Hi My’Key, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Thanks for having me, I’ve been copacetic. Just trying to finish this holiday shopping.
Can you talk to us more about your new single “Blessings”?
Blessings is a song about focusing more on the positive things in life and not allowing the negative things to overwhelm us. As humans, at times we often walk around with a grey cloud above us and fail to realize the sun still shines through the dark times. We block our own blessings when we choose to live in the storm.
Did any event inspire you to write this song?
Yea I actually wrote blessings in 2015 during a tough time in my life. I had graduated from college and wasn’t sure what to do next with my life (financially). I was discussing my problems with my mom and she responded with you don’t know how blessed you are. When she said that I realized how much I focused on my problems and neglected my blessings.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
That’s the plan. I’m still going through the concept in my head but once it’s ready, I will be shooting a video for it.
The single comes off your new album Last Name Iso – what’s the story behind the title?
The first 3 letters of my last name is Iso and that’s been the story of my life. I used to play basketball and I would to try and do everything myself. Instead of passing to teammates for a easier play, I would call Iso and try to take my defender one on one. Overall, that became my mindset. I would try to handle things on my own, failing to realize I couldn’t and needed help. Last Name Iso explains that journey.
How was the recording and writing process?
Shout outs to Nate Coop, he produced the beat and sent it over to me. As soon as I heard it, I immediately wrote the hook and later wrote the verses. I record everything at my home studio so when I finished recording, I felt it needed more. Shout outs to Carvena Jones , Skyrah Bliss, and Raven Jenai, they helped add that choir feel to it.
How has your upbringing influenced your music?
A lot, I grew up listening to slot of Jazz and I feel that’s my sound. I’m currently teaching myself how to play the saxophone. Outkast, UGK and many more use to be on my Walkman so they’ve inspired me a lot.
What aspect of tragedy did you get to explore on this record?
Being broke lol. After graduating I just wanted to make music. At the time, I worked just enough to pay bills and get my records mixed. I started to have a negative mindset where my pride would often take over and I’d isolate myself from everyone. The song is a self evaluation, I’m telling myself I’m blessed and stop tripping on problems that won’t last forever.
Any plans to hit the road?
I want to… I’m a consultant so my job requires me to travel around the world. After I release Last Name Iso, I want to go on tour.
What else is happening next in My’Key’s world?
Planning on releasing a lot more singles and videos next year. I’ll be working with more artist and networking. I’ve broke free from all the limits I’d place in my mind so be on the look for me in 2018. The kid’s blessed.
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