ENV is a trio that is set to make a name for themselves in the world of R’n’B. 2023 marked their return to the music scene following a two-year absence with the single ‘DESIRE‘. For this interview, ENV discussed with Danielle Akparanta the significance of music, their journey, and wanting to collaborate with another R’n’B trio…
What does ENV stand for and why choose that name?
It’s so funny when we get asked this question because ENV does not have a specific or super-deep meaning lol. It just sounded really cool when we were looking for group names. My brother and I (Trouble) were just sitting in my room, one day sifting through names. I said ENV, and we rocked with it ever since.
Why is music significant in your lives?
Music is significant because it allows you to be in a different space from reality. It allows you to speak on things you normally would not. It allows you to create a freedom to tell stories from different perspectives that people can relate to. Music is universal and transcends and it’s something that is so beautiful because it’s something that unites everyone.
What is one thing you have learnt or are learning on this musical journey?
Patience. When trying to have a music career, it is super important to be patient because you don’t want to rush into things and make those decisions that could affect you negatively in the long. You also want to make sure that you form genuine connections with people. Networking and having meaningful connections in this industry is really important and you never know who you need and who would need you.
What inspired the single ‘DESIRE‘?
‘DESIRE‘ tells a story of craving temporary intimacy. We think that is something that a lot of people, specifically women can identify with. More often than not, we’ve had those moments where we’re out with our friends, not expecting to meet anyone, not expecting to get into anything with anyone and you see somebody that you’re fond of and you have that thought or that craving wondering what a temporary intimate moment with that person would be like. Whether you act on that or not is solely up to you, but it’s really the thought of and what if.
What should we expect from ENV in 2023?
Definitely, more music is on the agenda. We have a single coming out in May called ‘GOOD TIME’ and we think people are going to appreciate this song. This song is a breath of fresh air. It’s something different from what you’re hearing in today’s climate, and we think that people will appreciate how fun, lighthearted, and nostalgic this song is. The song is pure and a breath of fresh air.
If you could work with any artist dead or alive, who would you pick and why?
Our number one is Beyoncé. We just truly appreciate her artistry and how she’s been able to maneuver in the industry and stay relevant for so many years through her hard work and pure talent. She is a once-in-a-lifetime artist and we would love to eventually cross paths with her and work with her in any capacity one day. Currently, there is a girl group from the UK we would love to collaborate with, and their name is FLO. We think a girl group collaboration would be insanely epic seeing as though we don’t think it’s ever really been done before and we think that an upcoming UK girl group and an upcoming United States girl group would set the world on fire. Both of us are super talented, and we would take the world by storm with a collaboration.
What message do you want people to take from your music?
Our message as a group, and in our music, is centered around authenticity. No matter what you identify as, what your race is, no matter what you look like, no matter where you come from, no matter your upbringing, and how you grow up, being uniquely you and authentically you is important, and that is what the world needs. In today’s climate, people feel pressured to present this picture-perfect image/life on Instagram or social media platforms when that is just not reality. People are afraid to show their authentic nature and share real experiences. They’re afraid of what people will think of them (and) if it deviates away from the aesthetic that people are trying to put on nowadays for social media.
And our central message is (to) be you because you’re badass the way you are. And of course, we make music for the girls that’s a given and that’s obvious. We want to empower young women, young ladies, and young adult ladies alike to know that you can be and do anything in this world if you set your mind to it and believe in yourself. Don’t let anything or anybody take away from what you truly believe in your heart for you to be. You are beautiful in your own way, and don’t let any person, man, woman; (or) anything take away the diamond that is you.
What is something that is needed in the music industry that can help artists progress?
We think having genuine support is always needed in the music industry from peers, industry personnel, and music-goers alike. True, everyone won’t like everything. But if you have those people that truly support you and push for you and have your back, a lot of artists can be where they believe they deserve (and) they should be. (Also), we think the music industry (and people in general) should stop pitting women against each other. We are so much better together than we are fighting and beefing and hating each other. It’s so sad to see that people would rather see women fight each other than love each other. We need to stop that, (it) makes no sense. It’s actually ridiculous and makes a lot of people look ridiculous.
If you all had superpowers, what would they be, and what would be the first thing you would do?
I think we all would like to have the power to read people’s minds to know their true intentions. A lot of people do not have the best intentions for you, so we think that having the ability to read people’s minds would help us in discerning who is really for us and who wants to see us fail. Of course, there would be a downside to that, but more often than not, we would at least know who is truly for us and who is not.
What legacy do you guys want to leave behind?
We want to be that girl group that brings back mainstream girl group camaraderie. We want to leave behind the legacy of showing that being authentic and real is the best thing since grilled cheese sandwiches!
ENV’s new single, ‘GOOD TIME‘ is out Friday. Make sure to follow them on Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok. Check out more of our interviews, including our recent conversation with Amber Doig-Thorne here.