Hey Iyves! So excited to be chatting with you! You are gearing up for the release of your new single “My Way”! How excited are you to get this song out into the world?!?
Iyves: I am so excited that My Way is out in the world. It was one of my favorite songs to write and record. It was one of those songs that the melodies just came out and the song really wrote itself.
What do you hope your supporters will think of the new song?
Iyves: I hope that this song speaks to my listeners and gives them the energy and positivity to feel good in their own skin even, if it just for a minute. I think that is what is so magical about music is that it has the ability to shift and dictate emotions within us.
Can you tell us the backstory of this song? Is it from a real experience?
Iyves: This song came about in a time I was feeling discouraged and sick off the music industry. I wanted to write something anthemic that was uplifting and self loving. There are some many things/people/circumstances in this world but it is so important to take a step back and embrace the skin you are in and the person you are.
Will there be a music video for your new single?
Iyves: We shall see! I have a big photo campaign coming out with the release of ‘My Way’ showcasing individuals from all different backgrounds and stories.
Do you have a creative say in your music? Did you help write all your new songs?
Iyves: Always. I always have hand in my music. I wouldn’t feel right speaking on something that didn’t come from me and my own experience.
What’s it feel like to be releasing your own original music?
Iyves: I feel so lucky that I have gotten to the place of releasing music. It always seems to take a long time to get something out into the world but it is so rewarding. It can be scary, vulnerable, disappointing after a big build up but, at the end of the day I really do feel fortunate to be able to create, express and release.
Is there anyone you want to thank that’s helped you get to where you are today?
Iyves: Oh wow this list could go on and on! I have some many people that have been a part of this journey. I firstly thank my family, without their support and encouragement I know I wouldn’t be where I am today. They have always been my biggest fans from a young age from taking me to voice lessons, to sending me to music summer camp to encouraging me to pursue this path and study at Berklee College of Music and beyond. I also have had so many incredible teachers and collaborators along the way that have shaped and informed the artist and person I am today.
What do you want your message to be towards your fans? What do you want your fans to take away from your music and shows?
Iyves: I want my fans to feel empowered, seen and heard through my music. I love that music can often take emotions and make them into something more tangible. It brings us all together so that at the end of the day there really is a common thread and understanding between us all.
What’s one word you would use to describe what your fans have allowed you to accomplish?
Iyves: Motivation! Making music can be a very self-fulfilling thing at times. As soon as it touches a listener, or audience member it all becomes worth it. To know that my music can help someone, bring positivity and happiness, words of encouragement etc — that’s when it all truly manifests into something bigger than I could have ever imagined.
Is there anyone in the music business you are dying to meet?
Iyves: I would love to meet James Blake. He is one of my favorite artists and writers in the music industry. He has truly pioneered such an influential and distinct sound onto current day music. I have been so artistically influenced by James Blake’s artistry and the way he bends and infuses genres together.
Why do you think social media is so important for artists like yourself?
Iyves: Social media is just another platform to express ourselves. Both visually, but also, gives us the ability to share words or personal in thoughts with our followers. Social media can make the artistic path way more dimensional and intimate. Which I find really amazing because then fans can get to know me a bit better beyond the audible parts of myself that I share in my music.
What would you say is your biggest dream/goal right now?
Iyves: I would love to go on a national and or/ world tour with one of my dream artists.
Can you spill any details on what your supporters can look forward to?!?
Iyves: You can expect lots more music in the remainder of this year into 2020. The songs are a bit more evolved and matured as I’ve grown as an artist and person. You can also expect many more live shows!
Any last things you want to tell your supporters?
Iyves: Thank you from the bottom of my heart for listening, reading, following. You are what makes this difficult yet beautiful journey really worth it all. If you’re just now getting on the IYVES train, I love you too! So much more coming for you.
Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview!!
Thank YOU so much Teen Music Insider xoxo