DaVionne. “. . . There is something about releasing your music, It’s like sharing a piece of your soul to the world. . . ”

In today’s interview, I had the pleasure of speaking with upcoming singer/songwriter Davionne. At only 18 years old, it’s not only enjoyable, but admirable to witness the amount of talent and growth she has showcased since her debut in 2015. It seems she can only go up from here and we (Arcane that is . . . ) will be here to support her along the way. I got the chance to speak with her about her journey from the beginning until now, her creative process, and much more.

Read Below for full interview:

 


Q: Before we begin, would you like to introduce yourself to the readers?

A: Yes! My name is DaVionne, and I’m an 18 year old creative from Augusta, Georgia. Thank you so much for this amazing opportunity, I hope you and the readers learn a bit more about me and my craft! 

 

Q: How would you describe your “sound” for those who have yet to hear your music?

A: I would describe my sound as extremely unique in every sense of the word! If I could describe it, I’d say I’m R&B mixed with some folk undertones. Although I don’t listen to folk, I do play the guitar and it heavily influences my music at times! I try to mesh Guitar and R&B/Hip-Hop to create a brand new sound.

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Q: You’re still very young, did you always have dreams to become an entertainer?

A: I’ve been singing for the majority of my life, but I didn’t get serious about music until late last year. Because I’m a senior in highschool, I’m constantly surrounded by talks of college and people mapping out their future. I didn’t know what I wanted to do and I didn’t want to go to college with no plan and waste money but more importantly, I didn’t want to waste time. Time is extremely precious, and you only have a set amount, so I just decided to spend my time doing something I’m good at and love!

 

 

Q: Is this a career choice your family supported or did it take a little persuasion to get them on board?

A: I have an extremely supportive family, they love music and they love me! I just want to make them proud and make their life a little easier.

 

 

Q: How has your journey (from debut until now) been thus far? (Exciting / Nerve-wracking)

A: From the beginning, I’ve always known that this music is my calling. But there is something about releasing your music, It’s like sharing a piece of your soul to the world, so that’s always nerve-wracking! But I have amazing supporters and I’ve grown tremendously! I look forward to a promising future as well!

 

 

Q: Your “journey” started a little over three years ago when you released the song “He’s Got Me”. Do you remember the feeling you got once you released it for the world to hear?

A: That song was a huge step for me at that level, because I had never release any official music before so I was super nervous! I remember checking my amount of streams every 20 minutes! I’ve grown a lot since then.

 

 

Q: Are there any words of encouragement you could give to artists who may want to start their career, but are afraid of how they’ll be received?

A: I’d say to go for it! As I mentioned earlier, time is an extremely important factor because we only have a limited amount! It would be terrible to be at the end of your life looking back, and seeing all the opportunities you missed because you were fearful. There’s this quote that I love and it says “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”. I’d also say that the music you make should be first for yourself, don’t ever let the opinions of others sway your confidence!

 

 

Q: After this, you continued releasing songs such as “Count On You”, “My Everything”, and “Hold Me Down” – what has helped you stay consistent throughout your career?

A: I believe my will to succeed plays a huge role in my consistency. Also, I believe the more you create, the better you get! My fanbase also keeps me motivated.

 

 

Q: With every song you’ve created thus far does it get a little hard to remain creative?

A: Nope! Of course I have my moments of creative drought, but for the most part, I get better with each song!

 

 

Q: Do you write all of your music yourself? Are there any songwriting tips you could lend out?

A: Yes! I write all of my music. I often imagine myself in different situations and think about how I would react or carry myself in that moment. I would say to anyone writing their own music that it’s okay to draw from other people’s experiences and create the perfect song. It’s also okay and normal to experience “Writer’s Block”. The last thing you want to do is force a song and end up with a song that is not your best. When you experience a creative drought, surround yourself with creativity and lots of inspiration!

 

 

Q: Your songs are generally about love / relationships – do you some (if not all) of your inspiration from personal experiences?

