SAY LAH VEE: I come from a musical family. My grandparents toured the Midwest as a country-western band. My uncles then made careers in music, one selling songs he had written in Memphis, TN until his death. Myself, I tried singing as a child and was told every time that I was tone-deaf, and would never be able to sing. After hearing that enough times, and still feeling the need to make music, at the age of twelve I ended up taking money from a small savings account my parents had set up for me to buy my first guitar. That’s where it began. For the next 5-6 years, I continued to play rhythm guitar in a band consisting of my brother, and cousin. Due to the moving around as a child I was separated from my cousin and the band for 50 out of the 52 weeks of the year, so what it was eventually died. After the end of that I took up solo acoustic playing, and upon getting asked “Why can’t you sing your own songs?” after sharing one of my projects, I devoted most of my music time to vocals, and never looked back. Sometime after, I landed the front man gig for a small time metal band called WreckLoose. It was fun, but didn’t last long. I blame musical differences and our own immaturity at the time. It wasn’t until then, that I reunited with an old friend of mine and got the idea to make a studio and speak our minds in a different way. I started with a Guitar Hero microphone, nothing else. But I learned, and I upgraded. Now 2 years later I have a fully functional vocal studio and music that is actually taken seriously. In 2012, I really broke out of my shell and began doing shows within the Chicago city limits. Shows were nothing new to me, as a musician, but they were new to me as a solo artist. What I took away was priceless. Now I am at better point than I’ve ever been, set to release my next mix-tape.
IAA: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
SAY LAH VEE: I started my current endeavor in an attempt to create a form or (Modern) Rap that I enjoyed. In doing so I was able to make connections finding out that there are others who feel like I do. I personally feel that I have the ability to give certain people something different, in regards to my genre(s). The eclectic style with the style of lyricism I tend to stick to is different than what’s “out.”
IAA: What are your songs about?
SAY LAH VEE: Majority of my music tends to be motivational in some way shape or form. My main objective is to promote self-worth, confidence, and determination. A lot of my songs follow a blueprint, as far as lyrics are concerned. I treat a song like a story, per se. It must have some form of conflict and resolution. So more often than not, I tend to have the verses be negative, and the choruses are positive. A sort of “Rap the bad, Sing the good” formula. I try at all costs to avoid random lyrics or punch lines that don’t really tie to the songs concept.
IAA: Who is your fan base directed towards?
SAY LAH VEE: My target demographic is mainly in the 18-30 range, and it tends to stand out just a little bit more to the female gender. The ages can vary, but there are some explicit lyrics in a few of my songs, so I believe 18+ is the best target. I have also been approached by more seasoned fans telling me my music can even appeal to the older crowd due to the positive nature of my overall messages.
IAA: Who are your musical influences?
SAY LAH VEE: Individual influences are scarce. I tend to draw influence from song to song, rather than artist to artist. Although one artist has had a bigger role in just the pure motivation of my music in every stage it was ever in, and that’s Claudio Sanchez of Coheed and Cambria. His creativity knows no bounds. His skill as both a guitar player and vocalist are unbelievable in their own rights. The concept to which everything he does pertains to, really takes the “storytelling” aspect to a new level. Mr. Sanchez has been my biggest influence since I became a fan of Coheed in Middle School.
IAA: How would you describe your music to people?
SAY LAH VEE: Different. I have such strong influences from such a wide variety of artists and genres. I am consistently trying to find a way to incorporate the different styles of music.
IAA: What makes you stand out from other artists?
SAY LAH VEE: Versatility. I am able to sing as well as rap and engineer. Being able to record has also seemed to give me a leg up so far. Similar to the last answer, my ability to blend and mesh styles sets me apart, in my opinion.
IAA: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
SAY LAH VEE: I am currently putting together my next mix-tape “Unfortunate, But Necessary” piece by piece. I have a few collaboration tracks coming out soon as well. Up until now my main objective was to focus on my tape and get it finished. I have only a few songs left to finish up as far as it’s concerned then it’s on to promotion.
IAA: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
SAY LAH VEE: I am striving to make a name for myself as a unique artist. A writer with lyrics that can be easily recognized and associated with motivational music. I want to have a voice that can be easily identified. I want to constantly be improving.
IAA: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
SAY LAH VEE: As of right now, there are a few ways to access my music.
A few profiles of mine include:
And for contact: