This week’s vibe is honestly a fucking banger. The Montreal-based St-Vincent born rapper SKIIFALL has gained a lot of traction since his debut single “Ting Tun Up”. It’s almost unheard of for an emerging anglophone artist in Quebec to get numbers like SKIIFALL debut, despite there being countless talented artists. So I love to see young artist getting some shine. It’s well deserved in my opinion. He certainly didn’t let me down with his follow-up single “Bentayga Dust” that dropped a couple months, early May.
The video is a welcomed addition to the song, where we follow SKIIFALL from the snowy outskirts of Montreal on a snowmobile, to the a swanky psychiatriast office setting, to the him chilling in the backseat of a Bentayga. The video has lots of flair and style that matches the vibe and lyrics that “Bentayga Dust” has.
If ya’ll haven’t already, please do yourself a favor and check out SKIIFALL, he’s someone who will surely be making big waves in the industry soon enough. He’s also recently released a new single, that’s currently exclusivly available on Audiomack and Sounclound, “Feds Fraid We”. This song’s is also a banger and we can honestly do a #VibeOfTheWeek with every track he’s dropped so far.
We’re coming at you with some new music! This track is brought to you by Florida born audio engineer, JTONDABEAT. He’s been making beats since 2016 and now is working on making his mark in the music industry as an artist. With his catchy melodies, varied sources of inspiration and passion for music, he can really go places.
Previous #VibeOfTheWeek feature Lil Waterboi joins JTONDABEAT on “Damaged” as well. Both artists are members of the Bahay Collective, which works to strenghten the creative community. On this new single which dropped June 18th JTONDABEAT and Lil Waterboi take on a melodic instrumental and come with lyrics that put their heart on their sleeves.
The song and is catchy, and as a self proclaimed “sad boy anthem”, it’s definitely relatable as well. I mean a lot of us have been through it. “Damaged” is a song born out of heartbreak and personal experience which is refreshing to say the least.
The music video visuals are trippy as fuck! Honestly I absolutely love how it was shot. It’s definitely worth taking the time to watch.
Check out “Damaged” now out on all platforms! Make sure to follow JTONDABEAT on his socials to stay up to date with everything he has going on (Instagram, Facebook, Spotify, Soundcloud).
For this month’s interview we’re featuring the homie Blvcknd, an underground artist coming out of Montreal. He’s a member of Triple Nine Section as well as the Grime Mtl collective. He’s been working hard in the studio on his debut project which is set to drop this summer. We’re anxiously anticipating Blvcknd dropping some new shit for us. His sound is gritty, lyrical and his style is extremely versatile. We honestly don’t know what to expect but are very excited regardless. Check out the write-up to get to know the story behind his stage name, some artists he’s listening to right now, and more.
What’s the story behind the name?
In 2011 Odd Future had this sub-group called Mellowhype which was started by Hodgy Beats and Left Brain and they dropped an album called Blackenedwhite. I liked how it sounded so i ditched the white, the two e’s in blackened and flipped the A to a V.
Where did you draw inspiration for your album?
I really love when artists make a character or a theme for the main focus on an album. I took a lot of inspiration from certain artists who do that like for example: Schoolboy Q on Blank Face. I also of course draw inspiration from my homies that do music too.
If we were to buy you a drink, what should we order?
I feel like my go to drink changes every year but for right now i’d have y’all order me straight Baileys with a lot of ice in the glass. People say i’m weird for it but that shit is fire.
What would you say is the biggest misconception people have about you?
I feel like people think that i’m very opened and social but in reality i’m hella shy and closed off if i don’t really know the person i’m talking to. it’s been that way since i was younger and i’m still trying to work on that.
If you had a choice of any producer for a album or mixtape who would you choose?
Literally everyone in Triple Nine can produce but me, so all the homies of course. My dream collabs with bigger producers though would be Working on Dying, Pierre Bourne and The Alchemist.
What are 3 things you look for when you see live shows?
Stage presence, audio quality and the first and last song of the persons set.
What are some of the artists you’re listening to?
There’s way too many to name but as of right now Lucki, Playboi Carti, Coi Leray, Fijimacintosh and Thugger
Creating a project has many parts, besides rapping what was your favourite?
YAMA//SATO basically produced like 80% of my new album so while i was in the process of making this project there would be times that he’d send me a beat he just made at like 1am and hearing that beat and what i could do on it was definitely a favourite part of mine.
