Similar Kind releases an amazing new track called “Lost and Lonely” – Reignland

Similar Kind releases an amazing new track called “Lost and Lonely” Similar Kind is an indie alternative/pop band from Norwalk, CT. It originated as just a few friends jamming in a garage and has blossomed into a five piece band playing shows all over the northeast. The vocals and guitar really stand out to me in this song. The other instruments are played beautifully as well. This is a nice song to chill by. Loved it. Please check out this great song and share your feedback below.


INTERVIEW: Angelique Jeffrey – Reignland

Social Media has a wonderful way of introducing brilliant creatives and Angelique was one of them. I connected with her at first by commenting on her weekly ‘Insecure’ post found in her stories every Sunday. She became my ‘Insecure’ watch buddy in my head. Eventually, she released her first blog post for her blog, ‘A Word’. As I read it, I became intrigued, not just at the relatable topic but her ability to take a topic and say everything you were thinking within the topic without fear, pulling at your emotions and making you want more. It’s like she was in your head and you were having a conversation with your older sister who always said the right things at the right times. As she continued to post, I became more and more captivated by her journey.

How are you handling 2020 so far? A: 2020 has been one of the most challenging years for me! We’re only halfway through it but I’ve learned so much about my own resilience in this short but trying time.

What got you into writing? A: I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. My mother taught me to read and write at a very young age and even as a toddler I was amazed at the way stories were told. I always knew I’d be holding the pen, telling my own story one day.

What has been your hardest piece to write so far and why? A: So far, ‘Sad Girl’ has been the hardest. Not necessarily to write, but to release. It’s not only a part of my story but my mother and grandmother’s story as well. I was so worried about how they’d feel about my interpretation.

What writer inspires you? A: I can’t say that I have one specific writer that inspires me, truthfully. I’m inspired by all those brave enough to share their story or stories of others with the world.

Why the name ‘A Word’? A: I named my brand ‘A Word’ because that’s truly all it takes. One single word can spark various emotions, can bring you back to a specific time or push you toward the future.

You went and graduated from college. Congratulations girl! How was that experience? A: Thanks so much! Honestly, graduating college was a surreal experience and I don’t think I’ve really had the time to embrace it. I was so focused on finishing and once I finished I focused on pursuing my passion.

In one of your posts, you talked about feeling stuck after college. How did you get over that hump and how are you doing now? A: Yeah, it was hard because I felt the weight of the constant “what now” questions? And I honestly had no clue. I didn’t have a plan. I’d say I’m finally finding my footing now. I still know nothing about where I am but I definitely know where I’m going.

What is your advice to college kids on getting through it? A: My advice would be to find your own way. No one path will be the same but each is special. My journey was full of comparisons to others and I think that’s part of why I struggled. I didn’t embrace my own path and tried to follow someone else’s. Do what works for you.

Your post titled, ‘Sad Girl’ was one of my favorites you ever wrote. You spoke about the fact that you don’t have to be strong all the time. Why do you think people have this notation that they can’t break down or lose it, that they have to have everything together women especially? A: I wrote that piece for women but black women in particular because society puts such a heavyweight on our shoulders and yet we’re expected to be put together and be the “backbone” of our community. And at the end of the day, a lot of our “strength” comes from survival. We’re not always okay, we don’t have all of the answers and we can be strong and still need support.

How does one break that cycle in your opinion? A: I believe it starts with a conversation. We come from such a “hush-hush” background where the struggles within the community aren’t discussed because we have enough issues. But in order to resolve these issues, we have to go to their source and dig up the roots.

Your latest piece, ‘Blocked Blessings’ has become another one of my favorites. You touch on allowing yourself to be vulnerable. What do you think it is about being Vulnerable that scares most people? A: I think the exposure that comes with being vulnerable is what scares people the most. No one wants to be hurt, disappointed, or misjudged. As humans, we avoid that as often as possible. But that avoidance can ultimately be our downfall. We never know what we would’ve been exposed to had we taken the chance.

