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INTERVIEW: SHANAAZ

  1. Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Your Eyes”? Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

The song “Your Eyes” is about someone who I consider a player or for lack of better words, a “F*ck boy”. Someone you don’t want to get involved with unless you want to have your emotions played with and feelings disregarded. In the beginning of the song I talk about how he’s “acting like a fool” and I knew the game he was playing, but as the song goes on, it’s evident that I had fallen for him, even though I thought I couldn’t. It’s never a great feeling when you finally meet someone you share an amazing connection with but you realize they’re not the right person or they don’t feel the same way. This track is real to me because it was a learning experience. I was naïve to think that someone who claimed I was special couldn’t treat me so poorly and constantly disrespect me. Things happen in life, but as long as we learn from it, we’re growing and that’s what life’s all about. I titled the song “Your Eyes” because just how the song starts with me saying “Your Eyes”, a connection with someone starts with simple eye contact.

  1. How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process was pretty fast. When I’m in the right mood, writing comes easy – it’s therapy. Getting my thoughts out and writing music helps me function, especially when I can turn a shitty situation into a great piece of art. I recorded this song with @akeel.music in his Scarborough studio. Having someone to record with who understands your style and your sound is a blessing.

  1. What role does Toronto play in your music?

I was born and raised in Toronto and the greater Toronto area.  Almost all of my art, and songs are products of my experiences living here. Toronto has so much talent and growing as an artist has taught me a lot through collaborating with other artists and learning something new every time. Once you find creative events and attend them consistently, you’ll notice you meet the same people and start forming a community of creatives. Developing relationships with other creatives who know the struggle, and having peer support has been so important for me because as we all know, being an artist is an extremely difficult thing to do.

  1. Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along? Any tentative release dates or titles in mind?

I have a bunch of fire tracks waiting to be released. These songs have been worked on throughout the year and have a bunch of my experiences and growth in them. It’s music you can dance to and cry to, or do both at the same time. You can expect to hear more from me in the following months including an album and a few other creative projects in the works.

  1. I understand you will be blending poetry and storytelling – how are you going on balancing these two?

Yes! Most of the time, when I’m in a mood, I write poetry. These are raw versions of myself that are super personal. I usually end up turning these poetry pieces into songs. I don’t want to reveal too much but you can expect some new creative work on my album.

  1. Do you plan on hitting the road soon?

No plans at the moment, although it is definitely a goal of mine. Currently I’m doing shows locally, mainly in Toronto and other parts of the GTA (greater Toronto area) but hopefully in the next year or so Ill be able to branch out and tour America.

  1. Any plans on releasing a video for the single?

For this single in particular, I don’t have one ready at the moment but I’m definitely open to the idea. As of now, I’m planning a video for my next single that’s dropping in a month or so and I’m still working the budgeting and other details to see what makes the most sense.

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