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A Spotlight Interview With Shye

A fresh banger from Shye brings out a colorful and bright pop atmosphere that combines a crisp style and a touch of retro in the soundscape that blends in with her natural vocal feel so well that it feels completely natural and is able to completely take on the form of pop music from different era's all in one shot.

"Walk Away" is quite a catchy tune but that's just only one small part of her full album release dubbed idk it's complicated is brimming with these outstanding and shimmer pop tones that all have a little edginess and a lot of honesty that all really makes this record addicting as hell.

There are a handful of serious gems on this album but the whole thing has a way of painting these pictures in your head of things and situations that you can see vividly due to the colorful palette she uses to create these songs.

The album is almost like a diary or concept record, and it's got such a youthful and wondrous tone and style to it that makes it all feel so true and like it came from real situations or experience.

This was an insight into how young pop artists and songwriters do things. There are no boundaries really set. They are free do make this outstanding po music without those walls so because of that, the art of it all is pushing the envelope just enough to open eyes and peel back some skin.

Very lush and full-bodied but beautiful and quirky in its own right.

And with the release of such a unique pop record, we wanted to have a chat with Shye to see where this all actually came from and what may be next for the artist as well. Here's what happened.

RAG: Okay so let's start with the Walk Away. This single absolutely had a great indie-hip hop vibe to it! Where did this track come from?

Thank you, that’s the first time I’m hearing any of my tracks described that way, that’s very interesting :)

But yes, as with most of my tracks, they all started with the instrumental and I usually just let that lead. I can never really remember the whole process behind it haha. But one of my favourite parts of the song has to be the pre-chorus which is led by a really heavy synth bass. I’m pretty partial to basslines so I was really excited about it. As for the lyrics, we all need to learn to walk away from toxic people and situations sometimes, “no one’s gonna help you if you don’t help yourself.” (Trivia fact: I did the artwork.)

RAG: So how did this all begin for you? When did you fall in love with music really?

I’m not trained in music nor do I come from a musically inclined household. I mean, I’ve always loved to sing but I would say writing and producing my own music is a whole new game. I would say it’s a bit of a happy accident, it began as a way to pass time during the school holidays a few years back. I learnt a lot from Google and watching YouTube tutorials. I think what made me fall in love with making music is the whole process behind it. I love to sing and write, but I also love the technical side, which I find exciting - producing, recording, mixing and mastering. I really feel safe like I’m in my own world.

RAG: Who is in your headphones right now?

Djo, specifically his new album ‘DECIDE’. I also recently discovered the alternative rock/shogaze band Leaving Time. I’ve been listening to their self-titled 2021 EP.

RAG: What inspires you to write a song?

When I’m able to come up with an instrumental, I get really excited and that’s usually what helps drive me towards finishing the song. It’s honestly quite random and sometimes happens when I least expect it. In terms of lyrics or stories behind the songs, I draw inspiration from everyday life observations as well as situations that my friends or the people around me, or myself have experienced.

RAG: I'm hearing some great styles on this record. Who are some of your biggest musical influences?

It’s always super hard to say because I love and am inspired by so many different artists across a variety of music genres. However, in terms of production especially, I would say I’m really inspired by Tame Impala as well as K-pop.

RAG: What are you doing when you're NOT working on music?

Probably annoying my cat, learning new choreography, doodling and travelling.

RAG: Would you say live performances are a big part of what you do?

I think the interaction with the audience during live performances offers a special connection that you just can’t find anywhere else. It fuels my passion and makes whatever challenges I face worth it. I hope to be able to soon make up for the loss of live performances during the Covid lockdown.

RAG: This single feels like a big undertaking, is there any advice you'd give to other up and coming artists out there?

With all my other bodies of work, everything is single-handedly undertaken by myself from start to finish, from writing to recording to mixing to mastering. My advice to others who are starting out would probably be, don’t be afraid to try but be prepared to put in the work.

RAG: What can your fans expect from you in the near future?

I have a collaborative EP coming out late November and I have more new music planned for next year! It’s gonna be a little different and is something I’ve always wanted to do so I’m excited to share it with everyone!

RAG: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music?

Being able to handcraft my music and to be able to share it with everyone is very personal and fulfilling for me. I’m immensely thankful to everyone for their time, love and support for my music. Take care, I hope to see you all one day! <3

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