What is the triple nine section?
Crypt and Jei Bandit came up with the name triple nine section one day and we decided to just start a little group because we all messed with each others music heavy. In Trip 9 it’s me, Crypt, Jei Bandit, Amideluxe, Yama//sato, Jämvvis and Oscar. Them boys my day 1’s till death
Thank you so much to Blvcknd for doing this interview with us!! Make sure to follow his Instagram and check out his singles on Spotify!
Shout out to our photographer @tragicboyjay and @gotsweige for styling the shoot. They killed the creative direction and got these crazy shots off an iPhone!!
If you’re anything like me, then R&B is your favorite genre of music, and it simply cannot be beaten. But I want to talk about the shift in sound, especially within the last 5-10 years. It’s been leaving me unsatisfied.
Historically, the sounds that we know and can easily identify as RnB stem from jazz, the blues, and swing. The music from those eras honored what initially brought its listeners together while re-inventing itself at the same time. RnB from the late 90s to early 2000s still managed to hold onto its true essence.
So why has R&B lost its way?
For starters, many of the artists we’ve grown up listening to had their beginnings in their respective churches. Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston and Jazmine Sullivan. If you take some time to listen to their discography and compare their early projects to their latest ones, you’ll find that the soul and heart of R&B has never left them. Instead, RnB has evolved.
R&B typically puts our emotions into words, Ones that we sometimes cannot express on our own. This is why everyone is brought together when listening to the verse “telling my whole life,” sung by Lauryn Hill on “Killing Me Softly.” This is a comforting melody that is familiar to our ears, and it is that richness that is found in numerous artists. They are called (or have labeled themselves as) R&B singers. But nowadays, most artists are substandard to the acts of the ’90s and of the early 2000s.
Crossing the waters into the U.K, there is notably a lot of (North) American influence in their sound, specifically instrumentation and beat selection, yet those influences do not stop there.
In an interview dating back to 2019 with Hot97, songstress and songwriter Jorja Smith gave praise to pop culture’s most stunning voices in the industry, listing Amy Winehouse and political powerhouse Nina Simone as some of her influences. Reputably, Winehouse and Simone, both American women, were adored by fans from the moment they emerged onto the scene all the way to present-day for their voices and how true they kept to their respective sounds of soul-filled rhythm and blues. The U.K. artists have adapted such qualities so well that when we discover that they are from Europe and not American, it not only is shocking on most occasions but makes it unambiguously clear that it is lacking in the art of R&B on our side.
Moreover, as it seems as though R&B is becoming its own subgenre and not so much a stand alone there are those like Giveon, Lucky Daye and Teyana Taylor who have solidified their spot in the true essence of the genre.
Although it is not mutually exclusive for the worlds of R&B and Hip-Hop to be apart of one and other, the rap influence has made its presence in lyrical content, beat selection and cadence style. The current climate of the genre is moreso “savage” anthems than love songs which personally I have typically associated it with and knowing this, a lot of upcoming artists are rarely breaking that mold or simply conforming to what is trendy. It took a couple decades before pop culture fully embraced hip-hop due to the prejudice and biases that surrounded it which also affected the state of rap or what a “real” rapper is to say on their records. With that in mind I can’t help but wonder what it may take to bring back R&B to its roots. Blending and playing with sounds is what music is truly about at the end of the day furthermore a great record will stand the test of time. “Only real music is gonna last. All that other bullsh*t is here today and gone tomorrow!” – Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2 (Drake feat. Jay-Z)
Honestly, it wouldn’t feel right without at least giving a couple artists (UK/US/CAN) that reflect what I think true R&B is. Have a listen to this playlist I curated of some of the 2020s most authentic RnB artists.
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Hey! My name is Shakeem, who also goes by ‘Badbwoymack,’ so get familiar ;). My alias solely encompasses a lot of who I am and what I represent from my style, the music I listen to, the vibe I like to be surrounded by as well as the growth in my confidence, that I work on daily. As a contributor for NobodyAsked, I plan on sharing stories about things that vary from all the music genres that I divulge in, black beauty/art to the latest fashion trends. I want to inspire and give our readers stories that are trending as well deserve more exposure while keeping true to myself.