A: Most of my lyrics stem from personal experiences. I do, however, write about situations that I haven’t been through. I understand the importance of connecting with my audience, so sometimes I write about life situations in general.

 

 

Q: Are there any artists who give you inspiration / influence your music?

A: I don’t listen to the type of music that I sing, I listen to a lot of African music and Rap, both of which I don’t make. I try to stay true my voice and follow my own path when it comes to my sound! I take pride in originality and I think that plays a part in my music choice as well.

 

 

Q: Are there any artists you want to work with in the future?

A: Yes!! I have a whole list! But a few are: J.I.D, Jhene Aiko, Young Thug, and Ty Dolla $ign.

 

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Q: Your latest song “ILY” was released mid-February, can you briefly explain what the song is about? What is the inspiration behind the song?

A: Yes, this song was a complete freestyle, so it truly came from my heart. I was basically talking about my love for someone and how they should appreciate me. It was honestly sooo fun to record. It was produced by Lelynd Darkes, an amazing producer based in DC. When he sent it to me I KNEW we had a hit! It’s also my first song released on all major platforms so that exciting as well!

 

 

Q: Out of all the music you’ve released thus far, which 2-3 songs would you recommend someone to fully grasp who you are as an artist?

A: I’d recommend “Hold Me Down” and “ILY” because they expose two completely different sides of me and the way I make music !

 

 

Q: Should we expect to hear more music from you throughout the year?

A: Yes! I am set to release my first EP in April of this year! You can always check my soundcloud for cover and unofficial releases though!

 

Q: Is there anywhere you hope your music reaches / you get a fan-base by the end of 2018?

A: I would hope to get my music overseas. But honestly, before the year is over, I’d hope to be well known throughout the US!

 

 

Q: Is there anywhere you want to be able to travel and promote your music?

A: Yes! I’d love to visit the United Kingdom, Cali, and New York!

 

 

Q: What are some of your goals for 2018?

A: Before the end of the year, I hope to open for a major artist and see my EP’s success exceed my expectations!

 

 

Q: Lastly, is there anything you would like to say to your supporters?
A: I’d like to say thank you. I know it’s cliche, but It’s my supporters that are the fuel that keep me going! I promise to keep on growing and improving! And also thank you to you, for having me! Love and blessings!


To stay updated with Davionne be sure to follow her on: Instagram, SoundCloud, Twitter

Make sure to listen to her latest release “ILY” which can be found on Soundcloud, Spotify, and Apple Music.

Meet Upcoming R&B Songstress: Cassidy Shooster. “. . .If I stay true my art then it doesn’t matter what people think.”

In this interview, I had the privilege of speaking with upcoming songstress, Cassidy Shooster. At only 18 years old, this Coral Springs native has been described as “alluring” and “ethereal” since the release her debut song “Waste” back in October. Although she only has one song under her belt as of right now, the song was good enough to accumulate over 75,000 plays on Spotify, 14,000 plays on SoundCloud in 4 months, features on countless music sites, and even became Arcane’s Video of the Week. I got the chance to speak to her about her decision to become a musician, what it was like hearing “Waste” for the first time, and much more!

Read below for full interview:


Q: Before we begin, would you like to introduce yourself?

A: My name is Cassidy Shooster. I am 18 years of age and a senior in high school. I am from Coral Springs, FL and was born and raised here. I am a singer/songwriter and play piano and guitar.

 

 

Q: You’re relatively young – how long have you been interested in music, at least professionally?

A: I have been singing all my life, but I started writing seriously and making music professionally when I was 16, a junior in high school. I was writing since I was very little, but when I started to experience more ad had more to write about, that’s when it all became real for me.

 

7_16_3367-Edit_BWQ: Is it true that besides singing, you are also pretty good at piano and guitar? Is it safe to say that music is something your family supports?

