When did your love of music start?
I have always felt a connection to music, but my true love with music began when I realized I could create it myself. After I found my voice, I discovered the guitar and it was the catalyst for me to really find out how music works. I don’t read music so I had to be autodidactic about it and although it was a struggle to understand the language, I now can say I have understanding of the many complexities of music.
Your sound is unique, a strong R’nB focus with jazz influences and elements reminiscent of Timberlake and the Lighthouse Family – how did it develop?
I grew up on soul and R&B. My mother was a singer and she always had some Earth Wind and Fire, some Stevie Wonder, Whitney or Mariah tapes playing in the car. Music with lots of vocal harmonies has always resonated with me so it was only natural that when I came of age, I began to grow an affinity for pop/rnb. I listened to Jodeci, Boyz II Men, R. Kelly, and progressively became enamoured with more underground neo soul. Singers, like Bilal, and D’Angelo, Eric Roberson, really helped me challenge my vocal ability.
Were do you draw your inspiration for your music?
I draw inspiration from life experiences, relationships and the human condition, but ultimately I am inspired by the composition. I usually can hear a story developing while I am producing a beat. There are hidden romances, tragedies, and dramas, in the instrumental that I am always seeking out.
What life changing experience has had a huge influence on you as a person?
A few years back I was lost in the woods for 5 days with a close friend of mine. We had planned for a 3 day hike, and when we didn’t make it back to the camp, my friend’s dad called search and rescue. We ran out of food on the 3rd day and had to forage for berries and ferns. I remember trying to walk across a massive fallen tree, and even after climbing several dodgy cliffs with no harnesses I found myself frozen. I had hit a wall of irrational fear. I have never experienced such a emotional, physical, spiritual and mental stressful situation before, and it really made me think about what was important in my life; family, friends, and love. I reflected on my purpose in a way that I never had before, and the experience has positively contributed to my life.
Describe yourself in three sentences.
I am a creative and compassionate person.
I am the culmination of my experiences, my environment and my volition.
I am utopian.
Do you game? If so what system do you have and what type of gamer are you (FPS, RPG…)?
I used to play console games a long time ago. I was into Halo and Final Fantasy 7, but now I don’t have the luxury of expendable time so my game play is limited to my phone, and I really only play online chess so it would be a stretch to say that I “game”.
Where do you feel most at home?
I feel most comfortable in the studio. I would much rather have access to a nice mic and some vintage gear than a living room, but if I were to be perfectly candid, I prefer not being home. I feel like I accomplish more when I’m out and about, on the road and working.
Tell us about your début single out on the 2nd March.
I am very excited to release ” Life Goes On” because it will be my first official release. It will be my introduction to the world stage. “Life Goes On” is about pursuing your passions and the challenges that come along the way. It’s about perseverance in the face of adversity and overcoming the obstacles that ourselves and other put in our way.
What is next for you?
Collaborations. I have a list of artists that I want to create with so that I can continue to grow as an artist. A solo album is a very lonely process as well, and I would love take on different influences in my sound as to stay sharp and relevant.