So we’re back with another vibe of the week (which will be more consistent from now on)! This week’s bop comes from a very young artist coming out of South West London who goes by the name Timur N. In a short time since dipping his toes into the music industry, he’s come out with three solid singles. His newest single Tonight shows me that there is so much promise in the future of this newly turned 17-year-old singer-songwriter.
Tonight has a pop vibe with a sprinkle of RnB mixed in. The instrumental definitely gives me a nostalgic feeling that I can’t quite place what it reminds of (and it’s driving me insane). I feel like it would be absolutely amazing if this song also had a visual to it since there’s the storytelling factor in Timur N’s writing. The lyrics are also just too relatable, we love a fuck my ex I’m better off without them bop. Because it’s absolutely true. “Tell me how it feels to be on the other side of things? Why can’t you let me take a break? From all of the bullshit. You’re really not worth it.” I mean that all facts and I feel seen. These lyrics on top of a catchy beat, I love it.
Make sure to check out the two other singles that he has out, Talk Dirty and my personal fave, Somethin’. Check out his Instagram to keep up with him. I’m patiently awaiting a new project and can’t wait to see what Timur N has in store for the listeners.
Earlier this week we were blessed with the opportunity to sit down and chop it up with the bubbly and fun KidCrayola, a Montreal-based DJ and playlist curator, before shooting her for our June cover. She refers to herself as the Vibe Bender as well as the Waistline Whisperer (among other things) and does so with good reason. KidCrayola always stays strapped with music that just makes you want to move, enjoy yourself and have a good time. The summer is finally here and you can count on her to come through with solid vibes that will be a welcomed addition to your music library. Tap in below to get to know a bit more about KidCrayola’s first set, where the stage name originated from, and more!
Where does the name KidCrayola come from?
My high school best friend gave me the name Crayola because I used to have color in my hair before it was “in” for black girls to wear it in their hair. And I used to dress really colorful after I came back from Cali for the summer, this was like around the jerking era. But people weren’t jerking in Montreal yet. So I was kinda like the weird skater emo girl wearing a lot of colors. So they gave me the name Crayola. Kid refers to my personality. Super childish, mature, but childish.
How would you describe your sound?
Anything black. Basically, anything black that gives you that boom boom pow. I’m a sound selector so when I go into the world wide web I just dive into music. It could go from afro to Amapiano then to drill followed Dancehall and Soca. Just anything that’s appealing to the ear and made by black people, I will play. So like an Afro-fusion.
I also like to mix a bit of my culture cause I’m Haitian, so I’ll play a little Raboday, with some Konpa and Zouk. I like to call myself the Waistline Whisperer. My favorite thing is the slow whine, that’s my cup of tea. I think the girls like me a lot for that. But anything that is dope and black I will play.
Who are you betting on in a fight between Michiko and Huey Freeman?
Oh, Huey. Yeahhh definitely. He’s militant. He’s a real soldier. He’s like a mix between a samurai and a black panther. He will definitely win. I mean Michiko… Nah, Huey will win.
What’s the most memorable trip you’ve taken?
I went to New York with my best friend. I was coming out of a breakup, depression, and was like we just need to get out. So I bought the tickets for us and then we took the plane, it was his first time taking a plane. We got drunk on the plane, got off, and had the time of our lives.
You know when you go to a city and you can just be your natural self cause nobody knows you? It kind of unleashed, I would say, the badass person that I knew I was. But had kept hidden those past months due to depression. It was really memorable because there were so many people from different cultures and people with dope styles. When I came back that’s when I knew that I was really gonna do this DJ thing.
What genres of music are your favorite?
Right now? I’d say Amapiano is really good, also Afro-house and Soca. These styles are really making me happy right now. But I listen to too many types of music to just pick a few.
Do you feel like you’re being limited in the MTL nightlife scene? If yes. why?
I can’t say yes or no. Only because I feel as if I should get a bit more educated about the scene and what’s offered to us as DJs. Corona also makes things more complicated, a lot of events now have to be for a cause. I know the market is a little saturated and they don’t necessarily give a lot of opportunities to females. I’d like to change that narrative. I’ve had great opportunities. I’ve mixed for Moonshine and done a few gigs for Mural. So I’d like to think they’re giving us space but I feel as though I’d like there to be a platform for us. Have all the female DJs from Montreal gather together, there’s so many of us doing so many styles. We don’t have as much of a platform as men but I do feel as though the narrative is changing as women continue to own their power and get more educated.
