#IMMusicMonday: A Conversation with “Fenty” Artist Raysmuzik

Who is Raysmuzik? The artist was born in Lagos Nigeria and now is located in South London, recently he dropped the single “Fenty” and now Raysmuzik has more music on the way as he gets ready to release an EP, along with his single ‘PPP’. In conversation with Raysmuzik, we found out who he is as an artist and what is coming next for him musically.

What is the first artist you can recall listening to?

Growing up I listened to a lot of R&B, Afrobeats, Highlife, Fuji, Pop, Hip Hop, but the first artist I can vividly remember listening to and knowing the lyrics to his songs was Daddy Showkey.

In your music you can hear the influence of Afrobeats, would you label yourself as an Afrobeats artist or are there other genres you’d want to explore?

Afrobeat is the sound I grew up on, but at the same time, I don’t see myself as just an Afrobeats artist. I listen to a lot of other genres, and I am a big fan of R&B and Dancehall.

So your new single ‘PPP’ is out soon, how would you best describe the vibe of the song?

PPP is a song exploring a toxic relationship between myself and a fictional love interest. Even though the song is based on a fictional relationship, I wanted to give it that real-life feel hence the usage of phrases like “No Cap” or “puff puff pass” which is common when you smoke a joint with another individual. 

I just imagined myself and this fictional lady having a candid conversation about the state of this aforementioned toxic relationship. 

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Being a Black man in South London, you’ve touched on this in your music before, how would you say your experiences shaped you? And would you say music has helped you as an outlet

I was born and raised in Lagos Nigeria but relocated with my family to South London.

South London is not for the faint-hearted, it is a hub for any kind of upbringing you can imagine. It’s got that fine mix of good and bad so it really is up to you to decide on what path you want to take. 

I definitely believe Music was and is still my outlet. I find it way easier to get my points and feelings across through music in comparison to having a conversation. I moved to South London as a teenager, and I remember it was tough integrating at first. I used to get called a “Freshie” a lot so music was definitely an outlet for me to find like-minded people and create friendships. 

How would you describe the music that you typically create? 

I always try to write songs that someone out there can relate to. I like listening to songs that have some sort of context so I try to reflect that in my compositions as much as I can.

How do you come up with a concept for a song and what made you decide on the songs for your upcoming EP?

I tend to draw inspiration for my songs from either personal experience or from what I can see happening around me.  Sometimes I also try to find a balance between real life and some fictional scenarios.  The songs on this Mixtape / EP “Night Owl” reflect this balance I just mentioned. I also wanted to showcase how much I have grown as a song-writer and singer. 

New Music Friday: Raysmuzik – Stööki

Festival season has just passed, where would be your ideal place to perform at?

Wireless is definitely up there, and I hope to perform at Coachella one day.

How would you describe your music process, from writing to performing songs?

I record mostly at night. This is because I am able to gather my thoughts for the day, and also there’s that serenity that just comes with it. 

I try to imagine the performance whilst writing most times, this helps me decide what direction I want to go with the lyrics, melodies, and production. 

Out of the singles you have already, would you say you have a favourite and if you do which one is it? and why?

From the songs I have released so far my favourite is “My Girl”. 

This is the shortest recording session I have had to date. I think we finished the track in less than 30 minutes, and even though was inspired by a friend’s relationship at the time, the song just came effortlessly which is one of the reasons why this song is special to me.

Which artists and or producers are you looking forward to/wanting to collaborate with in your career?

In no particular order I will love to work with; Don Jazzy, MasterKraft, P2J, Jermaine Dupri, Drake, Berwyn, Blxst, Olamide, Burna Boy, Lil Wayne, Drake, Vory, Davido, 2Face, Wande Coal, Wizkid, Joe, Angelique Kidjo and Jazmine Sullivan.

Where do you see your music career going over the next year? – Anything exciting for fans coming up?

I am going to keep improving and working on my craft, release more songs, and maybe an album. I am also working on touring and collaborations as well, so fingers crossed. 

To keep up with the artist follow him on Instagram for most of his updates and on most music streaming platforms.

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