FEAT, welcome to VENTS! Can you tell us about your latest single, This Time?
I have to say that my single “This Time” was a project in its own. I have 9 different versions of this song, in which I began recording this song in 2020. “This Time” was written during a traumatic break up. I really wanted to get out of my comfort zone on this song so that I can show how versatile I am. I wanted listeners to relate to the lyrics and feel everything I felt when I first wrote this song. I was hurting, but fed up, and I know so many people have been trapped in a toxic relationship that they feel like there’s no way out of it and it is. In some ways, this song can also carry as encouragement and serve as a testimony. I felt I didn’t have the voice to say during the time I was going through this with someone I loved so much, in which it was unrequited.
In your opinion, how important is the storytelling aspect in music?
The storytelling aspect of music is very important to me. That was honestly my mission on this one to tell a true story that resonates with others and their love tragedies. I love when a song actually has a story and flows and it makes you feel and visualize what is being conveyed in a song.
The guitars are a stunning addition, was it your intent to add instrumental interludes for reflection?
When I picked the music for this song I wanted to give my faithful listeners something different from my last project I released in November 2020, titled “For the Lovers Mixtape”. I wanted to stay on track with the sound I delivered before but elevate it as well. I challenge myself. I wanted to give some rhythm, some blues and rock because that’s how I was feeling when I wrote the song. I think by the last versions of this song I wanted a strings solo in the song to complete the storytelling and feel of the song so I asked my engineer, Julian Harris aka Blvcksoul, to do a solo at the end of the song. I have to say, he really delivered effectively!
What is your favorite part of the songwriting process?
The songwriting process for me sometimes takes forever. Most songs I’ve recorded and released have more than one version and have been rewritten either to change a small part of the song or the entire song. My most favorite part of songwriting, though, may have to be adding in backgrounds and ad libs, in which I enjoy adding during recording sessions. They’re the things that glue the whole song together.
Aside from other artists, what inspires your sound?
Love and my experience with love is what inspires and drives my sound. I barely listen to other artists’ music to establish my own sound. I have referenced how certain songs make you feel, and how artists construct their songs, what’s the meaning behind their songs, and what sounds are trending. I think how certain artists’ creativity becomes inspiration to how I convey myself as an artist. One artist I truly admire is The Weeknd. I like how he goes against the grain and isn’t this typical R&B/Pop artist and he is so innovative with his brand. It shows me that I don’t have to placed in a box, that I don’t have to think in a box and follow the R&B male artist norms; I am expressive, I am creative, I am innovation and the best part about me being an artist is that I am multitalented artist; a painter, a digital artist, I have a photography background; making music gives me the ability to display all that. All of who I am truly and my love story inspires my sound and I am constantly developing my own sound.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
The highlight of my career thus far is having music featured in an independent film “The Unhinged”, by these two amazing producers, Robert Graves and Philip Johnson who is best known for his social media presence and filming company Philaye Films, inc. To have my songs “FLIRTIN’”, which was the newest released song then by me, and “Tell Me What You Want” from my latest project ‘For the Lovers Mixtape’ featured in this film for so many to see and hear my music , on the big screen, seriously made me feel like I just made an accomplishment.
How do you plan to follow the release?
At the end of the month, April 30th, I am putting on an intimate show and have personally invited some of my true supporters and listeners to celebrate this release. It is called FEAT Live. I am going to put on a show! I can’t wait. “This Time” is the introduction of a new era for FEAT The Singer. My listeners, the Lovers, will experience another transition of mine as a music artist, and the new era that will set me aside from others. I call this era, Super Mode.
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