I’m getting to know more people that can help me work on my projects. I was working on a project pre covid. I was doing an event called VIBE which stands for Visionary Individual Behind Energy. Because I feel like that’s what DJs are, they’re just like people that direct energy in the scene. It got canceled because of everything but I’d like it to happen. It’s basically a safe space for everybody including the lgbtq+ community. It’s really a place you’re supposed to come to dance, not stand on the wall. You’re supposed to catch a vibe for sure. It’s meant to empower people into being their truth and just expressing themselves through dance or music.
Tell us a body of work that you think was impactful in your life.
Honestly, I can think of a person, well actually two people, who were really influential in my life. Missy Elliot and Teyana Taylor really shaped me into the woman that I am. They basically told me that I can be extremely sexy and feminine as well as super tomboy-ish and that doesn’t define me as an individual. Like I can just be me.
When I first heard Missy I was like omg she is everything but when I saw Teyana I could really cause she was such a tomboy and a girly girl. Plus she’s multi-talented, she does everything. You know everybody wants to be like Rihanna? I’d want to be a mix of Rihanna and Teyana, like a philanthropist but then an artist as well. That’s the goal.
Do you have any desire to break into other areas of music like producing or sound engineering?
Yes actually God willing I’m going to learn how to do a bit of production once I get a hang of my programs. I want to go to Haiti for like two months to dive into my culture fully and just try to create the new Haitian sound. Or maybe try to have my own Haitian artists. That’s the goal for now. It’s really a selfish thing to do, I’m not trying to go international. It’s really for the culture and just to say that I can do it.
After that, once I come back I want to create after-school programs working with different people I know in the industry that would be willing to give classes to young artists.
Where was your first ever DJ set played? What was it like?
My first set was at Bluedog, my friend worked there. It was honestly the funniest thing, I had hit up my friend and was like yo I got my computer and my DJ controller I’m gonna do this DJ thing. He was like forreal? I was like yeah. He said ok you have a gig next week. I was like ok… But I don’t know how to DJ yet. So he’s was like ok, so you have a gig in two weeks. I was like that but I don’t know how to DJ. Then he was like the amount of times you’ve gone to the club and the DJ was wack, can you do worse than that? I said I don’t think I could. So he said to figure it out.
I did my gig with another female DJ and it was fun. All my friends were there and the energy was right. Honestly, when I first did it I knew it was what I wanted to do. When I was mixing my big brother and my sister came to surprise so I lowkey almost cried because it was like oh my god I’m getting some support. From then it hit me, I want to DJ, I think it’s fun.
I like to call myself the Vibe Bender. I have so many akas, I’m like the Waistline Whisperer, the Vibe Bender, the Sound Selector, your girlfriend’s favorite DJ. That’s all the names that I gave myself. But yeah, It was nice to direct the vibe of the place, be like a master puppeteer and just control the energy.
Do you have any rituals you go through before performing a set?
Yes. The week before I listen to the songs that I have and create a folder with the songs I must play throughout the night. Then I go on the net to dive in and look for new songs, new remixes. I like to play with nostalgia, so finding mixes to songs that people know. I get ready and go. If I really wanna be in a turn up mode then I take 3 shots of tequila, a rum, and coke, and I’m ready to go. If you wanna offer me a shot don’t give me no vodka, because that’s for people with no soul and I’m trynna be closer to god. So yeah that’s what I do!
For this month’s interview, we’re so glad to be featuring artist, producer, and all-around creative, L’ ATITUDE. He’s an extremely versatile artist whose sound is constantly shifting and adapting with his growth and experience. No genre is out of the question, he’s always up for the challenge. After quite some time we’ve been graced with a full-length project from him, Moon in Aquarius, don’t miss out and take a listen!
We joined him a couple months back in Little Burgundy and Uptown, the two Montreal neighborhoods he grew up in, to visit some smoking spots, chill, eat and catch up. We got to speak on everything from music to weed preferences and future plans. Read below to get to know a little more about L’ ATITUDE.
What’s Ion vs Allies? And what are your plans with it moving forward?
It used to be vs but now it’s plus. Ion + Allies encompasses creatives that I fuck within Quebec. Within my friend group, the artists I know, and the businesses I collaborate with on the daily basis.
We’re all young so right now we’re really just building ideas. We’re capturing the moment and seizing all the opportunities we can so that we can be successful in the future. I see Ion + Allies being way more than just a collective.
