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Exclusive Interview: Rising Artist Luay

Hello Luay, Thanks for coming to Honk Magazine to talk about your career.

Tell us a little more about when you first got into music?

I first got into music real young, at about 5 years old. My parents put me in piano classes, and we had this box of music toys in our home, filled with shakers, flutes, drumsticks, etc. Me and my little brother would just create our own little impromptu songs with that. And from there, it progressed, I kept doing my thing, dropped the piano classes at some point, and switched them for songwriting, which I did over Youtube beats in the beginning. I then picked up FL Studio, a Digital Audio Workstation that I started making instrumentals on. It all came together—I haven’t stopped since.

If you could describe your sound/style in one word, what would it be and why?

Purple. Most songs have colors when I listen to them: some are warmer, more on the orange/red/yellow spectrum whilst more stripped down, dark records may sound blue/black/green, you get the point. My music as a whole is purple, not necessarily warm or cold but somewhere in the middle of things. I guess what I’m trying to say is that it doesn’t really fit into any boxes, not in terms of genre, mood, lyrics, I try to venture everywhere, in hopes of blending everything I see into my purple music-melting pot.

What would you say to any aspiring recording artists who look up to your work?

First of all, thank you. That’s surprising. As I still have a long way to go on my own journey, the only piece of “advice” I could really give you is this: hear advice, but don’t formulate your life around it. As a young artist, I would try to regulate my musical output to the things I saw my favorite musicians talking about. I would hear someone say to “always express your true emotions”, so I would try to force that out of myself, someone else would say “it shouldn’t feel like work” and so I’d take that super literally-

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When it’s really just about having fun with it. Whatever feels good in the moment, be it thoughtful, or stupid, productive or unproductive, whatever, do that. Although I guess that is a form of advice, isn’t it?

What quote or mantra do you live by?

My favorite quote is one about the Brazilian soccer player Ronaldinho. In an interview, his coach simply said “He spent a lot of time with the ball.” This was a perfectly simple explanation of the player’s greatness. Just spending time with something, will make you great at it.

What is your hobby outside of music?

Outside of music, I love writing. These two passions are pretty much interlinked, since I write poetry for my music. I’ve been into reading from a very young age, I used to inhale books as a child, stuff like Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, I was in love with. That habit stuck around.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

To be honest, in 5 years I want to be a big name in the industry. I want to have dropped my first album by then, which I’ve been writing since I was 16, and I want it to be a game-changer. After dropping that, I’d probably take a hiatus to find some space for my second album. In 5 years, at 23 years old, you’d probably find me in a little run-down apartment on the Upper West Side in New York, trying to figure things out. Hah.

Do you have anything new or upcoming we can expect to see from you?

Absolutely, my plan is to drop a single every 2 weeks from now on. So regular releases should be expected, including a mixtape you might want to keep your eyes peeled for…

What is the inspiration behind your latest song?

The inspiration behind my latest song “Janan” was an unrequited love. It’s about the expectations I had of it prior to it ending. It’s kind of like an in-between song—on this one, you hear me in pursuit, if that makes sense. It’s a fairly romantic track I’d say, very wavy.

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What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.

5 things I wish someone told me when I first started…

1: Put in the hours. Back in the day, I didn’t understand that the concept of working hard applied to the creative arts too, when, in reality, work is at the center of every great artist. Simply putting in the time, like Ronaldinho with the ball, is crucial.

2: Don’t spend too much time overthinking it. I remember working on my song “Mixed Signals” for around two months. Non stop. Changing the tiniest of harmonies, re-recording the slightest mistakes. Perfectionism at it’s finest. While this turned the song into a great product, I’m quite sure the second month didn’t really make a difference. In addition, I wasn’t even happy with it when I put it out. Now I listen back and it sounds perfect.

3: Reach out. This is a big one. I never knew that it is key as an artist to actively get in contact with the music industry. I used to think that just putting out music would somehow magically get me in contact with the right people, even though a big part of it is really just writing emails in bulk, submitting your music to blogs, and getting in contact with artists you mess with. The internet is a valuable platform: use it.

4: Be consistent. As an artist, consistent output really is key. Just drop regularly. This ties into the don’t overthink thing from before—getting your work out there is so important. I know so many artists that are inside, working on music all day, with the idea that they have to “hone” their sound to perfection before releasing anything. In reality, putting stuff out, getting reviews for it, getting in contact with the industry, etc. is what makes you better at what you do. Don’t wait around forever, saying how crazy it’ll be when you finally drop. Just do it.