What is one blessing you feel like you blocked because you couldn’t be Vulnerable? A: I’ve always been overly cautious when it comes to putting myself in uncomfortable positions. Uncomfortable not necessarily meaning negative but stepping out of my comfort zone. There were jobs I knew I was perfect for that I never applied for because I doubted my abilities or was afraid of someone else’s perception of my abilities. I’m learning to let go. If the worst-case scenario is that I fail, then that’s okay with me.

How do you deal with Vulnerability now? A: I just accept that what is for me is already mine. I’m still very cautious in my decisions but I look at every possible outcome as a stepping stone. There’s no decision that can affect me negatively if it’s a part of my journey.

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Hoax released an awesome new track called “Western Medicine” – Reignland

Hoax released a wonderful new track called “Western Medicine” HOAX is an indie pop-rock band from Queens, New York. It is the musical brainchild of Michael Raj and Frantz Cesar, who create the sonics and concepts behind their self-described style of “empathy pop” music. Their modern vintage musical sound draws from a wide range of influences like 60’s pop70’s Motown, and alternative R&B. This song has a nostalgic feel to it. I really enjoyed the lyrics, as well as the vocals. The music is played with passion in every stroke. A great project. Be sure to check it out and please share your feedback below.


Yellow Shoots x Johnny Burgos releases a wonderful new track called “Fun Tonight” – Reignland

Yellow Shoots x Johnny Burgos releases an exciting new track called “Fun Tonight” Worlds collide, and we’re left with a sound. That sound preserves vestiges of the two respective halves, but it’s wholly new at the same time. Yellow Shoots encapsulates a similar phenomenon. Founder, vocalist, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Greg Matthews uncovers a catchy and cosmic crossroads between progressive rock instrumentation and soulful R&B crooning. As a result, the Philadelphia-born and Brooklyn-based alternative maestro realizes a focused, fresh, and fiery style on his 2018 independent full-length debut, everything. This song is especially awesome because of its sexy and hip beat. The vocals are beautiful and the lyrics grabbed my heart strings at the very first fun word. The music is extraordinary. I had to save this one to my playlist. Be sure to check it out and then please leave your feedback below.


Kid Riz releases a beautiful new track called “Alexis” – Reignland

Kid Riz releases a beautiful new track called “Alexis”

Emerging hip-hop artist blends hip-hop, RnB, and Latin sounds a little differently from the norm.

Montreal native Kid Riz is all about making good music. Creating music is not new to this 19-year-old who grew up with a musical family. When he turned 14 he developed a knack for music and was influenced by the likes of Bruno Mars, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Drake, and more. He quickly realized that this was his calling and after finishing high school he decided to give College a break and concentrate on his music. I really enjoyed the beat of this song and the soft music that draws you inward along with the beautifully written lyrics. Just check it out and please share your feedback below.


Demi Lovato & Max Ehrich get engaged. – Reignland

Some good news for your Thursday! Demi Lovato is engaged to her boyfriend, Max Ehrich and I couldn’t be more excited.

The singer showed off her beach engagement photos (captured by a friend hiding behind rocks) and an absolutely stunning ring on her Instagram feed. “When I was a little girl, my birth dad always called me his ‘little partner’ – something that might’ve sounded strange without his Southern cowboy like accent,” she wrote in the caption. “To me it made perfect sense. And today that word makes perfect sense again but today I’m officially going to be someone else’s partner.”

And then she had some very sweet words for her husband-to-be. “I knew I loved you the moment I met you,” she said. “It was something I can’t describe to anyone who hasn’t experienced it firsthand but luckily you did too.. I’ve never felt so unconditionally loved by someone in my life (other than my parents) flaws and all. You never pressure me to be anything other than myself. And you make me want to be the best version of myself. I’m honored to accept your hand in marriage. I love you more than a caption could express but I’m ecstatic to start a family and life with you. I love you forever my baby. My partner. Here’s to our future!!!! 😩😭❤️🥰😍”

They made their relationship publicly official in the video for Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande’s song “Stuck With U.” this year.

