까? 아니면 당신은 그들을 설득해야만 했습니까?

A:약 3년의 설득 과정이 있었고 그 후 음악을 하도록 허락해주신 고 1때부턴 지금까지 쭉 믿어주고 계시죠.


지바노프 (1)


Q: 당신은 지원 시스템이없는 사람에게 어떤 조언을 해주겠습니까?

A: 저도 시작할 때 정말 아무것도 없는 상황에서, 누구든지 그렇듯 유통사를 찾아 다녀야 했고 큰 유통사는 매번 거절당했죠.

그러다 한 유통사에서 보통 싱글로 시작하면서 꾸준히 내고 어떤 움직임을 보여줘야 음원사나 유통사에서 관심을 갖는다는 말을 들었었는데

딱히 저한텐 와 닿지 않는 방법이었어요. 노출되어야만 노래를 듣는 음악시장에서는 그렇게 되면 그냥 지나가는 싱글 중 하나가 될 거 같아서

노출이 안 되더라도 그냥 내 색을 확실히 보여주는 앨범을 하나 만들자. 큰 홍보로 시작해서 낸 순간부터 잘되는 앨범이 아닌, 입소문으로 알려지는

숨은 맛집 같은걸 하나 만들어 보고 싶었어요. 그래서 프로모션은 하나도 받지 않고 그냥 정규단위의 EP를 만들어서 냈고 예상대로 첫 달은 아무런

관심조차 받지 못했지만 몇 달이 지나자 하루하루 눈뜰 때마다 평소 좋아하던 큰 매체들에서 제 앨범을 다뤘다는 소식을 접하면서 잠에서 깼죠. 인디펜던트가 만든

꽉 찬 앨범이다라는 평과 함께. 이 얘기를 하는 이유는 지금 이 글을 읽는 누군가 중 신인인데 어떤 곡을 발매하고 그 곡으로 돈을 벌고 스타가 되고 싶은 분은

당연하게 어떤 지원시스템이 뒷받침 해줘야 한다고 생각하지만, 그게 아닌 단순히 음악이 좋고 작품을 하고 싶다면 지원시스템이라는게 꼭 필요할까라는 생각이 들어서

에요. 그냥 본인이 하고 싶은 얘기를 정말 조리 있게 앨범으로 잘 풀었다면 누구든 그 얘기를 듣고 싶어 할 거다 라는 생각이 들어서요.




Q: 지금까지 이 경험은 어떻게 진행되고 있나요?

A: 어떤 부분에 대한 질문인지 정확하진 않지만, 제가 생각하는 대로 이뤄지는지에 대한 질문이라면 현재까진 그렇다고 할 수 있겠네요.

제가 생각한대로의 앨범을 냈고 기대이상의 반응을 얻었고, 상을 받게 되었으며 매 앨범 더 많은 사람들이 제 앨범을 들어준다는걸 몸소

느끼고 있으니까요 .



Q: 데뷔 이래로 당신은 매우 일관되었습니다. 늘 이런 식의 노동관을 갖고 있었나요?

A:저도 언젠가는 바뀔 거라고 생각하긴 해요. 사람이 바뀌는 건 이상한 일은 아니니까. 헌데 지금까지는 아직 하고 싶은 음악만을 하고 싶고

쓰고 싶은 가사만 담고 싶어요. 물론 저도 언젠간 더 많은 사람들이 좋아해줄 수 있는 음악, 정확히는 상업적인 음악을 할 수도 있겠지만

당분간은 계속 제가 하고 싶은 것만을 들려드리고 싶네요. 팬이 더 생기더라도 그게 상업적인 음악을 들어서가 아닌 제가 좋아하는 음악으로

생긴 팬이 생기는걸 더 원하구요.



Q: 당신이 너무 일관적이기 때문에 창의적 (영감)을 유지하는 것이 어렵습니까?