A: I have been playing piano since I was 6 years old and I started playing guitar when I was around 14 years old – so I’m a little stronger in piano than guitar. I’m interested in mastering both instruments and being able to incorporate both in my live performances. I love them both equally, but sometimes I like playing one more than the other depending on how I’m feeling. Music is surrounded in my family; my family is filled with musicians and artists. They support everything that has to do with music.

 

 

Q: Since you are a new artist, I must ask – did you have any fears/concerns about putting yourself out there?

A: I don’t have many fears about showing my artistry, but, still being in high school, it’s hard to have people accept the choices you make with being an independent artist. Since the stereotype of a high school teenager is to go to college after high school, not many understand why I don’t want to go to college right away and work only on my music until I decide to go to college (one day).

No matter what, someone isn’t going to agree with you in something and that goes with anything – not just music, so I just have to prepare myself to stay true to and humble, no matter what.

 

 

Q: Is there any advice you could give those who may want to become artists – but are too afraid of what others may say/how others will react to their music?

A: I advise people who are too afraid to show their music to go see locals perform live. Seeing others do i helps you get over the fear of saying you can’t. Also, engraving in your mind the mission you have behind your music will help you get through the fear. If you know why you want to do it, then nothing should get in your way.

 

 

Q: I know that you are inspired by artists like Banks and James Blake – what is it about these artists that influence you?

A: I mean, many artists inspire me (just like anyone else would say). I love Banks because of the dark vibes she presents to her audience. She also inspires me when it comes to clothing . . .

James Blake has a similar vibe to Banks because of the “dark” underground electronic sound, but he is someone who’s gotten me through periods of my life, so his music is what inspired me to write my own.

These artists don’t necessarily inspire me with their vocals, but their production does.

Artists like Lianne La Havas, Allen Stone, Etta Bond, etc. inspire my vocals.

 

 

Q: If you had a chance to do music with either (or both) of them would you? What do you think that collaboration would sound like?

A: If I had a chance to collaborate with James Blake and Banks that would be incredible. I think it’s important that you create a human connection with someone before being able to just create music with them. I can’t necessarily answer what it would sound it like, all I know is it will sound however it’s meant to sound.

 

 

Q: Are there any new artists that you want to collaborate with?

A: Billie Eilish is really dope and young, which is cool. Like I said before, the human connection is going to be really important when it comes to collaborating so if I create that type of relationship with an artist than the music will come out more authentic. Someone who is becoming big from an album that just came out this year is SiR with his album “November”. I would love to collaborate with him in the future. Also, FKJ is one of my favorites and I would like to collaborate.

 

 

Q: Speaking of music, you released your debut single “Waste” at the end of the year. For those who have yet to hear it, can you briefly explain what the song is about?

A: The song is about a difficult breakup I had experienced. It’s not really a typical break up song because throughout the tune I am contradicting myself and pointing out my flaws thinking it was my fault when in reality it wasn’t. I try to empathize the importance of women empowerment by stating, “I am a woman of love” and that it’s okay to love a lot . . . just like I did. Some people just don’t deserve the love you give.

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Q: Because this was your debut, were you nervous about how people would react to it? Do you remember your reaction the first time you heard it in its final stage?

A: From the moment I came up with the lyrics to “Waste”, I fell in love with it. The next day, I was with the producer CrashTandy (we had already began working on the production for it) and I was really excited to share.

There was definitely a fight between which song we wanted to release as my debut single but after a couple listening sessions and showing a certain amount of people, we thought it was a great idea to have “Waste” as the first single.

I can’t say that I was nervous because this is the art I have created and as long as I’m happy with it, it shouldn’t matter what negative approaches I get from it. I can say I was nervous on how a select few would react. (only because it was my first time putting something out about someone)

 

Q: Since its release, it has accumulated over 100,000 plays between SoundCloud and Spotify. Did you ever imagine that it would get such feedback?

