Orlando Pop Artists About Talks Music And More
Tell us about yourself and your music
I’m an artist that comes out of Orlando, FL.
I grew up in Florida and have lived here my whole life. If you’re wondering, absolutely there are tons of crazies here, but we aren’t all that way. I promise! I got my start in music when I was younger. I looked up to two of my older cousins. They were in a band (Between The Trees) that had a pretty successful track record. It started to captivate me and grow an interest in me. As I was growing up I always was drawn to Hip-Hop/Rap and R&B. I also had influence from plenty of pop artists over my life. Generally, across the board, I’ve done pop music but look forward to what’s coming as I am preparing to move into the R&B scene. I grew up a Christian, church-going kid, and still attend my church to date. That itself influences my message and gauges what I release. No one is perfect but I do try to reflect my beliefs in my music and lifestyle. I just want people to understand I’m coming from a place of love and encouragement. I have a very ”change the world” approach to life, and in order to change the world, we have to start to change as individuals. We have to be the best versions of ourselves and love one another.
Talk to us more about your latest release
”What About Us” is more of a grunge/rock-pop feel. It features a rap verse from Bossa(now known as 10 Percent) and just completes the song. The song has
kind of a prominent guitar line that can take you back to the soft rock era. The producer of the song, Matt(Stupid Genius) Nawada, is known for his hip hop/trap type beats. We built it from scratch, so it was interesting to see how he put the sounds together and ended up with the pop song version you hear today.
What inspired you to write this release?
This song comes from a situation that I feel to be pretty relatable. As you go through the song you start to see the picture clear. I was pursuing a relationship at the time. I was going after a girl, and by confirmation of many other people, a relationship was her intention too. Now that I’ve decided to go all-in on the idea, she’s decided to change direction and pursue another guy. Hence the question ”What About Us” and boom the song was written.
Describe the writing and recording process
The song came pretty easy to me. After she’d told me she was pursuing someone else I immediately drove to the studio. SG(Stupid Genius) and I sat down and built the beat around the hook I had already in my head. After that, we tracked the original version of the hook and it’s pretty close to what you hear. Then I sat down and was struggling for a verse, then I just kind of replayed the conversation she and I had and got the first few lines. We took several revisions and then added layers. I didn’t get around to the second verse in that session, but at that time I’d just met Bossa and immediately knew he’d have a killer verse. Once he hopped onto the song it was basically finished and came out to what you hear now.
I took it over to Vivid Studios and they helped me retract my vocals to get a better sound out of myself to better fit the overall sound. Then they mixed and mastered the record, giving us the product you hear now.
Any plans to release a video?
Any plans to hit the road?
Absolutely, my plan is to move towards shows in cities across Florida and hopefully move up towards other states. However, due to current circumstances, tours and most of the venues are closed. I’ve had conversations with some other artists I work within the area and we are hoping to plan some virtual shows very soon.
As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?
Well, that’s a tough question to answer. Mostly, I just make music and make it sound what I hear it as in my mind. I’m able to hear a song in my head and project it to producers and engineers. A lot of times they will make changes to it add their touch to things, but for the most part, my music is just a reflection of my thoughts. It’s unique in its own way but I don’t like to tell other people how my music is different, I like for them to tell me. I don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing, but I’m still young and learning. I’m just here to make the music I hear inside of my head, and if other people feel it then that’s great.
Who have you been listening to lately?
Oh my, there’s a lot. I really have been in a rap/trap phase lately. Roddy Ricch, DaBaby, Gunna, Lil Baby, Post Malone, Chris Brown, some Drake, Eben, John K, and many more. Also some stuff from Bieber, I listened to a ton of Bieber after he releases Purpose, but not as much as then.
Who are your biggest influences?
I’d say, Usher, Jacquees, Chris Brown, Post Malone, and Bieber. These are the artist that are always in rotation on my playlists and definitely have an influence on my sound.
Tell us about your passions
Music. Plain and simple, I love music, and music is my passion. I am also very passionate about people. I wanna see people succeed, and by that, I mean what their definition of success is. My definition of success is different from yours.
What else is happening next in your world?
Well, working hard to develop some things. Hoping to finish and launch the website and rebrand. I am stepping into the R&B scene and kind of moving out of the pop scene. It’s a big transition and in some ways a tough one. Also moving towards working with some bigger artists. Who, I’m not sure yet, but just know I’m building connections with some important people.
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