Hi Blue Soul Ten and welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Doing good! Having a great time responding to messages about this latest album. It’s been great to see it get such a warm welcome.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “All We Need?”
This song is the first song on the album, but wasn’t technically a single. I have collaborated with Syauqi several times in the past. In fact, one of my best performing songs was a collaboration with her called Cupid’s Bow. The response to the songs and her sound was so good, I knew that I wanted to start this album with another collaboration with her.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Nothing more than what I explained previous. Just knew that I wanted her voice to kick off the album
Any plans to release a video for the single?
No plans for a video at this time, however going forward I would like to include videos for each single.
The single comes off your new album This Is Worth It – what’s the story behind the title?
I had a friend ask me what I enjoy about being an independent artist. The question was posed in a way that questioned what it was like to deal with the challenges of being independent. I remembered that question through the next couple of years. As I was composing this album, working with vocalist, musicians, etc…. That question came back to mind. I realized that although the budgets, management and promotion were all my responsibility, I also realized that this music life / effort is worth it. When I receive messages from people that I affect, that my songs inspire, I realized that this is worth it.
How was the recording and writing process?
My writing and recording process reflects the maturity of technology these days. Writing all happens in my studio, or while I’m on a plane, or in a hotel room. Recording happens remotely, usually by the musicians and vocalists in their local studios. Once they record their parts, they send me stems, and I import into the sessions to continue writing. We do this back and forth process until the song is complete.
Blue Soul Ten is known for playing with different genres – how do you go on balancing all your different influences?
I try my best to keep a solid root in soul music. I believe that every genre can be infused, or even re-expressed in a soul music root. Some it is trial and error, some of it is intentionally working at creating a vibe that fits within the soul genre. Certain instruments create that foundation. I find that if I stick close to a soulful root with drums and the bass guitar, other genre influences fit well within a soulful sound palette.
The new album includes a wide range of featured musicians. Can you tell us how you became connected with these various artists?
Most of them through word of mouth, and some just watching social media artists that I like.
Is there a story behind the band name, Blue Soul Ten?
A blue soul is a type of person that lives with integrity, confidence and strength. Ten is a reflection of maintaining 10% of my life dedicated to my gifts – mostly music. It’s a reminder that even though the world (work, family) takes 90% of my time, I want to be “selfish” with my 10%. If we are fortunate, we can slowly reverse those numbers, where 90% of our time is dedicated to our gift.
What else is happening next in Blue Soul Ten’s world?
More collaborations for sure, though right now I’m pausing on the creation side of things. Planning a performance in the UK, and just sitting back for a bit and enjoying the reception that this latest album is getting. I’m a producer and writer, so I’m always writing, so who knows – if an interesting project comes along, I’m sure I’ll refocus and starting creating sooner than later.