What’s a piece of work that you put out that best reflects who you are?
In 2017 on December 21, I released a project called “B A D”. It features YAMA//SATO, Trinity, Jai Natai Lotus, and other individuals that I’m inspired by. It’s an album that I’ve started writing a short novel about.
I feel like it represents me the most because it has my mentors on there, Jai Natai Lotus and MAD. It has all my day ones on there. This album really kept me in Montreal’s music game because I really think about quitting this shit every day on a real note. But those people and making “B A D” kept me in it.
Besides your music, what other creative endeavours are you pursuing?
Besides music, I’m currently managing 3 artists. I don’t want to reveal the names but you’ll hear about them very soon, through me and/or themselves.
I’m also writing scripts for music videos and would potentially like to do it for bigger films. I’ve written here and there. I write songs, I’m a ghostwriter. I’m a producer as well besides just being a rapper and vocalist.
If you could be extremely gifted in anything, what would you choose?
Being able to speak spanish. I really love the language but am not able to speak it for shit.
Who’s an artist that’d you like to make a project with?
Kendrick Lamar hands down. I feel like vocally and lyrically he and I can push the boundaries of music in terms of infusing jazz, hip hop, and R&B. We could make a new sound, I know that.
Kendrick is the reason I’m still rapping. I don’t fucking like rapping. He even told, not directly, but indirectly through the music as I listened, to keep going. Kendrick is more than an idol to me he’s an example.
Indica or Sativa? Why?
I prefer sativa because I like to work. I don’t like the day going by and I haven’t completed something. You understand. The sativa keeps me going, the indica got me sleeping. When I smoke indica and I drink liquor and I fuck, I fall asleep. And I want to fuck but I just fall asleep, It’s the indica. It stops me from doing and getting what I want, I don’t fuck with it. I like sativa for the brain, my mind will race in a way that is calming to my heart, soul, and mental. Sativa’s my bitch.
What’s next for you?
Creating my own record label and just skipping through the mainstream bullshit. Skipping over the idea that you have to get a record deal then create a label and having to make 100 bands, 300 bands, 500 bands, or however much you’ll need to sign your artists. I’m already working with so many different artists signed, unsigned, big and small. I want to make a record label that’s open for everyone, that’s my next plan. It’s not just that nigga or that person. I want to be able to cater to everyone who may need what I have access to.
I’ve been working on a lot in terms of music too. I’ve been making a lot of music. I haven’t stopped, I never stopped. There’s only more coming.
Be sure to check out L’ATITUDE curated playlist here :
NobodyAsked presents the first of a weekly showcasing of new singles and albums that we’re currently vibing to which we’ll deem the #VibeOfTheWeek. Up this week is emerging Asian Canadian artist and producer Lil Waterboi. He is an independent artist coming out of Montreal and co-founder of the Bahay Collective, which works to strenghten the creative community throughout the Asian diaspora. On his brand new single “Crazy Rich” he and featured Toronto rapper Ching take on a fire trap instrumental that also has an upbeat East Asian influence that we absolutely love ( big shoutout to the producer!).
The song is catchy as fuck but also aims to defy common stereotypes that all Asian people are a conservetative, quiet and safe monolith. This is a message that we absolutely can get behind although we can’t say the same for pouring lean in boba, I mean that’s just a waste of perfectly good bubble tea.
The music video visuals are amazing and have us missing turn ups pre- covid. Lil Waterboi truly oudid himself with this one! This is truly such a well done nod to The Crazy Rich Asians book by Kevin Kwon and the blockbuster film of the same name. We love the video so much it’s honestly great and super refreshing to see this kind of creativity and originality from a rap video.
For this week’s interview, we had the opportunity to interview an extremely talented producer, artist, and DJ from Ottawa. Going by Chanksdaddy or just Chanks he’s produced for one of our faves, Romeo Don’t Die, along with many other artists such as Huey Draper, Krsraga, CasaLee, and Iceyami. He’s been referred to as a genius for his ability to blend genres and style making them seamless. Besides producing he also is an artist who makes catchy bops that he teases us with but doesn’t release, so to say we cannot wait for his solo project to come out is an understatement. Read below to get know why he has so much unreleased music, his thoughts on violence in the rap game, and his upcoming plans in 2021.
Why do you keep so much music in the vault?
