A man of mystery, the elusive R&B singer is one who built a name for himself over the last few years by wearing his heart on his sleeve.
In the wake of the release of his brand new single ‘Innocence’ SC undercover sat down with IndustryMe to discuss his journey so far and more.
Where does the name SC undercover come from?
My stage name is a mixture of my actual name, and representation of my music. So SC is a variation of my birth name and the undercover is a reflection of the kind of vibe that exudes from my work.
Why the mystery concerning your identity?
I wanted to my music to speak before anything else. I felt like this was the only way to put the music first before anything else.
What inspires the work you create?
Most simply put life experiences. Everyday something happens that could potentially inspire a song. If we are talking about musical inspirations though I would have to say Prince.
Ah man prince has had a huge influence. He was such a gifted artist but even more impressive than his talent was his work ethic.
That’s something that I try to implement in my career.
You are also known to be heavily influenced by your time in the UK and Atlanta, how do you think this has impacted your music?
The UK especially London has a big urban scene, so I’m always inspired by grime and UK rap.
Atlanta has a hug trap scene. That’s a sound I have definitely incorporated in my music which you will hear on ‘Innocence’
It’s funny because to me although there differences there are a lot of similarities about the two places which makes it quite easy to draw inspiration from their various cultures.
How would you describe your sound?
I would say it’s a combination of dark pop, R&B and some of the acoustic instruments I play.
What instruments do you play and how does this feed into your writing process?
Keys and guitar. What tends to happen is ill with a melody on the keys and then build from there. Usually they’ll be some form of inspiration from something that’s happened. Musically I’ll build the composition from there but it tends to begin from the keys or guitar. My producer will then bring the idea to life.
In regards to writing the actual lyrics I think I have a bit of a unique process. What I write is often based off of a particular feelings. So I bounce of that initial idea. The way I write is very similar to that of a playwright. Once I’ve established the feeling I just go with it until I reach an idea that that matches up with the vision.
What is the best song you’ve written to date?
Ooo hard one. I would have to say the first song I ever put out which is called Broke and sober. I would say that purely on the basis of how much the song meant to me.
How would you say you have grown as an artist since putting out that song?
I would definitely say my style has changed a bit. I think I have adapted more as an artist. I think that’s a standard thing though. You’ll naturally evolve as you try to improve. Equally I think I have explored quite a few different genres since then too.
Who would be your dream collaboration right now and why?
There are so many people on this list but if I had to pick one I would say Lana Del Rey – I love her style!
Let’s delve into your single ‘Innocence’. What is the song really about?
On this song I wanted to explore a couple of themes. It’s essentially about conflicting emotions. The song talks about developing feelings but there also being an element of disloyalty. You knowing that there are feelings there but at the same time knowing that you are eventually going to hurt the person you’re with and trying to let go before that happens. It was important that this song had that original R&B feel.
Innocence feels very much like an interlude to me, would I be right in assuming that there’s a project on the way?
Hahaha yes I can confirm that it’s part of a bigger project. Without giving too much away I will say that I have a couple of songs to hand but I am still working on a few more.
Quality Music is something that can’t be rushed so while I am excited to put this project out I think I am going to take my time to make sure that it’s right.
I see you are not trying to give too much away, but what about this recurring theme of commitment issues, is this intentional?
Hahaha, Yhh…about that. It’s a very human thing I guess. The music I make although at times very personal is also a form of entertainment, which I suppose is something to keep in mind when listening.
Why is so important for you to be transparent in your music?
Honestly for the most part it’s about maintaining a sense of dignity and integrity. I want people to feel something when they hear my music. I not really bothered about attracting attention. If that comes then great but for me it’s about making music that connects.
Does being so transparent ever make you nervous when putting music out?
Absolutely, it was so difficult when I first started putting stuff out.
In a way the music is like your baby and you just want everything to be right.
Has there ever been a point where you said something in your music that you wished you hadn’t or that you worded differently?
Yhh especially when I when I Listen to my earlier stuff. I think that’s just a part of growing as an artist.
With that being said I don’t think I regret any of it. At the end of the day that’s what it was at the time.
I said it the way I said it because that’s how I felt in the moment, that’s what was true to me then so I would never want to take that back.
You’re currently doing a lot of shows now right? What’s the best thing about performing?
Yes and I am really enjoying it. I love having the opportunity to perform to live crowd. The best part is being able to connect on an intimate level.
When I am performing I just want people to be there to be in that moment. There’s honestly nothing more special. Even if there’s only one person in the crowd I give every performance everything.
What are you currently working on?
In addition to the project I also have a couple of upcoming collaborations in the pipeline. I am constantly writing and looking for opportunities to connect with the fans.
Is a Tour on the cards for the near future?
Well my last tour was in 2017 and that was in the US. That was a major learning experience and I left with a lot of ideas for things I’d want to do in the future. I definitely want to do a tour in the next few years but for now I am just performing as much as I can, building experience.
Any final shoutouts or plugs?
A massive thank you anyone supporting and following and thank you very much to IndustryMe for this opportunity.