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Introducing the Sounds of Southampton artists – meet Joseph Petty

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Today in our series of the Sounds of Southampton Vol 2 artist profiles, we meet Joseph Petty

SoCo: Hi Joseph, could we start with you telling me your name and the name of your track, please?

JP: Yes – I’m Joseph Petty and my track is called Low-Key Denied, it’s a collaboration with Leah Tolksdorf

SoCo: What would you say you have you learned through being involved in the project?

JP: I have learnt some great tips in mixing and how to produce an instrumental tailored to the Soul/Funk/Lo-Fi genres. The project has also helped me to produce music more efficiently under the pressure of a short deadline.

SoCo: How has being part of the project has helped you express yourself through your music, or develop your music?

JP: I tried something new. Beats can sometimes become quite repetitive, but for this track I wanted to move away from that idea. I recorded a range of instruments from my bedroom including piano, chromatic harmonica, clav and synths to produce an instrumental with varied sections.

SoCo: Wow, that’s amazing! It sounds great. So – moving on a bit – what impact has this project had on your wellbeing, your emotional state?

JP: It was a pleasure to receive the email from Matt after many years and I am grateful that he asked me to be part of this project. Maybe my music doesn’t fit into this category directly but I felt privileged to be given the opportunity to combine elements of my style with Leah’s style.

SoCo: It fits! Has the project helped you feel more focused, more motivated?

JP: Yes.To be shortlisted as one of the 24 artists across the city and to spend a few hours in a professional studio has motivated me to keep creating content.

SoCo:What other thoughts or ideas or feedback do you have about the project as a whole?

JP: The project was professional as a whole. It was fun and rewarding but it would have been helpful to have access to a rehearsal space.

SoCo: Yes, that’s important.And now – what will your next step be?

JP: Continue creating with a motive to perform live.

Listen to Joseph’s track on Spotify here, and connect with him on Instagram here

Watch the launch video here and listen to the full album here

Introducing the Sounds of Southampton artists – meet LawZzy

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In our series profiling the artists behind the Sounds of Southampton Vol2, today we meet LawZzy

SoCo: Hey there. First off, can you please tell us your name and track title

LawwZzy: Yes, sure, I’m Lawzzy and the track is called “One Day” 

SoCo: Great, thanks. And what have you learned through being involved in the project?

LawwZzy: That working as a community/collective can have a bigger impact than just making a name for a single artist or influencer. It also shows our city has lots of talent that’s not being heard and a big reason for that is [that it’s hard] financing your own career studio time, music videos etc. 

SoCo: How has being part of the project has helped you express yourself through your music, or develop your music?

LawwZzy: It gave me a big platform to release my first single. I’ve got so much material but like I said financing things can be tricky. Working with Local2Global gave me the stepping stones I needed to get to where I am and being giving opportunities like this one is an example of hard work paying off. It’s important to keep your head down and get the studio sessions done, find time every week to put effort into your career as well as working full time. 

SoCo: What impact has this project had on your wellbeing, your emotional state?

LawwZzy: Honestly I was so ecstatic seeing myself on BBC south it felt like a huge step in my career and definitely one in the direction in which I want to be headed.

SoCo: Has the project helped you feel more focused, more motivated?

LawwZzy: Yes definitely if anything, it calmed my head about whether or not I was being heard and/or doing enough to push my music career. It motivated me to push harder because it really is worth it!

SoCo: What other thoughts or ideas or feedback do you have about the project as a whole?

LawwZzy: Honestly it’s a brilliant opportunity to expose the city’s underrated talent. We have so many amazing artists from all generations and it’s so generous that we were given this chance to prove ourselves asw ell as get exposure. I hope to see the album be released every year with new artists being added each year. I really think this is the beginning of a very big thing.

SoCo: What will your next step be?

