New Music Friday: Solaariss 🔊🔥
Ready for the weekend!? We are excited to give you our next #NewMusicFriday feature! Off the back of releasing his latest new single 'Up Until Recently ' we linked up with the very dope creator of stories, moments and music.. Solaariss at our studio in London.
In between some fire Saxophone freestyles we gained an insight into his creative process, how the lockdown has affected his creative process and what's next for the Yellow Hearts Crew 💛
- Who is Solaariss?
I'm in essence is a creative. A creator of music, creator of stories, creator of moments & creator of vibes. I'm an artist, producer & multi-instrumentalist from south London, and I just wanna bring all my visions to life. It's hard to explain in detail who I am right now, because I'm terrible at presenting myself, but the beauty of that is that it's an unravelling story. So if you'd like, follow my journey to discover who I am.
- Tell us about your latest project? What's next for you?
My latest release 'Up Until Recently' is a song I made about realising too late that I wasn't there for someone when they needed me the most. I wrote the song during lockdown about a situation years ago that went sour because I wasn't the support I needed to be at the time. What's next for me? More music, definitely. More shows, hopefully. Spontaneousness? Always. I wanna show more of my artistry to my audience so they can get a better understanding of who I am, but I'm trying to execute it in the best way possible. (Also I have a track called 'Must I Surprise You?' that is a BEHEMOTH of a tune & I'm gonna keep teasing it until it's released otherwise I'm gonna end up forgetting to release it.)
- Who's is your inspiration?
They keep changing, my inspirations always seem to rotate depending on the times. Right now my latest inspirations are Anderson. Paak with his unique voice & Tems and her effortless, vibey flow & melodies (she's a big vibe). But my main inspirations come from my contemporaries, people in my scene, people I have or want to collab with, like Nikhil Beats, Safiyyah, Ayeisha Raquel, DeeRiginal, Bianca Silver. They're not big names right now, but give it a few years...
- How did Covid-19 impact your creative process?
Firstly, I wouldn't be releasing music if it wasn't for covid that's for sure! Before the pandemic I had no intention of releasing anything until 2025, I just wanted to do live shows and play at festivals to be honest. That was the plan, if you wanted to hear my music you HAD to come to my shows, but obviously that got thrown out of the window so I had to adapt. I don't have a proper set up at home other than a laptop, headphones and mic & I'm in a family of 5 so finding the perfect time to record is crucial, but it taught me how to create more with less, whether that be limited space, limited time or limited equipment. They say pressure makes diamonds and yeah it's pretty much true.
- We really like the way you combine music and art and storytelling. Tell us more about the Yellow Hearts Crew?
I appreciate when people see the story and art around and within my music, so thank you! I'm a big fan of soundtracks so I try to make music that can be the soundtrack to people's lives. There's definitely more to come from me on this side of the music. The Yellow Heart's Crew in theory is a symbol of community, friendship, cohesion and good vibes. The Yellow Heart itself, to me, is a symbol of an imperfect but growing heart. For instance, take a bell pepper, Green is the least ripest, red is the most, but yellow is in the middle, it's not bitter but not sweet either, it's mellow. And that's where I see myself, imperfect in my faults, but growing. It's like a positive melancholy if that makes any sense. I love good vibes and enjoying the moments in life but I'm a very introspective person, so the Yellow Hearts Crew represents people like that.
Photography by: @dj_lukey
Listen to 'Up Until Recently' by Solaariss NOW!