Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Call Out”?
The main inspiration behind “Call Out” is something everyone has felt at some point in their life: loving someone so hard but being pushed away, leaving you desperate and heartbroken.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
At the time, when making the demo for Call Out, I listened to a lot of duet songs, which made me think “Yo, I also want to make one !?“. Writing about love and pain is for me the easiest thing, no idea why.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Not at the moment, but who knows, in the future, maybe!
How was the recording and writing process?
It took me 3 days to write the first part. And it took Lani Rose one night to send his part. Which is all pretty quick, if I do say so myself. I sang the first part in, to get an idea of where I wanted to go with the vocals, and WAYI nailed it with her beautiful voice. Lani’s part fit perfectly with Wayi’s voice.
After the pretty poppy “Secrets” – how were you drawn into a much R&B direction?
I’ve always been influenced by R&B and Hip Hop the most, since I was young. I listened to a lot of Destiny’s Child, Usher, Aaliyah etc. I always try to incorporate the genres in my productions, some songs are more influenced by it than others. That’s why Call Out is way more R&B than Secrets.
What was it like to work with WAYI and Lani Rose and what did they bring up to the table?
I haven’t met Lani Rose in real life but through social media we were still able to create this amazing song together. We have a lot of good chemistry together, He’s one of the few people I still send my songs to because I know his feedback will always be appreciated. WAYI is an amazing and talented singer. When we were in the studio together, she listened to what I had to say and the directions I gave her but she also gave her honest opinion and helped a lot during the recordings.
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own?
I do, yes. When I work with someone else, producer or singer, I ALWAYS listen to what they have to say about the track we’re making. Their opinion is as important as mine. I’ll only release a track if everyone is 100% happy about the result. Communication is key.
What role does Belgium play in your music?
My country is one of the few things that still gives me and my music a lot of confidence. The people from my country were the first ones to discover my project ‘Polar Youth’ back in 2014. I did get a lot of attention from the United States too but in Belgium they really were able to push my career to a higher level. I was invited to play on one of the biggest radio stations in Belgium, Studio Brussels. I got an award from Redbull Elektropedia for the Most Promising Artist. I got to play a lot of shows in Belgium, etc. I’ll always be grateful for this, no matter what happens in the future.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Great! I’ve worked hard for the last few months and I’m very glad with the result. I have an EP coming out soon! Everything is set. I can’t wait for it to be released. Even though the EP is done, I’ve got my hands full with other projects.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
I’m releasing my next single with American rapper/singer Sangstaa called ‘Faded’ on Friday, 24th of May! The EP will come out a few weeks after.
Any plans to hit the road?
At the moment I’m really focused on finishing new tracks in my home studio.
What else is happening next in Polar Youth’s world?
Apart from the EP, I’m also working with Belgian up-and-coming artists Unis and Sofia and other artists I can’t mention for the sake of the surprise. You should definitely follow me on social media to stay up to date!