LawwZzy: Continuing to push forward and progress myself as an artist. Just keep doing what I do basically, so hitting the studio, meeting with my team to discuss ideas and current/future projects. I also will be releasing my music video for “One Day” some time this month so keep an eye out for that! 

SoCo: We can’t wait to see that! Best of luck with it all LawZzy and thanks!

Listen to LawZzy’s track on Spotify here, and connect with him on Instagram here

Watch the launch video here and listen to the full album here

Introducing the Sounds of Southampton artists – meet Melina Greene

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Join us as we meet another of the fantastic Sounds of Southampton Vol2 artist – today we meet Melina Green

SoCo: Hi there Melina! Can you start us off by telling us your name and your track title please?

MG: Yes. I’m Melina Greene and my track is Tell Me

SoCo: Great, thanks. Now then – what have you learned through being involved in the project?

MG: Two great things! That anything is possible if you put your mind to it, and to enjoy what you’re doing!

SoCo:  Fantastic, thanks. How has being part of the project has helped you express yourself through your music, or develop your music?

MG: I have met new people in the industry through this project as well as other talented artists.

SoCo: Great, ok,. Thanks. And what impact has this project had on your wellbeing, your emotional state?

MG: It has had a positive impact on me as it’s reminded me how much I love performing and recording new music that people can vibe too.

SoCo: That’s so good to hear. Has the project helped in other ways, made you feel more focused, more motivated?

MG: Yes definitely as it’s motivated me to be more consistent with my music, as it reminds me how much I love it whilst we’re recording the track and music video. 

SoCo: Great! Do you have any other thoughts or ideas or feedback do you have about the project as a whole?

MG: Nothing, I think it’s a great project as it is!

SoCo: Awesome, thank you. To finish up then – what will your next step be?

MG: Making more new music!

SoCo: We’re glad to hear that! Share it when you have it!

Listen to Melina’s track on Spotify here, and connect with her on Instagram here

Watch the launch video here and listen to the full album here

Introducing the Sounds of Southampton artists – meet Muru

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Through January 2022, we’re profiling the artists who have contributed to the Sounds of Southampton Vol 2. Today, we meet Muru

SoCo: Hi there, Could we start with you telling me your name, and the name of your track please?

Muru: Sure, I’m Muru and my track is called The Flow

SoCo: Fantastic, thanks. So – what have you learned through being involved in the project?

Muru: I’ve learned that networking with other artists is key to gaining more exposure and bringing more unity to the Southampton music culture.

SoCo: Totally, we can more together for sure. And so how has being part of the project has helped you express yourself through your music, or develop your music?

Muru: It enabled me to try something different, something out of my comfort zone. I’m probably one of the older ones out of all the artists on the album and for a long time I’ve mainly stayed on hip-hop/grime. When I got the chance to be on the album I decided to put something on there that’s a bit different to what I usually stick to. At the same time, I wanted to be able to express myself as an artist and I’ve had good feedback, so my development is me being a bit more diverse.

SoCo:  That’s great, I’m really glad it gace you that opportunity. Has this project had any other impacts on you, your wellbeing, your emotional state?

Muru: Yeah.It’s brought more positivity to my mind knowing that Southampton is really trying to do more for local artists. I have more faith in releasing new music now.

SoCo: Brilliant, thats brilliant. So has the project helped you feel more focused, more motivated?

Muru: Yes, I’m definitely more focused and motivated to put out my music.

SoCo:  What other thoughts or ideas or feedback do you have about the project as a whole? Anything?

Muru: I’m really happy about the project and grateful that we get to be interviewed. I felt that’s one thing that was missing for some of the artists, a chance to speak more on their thoughts and get to know them/their story more.

SoCo: Really happy to provide that. If there’s anything we can do to help, just let us know. And now – what will your next step be?

Muru: I’m going to keep making music, collaborate more with local artists, release the video for my song off the album and hopefully get to a stage where I can start making a proper income through my music.