A: 음 일관적인 것과는 큰 연관이 있는 부분은 아닌 것 같아요. 그냥 음악에 대한 가치관은 가치관 그대로이고 창의성과 관련된 영감은 별개의 상황에서

오곤 하니까요.


Q: 당신은 크루 “하우스 온 마스”의 일원입니다. 이 그룹의 모든 아티스트는 매우 재능이 있습니다. 당신들은 서로의 창의성에 직간접적인 영향을 받는 경향이 있습니까?

A: House on Mars 는 제가 좋아하는 아티스트만을 모았고 음악적 공감대가 가장 잘 맞는 사람들끼리 뭉친 단체에요. 서로 비슷한 음악을 들으며 공감대를 형성하지만

표출되는 개개인의 음악은 신기할 정도로 전부 다르죠. 그 점이 가장 매력있는거 같고 그럴 때마다 어떻게 이 사람은 나랑 같은걸 듣고 이런 생각을 할 수 있었을까 하며

저 역시 다른 시야를 열어주게 해주는 너무 좋은 친구들이죠.



Q: 당신은 당신이 만드는 노래에 대한 영감을 어떻게 찾습니까?

A:주로 경험, 그 중에서도 그 앨범을 만드는 도중에서의 생기는 일들에서 보통 영감을 얻곤 하죠. 그건 사랑일수도 자전적인 얘기일수도 있고, 친구들 혹은

흥미 있게 들었던 다른 사람의 이야기일수도 있구요.



Q: 당신이 발매한 모든 노래들 중에서 어떤 곡이 쓰기에 가장 힘들었습니까? 가장 쉬웠던 곡은 어떤 곡일까요?

A: Soft는 템포 키 코드 변박이 되는 포인트나 무드등 하나하나 제가 편곡자 LNNN에게 설명하여 만들어진 곡인데 머릿속에 있는걸 프로듀서에게 설명하는 건

정말 어려운 일이었어요. 그래서 입으로 비트박스를 해가며 이런 소스와 리듬이 나와야한다고 밤을 새가며 편곡 했던 곡이죠.

가장 쉬웠던 건 Then We 일거 같아요. 가사도 10분 내로 완곡까지 채웠던걸로 기억하고 편곡도 이미 나와 있던 상태였기에 정말 빠르게 만든 가장 맘에 드는 곡 중

하나에요. 그 곡을 만들 때 유독 너무 재밌고 신나서 심장 뛰면서 만들었던 기억이 있어요. 물론 가사는 안 좋은 얘기지만요




Q: 내가 들은 당신의 첫 번째 노래는 2016년 발매한 데뷔 EP So Fed의  “Polaroid“였습니다. 2018년 현재,,이 EP 는 230,000회의 누적 청취수를 보이고 있습니다. 당신은 모든 피드백에 놀랐습니까?

A: 글쎄요 그 수치가 어느 정도인지는 감이 안와서 모르겠지만, EP So Fed Up 에 대한 피드백들은 정말 감사하게도 하나같이 좋은 말들을 많이 해주셔서

너무 뿌듯하고 항상 감사하죠.



Q: 당신은 몇몇 예술가들과 함께 일해 왔다. 누구와 함께 일하고 싶은지 어떻게 결정하세요?

A: 어떻게 결정하고 말고는 없고 그냥 음악이 좋으면 해요. 가끔 음악들려주기전에 피쳐링 페이 먼저 물어보시는 분들도 있는데

그런 분 들이랑은 거의 작업을 안해요. 첫번째가 그냥 음악이 나와 맞는지 에요.



Q: 좋아하는 아티스트 중 한명이 Jay Park이라고 알고 있습니다. 만약 당신이 그와 함께 일할 기회가 있다면, 당신은 할 것입니까?

A: 네 좋아하죠. 자신의 모든 꿈을 이뤄가는 거 같거든요 대화를 해본적은 없지만. 기회가 주어진다면 전 꼭 한번 해보고 싶네요.