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5: Don’t get lost in the idea of inspiration. This is the most important one for me. I touched on this before, but it really is absolutely necessary that you don’t get caught up in the idea of “inspiration” having to be anything specific. In fact, forget the term completely. Songs don’t need a motive. If it feels good in any way, do it. Don’t think about needing a message, don’t think about needing to make it sound a certain way (unless those are things that you want to do). However you’re flowing with it, is how it should be.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

In order to not burn out, I believe you have to limit the noise around you. Leave some space for yourself to breathe. Be bored. Do nothing for a day. And see what comes of it. In addition, maintaining the passion behind your music through talking about things you really want to talk about has always been crucial to me.

How can our readers follow you online?

They can follow me under @aywaluay on all major social platforms, such as Instagram, Twitter, Tik Tok, the like. You can find my music on Apple Music and Spotify simply under “Luay”, although you might have to type a song name (“Janan”) to find me. Give my stuff a listen, if you want, and hit me up with some constructive criticism 🙂

Linda Carter is the founder of PlexFeed and the official Interviewer of Honk Magazine. She shares stories of inspiring entrepreneurs from all around the world and tips to create a better life & business.

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Kate Stewart’s New single “The Game” is a royal flush

Kate Stewart

Kate Stewart presents a new single called “The Game,” which displays the realm of not getting played by anyone. This track “The Game” reflects on an opportunity to show power and get back to yourself when you’ve fallen astray. Lyrically saying how it feels to know exactly what you want when you want it. It’s all about playing your own game, one where you have control of the outcome and finding a more self-assured version of yourself, all the while having your own full house.

“The game is the game” is just something that I and all my friends have always said. Whenever I try to explain it to people they never understand, you just have to hear it in context to get it! However I thought it would make a really cool title for a song, and in this instance ‘The Game’ symbolizes not letting anything or anyone get in the way of you or what you’re trying to do. You just have to look forward and enjoy the ride, looking back will only hinder all the progress you’ve made. Don’t let anyone dull your shine, the games the game!” – KATE STEWART

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Kate Stewart shines in her daring approach that pays off majorly for this special talent, as she has the charisma of stars on this trendy anthem just on time for the season. It’s a record that is infectious and will have you listening repeatedly with her intriguing display of music being in full bloom for us all to eat up. The single “The Game” is accompanied by black and white music visual directed by Jack Bowden (Nike, HP, Primark, Boohoo, and Trivago) and is the latest visual entry to Kate’s upcoming EP, “You Had To Be There” releasing Fall of 2022. The video flips through Kate against a stark black background and an illuminated background as she poses in powerful stances, with strong visual storytelling. Her outfits range from an oversized blazer to a form-fitting bodysuit.

Her EP ‘You Had To Be There is a storybook of seasons of love, self-love, and empowerment, collaborated and put together by Kate and a circle of music titans. Writers and producers include the legendary, Swagg R’Celious, Humble The Great, David Stewart, Callum Conner, Ryan Ashley & Jeff Gitty.

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Listen to “The Game” by Kate Stewart

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Amyr, Setting the Tone and Making Noise from the Midwest to the West Coast & it’s Only The Beginning for this East Side Milwaukee Native

It’s said if you shoot for the moon you’ll land amongst the stars and that’s just what 24-year-old East Milwaukee native Amyr has done. Amyr has taken his destiny into his own hands as he’s begun to make a name for himself within the world of hip hop.
With a new scene and home base in Oakland Ca. Amyr has joined BlackJack Entertainment and proved himself to be a force of his own. Since signing with the rising enterprise Amyr has been beating down the charts from the Midwest to the West Coast with his newly released hit “Seeing Stars” ft. OMB Peezy.

The young artist has his eyes on a much greater prize than what comes with a temporary high. He’s young and ambitious with the hunger of a hustler. It’s not by chance that his audience is growing amongst all major streaming platforms via distribution of Empire.

In both his artistry and personal life Amyr is grounded and puts in the work to reach new levels. He is currently working on the foundation for his upcoming EP and raising the bar in preparation to bring the heat to a city near you.

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