SoCo: We can’t wait to see and hear all of that! Just let us know and we’ll so what we can to share it onward for you. Thanks for taking the time to talk to us!

Listen to Muru’s track on Spotify here, and connect with him on Instagram here

Watch the launch video here and listen to the full album here

Introducing the Sounds of Southampton artists – meet Lash

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Continuing our series, in today’s Sounds of Southampton Vol 2 artist profile we meet Lash.

SoCo: Could we start off with you telling me your name, please?

Lash: I’m Lash

SoCo And the name of your track?

Lash: It’s Grind On

SoCo: Great, thanks. So – what have you learned from being involved in the project?

Lash: I have learned to collaborate with different artists from different genres of music to create a complex piece

SoCo:  Amazing, And how has being part of the project has helped you express yourself through your music, or develop your music?

Lash: It’s allowed me to show my producing abilities which are not as prominent as my deejaying and rapping

SoCo:  That’s great – good to add more skills and show them off. What other impact has this project had on your wellbeing, your emotional state?

Lash: It has made me excited and intrigued on what’s to come music wise in the city

SoCo:  There’s loads going on, right? Has the project helped you feel more focused, more motivated?

Lash: To be honest, absolutely yes. It was motivation that got me on Sounds of Southampton vol. 2 so if anything it has made me more motivated and focused for projects to come

SoCo:  Brilliant thanks. Do you have any other thoughts or ideas or feedback do you have about the project as a whole?

Lash: I feel that the initial build up promotion of the project was great , but the promotion after has died down a lot and I feel they could have kept the hype up during video releases, also I think it should be bigger than it is in terms of how many people know about it and the age range also as it seems there were more kids than adults who had heard about it .

SoCo:  Hmm, yes – we are hoping to get the videos out ASAP. What will your next step be?

Lash: To continue releasing songs, deejaying at venues and producing beats and see which blows first

SoCo: Great – thanks for talking to us, that’s fantastic

Listen to Lash’s’s track on Spotify here, and connect with him on Instagram here

Watch the launch video here and listen to the full album here

Introducing the Sounds of Southampton Vol2 artists – meet Man Like Key

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We’re proud to be profiling all the artists who contributed to the Sounds of Southampton Vol2 album through January 2022. Today we meet Man Like Key

SoCo: Hi there, could we start off with you telling me your name please?

MLK: Yes, sure – I’m Man Like Key

SoCo: And what’s the name of your track?

MLK: It’s All Possible, it’s a collaboration with Bear Like.

SoCo: Great, thanks. Now – can you tell me, what have you learned through being involved in the project?

MLK:  I’ve learned now to promote a new release more accordingly

SoCo: Great, yes, it’s been great to see it get out there. And how has being part of the project has helped you express yourself through your music, or develop your music?

MLK: It’s helped me improve my song writing and spot the pros and cons in the song writing, in order to make improvements. It’s also given me a chance to experience what it’s like to have a lot of funding behind promotion which has given me more insight on how important promotion is. It was also a good opportunity to meet various artists to gain inspiration and help me get more involved with working with new people.

SoCo: Fantastic, great, thanks, that’s so important isn’t it? What other impact has this project had – maybe on your wellbeing, your emotional state?

MLK: I felt really positive about it all and it gave me more assurance in my confidence to be able to start making music as a career.

SoCo: Brilliant. Has the project helped you feel more focused, more motivated?

MLK: Yes, definitely. It was a good kickstart for making more official uploads on platforms such as Spotify and has pushed me to try take the further step in pushing my music out more.

SoCo: That’s great, that’s a really positive step.What other thoughts or ideas or feedback do you have about the project as a whole?

MLK:  It’s been really useful, it’s guided me more on how to promote myself for the future with promotional techniques or strategies

SoCo: And what will your next step be now?

