Describe your sound in 3 words
Black boy bops.
Tell us a few things about your new song “to love & lie”. What is the main idea behind it?
*I wanted a song that really spoke to what it’s like being a man. I lost the man who raised me last year and it’s important for me to share the man he raised. Through the good and the bad.
‘to love & lie.’ is like a story of toxic behaviour in a relationship…
Which is your most personal and honest lyric?
“I been missing you & I’m hoping that could change, a little,
If you stay, a little,
By my place, a little.”
Most of the men I grew up looking up to never really showed me what it’s like to be vulnerable. So it’s like the typical thing I’ve done over again… be kinda vulnerable but then say some dumb shit like ‘kinda’ or ‘a little’ so I’m not all the way exposed… just in case.
Artists and people who have influenced and inspired you?
Maxwell was the first male voice I can remember hearing. I grew up on TLC, Toni Braxton, Lauryn Hill, Aaliyah, Destiny’s Child.
I would say Miguel has had the biggest impact on me as an artist. Miguel, Usher, Prince.
What is the biggest challenge you have faced as an artist so far?
I guess it’s the constant feeling that you need to live up to a specific idea of what a black male singer should be like in this R&B landscape. It may not be the biggest challenge because my real self is my best self, but it’s a constant.
When not writing music, how do you spend your time?
Living life. Seeing new shit. Getting inspired. Watching music videos. Anything creative, I like being around it.
I’m not sure if life imitates art or if art imitates life, but I like to experience life in a way that it fuels my writing or music.
Should we expect an album in the near future?
No albums for me. Projects, yes. Albums, no.