The first thing would be timing and I get sick of my shit within 2 seconds. I always feel like everytime I finish something I’m so much better after. Every next thing I do, but also timing. One of those things I’m working on though. 2021. Trust me. Trust the process.
What’s the biggest L you took with a woman?
There was this one time I asked this girl out to eat and basically she just said no. She just said no but I was like damn bitch you not even gonna fake it for a free meal. It was like woah, just no? You’re not gonna fake it or even try to use me? Not that that’s what I wanted but it was just that the no was so firm. This wasn’t that long ago either. I had to just respect it cause I didn’t expect that. I thought it was foolproof even if she wasn’t interested and I did it, at least I did it. But she didn’t even want to go to dinner. I was like this is crazy, it lowkey a bigger L than her just using me. If you use me and we don’t get along I’m going to know within the first 5 minutes. But yeah she wasn’t trying to do that. She said “nah still”, I think that was her answer. So I was like ok.
Have you been listening to any King Von tracks?
I just started listening to him. He was everywhere. The first track I heard from him I didn’t like. You really couldn’t escape him, so I was like fine I’ll listen to this nigga, and he was really good. He was going up, but like exponentially. He was everywhere. Do you know how hard it must be for an artist to pop during Corona?
What are your thoughts about the unusually high percentage of upcoming rappers dying from gun violence? Would you be afraid of falling victim to it if you blow up?
Yeah absolutely. The beast needs blood, you now, and it’s not a coincidence that you have all these people dying mysteriously or suddenly at the peak of their start. Not even their actual peak just the start. It’s the only genre of music where this happens. It’s a rap thing and I feel like there’s something greater at play, something even more sinister maybe.
Top 5 artists you’re listening to right now.
I like Trippie Redd, Fivio Foreign, Sundiver, that’s rock. Uh let me look at my playlist real quick… There’s Joji, he’s greek, and Rob Banks.
As a producer are there any genres you’d like to explore?
There’s a few. I really like the shit that Micheal Jackson was doing. Whatever that’s called, the actual term for it. Micheal Jackson is lit. Also pop music, but not like the wack pop, you know. You don’t see a lot of niggas making pop, cause it’s intricate. Niggas wanna make bangers all day but that’s not the hardest thing to do.
Who’d you fuck, kill or marry between an X-Box, Playstation and PC?
I would fuck… That’s the craziest shit I’ve been asked in my life. Can’t believe I’m really about to answer. Especially for a fuck, kill, marry question. I would fuck, omg, PC. Kill X-Box and marry Playstation.
Where does the name Chanksdaddy come from?
Chanksdaddy comes from Chanks and Chanks comes from Chanka, which was what my nickname was in school. So it went from Chanka to Chanks and then Chanksdaddy, yeah. Actually Chanksdaddy I changed that cause of P Diddy, Puff Daddy. I look up to him he’s done a lot of great things.
What’s one song that reminds you of your childhood?
50 Cent- 21 Questions
What are your plans for 2021 with your music?
I definitely want to drop an actual project. That’s big for me because I’m not really a project type of guy, but now I want to drop a body of work. Me, on all fronts. I’ve basically already started. I want to do that and also I want to produce for more people. I’ve been getting a lot of requests because of the stuff that I’ve done recently with Romeo and some other people. The calls have been coming in like crazy. I want to deliver is what I want to do. Sometimes a lot of people call me but people kinda think that music just comes to me or that I have a stash of shit waiting to be sent. Which I kinda do but I never want to send shit to people if it’s below a certain standard. I want to deliver in 2021. I will. That’s all it is. I want to work with more people and work with myself a lot.
There’s some people you meet whose positive energy has you thinking you’ve known them forever, or at least that you wish you had. Singer-songwriter Montrealways is one of those rare people and we were lucky enough to vibe,smoke a spliff and get to know more about her. She’s an independent R&B artist who makes melodic bops like Got It All and GPS that you can’t help but relate to. She’s young but has an unquestionable dedication to her craft along with a voice of a siren. Montrealways is definitely on her way to the top. Read below to know the reason behind her name, how she stays creative and more!
Why’d you originally name yourself Montrealways?