MLK: I’ve got three! I’m going to make more official uploads on platforms such as Spotify, and I’m going to work with more artists such as foor so I can be more active in the music scene. And I’m going to research and learn how to self promote more

Listen to Man Like Key’s’s track on Spotify here, and connect with him on Instagram here

Watch the launch video here and listen to the full album here

Introducing the Sounds of Southampton artists – meet Nadia Kazemi

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In our series profiling the fantastic Sounds of Southampton Vol 2 artists, today we meet Nadia Kazemi
SoCo: Hi there! Could we start off with you telling me your name?
NK: Hi – I’m Nadia Kazemi
SoCo: And your track title?
NK: The track is TELL ME, it’s a collaboration with Melina Greene
SoCo: So – can you tell us – what have you learned through being involved in the project?
NK: I’ve learned about people as well as music – I’ve learned that everyone is similar due to our music interest, however everyone’s so different and unique at the same time which is great.
SoCo: How has being part of the project has helped you express yourself through your music, or develop your music?
NK: It has helped me express myself, as I’m connecting with different people and working with them, which brings unity and recognition
SoCo: What impact has this project had on your wellbeing, your emotional state?
NK: It has made me happy, excited and has made me look forward to future projects
SoCo: That’s great to hear, brilliant. Has the project helped you feel more focused, more motivated?
NK: Yes definitely
SoCo: What other thoughts or ideas or feedback do you have about the project as a whole?
NK: Overall I’ve really enjoyed myself and loved performing too – I just wish there were rehearsals
SoCo: What will your next step be?
NK: My next step will be making our music video for the song “TELL ME” and then I will focus on my next single
SoCo: Fantastic! So you’re going to go on and make more music. We can’t wait to hear that – make sure to tell us! Thanks Nadia, that’s great

Listen to Nadia’s track on Spotify here, and connect with her on Instagram here

Watch the launch video here and listen to the full album here

Introducing the Sounds of Southampton artists – meet Judethekid

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Today in our series profiling the fantastic Sounds of Southampton Vol 2 artists, we meet Judethekid

SoCo: Hey, hello. So first of all, can you tell me your name?

Jude: Yep, I’m Judethekid.

SoCo: And your track?

Jude: It’s called Rockstar

SoCo: Great. Thanks. So – can you tell me about any particular skills you think you’ve developed through being involved in the project?

Jude: Yes, It’s given me a lot of confidence. There’s a first time for everything. But it’s giving me confidence, by learning. I know more about things like doing a video shoot, going to the studio – I’ve had the opportunity to do things which to take time to sort out and do by yourself. And yeah, I got to perform live today, for the first time

SoCo: That was your first live performance? Wow! How was it?

Jude: It was sick. smiles it was really good, it’s buzzing

SoCo: Great, thanks. So, do you think that project has helped you to express yourself more through your music?

Jude: Yeah. I’ve done music before. But you know, music is a good way to channel and express emotions. Even if you treat it like an alter ego, something like that, music is the one, the thing. I’ve struggled with some mental health issues, depression and anxiety, and music helps me with that, it helps get things off your chest, it just gives you an outlet that might not have otherwise. You might not be a sporty person, you might not have the opportunity to play football even if you like it, but music is the one thing that you can do in your comfort zone, and being part of this project, has helped me with that.

SoCo: That’s great. And do you think that, as far as your music goes, that it’s helped you progress as well?

Jude: Yeah, this can only be progress because it was my first single, and it’s on the compilation album which I’m proud to be on. It’s got some good artists and different genres of music. It’s a good album. And it’s great that it got released and distributed by you guys, it’s easier than just doing it yourself, because the whole process of going through a distribution company means them taking percentages off and doing all these different things that costs money, and it this takes time as well.  So being part of this project, and recording and releasing this single, it will get my music heard, it will get my song out there. It can only go up from here.

SoCo: That’s great. So you spoke a little bit about how music helps you mentally. Do you think that’s been part of this project too? Has it helped you to be in a more positive emotional state?