Ehrich also posted about Lovato on his own feed. “Ahhhh 💍😭🥳💓 You are every love song, every film, every lyric, every poem, everything I could ever dream of and then some in a partner in life,” he wrote. “Words cannot express how infinitely in love with you I am forever and always and then some. I cannot spend another second of my time here on Earth without the miracle of having you as my wife. here’s to forever baby 💍 ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh jeuejfjqjweuvu I’m so excited 😭😭😭 you are the most beautiful inside and out in the entire world & I couldn’t be more grateful God brought us together 🥳❤️ 🙃💍💍💍😭I LOVE YOU SO MUCH @ddlovato AND WILL FOREVER CHERISH YOUR PURE, BEAUTIFUL, INFINITE SOUL.”

I can’t wait for the wedding. She’s going to look amazing and Max is perfect. THANK YOU MAX. The only sneak peek we have seen with Demi in a wedding dress is in her music video for ‘Tell Me You Love Me ‘. Be sure to check out the photos and send your congratulations below.


a chat with actress & photographer, Farrah Aviva – Reignland

Farrah Aviva is an artist who splits her time equally in front of the camera as well as behind it. With a 15-year career in the arts, Farrah is one of the most sought after portrait photographers for Public Figures and Social Influencers. She has a lengthy, diverse resume in film/television ranging from acting to directing. Farrah is also the creator of BITE THE BULLET Stories which features celebrities to everyday people sharing their personal stories of struggle with the hopes of helping others in need. Farrah began her career in the arts in New York as a designer and fashion show coordinator. She worked with brands such as Diane Von Furstenberg, Oscar de la Renta, and Paris Hilton. Applying her experience in production with some of fashion’s greatest designers, Farrah began to pursue her photography career while also acting in a variety of film and tv shows such as Lucifer, iZombie, Supernatural, Bates Motel, A Million Little Things, The Professor, and many more.

How has 2020 treated you so far?

In all honesty, it hasn’t been that bad, but of course, like for many, it turned my life upside down and I’m still in the process of sorting it all out. With the speed, everything happened and shut down this year I felt like I had no choice but to embrace it which has been a wonderful experience of letting go and trusting the flow.I received my green card and moved to Los Angeles at the start of 2019 and spent most of that year grinding beyond what was healthy for my physical and mental well-being. I was in the process of opening a new photo studio in a city where no one knew me, and I was dedicating every spare second I had to building BITE THE BULLET Stories. As fulfilling as it was, it was HARD. So when 2020 came I finally felt like all the benefits of that grind were beginning to appear.I suddenly had clients coming in faster than I could keep up with, I paid off my debt that formed from devoting 2 years to BTBS and I signed with a talent agent. Things were good!

Just as I was driving to set to start the first day of a film in March, I got a call that said production had been shut down due to COVID and to turn back.And then shortly after the Canadian/American governments announced the borders were closing.My husband was based in Toronto for work at the time, so I decided not to fight it, and shut everything down in LA and go back to Canada to wait this out with him. I expected to fall to the floor in tears.All the hard work, all the years it took me to get there, gone.But it was actually the biggest relief, and exactly what I was supposed to do.Since then I’ve been going back and forth a bit, but I’ve had a tremendous amount of time to build things in my life that I never would have otherwise.

You created the “Bite The Bullet Stories” movement. Can you share how the movement started and how it evolved up until now?

As with millions of people, the quest for mental wellness has been a life-long journey for me. I’ve seen many of those closest to me – including members of my immediate family- struggle with mental health issues, and the shame that is commonly associated with it. Two years ago I decided to photograph both everyday people and celebrities ‘biting the bullet’ and posted their image with their story of overcoming a personal struggle. Quickly I was inundated with messages from people around the world wishing to take part. Sharing how these stories literally saved their life. The instant and positive impact that I saw it leave on people around the world motivated me to drop everything in order to build the community that it has become to date.

