A songwriter, visionary, and all-around performer with a distinct voice and the ability to create music that speaks volumes. IAMTHELIVING’s musical background boasts a wealth of diverse experiences you won’t want to miss hearing! Don’t miss his Best of the Listening Room performance of his latest single, “Them Days.”
But first, read up on his music journey, influences, and plans for 2021.
Well, I’ve been dancing and doing music from as long as I can remember, it’s always been a part of me. My mother would tell me of an early incident when I was just a toddler, where I refused to be dragged off a dance floor at her friend's wedding, which then propelled her to enroll me in dance classes at the tender age of three. My mum always used to play music in and around the house — a lot of Luther Vandross, Anita Baker, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Bob Marley — but my earliest and main inspiration was Michael Jackson. One of my earliest memories would be dancing in front of the TV watching the “Dirty Diana” music video and trying to rip my T-shirt just like he did. From them on, I knew music was what I wanted to do.
There’s been so many over the years, but I would say the three that have made an impact and influenced my career and style would be “Off The Wall” by Michael Jackson, “Brown Sugar” by D’Angelo and “Rapture” by Anita Baker.
Them Days was a song that was co-written with an extremely talented producer from Vancouver called Chin Injeti, his accolades and achievements speak for themselves, you just have to google him. It was an absolute pleasure to write and record this song with him and my entire first EP. We felt inspired to write a song about having one of those days in the week where you're just over everything and all of the challenges that life throws at you. A song that everyone can relate to. Some days we just wake up exhausted and over it from all the hustling and grinding that society demands from us.
One of my dream collaborations would have to be Pharrell. He’s just a great master at his craft, from his production, songwriting and melodies. I think we’d make great music together, I’d soak up so much of his knowledge.
Well, it hasn't changed drastically, the only thing that has really changed is not being able to go travel, tour and perform in front of a live audience and connect with others as much as I would like to. Utilizing the internet has had its benefits with virtual shows etc but nothing can even compare to being in a packed room or park with music fans and feeding off of that real human energy and connection that we are naturally made for.
I’ve been meditating a lot, sharing my gratitude for life through prayer, spending a lot of time outside in nature, going for walks, riding my bike, working out and training by the way of calisthenics. I’ve been writing new music and creating a lot of visual content to go with it.
To create more joyful and blissful moments and memories with the people that I love and cherish without all the fear that society currently has us all in. To continue being of service by sharing and reaching people in all corners of the world with my music.
I am working on a really exciting joint collaboration project with another Vancouver based recording artist called Teon Gibbs. During these unfortunate turn of events we first initially came together to work on one song (which ended up doing really well), so because of that, that then led to us working on a full 6 track collaboration EP called JNGL (abbreviation for JUNGLE). The full EP will be dropping June 1st through Tiny Kingdom Music. We’re also creating some really cool music videos for every track on the EP so for all who might be reading this, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel weareJNGL to see all of our video content when they first drop.