Jude: Yeah, because it’s given me something to look forward to – after any studio session, you feel good about yourself. It gives you serotonin, it gives you a good feeling, like going for a run would, it gives you a good feeling about yourself. It helps build confidence in doing a video shoot, you know, some people could be insecure, but doing a video shoot, knowing people are watching it and liking it, it’s good. It’s a good feeling

SoCo:  So do you think it helps you have a bit more of a positive outlook, does it make you feel more optimistic about the future?

Jude: Yeah, because I like to make music to, to be able to talk to others in the future. I know I’ve been in dark places and listened to music, loads of different artists and genres, and the lyrics can that speak to you. And ultimately, it’s nice to know that you’re not alone going through something, you know other people are going through it. I want to get through to people through my music in the future.

SoCo: So it speaks to you and you know that you can speak to other people. That’s great. Do you think the project has helped you feel more focused on your music, more able to set goals?

Jude: Yes, because I’ve realised how quickly things can happen. I mean, I went to the studio and recorded in October and it’s December now – two months – and it could have been quicker if we wanted it to be. It’s shown me that you can get things done, you can get music out there, it can be quick. It’s just about how much effort you put into it and how much more vision you have. Being part of this project has helped motivate me to release more music in the future.

SoCo:  Great. Do you have any other thoughts or ideas or feedback about the project?

Jude: I’m really happy to be on the album. All the artists are worth giving a listen to. There’s obviously some songs you might like more just because there are loads of different genres. But every artist has given their own way on their track. There’s some dancey songs, some clubby songs, and then some sadder ones. Then there’s more like rap and drill songs, a real variety

SoCo: Cool. And what’s what’s next for you? What are what do you think would help you in your next steps?

Jude: laughs Money so I can go the studio, do more video shoots. A lot of it is money, and that’s why this product is good, because it’s given kids that might just be bored in their room, or might not be having a good life, something positive to do. A 13 year old, or 14 or 15, even 16 or 17 year old, or even an 18 02 20 year old might not have the spare money to go and say I want to go to the studio, I want to go and make a video. You know, so it’s good. But what I want to do in the future is make an EP, go and record some more songs in studio, or just record at home and get them mixed and mastered in the studio, it’s easier and quicker that way. I just want to make more music and get my music heard.

SoCo: Ok, so in some ways, the money is about giving you access to studio time, videographer time, stuff like that.

Jude: Yeah, I mean, it depends what you’re doing music for. Some people who want to make it big and famous, they might put money into that themselves, find any way to promote, pay for adverts and things like that. And that’s how a lot of people blow up. But music isn’t just about money. It’s about doing something that you love and enjoy. I love and enjoy music. Making a song gives me that good feeling once the song is finished. It gives me the feeling that I’ve completed something,

SoCo:  That sense of achievement, yeah. Where do you think you’d be if it wasn’t for your music?

Jude: shrug I don’t know. I’m into sports, but because of my personal situation, it’s hard for me to attend sports, football, like basketbalI like sports, but it’s hard for me to do that. And music is something you can do in the comfort of your own home or by going to the studio. So it just gives you more of that freedom. You know, you can sit in a room and play a keyboard or a guitar. That’s music. There’s the whole spectrum of music. It’s not just that one thing,

SoCo:  So, it gives you something positive to focus on.

Jude : Yeah, now football you have to go outside and kick a ball but you obviously want to play in a team, and that costs money. You have to get to places there. It’s just easier for me to make music in my current situation. I love music because music I’ve listened to has helped me and I want to help other people with the music I’m making as well

SoCo:  Great. Brilliant. Thanks Jude!

Listen to  Judethekid’s track on Spotify here, and connect with him on Instagram here

Watch the launch video here and listen to the album here

Introducing the Sounds of Southampton artists – meet Amy Da Silva

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In the third of our series of profiles of the artists on the Sounds of Southampton Vol 2 album, today we meet Amy Da Silva

SoCo: Hi there! First of all can you just tell me your name, please?

