INTERVIEW: SoundLava Interview With The Rapper From Space: “Alyen”
Q. What got you into music and made you realize that it was your chosen path?
A. Well, my older cousin named Nicky got me into producing on FL Studio mobile when I was 9 and I got better and better at producing and started using Logic and Ableton. When I was about to be in high school, I decided I’d try rapping on my own beats and my first couple of songs were actually kind of hits. That’s what made me decide to stick with it – people actually wanting to hear it. A couple of my old popular songs are “Can’t Help it” and “I Don’t Want it
Q. Tell us about your new music (Song/EP/Mixtape/Album)? And what’s the story behind it?
A. My most recent song and the song I’m promoting right now is “Run it up” produced by Maccro. I was in the studio and I heard that beat and I was like ‘I have to record on that’. Then just freestyle and the song came about.
Q. What makes your music unique? How would you describe it? (genres/sub-genres)
A. I value lyrics a great deal. I like to think my music’s lyrics are relatively good. Most of my songs are relatable and I have a plethora of sad heartbreak songs. Most of my songs are heartbreak, but Run it up is upbeat, positive and happy.
Q. Who are your biggest music influences? And any particular artist/band you would like to collaborate with in the future?
A. My first influences and who got me into rapping were Logic, Big Sean and Eminem. As I grew up I started listening to Lil Uzi Vert and Young Thug a lot who influenced my later music and then fell in love with Juice WRLD’s music. I get a lot of comparisons to Juice WRLD myself. Artists I would like to collaborate with..? I would love to collaborate with a small rapper called KILL.ZERO and also Suigeneris, a collar with Daddex should be coming soon and I have some unreleased with Trilla Kid. Otherwise, if I get really big I’d love to collar with Future and Yeat.
Q. How long have you been in the music industry?
A. I started rapping when I was 15 and am now 20. 2017.
Q. Which is the best moment in your musical career that you’re most proud of? (awards, projects or public performances etc.
A. Performing my first show was huge. It was a lot of fun and it’s a great way to get exposure.
Q. How do you balance your music with other obligations – family, friends or work?
A. I just record music in my free time. Sometimes I won’t have any time to record but usually I can fir it in somewhere.
Q. What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
A. Do everything you can to get your music out there. It just takes the right person to hear it so the more people you get it out to the higher chance someone will hear it. Make posters, promote, get the link out there in as many places as possible.
Q. If you had one message to give to your fans, what would it be?
A. Stay positive and anything is possible. Be prayerful. You’re the only thing that’s in your way.
Q. What’s next for you? Any upcoming projects?
A. I’m dropping a tape in December that is going to be lyrical songs from when I started that many people haven’t heard. It will be called “Time Capsule EP”.
Follow “Alyen” on Soundcloud.