What is the ideal future you have in mind for “Bite The Bullet Stories”?

We’re working towards building it into a global community that celebrates each other’s triumphs while offering coachings, retreats and most importantly community.A lot needs to be done in order to do that properly, but after two years, the foundation for this is almost built.

You are also an amazing photographer. In your opinion, what makes a picture stand out from the rest?

Telling a story within each frame. Whether that be in the subjects eyes, body positioning, wardrobe, and or set dec.For me the point of a photograph is to capture a moment, to tell a story, to make someone connect.

Who are some artists you would love to photograph?

Honestly, I love them all. No matter how famous, or how green. All artists have a special quality to them that I adore so I don’t really have a ‘dream artist’ I’m hoping to photograph one day.Of course, if De Niro, Johnny Depp, or Tilda Swinton asked me for a shoot, I’d probably feel high from the ecstasy of it for years.

What are some things you hope to cross off your bucket list once everything goes back to normal?

When travel is possible again I want to work abroad with animal sanctuaries.I would also love to do a silent retreat, whether that be a zen meditation retreat or a walking retreat in Spain, I love silence and think it would be an incredible experience to sit with it for a week. I also wouldn’t mind working up the courage to do a guided ayahuasca retreat. And maybe live in a small village in France one day. If I only accomplished one or two of those things I’d be very happy!

Who are some artists that inspire you?

Patti Smith and Pablo Picasso are two artists that fill my soul with so much delight. Their stories are incredibly different, but at the root of each is incredible perseverance and authenticity to fulfilling their dreams.The ups and downs they went through, the struggles they had to face and overcome are so inspiring. I highly recommend the books, Loving Picasso, and Life with Picasso which are incredible memoirs written by two women he was involved with at different points in his career.And I also recommend, Just Kids by Patti Smith.I could read those books over and over again.

What are some causes that are dear to your heart and hope to bring awareness to in the future through your platforms?

Through BTBS I’m already bringing awareness to issues around mental health but another cause I’d love to focus on is the environment.It is of utmost importance to me, and I really wish it were for everyone else too.In my humble opinion, if we don’t fix the crisis with global warming, and for some, just admit there is a crisis, then we’re going to lose everything. Everything should come second priority to the environment.We should all be asking ourselves on a daily basis, what else can I do? My husband and I became vegan 3 years ago, and we do everything in our power to reduce the use of plastics.But I still don’t feel like that’s enough.I want to get more involved and help clean the oceans and plant trees.

What is the best advice you have gotten and from whom?

My dad was the first person to introduce me to the power of positive thinking. He gave me a list of books to read. I took his advice and read those books, and it changed my life, simply by changing my thinking. Positive thinking and the power of attraction allows you to rely on yourself and not wait for someone else to provide miracles for you. We all have the power to create them ourselves through our thoughts. It’s quite magical.

What do you hope to achieve through your art?

All I care to do is leave a positive impact on others and this planet. Whether that be through my art, or through my daily interactions with people. That’s my driving force every morning that I wake up.

What is the biggest misconception people have about your job as an artist?

That it is glamorous! Perhaps the film/tv side of it is more glamorous, but the photography side is so much physical exertion that I never feel less glamorous than when I’m in the middle of a shoot. Some photographers seem more capable of keeping a ‘cool’ vibe while they shoot.But for me, and maybe it’s because of my size, I’m lugging gear that’s much heavier and larger than I, crawling on the ground and contorting into weird positions to get the shot, and sweating.At the end of a shoot I feel like half my makeup has been wiped off from having my camera pressed against my face for hours, and I’m hunched over like a 90-year-old woman with back problems.I don’t realize any of this when I’m in the moment. Just when the dreaded words come up, “can we take a selfie together?” That’s when I say pause and run to my makeup bag in an attempt to make myself look human again.

What are your plans for the future?

I’m going to invest more time in FILM/TV again by director-shadowing and expanding my skills that way.Once I can do that, I feel like I’ll be able to blend BTBS, photography and my FILM/TV experience in an incredibly powerful way.