Q: 나는 약 10 년 동안 K-Pop을 들었습니다. 현재 미국은 장르에 새로운 관심이 있다고 분명히 말할 수 있습니다. (감사합니다 BTS). 당신이 보기에 서구 세계에서 더 많은 인지도를 올릴만한 뮤지션이 있습니까?

A:한국은 정말 존경스러운 아티스트가 많아요. 언어의 장벽이 있다는 게 가장 아쉬운 부분이지만 한국 사람들이 팝을 즐겨 듣듯 서구에서도

한국말의 노래를 더 마음을 열고 듣는 다면 누구든 자신에게 딱 맞는 한국 아티스트를 찾을 수 있을거같아요



Q: 혹시 미래에 음악을 프로모션하기 위해 이곳을 방문할 계획이 있습니까?

A:그렇다면 전 너무 영광이죠. 단 한 번도 가보지 않은 나라이고 미국의 사람들은 어떤 음악을 실제로 즐겨듣고 부르고 만드는지도 궁금하고

그곳에서 제 음악을 들려줬을 때 반응 역시도 너무 궁금하네요.




Q: 내가 까먹기 전에! 한국 뮤직 어워즈에서의 Best R & B & Soul Song 우승을 축하합니다! 당신은 수상할줄 알았나요?

A:고마워요. 일단 정말 조금도 상상하지 못 했고,

그래서 수상소감을 정말 바보처럼 하고 내려왔어요. 다시 한 번 기회가 주어진다면 정말 잘 준비해가야겠다 마음먹고 있습니다.



Q: 2018 년에 희망하는 것들은 어떤 것들이 있을까요?

A: 제 정규 앨범을 완성하는 게 유일한 목표일거같네요. 꼭 제가 그걸 해내길 바랍니다.



Q: 마지막이지만 중요한 것은 아닙니다. 당신의 팬들에게 하고 싶은 말이 있습니까?
A: 지금껏 그래왔듯 전 제가 하고 싶은 음악을 꾸준히 보여드릴거같아요. 어떤 음악을 들고 와도 관심 깊게 지켜봐주시면 정말 감사할거 같아요.


jeebanoff의 최신 프로젝트 인 Karma와 최신 싱글 인 “If You“를 꼭 들어보십시오.

그의 소셜 미디어는: Instagram, SoundCloud

New Music: London Based

For the past few years, London has gradually become a hub for new influencers – especially in music. With artists like Ms. Banks and Kojo Funds gaining success overseas, 2017 seems like a great year to cross over for our European influencers. I’ve compiled a list of artists who have grabbed my attention recently; some who’ve been featured before.


Via. Instagram


Mentioned for the second time on this site, meet the incredible South-East London sister-duo Blessed. Since launching their career in early 2017, the duo has been noticed by sources like Clash and Kalbut Magazine(s). Not only are the pair versatile, they are consistent which is surely an impressive quality for any artist to have. Having released their first two projects in a span of four months there’s no question on if  the duo will experience success and international fame, it’s a matter of when.

Similar Artists: Amelia Payne, Liana Banks

Make sure to listen to both of their projects: See Through All the Colours EPHowlin EP

To listen to their latest single “Howlin'” click here

Also, to stay updated follow them on: Instagram, Twitter, and SoundCloud


Lyves is by far one of my favorite voices coming out of London right now. Having dabbled in music for the last two years, it came as a pleasant surprise when her debut project Like Water was released in January 2017. The project has received praise from sources like HighClouds, Pigeons & Planes, and Pilerats — all of them noting how great of a debut this was. Lyves voice is nothing short of captivating, singing lyrics of heartbreak, fear, and emotions everyone can relate to.

Similar Artists: Abi Ocia, Cosima

To listen to her debut project Like Water click here.

To listen to her single Darkest Hour click here.

Abi Ocia (2)Abi Ocia

Abi is another captivating vocalist to come out of London in the last few years. She’s only released 3 songs (as of yet) but I am especially hopeful to see what the future has in store for her. Since her debut in 2016 she has accumulated over 120,000 plays on her music from SoundCloud alone. As a fan of both alternative and r&b music listening to Abi gives me the best of both words which can be seen, well — heard, in her songs Konfyt and Running.

