How would you classify your music?

 I wouldn’t classify it. When I write a song it’s about a feeling, even if it isn’t mine. I want to write works that are relatable to people’s own experiences. That being said, when I write, I always seem to prefer my slower songs over the ones more upbeat.

Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?

When it comes to an artist’s music that inspires my own, I use to listen to the Weeknd and think “I want my music to make people feel the way he makes me feel.” His old songs had a melancolique vibe that I loved. But there’s more than that for me as an artist. I always loved Rihanna for her musical freedom. The ease she has to transform her image and style from one album to another really open doors for my generation and helps throwing the tags out of the window. Beyonce’s stage presence and her ability to create a jaw dropping show will always be something that I admire. I also love Adele’s god given voice. Finally I would add to my top 5 a Belgium artist called Stromae. His music is his truth raw and beautiful.

What do you want fans to take from your music?

I just want them to relate to the emotions I’m putting out there. Even when I’ll drop songs that are more for dancing than thinking, that’s still a feeling. I want to write for John and Jane and whoever they are, they understand the music.

How’s the music scene in your locale?

Montreal is a musical city, but funnily enough, people from here seldom make it big. I’m hoping to be an exception!  

What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?

I haven’t had the chance to attend many concerts, but thank to technology, I’ve been able to stream or watch online many. Stromae is the best concert I have attended, but I was able to watch Beyonce’s first Coachella night, and that was absolutely amazing! I love that connection she had with the crowd  but also with the people on stage with her. That’s what I love most about singing live, the connection of just wanted to share a good moment.

How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?

I haven’t had the chance to evolve so much, considering in artist years, I’m still a toddler. But I’ve gained perspective when it comes to the creative process, sometimes you must trust your team, even if you disagree with them! Sometimes, not always.

If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, have a drink with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?  

Well for each of those propositions, I’d choose a different artist! Risking being predictable, Beyoncé is probably my biggest idol and meeting/working with her would be a dream come true. But she’s not the only one.

What’s next for you?  

I have just started. Only one song out right now, so it’s a given to say more music is on it’s way. Stay tuned with Lauria and you’ll find out!

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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