rachad

Tell us about yourself. 

Even though I’m really social, I’m actually the biggest nerd. I’m obsessed with books, but not normal fictions or novels with like creative story lines. I love autobiographies and books that have some kind of historical or philosophical value. You got to control the information you receive these days.

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Tell us about yourself as an artist. 

As an artist, I’m really trying to express the different sides of my personality by telling stories that I’ve actually gone through. I don’t really try too hard to figure out how I want to come across to everyone. I’m rachad.

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Tell us about the genre of your music. 

I don’t really think my music has a specific genre, I like to mess around with every sound I possibly can. But I’d describe it as future R&B, like R&B with an electronic twist.

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Tell us about the story behind your song. 

I had just gotten out of a relationship, but still missed the affection of being in one. So I wrote a song to kind of explain how I wanted the benefits of a relationship with somebody I already has a friendship/connection with.

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Tell us about the problems you are facing as a musician. 

Being from Canada and living in Sydney Australia, it’s a lot harder to get the attention and respect of listeners without being from the U.S.

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Tell us about the recording and production of the song.

Originally my producer Klapback and I were messing around with an R. Kelly sample until I started free-styling what is now the hook of the song. Then I got introduced to a producer known as i.amsolo who helped me create my vision for the song by removing the sample and chopping my own vocals into what is now the vocal samples in the background.

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List the names of blogs, radio or TV stations that have supported you so far. 

KIIS FM

Eternity Network

KRXM Radio

FBi Radio

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Tell us more about your music career, experience and future goals. 

Since I’ve always been involved in every step of the making of my music (writing/production/branding etc.), I have recently gotten the opportunity to write and work with other upcoming and established artists as a result of the connections I’ve made this year. Which is pretty exciting considering this is my first official single.

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Brief us what inspires you to write, compose and sing. 

Women.

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Brief us the top-secret behind making a hit song. 

Even though you should always have artistic integrity, nobody is going to care unless they hear something that appeals to them (whether it’s familiar to them or not). The irony of being creatively familiar – the artist dilemma.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist. 

Make sure once you’re confident that once you’re finished turning your vision into a song, spend time on your branding and your image.

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Discuss at length your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained. 

Because I have just started my career, “Best Friend” is my official first single. But I do have some big plans for the next couple months as far as new singles and a possible EP…

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio. 

Every genre of music that I do demands a different process; but usually the process starts with a chord progression played on guitar, piano or a pad. Then I’ll freestyle some melodies, lyrics and flows for like 10 minutes per song and then just cut parts out and put the song together. Melody first, then lyrics. The beat and the melodies will always tell you what the song should be about.

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Name the artists you are willing to collaborate with. 

Drake, Kanye, Lido, Jaden Smith, Keller, The Weekend, anders, I could go on forever.

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State the links to your social networks and stores for purchase of your songs. 

Spotify

https://open.spotify.com/album/0CMmRfnJhZlCIJQvUtu3xZ

Apple Music

http://itunes.apple.com/album/id/1321702471

Itunes

http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1321702471?ls=1&app=itunes

Soundcloud

https://soundcloud.com/rachadsedu/best-friend

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/rachadsedu/

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day. 

Happiest Day: the first time I went back to visit Ottawa since I moved away to Sydney.

Saddest Day: when I moved away.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars. 

I’d buy my crew their favourite cars, my mom her favourite bag, myself a house, and then re-invest the rest into my music.

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Tell us about your song. 

Personal. Play it at night.

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Tell us how you manage other activities with your music career. 

I’m really strict with my time, so I make sure that I cut out distractions where I can. Especially when it comes to people trying to get in the way. Goal setting and monitoring your goals; it is important to make sure that you’re always evaluating your own progress.

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Tell us five artists you can regard as legends. 

Jimmy Hendrix

Ray Charles

Drake

Kanye West

R Kelly

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Tell us your future plans pertaining music. 

Continue to experiment with different sounds that you’d find in less mainstream genres of music, and implement them in a catchy and memorable way (think the 808 in Kelela – “Blue Light”). Release a couple more singles until my EP is ready to launch.

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Tell us what you think about creativity and originality in music. 

As much as it’s important to follow trends in music, it’s important that your music makes an impact on people. Without that creative element to your music, you’ll start to lose your sense of identity and your ability to contribute to music in general.

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Tell us the reason you are into music. 

Bullying. I was bullied for many reasons (my weight, religion, nationality and culture) and didn’t have many friends when I first moved, so I needed something that I could do when I was alone. Which turned into listening to and creating music.

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Tell us your view on old school music and new school music in terms of preference. 

I actually came up on old school rap, r&b, soul and blues. So my first taste of like major fandom was towards people like Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Ray Charles, Nas, R Kelly, Sade etc. But I think as far as new school, even though I listen to everything, artists like Kanye West “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”, Childish Gambino “Because the Internet”, Travis Scott “Rodeo” and Jaden Smith “SYRE” – that I vibe to the most. They create albums that are not only time stamps of contemporary music, but are so distinct that they continue to stand out for years after their release. They create modern classics which is what I aspire to do. Because of all the technology that’s available to modern artists, it’s arguable that it’s easier to create something creative and different these days compared to 20 years ago. Regardless, new school music is more readily accessible to us these days as there’s simply more of it. This is possibly the hardest question I’ve ever been asked.

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Tell us your most memorable day as an artist. 

The day I first wrote “Best Friend” and learnt how to use my voice as a singer, rather than just how I used to write for others.

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

Help with socio-political issues within my own country and in the rest of the world. As a graduate of a politics degree, and about to complete my law degree, I would like to be able to accomplish the goals that I set myself when I began my studies. Especially considering that the reason I became such a music nerd was because of bullying.

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