Lifestyle, TV & Movies


Mulan Live Action is finally here! Well… kind of. Disney Plus will have the movie available for subscribers for the small fee of $30 (at least until December when it’s said to be included in the subscription). Is it outrageous? Yes. Am I still going to watch it? Absolutely! Needless to say, many people are upset by the price of the remake however, the discontentment doesn’t stop there. If you’re a fan of TikTok, you’ve most likely seen many people upset about the lack of diversity behind the scenes.

Yes, this new Mulan dogged the ScarJo, Matt Damon, white people playing roles not meant for them bullet, but in the wake of the Black Lives Matter Movement, people are more than prepared to call Disney out for its lack of flavor behind the camera. From the director to the writers and even the costume designer Disney’s Live-Action Mulanlacks anyone of Asian descent. So how accurate can the film be? Aren’t there bound to be some mistakes, most likely some offensive ones? And more importantly, how will Disney change going forward? The people have spoken and they won’t ask again before#cancelDisney is trending on all platforms.

Representation is important, so many people of color grow up either not seeing themselves in their favorite shows and movies or seeing an ill-written stereotypical character. It’s great that we’re finally getting some representation in front of the camera but by not hiring writers and directors that share in the same ethnicity or cultural upbringing as the stories they tell, we are essentially silencing people of color, only allowing them to speak if their voice mimics that of a white person. This is no small snafu, this a problem that leads to the insecurity and identity crisis of many people of color in America. People of color are not puppets. Their stories deserve to be told from their own mouths.


Why you need to tap into the world of Galimatias. – Reignland

Music can be life-changing for a listener when the sound is right. I heard that sound the first time I listened to Galimatias. Many producers can tell a story without saying a single word. They can transport you into a lush atmospheric dream world where you lose all sense of time with just sound. They can send chills down your spine with the right timing of a chord during one particular moment of an instrumental. You then hear that producer sing on that same instrumental. If you pair those velvety vocals with addictive ambient samples and captivating sonic elements, you create the artist, Galimatias.

It’s August 25th, 2020, midnight PST, where we find Danish born artist/producer Galimatias an hour after releasing the second batch of vinyls for his debut album “Renaissance Boy”. The first batch sold out in under 30 minutes on Aug 7. The decision to release vinyl copies stemmed from the nostalgic feeling that comes from holding the physical copy of your favorite album. A feeling that is truly unexplainable.

He’s sitting there in a dark gray hoodie with his signature headphones on both ears. They are signature headphones because he wears them in all of his Behind the Scenes videos on social media. The sun shines through his window as he greets me with a smile. The interview then starts.

“When we share our emotions with peers, ego can be a veil over truth. To various degrees, I guess. It’s important that everyone has someone in their life that they can be completely honest with. But even then, you will probably never be as unrestrained as you are within the frame of your own mind.”


In doing my research I didn’t find many interviews of him after the release of his critically acclaimed collaborative project with Alina Baraz titled, Urban Flora, which debuted six years ago. The vinyl sits on the wall next to his desk. He values that era as he should. It went Gold and has become a classic. A little time after it’s release though, he disappeared from the spotlight. “I think there was a while that I felt uninspired because I just walked the same lane back and forth. I had put myself in a situation where I wasn’t challenging myself. As creatives, I think it’s important to always chase the fun, and oftentimes challenge is what makes something fun. I’d always been writing and doing little vocal things here and there, but it wasn’t until I fully embraced that aspect of music, that I opened the door to a whole new world of exploration.”

