Veyelet

Tell us about yourself. 
I am an artist from Canada. Born on the West Coast in British Columbia, currently residing in Montreal. I’m a West Coast kid; I love the ocean and the forest.

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Tell us about yourself as an artist. 
I am passionate about expression in any medium. I want to be part of the evolution of artistic and psychedelic culture. My main mission is to spread love and open mindedness. I produce, sing, rap, write, and do visual art (mostly painting).

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Tell us about the genre of your music. 
I like to think of it as contemporary psychedelic hip hop. I like current R&B / trap beats with dub influences. I am very open and don’t like to stick to a single genre. I like to cross pollinate from all styles of music. Lyrically I like to be fairly abstract. I like it when people can pull various interpretations from my lyrics.

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Tell us about the story behind your song. 
One night after my homie’s show; a bunch of us ended up in one of my friend’s bedroom. We smoked chonga and enjoyed the finer things. It was a very sacred session. Basically the song was inspired off the energy of that evening. Lyrically most of the song was freestyled, and then I just slightly refined it as I went. The beat was made by Young Taylor. I just heard the beat and really liked it. My good friend ‘Cola’ and I collaborated on the mix and he helped me arrange the vocal. He lives in Vancouver and I was in Montreal so we just passed back and forth bounces. It was a great experience.

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Tell us about the challenges you are facing as a musician. 
Juggling work and art life can be tricky, when you are not making a living from your art. In this day and age you have to be dialed in the business as well as artistic stuff to really excel as an independent artist. I’m good at staying in the studio and creating, I need to put more effort into the business side I think. Also, any musician will tell you, finding a spot you can be free to make noise in is essential and at times can be a challenge, but I’ve been blessed with a few great opportunities that have really gone a long way. That’s why I know how much of a game changer it can be when you find that spot.

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Tell us about the recording and production of the song. 
I was in between spots, so I recorded the vocals in my bedroom at the time. The beat I found on the internet. My homie ‘Cola’ and I collaborated on the mix. He did the bulk of it; I just tweaked and rearranged a few things at the end. Greg from Suite Sound Studios in Vancouver mastered it. I actually mastered this song 4 times, with 3 different engineers before I was ready to release it. It was a great learning experience.

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Tell us the names of blogs, radio or TV stations that have supported you so far.
Not much. Hip Hop Canada featured my old stuff a few times, gave me some really great write ups actually. Also, Ride the Tempo has featured a couple of my videos in the past. The Eternity Network has been showing some love recently.

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Tell us more about your music career, experience and future goals. 
I wouldn’t really say it has become a career per say yet. It something I do everyday and I’m obsessed and I love it, but I don’t yet make a living from it. Originally I got into music as a producer and engineer. I went to school for audio engineering and was learning how to record and mix. I made beats and produced for other artists for years. I realized that I wanted to be an artist myself; I knew I had my own voice that I wanted to share. I just didn’t feel fully satisfied producing for other people, I knew I needed to take it further and start producing my own stuff. Now I even like writing lyrics more than making beats at this time. I’m focusing most of my energy into my voice and the lyrics right now.

Basically, I just want to be able to wake up in the morning and make art. Work on stuff that I’m inspired to and hopefully inspire people while I do it. My main goal is to help people feel energy and love that makes them feel good and uplifts their mentality.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing. 
That changes all the time. But one thing you can count on is that it’s my medicine.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song. 
Not sure, I haven’t made one yet.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist. 
Follow your heart and be yourself. Don’t ever let anyone tell you what you should or shouldn’t make.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained. 
I’ve made a lot of stuff, I like to switch up the alias often, and I’m always evolving. I feel really good about Veyelet though, it’s very special. I’ve only been performing for a couple years, so far so good, it’s been a fantastic experience and I love performing.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio. 
It’s always different. Lyrically most of the time I’m freestyling into the mic, occasionally it is written. I write a lot in coffee shops so when it comes the time to record; I’ve got material or I’m warmed up at least.

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Name the artists you are willing to collaborate with.
I’m fairly open. Right now I’m inspired by Ill Chill; I’d love to do something with him. I’d also love to work with Goopsteppa, he is a dope producer.

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State the links to your social networks and stores for purchase of your songs. 
Check me on Soundcloud or Instagram for now: Veyelet.

It will all be up on Spotify soon.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars. 
Spreading love and creating dope music.

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Tell us about your song. 
I think I did pretty thoroughly so far.

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Tell us how you manage other activities with your music career. 
I am still searching for that balance. It can be tough. You got to have discipline. And compartmentalize your time.

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Tell us five artists you can regard as legends. 
Alan Watts

Thich Nhat Hanh

Dr. Dre

Timbaland

Damian Marley
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Tell us your future plans pertaining music. 
Keep evolving. Keep creating. Keep loving.
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Tell us what you think about creativity and originality in music. 
I think whatever you feel like making just do it. Don’t overthink it. You can’t really fail with self-expression. Personally though, I like things when it is original and unique.

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Tell us the reason you are into music. 
It’s my medicine. It’s just who I am. I couldn’t imagine not doing it.
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Tell us your view on old school music and new school music in terms of preference. 
I love both, but I’m really into the new at the moment. I don’t have any strong opinions on either. I just listen, and I either enjoy it or I don’t.

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Tell us your most memorable day as an artist. 
So many, my first show was pretty hype.

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Tell us what you would do for the people if you found yourself in a position of power. 

Open a sanctuary for healing. Offer healing in all kinds of forms. 🙂

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Kolade Olamide

I am a poet , writer, beat maker, chef, songwriter, web designer, music promoter,digital marketer, blogger and director.

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