Interview: Cyan Tempest

Your debut single “Elevate” is really cool – we’re fans already! What is the story behind the song and how did you create/write it? Also, what inspired the song title?
I wrote and produced this song in my studio! I play all of the instruments and produce everything on my tracks, it’s a big task but extremely rewarding. I got the ball rolling with the song as soon as I came up with the verse drum groove, after that I was messing around on the piano and was aiming to create a string part that really locked in tight with the groove. Once the main hook was finished for the verse the rest of the song came together very naturally! The song title arose after I had written the first verse. Once I had an idea of what the song was going to be about, I decided that I wanted the chorus to have an overarching message and sum up the whole song, bringing together the reflecting lyrics in the verses.

If you had to describe your sound, how would you do so? Furthermore, what artists (or other sources) do you cite as influences?
I would described my music as pop infused R&B. I love creating catchy hooks and melodies that are synonymous with pop music, but also love the groove and soulfulness of R&B music. There is a massive list of artists that influence me but at this current moment every time I listen to Tame Impala I am instantly inspired and have the urge to write a new song.

What have been career highlights so far? And what is on your bucket list that you’d want to achieve?
Releasing my debut single ‘Elevate’ and hearing it on the radio for the first time has definitely been a highlight for me. I have never had my voice on the radio and it takes some time getting used to!


If you could be the main support for any living artist, who would that be for and why? Alternatively, what would be your dream live booking?
My dream live booking would be to see Anderson Paak, Jacob Collier, and Tame impala on the same night. That would be an incredible sight to see.


What artists have you been listening to? Additionally, who should others be listening to?
Recently I have been listening to a lot of tame impala, his latest album ‘the slow rush’ is a masterpiece. I have also been listening to a lot of older prince albums, including his self titled debut album which is a masterclass in funky pop music.

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