After two years, he resurfaced with his first official single, ‘Blowback’ in 2017. Yes, I know he released ‘Let Me Know’ before that but it’s his least favorite song so we aren’t counting it here. Haha. He was ready to dabble in not only his production abilities but also his vocal abilities this time. With this newfound sound, he left his audience captivated and wanting more. He released about five official singles in that time and each had its own sound that would get him to where he wanted to be. ‘South’ was the last single he released before announcing his debut album. With this last loose single, he had finally found what he was looking for. ‘South’ was a wonderland full of spellbinding melodies, sensual lyricism, and whispery, soul-infused vocals that really brought his abilities to the forefront. I remember hearing it for the first time and being in awe of the detail you could hear in each chord. It was like you could hear him finally finding his sound and you wanted more. He was ready to debut and so were we.

He started making his debut album in 2018 after letting fans know that he actually was not dead, he was just busy making a masterpiece. We just had to wait for a little, like a year. Fans had no idea what was coming but whatever it was, we were tired of waiting because ‘South’ just did it for us. The new year comes around and so does a picture of his iTunes where a playlist tiled RB Gali appears. He says in the caption, ‘Final Touches’. It’s time.

I was ready for whatever story he was ready to tell. I was hoping for vocals. Praying for vocals but anything would be fine by me. According to Gali, he has thousands of unreleased tracks on his computer and about 2% gets released. I was ready for that two percent and he was ready to give it to us.

With one tweet, the countdown began. June 2020, “Album done, First, single coming this week” His fanbase was set on fire as everyone prepared for the day Galimatias finally returned. He’s always surprised at his fan’s reactions to his releases. I’m not surprised though, every artist feels that way and doubts their music sometimes. “I always doubt my own music. While I make it, it’ll feel like the best thing I’ve ever made. If it’s not, then I won’t finish it. Once it’s finished and that honeymoon phase is over, that’s when I can start to look at it more objectively. So, in short: I doubt everything I’ve ever made, except what I’m working on right now.”, he explained.

‘Redeye’, the first single from the debut was released and instantly made me realize why I was waiting so long for this to happen. Why I stayed up until midnight to hear it. The track was like something I’ve never heard before. It felt like it was a wonderland I waited to visit my whole life. Every aspect of the track was so smooth and detailed like he set there and put the track together piece by piece with every piece fitting perfectly. The layered vocals that weave in and out of the chorus along with the running pianos and smooth drums were just insane. This sound, these vocals, an album worth? I might faint, I Thought.

On August 28 after the two singles were released, we got the full project,’Renaissance Boy’. It was a gapless work of art where he brings his vulnerability to the forefront in ways only Gali could create. He finds it easier to be that way in his music. ‘I do think it’s easier being open in music. You have no inhibition as a result of social cues because the conversation when you are writing, is with yourself. In so far as any judgment befalls you, it isn’t presented until after you’ve had a chance to express yourself entirely. When we share our emotions with peers, ego can be a veil over truth. To various degrees, I guess. It’s important that everyone has someone in their life that they can be completely honest with. But even then, you will probably never be as unrestrained as you are within the frame of your own mind.”

Alongside his ability to put all of his emotions into his work, the transitions alone create such an escape for so many. You put your headphones on and close your eyes. Gali then somehow takes you on a journey where you are left in disbelief that a man can create such a body of work from head to toe in his apartment. You don’t even realize you just set through eleven-tracks because the album is gapless with every song flowing into one another perfectly. This is just a debut. I can’t wait to see where he takes us next. Where ever it is, I’m going.

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CINDY ZHANG: a soulful star in the making – Reignland

When did you fall in love with your voice?

I think I’m still learning to develop a healthy relationship with my voice and there are a lot of areas for improvement. When I was younger, I always thought singing was all about demonstrating skill and belting high notes. Nowadays I think about how I can use my voice to tell a story—and that means showing restraint and making room for the song to grow. Taking lessons with a singer named Jessica Louise this year also really shaped my voice to be more dynamic.

What is it about Jazz that inspires your music? The chord progressions I use are largely inspired by jazz. The first chords I learned on guitar were jazz chords, and that’s what I mainly use to build my songs. My singing style is also influenced by a lot of female jazz vocalists like Melody Gardot, Emilie-Claire Barlow, and Ella Fitzgerald. Improvisation is another aspect of jazz that I can’t overlook in my music. I love making room in my songs for piano fills or a guitar solo to keep the listener engaged.

