With a desire to write, record and produce everything from his bedroom, Southampton-born but Brighton-based artist Soare now invites us to enjoy his woozy new single High Ride.
Blending a diverse array of influences including RnB, indie and hip-hop, this sweeping new offering takes us on a bold and vibrant journey into the mind of the young 23-year-old as it moves and meanders through a glossy yet euphoric aesthetic.
So with his new single finally in our laps, we sat down with him to find out more about his earliest origins and what has inspired him over the years.
What was the first instrument you fell in love with?
Definitely guitar. I grew up on my dad’s favourite bands like AC/DC and Led Zeppelin which prompted me to learn guitar and even get an SG style guitar at the time. As I learnt more about music and diversified my taste I started to pick up other instruments and get into songwriting, recording and production.
What has been the most prominent inspiration behind your music so far?
I take inspiration from a lot of different artists and genres but I particularly like artists that cross genres to make something a little different. As a particular fan of Indie, Hip-Hop and R&B music I wanted to blend these into what would hopefully become my sound. I really like N.E.R.D and I think I take a lot of inspiration from them along with other artists I like and listen to.
What kind of music did you love as a teenager?
As a teen I listened to a lot of music. I was a keen Rock/Metal, Hip-hop and Indie fan going to see artists and bands from Slipknot to Kanye and pretty much anything in between.
Can you remember the first song that made you want to pursue a life in music?
This is a really good question. I remember I was at a local gig in my hometown of Southampton with a friend and for some reason we were not feeling the vibe of this gig. He then popped a headphone in my ear and it was one of the songs from the Weeknd’s Trilogy project, probably ‘Wicked Games’ or ‘House of Balloons’ and I recall thinking that I hadn’t heard this sort of dark style R&B sound before. So I would probably say that, but just generally enjoy making music and getting to share it with everyone is great.
When you wake up in the morning, what kind of music do you like to listen to?
This really depends on how I’m feeling or what sorta mood I’m in but I’ve been listening to a lot of DIY artists recently. Artist’s such as Dayglow, Omar Apollo, Still Woozy and Mk.gee have been giving me some good vibes to start my day.
How many of your songs have you written about people in your life?
All the songs I have written are about people in my life and people that have had a particular impact on me. I take a lot from my life to write what I know and how I feel as well as reflecting on my own personal experiences.
What have been the most memorable moments in your career so far?
It’s early days for my solo music career so I’m hoping there will be many more memorable moments to come. I’d probably say the release of my debut song last month. It had been something I wanted to release for a while and I’m so glad with how it’s gone so far.
Outside of music, what are your biggest passions?
Outside of writing my own music, I enjoy writing and getting involved with PR and marketing when I can. I also just like the simple pleasures of good films, running, reading, games and spending time with friends and family.
If you weren’t a musician, what other path do you think you might have taken?
I would really love to work in a music industry role one day to take my knowledge and help other musicians and artists get exposure to take their music to the next level. I love discovering new artists and would relish the opportunity to help others to succeed in their music.
And what advice would you give to those looking to stay productive during the coronavirus lockdown?
During this time, everyone is in different situations. Some are out of work or not working whilst others are still working as they are essential or have the means to work from home. I was personally working from home and am now using my time to focus on my music and other passions. It’s important to remember what’s important in times like this. For me it’s keeping healthy, my family, friends and spending my time doing what I love. The only tip I could give is to set realistic reminders for what you want to do each day. We all have days in which we are not as productive and that’s also okay too. As long as you start each day with a good intention you are doing the right thing.
Soare’s new single High Ride is available to stream and download now.