SECK

 

'Music videos themselves are an art form.'

Moise

 

'Much of ‘Postcards I Forgot to Send’ are little messages from my perspective out to the world'

Marques Martin

'I can't tell you what to expect my next song to sound like, but you can always count on me getting better'

Flwr Chyld

‘It’s my job to create an experience, but it’s on the listener to make it unique and special to their existence.’

Jorday

 

'I feel that my voice distinguishes me and makes me unique, I feel like it’s my own instrument.'

Judith Hill

'I consider myself a soul artist.  Everything I do comes from a place of raw emotion and visceral energy.'

L.A. VanGogh

 

‘I’m as open as I can be to what life has to offer. Everyone is “The Guru” if you’re listening.’

Esmé

'I used to feel so insecure about not being specific and now I really embrace my genre-dodging sound'

Kaleem Taylor

 

'Seeing R&B & Soul being heard, felt, accepted and pushed is inspiring to me'

HXRY

'I just lived life, naturally created and at the end of it all I was able to see my own journey. I think that was dope as hell to see for myself.'

AdeJosh

'Africa as a whole is full of riches & it always has been. I mean it's more than just gold, diamonds & oil. Our culture, our tradition is rich.'

ATO

'I think rappers are increasingly capable of exposing more vulnerable sides of their character, free of stigma and social pressures.'

Reaux Marquez

 

'The South always gon' have something to say.'

Aaron Taylor

'I would call my style “fluid soul” because the soundscape can take any form and still maintain its integrity.'

Bobby Earth

'I would call my style “fluid soul” because the soundscape can take any form and still maintain its integrity.'

Tessellated

 

'The artistry and musicality will be out in full force for the culture.'

Maxwell Young

 

'I almost define myself by my work in progress.'

Naji

I've always been comfortable with expressing myself vulnerably. I have more difficulty in restraining what I share.

Clairmont the 2nd

'In my opinion, every album I’ve made has been ahead of its time. I'm just not doing regular things & if I am, I'm still doing them differently.'

Alex Parvenu

That, I believe is the beauty of being a creative - pushing one's self to be the best possible version of one's self.

LHFMOB

We sit down with the Boulder, Colorado hip-hop trio to discuss influence, inspiration, and what's to come ahead of their new album, Way Up

Yatez

'That definitely reflects in my music – the influences from a lot of different cultures – so that’s something great about Birmingham'

HUSH/Hudson

'That's the whole concept  of our new album. If there is one, it's that everything is up for interpretation'

Baby FuzZ

'I wanted to create a clean slate for my new music to allow for greater freedom of expression and to not have any pretense hanging over it'

Moise

'Honestly, making music in my bedroom & waking up the next day to hear someone from Brazil has listened to it is more than fulfilling.'

Oliver Asadi

'I feel like words are dated. Beautiful imagery is universal while words only work in the languages you know'

D Stellar

'Every human believes in something, and art is storytelling and a gatekeeper of tradition and history.'

Gabe Gill

'I’m definitely into the feeling that a song is just the most distilled or specific crop of a much larger feeling, moment or emotion.'

Derek Sumpmann

'Whether performing or organizing events, I will be a happy human as long as I am constantly inundated with Music.'

teddybear

'I always want to have that freedom of creativity, and luckily, I have supporters who like my music for the risks I take.'

Kid Fiction

'You don't play to rooms you play to people. I'd be happy in a shoe box as long as people were vibing.'

Aaron Taylor

'I think people will always be drawn to soul - it's never really died. There's something deeper about it. A bit like gospel.'