Similar Artists: Jones, Trace, Bobi Andov, Lyves

To stay updated with Abi follow her on: Instagram, SoundCloud, Twitter



Have any of you ever been on YouTube and clicked on a video but instead of the video playing and ad pops up? That’s basically how I found this artist. Avelino, a Tottenham native has been described as “one of the UK’s most outspoken, upfront young talents“. He’s been active for around a decade but he gained popularity around 2014 with the release of his second mixtape Iconic Ambition. Since then he has released his debut ep, FYO, as well as his latest project No Bullshit (which I’ve mentioned previously) which is lead with the single U Can Stand Up/Royals.

Similar Artists: J Hus, Not3s, Abra Cadabra

To keep updated with Avelino: Instagram, Twitter, SoundCloud’

Make sure to listen to his latest single: 1 In A Million



I’ve known Taliwhoah for around two years and in that time she has been consistent in releasing quality music, each one better than the last. If you want to know more about Taliwhoah I would recommend you read the interview I did with her back in late 2016 (click here). — Taliwhoah is another one of those versatile artists who sound amazing no matter which genre.

If you are an avid PBR&B/Alternative R&B fan, I would recommend you listen to her debut project Melodies of Madness If you like funk/psychedelic music I would recommend you listen to her song FunkIf you enjoy R&B/Reggae I would recommend Alright (Genre: Baile Funk) as well as one of her latest songs Details.

—The point is, she has music that will cater to everyone while staying true to who she is as an artist.

When I interviewed her back in 2016 I asked her if she had any plans for 2017 and she alluded to something but wouldn’t give any details. It seems that what she alluded to was her being on radio shows all year including in studio performances on The Vibe Jam Sessions & Soulmate Selections, and releasing her second project New Wave Order Vol. 1 (just to name a few things)

To listen to her latest single Meds (Genre: Pop) click here.

To listen to her newest project click here.

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

2017 pt. II

Before I start, I just want to thank everyone who has visited the site since it’s launch earlier in the week. If you’ve read the first part of this 2017 series, you already know what to expect (if you are new to the site click here to read part one). Although I have yet to receive any negative feedback, it was pointed out to me that out of all the music I shared, only four of them were from guys (yes, it was a guy who pointed this out). Unfortunately, that may be a reoccurring problem since 90% of the music I listen to are females who have yet to be acknowledged by the industry BUT – fair is fair. . .

I’ve decided that I will in fact, give both sexes the same amount of attention on both this site and my real life and make sure everyone has something (or someone) they can gravitate to.

NOW! Before I start, I will note, it is Wednesday therefore the artists that are being posted are not (currently) based in the United States.

Category I : Favorite Debuts



Blessed (South-East London)

  • Genre: Pop
  • Similar Artists:
  • Notable Songs: Howlin’, My Yute, Pride
  • Debut Project: See Through the Colours (released August 17, 2017)
  • Latest Project: Howlin’ (released December 8, 2017)




  • Genre: R&B
  • Similar Artists: Ty Dolla $ign, Kalin White
  • Notable Songs: Twenty Ten


Category II: Favorite Projects


Millic (South Korea)

  • Title: VIDA
  • Released: July 10, 2017
  • Genre(s): K-Pop, Alternative, R&B
  • Standout Song(s): Paradise (Korean), You (feat. TA-KU)



Villette Dasha (Auckland, New Zealand)

  • Title: Drip Crimson
  • Released: December 15, 2017
  • Genre(s): R&B
  • Similar Projects: Sabrina ClaudioAbout Time, Janine – XXEP
  • Standout Song(s): Stronger


Category III – Favorite Singles



Avelino (North London)

Only Love

Wafia (Perth, Australia)

  • Song Title: Only Love
  • Released: December 14, 2017
  • Genre: Pop, R&B
  • Off the Project: VIII (to be released 1/18/18)