A: Not at all . . . I didn’t think it would have gotten that many plays, especially on Spotify, but we got a lot of hype and amazing feedback, so that was really cool. This just makes me more excited to release more now that people have a little taste on the type of music I’m getting into. (And I just learned I’m almost at 100,000 listens on Spotify!)

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Q: You accompanied the song with a video (released in November). What was that experience like?

A: The experience with creating the video was amazing because I was surrounded by my family. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without them there. This was my first time shooting a music video like this, but I had a clear vision and the creative directors know me so well that they took my vision and brought it to life. I loved shooting the video in general though.

 

 

Q: There is a saying that “your image is an extension of your music” – How important is image for you?

A: Image is not important to me at all. Unfortunately, social media makes you think that way, but I just want to set the example that the art will always be the more important aspect than image. No matter what, society will think whatever they want to think of me, but if I stay true my art then it doesn’t matter what people think. I plan to keep my image strictly relating to my music.

 

 

Q: From the content you’ve released thus far, it appears that you have at least an idea of the type of artist you want to be. What advice would you give aspiring artists when it comes to creating music and finding their sound?

A: My advice is going to live shows ALL THE TIME and listen to tons of different types of music to see what sticks with you, Don’t limit yourself and don’t just stick to one sound. Change things up to keep the music interesting.

 

 

Q: I know that you’ve performed a number of times. Is there any event you want to perform at in the future?

A: I want to perform at as many festivals as possible and especially ones out of the country.

 

 

Q: Is that something you look forward to (or dread) when it comes to being an entertainer?

A: I can’t wait to be able to perform my originals and have a showcase to share. I most definitely look forward to performing live.

 

 

Q: What are some of your goals (when it comes to your career) for the future?

A: I want to work with as many people as possible to gain knowledge from each human and see how they process things as a musician. Being in a self-absorbed generation, I want to set a goal to have people become more open minded to things and music.

 

 

Q: Do you have any plans to release new music / content throughout the year?

A: Yes!!! (: It’s a work in progress. I should be getting back into the studio very soon.

 

 

Q: Last but not least, is there anything you would like to tell your supporters?
A: I hope the people who support me understand my mission as to why I make music. Also, I want to thank everyone who has supported me thus far. Makes me excited for future occasions.


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

To listen to her debut single “Waste” click here.

To watch her video for “Waste” click here.

 

Meet Upcoming R&B/Hip Hop Artist: 696XY. “I’m a complex person, so my music tries to paint that picture.”

As the first interview coming off of Arcane’s brief hiatus it brings me great pleasure to introduce you all to upcoming r&b/hip hop artist: 696XY. If you ever questioned who Arcane was created for, XY is the perfect example: a great artist, with great music, and no exposure. As an artist who’s only been out for around 2-3 months, I got the chance to speak to him about his debut, promoting his music, and much more.

Enjoy!


 

Q: Before we start, is there any meaning behind your name?

A: 696 is the name of my crew. My older cousin Jacky Kickz came up with it when we were younger. I carry it because I’m really into family. The XY  part is pronounced “shy” and is also a sex-determination for boy. The inside joke is that I’m a shy boy, and it’s true.

 

Q: What type of artist are you / How would you generalize your sound?

A: Don’t know if I can generalize my sound, because I’ll do an R&B track one day and then a drill or trap song the next. Maybe an explorative artist at best? I’m adventurous, I’ll try different beats to see how my voice sounds.

 

 

Q: You are relatively new to the industry – is (creating) music something you’ve always been interested in or is it relatively new as well?

A: I’m new. Starting making music to heal myself.

 

 

Q: Is there any advice you could give those who may want to become artists – but are too afraid of what others may say/how others will react to their music?

A: Just make music. Rather do something and fail than to regret you ever tried. Make music for yourself most importantly.

 

 

Q: Speaking of reactions – what was the reaction from people in your circle (family/friends/peers) when you told them you were doing music? Were they supportive / against it?

