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Backstage with Souly Had

Fresh off the stage, ​Souly Hadspared fifteen minutes in between his set to speak about his journey in the music industry, from playing guitar as a young kid to touring with Audrey Mika. ‘‘I started learning classic rock songs like Metallica and AC/DC but my genre of music, I don’t even know what to call it, leans more towards R&B/Hip-Hop.’’ He is noticeably inspired by artists like Chance the Rapper, Kali Uchis, Tyler the Creator, and Kendrick. His music resembles R&B love songs with a modern hip-hop twist, and melodies that’ll hook you from the start.

All at a young age, he transitioned from making his own guitar riffs to making beats and rapping at fifteen years old. Eventually leading to outstanding recognition on his cover of Amy Winehouse’s “V​alerie,”that reached over 70k streams on SoundCloud.

That was three years ago, and Souly continues to prove himself to be a serious artist with his 2019 EP, ​B.L.I.S.S,including hit tracks, ​”Hills​” and C​rush,” which has earned him over 25 million streams on “C​rush”alone.

Photos by David Maxwell Zanvil Cohn

His writing process varies as he continues to develop as an artist. ‘‘I used to sit down with a beat and just rap over that. Nowadays, I’ll write down a phrase that comes to mind in my notes. That typically becomes the idea of the song and I write around that. I’ve probably got like 500 voice memos alone with ideas.’’

One of his biggest challenges was getting recognized and after his success with the Amy Winehouse cover, he took a chance to show his potential. Prior to his EP, he released “Deja Vu​” in 2017 which reached the attention of a popular Hip-Hop influencer who tweeted it out. Souly hit 10k streams within 24 hours of his release and got himself the recognition he deserved. Since then, he’s been featured on many Spotify curated playlists and is currently on tour with Audrey Mika.

Whether he’s talking about young love or heartbreak, and whether you relate to it or not, there’s no denying that his music is something you can vibe with. I got the opportunity to see him perform at a sold-out show in New York City and everyone in the audience reacted very well with his performance.

Souly Had​ is making a name for himself as he plans to release two singles, Goner”​ and “H​eartbreak Hangovers,”and even hinted at an EP with seven tracks in the upcoming future. There is so much more music from him to be heard and we cannot wait until it drops. For the meantime, ​listen​ to his current tracks on all available streaming platforms!

Photos by David Maxwell Zanvil Cohn

By Sonca Nguyen

Writer for Crowdsurfer Magazine

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