INTERVIEW: New York Rapper The Poet Andrew

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Thank you for the welcome! I have been great, just trying to uphold the positive message of hope during this crazy time.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “New Day”?

New Day is the first single from my new EP Stargazer. The song itself is supposed to be a manifestation of optimism.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

The song is based off of a poem I had written a couple of years ago. The poem is centered around this idea of knowing who you are, and how important that is, and no matter how hard life may get there is always a new day. This theory inspired the entirety of the track.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

The music video is a homage to silent french films of the twenties. The simplicity and sleek atmospheric view of the city mixed with the early hip-hop feel of the record is what we were trying to capture in the video. We wanted to do an Urban take on expressionism in film, and have fun with it!  “A walk with Le Poète Andrew” is meant to be a day in the city with me. So, my cinematographer and I took a camera around New York and just started rolling.

The single comes off of your new album Stargazer – what’s the story behind the title?

I am inspired by many different aspects of human nature and history. I draw a lot of philosophical inspiration from early astronomers. The idea of looking up to the celestial heavens, and its massiveness, and trying to decode its beauty really intrigued me at a young age. My music and especially this EP is meant to have a message and a meaning. I feel that this EP is a voice for those aspiring to be more, learn more, and achieve more. And I applied all of these elements to the album while adding a dope beat to bounce to.

How was the recording and writing process?

Everything you hear was written, produced, and recorded in my apartment here in Queens, New York which I believe adds another layer of life to the EP.

What role does NYC play in your music?

I was born and raised in Texas. I’m a southern boy at heart so New York was a figurative dreamland in my eyes growing up wanting to be an entertainer. I believe that for many artists and dreamers like myself New York represents something destructively gorgeous. The hustle, grime, and pace of the city gives it a life of its own. Many things have had an influence on my sound and you can definitely hear how the city has impacted the music. Whether it be the many artists such as Jay-Z, Nas, the Fugees, Mos Def etc. or the city itself. NYC has a way of speaking to the dreamer in all of us.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

I honestly find inspiration everywhere in everyday life, people, places, and things. A lot of my music began its life as written poetry. Which means emotion plays a big part in my sound. I am a product of the world around me and so is my music.

What else is happening next in The Poet Andrews’ world?

I am making art. There’s a wonderful thing happening in the world of music right now where people are discovering and finding new music and artists on many different platforms. Creators have this innate ability to express themselves under any condition, and I believe that a lot of glorious masterpieces are making their way to the general public in a very unique way. Which breathes room for different artists like myself to have a voice in hip hop, and rap music that hasn’t really been heard before. The amount of people who have listened, messaged, and talked to me about my tracks in general has grown exceptionally, and I just want to continue my expansion as an artist and let the world know who The Poet Andrew is. I am also currently working on my next music video, and more music, so stay on the lookout if you’ve been enjoying jammin’ with The Poet.

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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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