Amy: My name is Amy Da Silva

SoCo: And your track?

Amy: It’s Think Twice

SoCo: Great. And can you tell me, do you think there are any skills that you’ve developed through the project?

Amy: Yes, definitely! claps I’ve actually gained a lot more confidence during this project. I don’t know if that’s a skill, but I’ve definitely got more confident. I’ve also learned more about what going on in production, by going into most of the studio sessions. I’ve been able to watch and see what, let’s say Jojo’s been doing stuff like that. I actually really wanted to do something like that in college when I first went in, but I wasn’t able to, unfortunately. So yeah, it’s really inspired me. I’m very happy.

SoCo: Is that something you’re interested in, doing the production?

Amy: Yes, that is something I’m interested in as well.

SoCo: Cool. Okay, great. Do you think this being part of the project has helped you to express yourself through your music?

Amy: Yeah, definitely. It’s really helped me express myself. Let me explain, for example, the certain things that I would want to say, but I prefer writing it in a song, do you know what I mean? So I’ve been able to express myself in ways that I love. And, for example, most of my songs are like Afro beats and stuff, so I’m really, really happy I got to to express that side of me as well, because not many people think that that’s a part of me.

SoCo: Okay. Yeah, that’s interesting. And do you think it’s helped you progress with your music as well?

Amy: Yes, it definitely has. I would never have thought I’d be in this position. Like, let’s say two years ago, but I’m really glad I did sing at that little show, because then… you know what I mean? smiles

SoCo: Yeah, that’s great. Yeah. And as talking a bit about well being, do you think it’s helped you with your mental health? Do you feel like it’s put you in a more like, positive, emotional state?

Amy: Definitely! When Corona happened, there was a big pause, and I really thought that my song wasn’t going to come out or anything, everything was stopped. I didn’t really have anything else to do. And I wasn’t writing and it was a really hard time for me. And things at home were happening and people dying, and it was really hard for me. And as soon as I heard that, this is going to happen again I got so excited. I was even more happier to learn I was in it. And I got even more excited to find out I could sing a song by myself as well. I just love it. I love it when we do these things.

SoCo: Great. And has it given you a more positive outlook? Does it make you feel like more optimistic about the future?

Amy: Yeah, it definitely does, because not a lot of people in Southampton get this opportunity, and it’s quite rewarding getting this opportunity. Southampton is not very like known for all of this, and just to be picked out and noticed is amazing.

SoCo: Yeah, you definitely deserve it. And do you feel like it’s given you a sense of empowerment? Do you feel more more focused and able to set your goals?

Amy: Yes, it definitely has. This has led me to a side where I know what I want to do, college wise as well and in the future. It’s really inspired me to carry on with my music and not stop it. For example, my sister, she loves singing, she can sing better than me. But she lost motivation. And so she stopped. But I really hope to do something with her in the future as well. So, I really want to carry on my music, so I don’t want to lose it.

SoCo: Okay, that’s cool. Do you have you got any other thoughts or ideas or feedback about the project itself? Generally?

Amy: Everything’s gone as it should, as planned.

SoCo: And what you think would be most useful for you going forward? What help do you need next as you progress even more in your music?

Amy: The way we’ve been doing it is I really appreciate the opportunity and what we’ve done so far

SoCo: Brilliant that’s really useful, thanks Amy that’s great!

Listen to Amy’s track on Spotify here, and connect with her on Instagram here

Watch the launch video here and listen to the album here

Introducing the Sounds of Southampton artists – meet Drestar

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Today in our series of profiles of the artists on the Sounds of Southampton Vol 2 album, we meet Drestar.

SoCo: First of all, can you tell me your name?

Dre: It’s Dre, Drestar.

SoCo: And the name of your track?

Dre: It’s Persuade, and it’s a collaboration with Nade.