A: I think people who know me generally support me. No one has messaged me like “yo stop bruh” 😂

 

 

Q: Did you have any worries coming into an industry this competitive? If so, what were some of your concerns?

A: I don’t think it’s really as competitive as people think. The world is really big so there is an audience for everyone and one person can enjoy many different artists at any given time.

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Q: You’re debut came with the release of your debut ep Dreamwave. What was the process in creating this project?

A: I’m so glad you brought up Dreamwave because those plays are looking weak (I don’t even push it to be honest). I started it in November, finished it in December. Like I said earlier, I started making music to heal myself and I made those songs as they came to me. Engineered it myself and listened to it over and over again in my car until I felt like it sounded good. I released it when I felt like I needed to wipe the slate clean for 2018.

 

 

Q: Did you put any pressure on yourself to get it done?

A: No, it all came pretty easy. I don’t force anything, I’m not in any type of rush.

 

 

Q: How do you feel about the response it’s been getting so far?

A: Dreamwave is not getting as much response as I’d like, and that’s mainly because I don’t do enough to put it out there to my friends. Somehow that “Meu Amor” song was a hit with girls I know. So that one got put on their IG stories and Snapchat stories etc.. Guess I need to market Dreamwave a little harder?

 

 

Q: How much of the project (if any) is based off of your personal experiences? Are you influenced by personal experiences or do you take inspiration from anywhere?

A: Dreamwave is very personal. So if anything I take inspiration from my life or the lives of others.

 

Q: Do you feel that who you are as a person and who you are as an artist is similar / opposite?

A: Yes it’s similar. Unfortunately I’m a complex person, so my music tries to paint that picture.

 

 

Q: A couple weeks ago you released the song “Meu Amor” — for the readers who have not heard the song, can you briefly explain what the song is about?

A: It’s about me telling a girl I’m not really what she wants, but we can try a different love that’s more open ended and not commitment based.

 

 

Q: Even though you’re just starting out, you are consistent — whether it be releasing Dreamwave, to now, with “Meu Amor” — where does this drive / consistency come from? In your opinion, is this quality a must — especially when you’re first starting out?

A: It’s just fun to make music so I record a lot. My cousins tell me to not oversaturate my soundcloud page or else stuff will get buried so I’m holding back a little. I believe consistency is fine, but I’ve seen lots of artists get their followings by being sparse. Good music sells itself. Better to have 3 great songs then 20 ight ones.

 

 

Q: What are some qualities you feel make an exceptional artist (or person in general)?

A: As far artists go: think you need good taste, and the energy to keep creating. You need to be persistent. To be an exceptional person you need to be honest and not attached to anything. Attachments lead to fear, and fear will ruin you in more ways than can be described.

 

 

Q: You’ve already done a few collaborations — do you enjoy doing features? Is there anyone in particular you want to do a song with? Do you have dream collaboration?

A: I’m guessing you are referring to the 696Ave page? I love doing features, they are so fun. Also I don’t really listen to much music so a dream collaboration is hard to think about. Like Sade would be dope but she retired. Raava, if you ever read this stop hiding and let me sing on your beats.

 

 

Q: I happened to find your music through social media. With the internet connecting people from all over the world, is there a place you would be shocked you have fans from?

A: Cape Verde.

 

 

Q: If you had the chance to travel and promote your music, would you? If so, where would you go?

A: That would be dope. I’d go to Toronto, UK, and any country in Africa that rock with me.

 

Q: What are your hopes for your career in 2018?

A: Keep making music, hope people stop sleeping on me in the name of art.

 

 

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

A: Thanks for the likes and reposts. Maybe one day I will be able to perform in front of you guys and meet some of you in person. Would be a dream come true.

Sasha, thank you for hitting me up. You’re my first interview ever.

 


To stay updated with XY, make sure to follow him on: SoundCloud, Instagram

Make sure to listen to his ep Dreamwaves, and his latest single “Money Talk

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.


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