How was it being a part of an a cappella group in college? It seems so awesome.

I think a cappella has a reputation for being really poppy and theatrical, but it’s actually a really challenging genre! When you’re relying on only human voices to create a full arrangement, everything becomes really volatile. Even though a cappella is really hard, I made a lot of friends in school from the community and gained a lot of experience creating vocal arrangements as my group’s music director. There were so many great singers in my group!

Is it easier or harder to perform a cappella?

Definitely harder! Staying in tune and in time can be a challenge without any instruments, and it takes a lot of rehearsal time and trust in your group members to deliver a good performance. It’s almost the opposite of jazz—where musicians can rehearse 20 minutes before a show and improvise as the song is being performed.

How was it working with Grammy-winning producer Kau Kenyatta and what did you learn?

Kamau is one of the kindest and most open-minded teachers I’ve worked with, and I was really inspired by how he saw beauty in music of all genres. Growing up studying classical music, mistakes and wrong notes were always frowned upon. Kamau taught me to focus on being spontaneous and dynamic in my performance, rather on being perfect. On the technical side, I learned a lot about jazz theory from him. Being in the jazz performance class also taught me how to arrange music for a rhythm section, horns, and vocals.

Your single, ‘Off My Feet’, is such a beautiful and lush track. You have such a soulful voice. What’s the story behind the track?

Thank you! A lot of the lush nature of the song came from the producer Natty Reeves and the keys player Suwon Yim. This song is about how at the start of a relationship, the excitement of something new can often make you lose track of everything else and overlook the red flags. During the time wrote it, I saw myself demoting other priorities like work, family, and friends in order to spend time with someone else. The lyrics are about how all aspects of my life were altered and how I was thrown off my original path.

Can you tell me about your debut album, ‘Voice Memos’?

“Voice Memos” is a set of songs that showcases a bit of all my musical influences. It’s a mix of R&B, Neo-Soul, Jazz, and even the K-pop I grew up listening to. It’s titled “Voice Memos” because all the songs on the album started from a voice memo. I’ve become really awful these past few years at writing everything down, and the voice memos app was what I had used to write all my songs. It’s scheduled to be out on October 16th, 2020. You can pre-save/pre-order the album here!

What was the journey like leading up to this debut?

The journey was definitely not straightforward. After graduating and starting a new full-time job, I thought my relationship with music would come to an end. I woke up in a new city where I had no friends to play music with and as a singer I felt hopeless. I’m fortunate to have made the decision to learn guitar 3 years ago and to rely on myself as the accompanist. This year, because of the lockdown caused by COVID, I decided to spend my time learning how to record and brushed up on some basic production skills. I was lucky to have met a lot of musicians on social media and through mutual friends to help me finish my tracks.

The transitions in your single, ‘Off My Feet’ are so dreamy. Can we expect that on the album?

Thank you! It was a challenge to decide how to make sense of all the different sections of the song, but I think it turned out to be a unique track in the end! You can definitely expect songs that swell throughout the album. There are songs that start out very sparse and grow to be very lush.

What was your favorite song on the album and what was the hardest to record?

I think “Coffee” (the last single of my album) is my favorite song. It’s a song that I produced myself and something that I started working on since 2017. Even though the lyrics are sad, there is a nostalgic and bittersweet undertone in the instrumentation. I also love that there are real drums and an upright bass on the track! I think “Off My Feet” was actually the hardest to record, mostly because some of the chord changes made singing vocal harmonies really challenging.

What have you learned about yourself while making this album?

So much! I’ve learned that there are millions of tiny decisions that go into making a single song. I’ve also learned not to become too attached to parts of a track that were the hardest to create, when and to subtract you need to. Most importantly I’ve learned how to be patient with myself and others. When you worked so hard on something for so long, you start to crave that instant overnight success—but that rarely happens and it takes time to develop your craft and for others to discover/fully connect with your music.