I used to take long walks everywhere ever since I was like 10-11 years old. My city has always inspired me to write poems and write in my journal about how I feel and it was kind of a way to say that I would go everywhere. Kinda like I’m going in my own direction,no gps, no nothing. Just walking around and just letting my city inspire me to make art. So I decided on Montrealways, it’s kind of wordplay. It gave me confidence in a way, at first it was just an instagram name, a twitter username, you know nothing serious but then I decided to use it for music.
What first got you into music?
So I’ve been singing since I was three years old and ever since there hasn’t been a day that I haven’t sung. Like I’m always singing. I really started taking it seriously, well not that seriously, but I really started singing when I was 16. I’d sing off my apple earphone and use this app called offtop and I received like 12 emails of people telling me that I helped them make decisions about their heartbreak or the person who cheated on them, or whatever. I thought that was crazy that I had an impact on people from something I just freestyle on my earphones and I thought about what I could do if I actually took it seriously.
I’ve been working on myself a lot from 2016 to now and I feel like I’m finally ready to take the steps that I need to take in order to make my career boom. I’ve really built up my confidence and I’ve allowed myself to not focus on what other people say. People would hate on me like “oh you’re only dropping one minute songs”. But I just kept it pushing and see where it brings me. I’ve gained a good following of people who actually care about what I post and can relate to it. Sometimes when I feel like I don’t want to create or there’s no reason behind it I remind myself quickly that I do have a reason and a purpose behind doing what I do.. I do it for myself to heal but also for those who can’t necessarily voice the issues and traumas they’ve been through.
Who’s an artist that you’d love to get a feature from? Why?
Whenever I tell people this they’re often like “huh?” They wouldn’t expect it but Kid Cudi. He has inspired me to be the most authentic version of myself. I feel like growing up listening to his music definitely made me know that there was someone else on earth struggling with who they were and where they fit in. You know being a loner, not really being understood. I used to dream of being on stage with him performing. I feel like the way he has inspired me I’d want to make something that would have as much of on impact on others.
How do you keep yourself inspired and creative?
I’m a very emotional person. So everything I go through I’ve mastered a way to turn it into art. If it’s a good thing or a bad thing, whatever it is that I’m going through gets put in a song,or I just sing and create a melody. I really stay creative by allowing my feelings to just flow. And when I don’t feel like creating I don’t force myself to. There’s no reason to and the music just doesn’t come out nice you know. Yes I’m staying in the rhythm but my mind’s not there and my soul isn’t in it. So I feel like it’s important for me to work on my own time but I’m really working on making a lot of content when I am feeling it so that when I feel like I can’t really create I’ll have backup content to put out.
What are some of your musical influences?
I have so many, too many to count actually. But some of the main ones are Frank Ocean, The Weeknd, Erykah Badu. I really love Jhene Aiko, Kehlani and Tori Kelly. Who else… There’s a lot. I grew up to a lot of old school hip hop. People usually think I listened to R&B when I was younger but not a lot, Ciara I would though. I really love Nas and Tupac so they’re definitely inspiration as well.
Do you face any challenges as an anglophone artist in Montreal?
Definitely. From experience, the post on instagram that I have the most likes and shares on is a post where i’m singing a song in both french and english. I know that If I were to go towards the french side I would rise quicker but that’s not my goal, my goal is to stay myself. I’m giving the city a couple of years to give anglophone artists the recognition that we deserve. It’s only a matter of time because there’s a lot of us that are really really talented and for the work we put in we deserve to be recognized.
What’s next for you and your music career?
I’m working on an EP at the moment. It’s not going to be a long EP, I want it to be short and sweet. I’m going to be very vulnerable on it. I mostly sing about love cause I feel like I base everything that I do off of love. So I love singing about that. The music that I’m making recently I’d say it reflects more of who I am now than the music I used to make. I feel like I’ve grown into the music as well. This EP hopefully I’m going to drop it before the end of the year if everything falls into place.
That’s it! Oh I also I plan to be consistent with the releases and the content. After all these years of being so reluctant and scared I’m just going to allow myself to be free and be open to what life has to offer with this beautiful career that I chose.
What’s the biggest lesson you learned in 2020?
The biggest lesson I’ve learned in 2020 is that in order to show up for others you must be able to show up for yourself first by the doing inner work and setting healthy boundaries. It’s the only way good things can come to me!
You can keep up with Montrealways on her Instagram so you won’t miss any new music releases from her. Also make sure to check out the amazing bops she’s already gave us. Her songs are available on all platforms, click here for more.