Phobez Apollo, is a rising pop singer/songwriter and dancer who recently parted ways with a major record label. He returns with the brand new certified pop hit “SHOULDER” which he has decided to release independently.
Here’s what happened when he spoke to Ray Sang about the new single and more.
How would you describe your sound to someone who had never heard your music before?
If I could describe my sound to anyone I would call it pop with a hint of dance and rhythmic instruments.
I see you’re a triple threat, singer, dancer, and writer. If you could only do one for remainder of your career which would you pick and why?
I would most definitely choose to be singer. I fell in love with singing before I was dancing and far before I began to realize my talent for songwriting. Singing is my first love.
How did your music career begin?
My career officially began in the 2011. I recorded my first song “Coming Back To You” and I continued to explore myself as artist. I feel now I have polished myself into the entertainer I want to continue to be.
Who are your musical inspirations?
My largest musical inspiration is most definitely Beyonce. I grew up watching her concerts, music videos, award show performances etc. However artists such as Lady GaGa and Michael Jackson have played a large role in my inspiration as an artist and performer.
Who would you most like to collaborate with and why?
I would love to collaborate with Saweetie. I love her music. I think she brings such a new aspect to hip hop and I am all for supporting women in this industry.
Name one song you wish you’d written?
Work by Rihanna. I think that song is genius and Rihanna‘s voice just matched perfectly with the production/lyrics.
What’s been the most challenging part about being an upcoming artist?
The most challenging aspect of my career has for sure been budgeting. I accept nothing but the best. That goes for production, music video sets, fashion, etc. therefore I am always over budget. But I’d rather my work be done perfectly and exactly how I envisioned it.
What has 2018 taught you about yourself as an artist?
2018 taught me that I can do anything. I do not need a label, manager, or attorney to make what I want to happen.
Let’s get into the new single. What is the song “shoulder” about?
SHOULDER is a song about worthiness. At the time, I was in a relationship where I was not getting what I deserved. It seemed as if I was consistently being seen as secondary and never primary.
How did you come up with the concept for the “shoulder” music video?
The director of the video, Jamison McDermott, and I really wanted to create a high fashion and choreographed pop music video, but we did not want to lose the song’s meaning. So we decided to open the video with me feeling worthless and unappreciated, then seeing myself in the mirror as a deserving version of myself.
Are you looking forward to performing the single live?
I am extremely excited to perform SHOULDER live. I can’t wait to see the reaction from audiences. Performing is my favorite part of my job as an artist and entertainer.
What are you currently working on?
I am currently expanding my team and working on the follow up of SHOULDER. I am excited to continue my career.
Any final shoutouts or plugs?
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