SoCo : Great, thanks. And thanks for being part of the Sounds of Southampton Vol2 project. How was it for you – what new skills do you think you’ve picked up through the project?

Dre :I’ve learned a few things, definitely. I learned how to work better in a team. Before this, I’ve never really done a feature with a female artist before. And my song on the album’s actually with a female artist. So, yeah, I picked up how to work better in a team, you know, how to look into music with a sort of diverse aspect.

SoCo: And do you think it’s helped you express yourself more through music?

Dre: Massively, massively. It’s always hard to get your words out and to portray what you’re feeling without music, so when you can put it on a track, and actually people will actually listen to the right place for you to be sort of thing, that’s how I feel.

SoCo : Okay. Yeah, that’s really interesting. And what about progression? Do you think this has helped you progress with your music?

Dre: Yeah, yeah, it’s definitely has. Obviously all of us have put all of our fan bases together with this, so we’ve all hit a bigger audience than we ever have before. So yes, it’s helped us progress on socials and with live performances. It definitely has.

SoCo: Okay, brilliant. And how do you think this has helped with your wellbeing, maybe your emotional state – has it helped in that way?

Dre: Yeah, definitely. Because it feels feels like we’ve achieved something during this. We’ve been part of this project with everyone else. And it’s easy to get your head down a lot of the times when you don’t feel like you’re achieving anything. So when you do make an achievement like this, it just makes you want to go 10 times harder.

SoCo: Great. Yeah. So, do you think it’s given you a more positive kind of outlook?

Dre: Yeah. Yeah, definitely. Southampton has its ups and downs, you know what I mean, but this is definitely one of the most positive things that’s come out of the city.

SoCo: Are you from here?

Dre: Yeah. From her born and bred round corner.

SoCo: Has it sort of made you feel a bit more optimistic in yourself or in your music?

Dre: Yeah, definitely. It’s definitely showing that doors will be opened if we just keep on trying, and working together. Even if you don’t think they can open, it, definitely gives you that optimism to try and strive for better.

SoCo: Do you feel like it has given you a sense of empowerment, do you feel like more able to push on?

Dre: Yeah, definitely. It’s a big landmark in my music career, I think it’s a big landmark in a lot of people’s music career as well, doing something like this, just the pure fact that is everyone in the city working together as we should do. And it just goes to show when you work together you can actually achieve big things, so it makes you want to want to do more and more.

SoCo: That’s really cool, thank you. Do you have any other any other thoughts, ideas or feedback about the project?

Dre: I think it has gone really smoothly. Yeah, it’s just a really good project, it should definitely carry on, it’s helped loads and loads of people you know.

SoCo: Great. So what do you think would help you with your next step?

Dre: The next step for me would just be to keep doing what I do best really, just keep making content, keep pushing it out there. It’s definitely showed me that I should go down other avenues with my music – even though I do rap and hip hop and stuff, I should try and do more pop, R&B, things like that, it’s showed me that I can do sorts of genres. So most definitely something that I should actually try out more.

SoCo: Cool. And is there anything else, and other support you think you need like beyond this? What other support would it be good to get?

Dre: I suppose more venues to do shows. That would help people to be able to make music and music videos as it would cost less money – obviously things are expensive, I get that it’s a business but being able to do little things for fun like when there was a studio over therea at Bargate you can make your own tunes for free and stuff like that – that makes a difference. We don’t have those sort of things now.

SoCo: That was our studio!

Dre: Yeah, it was, I know! Me and my mate, we used to go down that all the time when we were at school

SoCo: Great. Oh, that’s so cool! Yeah. So, you kind of need access to like recording spaces or video opportunity

Dre: Or venues to perform in on venues to perform in

SoCo: OK, thanks, that’s really cool. Thanks a lot!

Listen to Drestar’s track on Spotify here, check his other tracks on Spotify here and connect with him on Instagram here or Facebook here

Watch the launch video here and listen to the album here