BREAKTHROUGH ARTISTS: TROY409 & YVONNE
Troy409 & Yvonne, tell us a little more about how you got into music?
When I was a toddler, my favorite memory is of me singing karaoke with my family to classical Cambodian music.
I got into music when I was in choir but I never got the chance to record and put out a project until September 1st, 2020.
During the month of June, I decided to take a trip to California and trust in the universe to grab the wheel.
I spent my entire summer in Long Beach, California with Global Hustle Entertainment to record ‘Unfinished Business’ and ever since then I’ve become committed to working on myself as an artist to see where this journey will lead me.
I was in the 10th grade when I first got into music as an artist.
My 6th period was a video productions class, and if you finished your assignments early you obviously get free time.
Me and a group of friends always played around on garage band making little beats here and there and one day we decided to have a cypher at the end of class.
Apparently the 16 I gave was good enough to get a spot on the mixtape that they wanted to release, so at that point I knew I needed to practice and that’s exactly what I did.
The mixtape never ended up coming out, but I had already spent time working on music mostly around my uncle.
It wasn’t until he told me “you should actually keep trying with the music, you have a story to tell” and I haven’t stopped since.
Your music is such a vibe! What is your creative process when it comes to making songs?
As I spend my days writing, I would have to say my creative process is introverted but chill.
I am an introverted writer so I come up with most of my music alone in the comfort of my own personal space, my ideal writing session is always by the water where I feel most at peace however, when working on collaborations, I love a small and intimate setting with lights to set the vibes right.
I’ve honestly kept the same creative process since I started making music back in 2013.
My process is kind of simple, to me at least. I normally just right alone in my room or car, I just search the web for beats that I feel like fit my emotions at that point in time.
Once I find the beat I always try to come up with a catchy chorus or hook first before I piece together my verses.
Once that’s done I just do the song over and over, making sure I can rap my verses clean and with no mistakes.
Taking note of how I need to breath and how I pronounce my words is a VERY big part of the process too!
What would you say to aspiring artists who look up to your work?
First and foremost, to any artists that admire my work, I thank and appreciate you for taking the time to listen and experience my art.
When it comes to music, I’ve learned there will be days where you’ll experience highs and there are moments where you will feel low but always remember there is a light at the end of the tunnel and to never give up on yourself.
When life gets overwhelming, meditate, and get together with a friend to give your headspace a break.
For any artist looking up to my work, first and foremost I just want to say thank you! Something I can say to an aspiring artist is to never forget who you are.
Everyone is different, and what makes you different is all you need to be successful.
You could be the voice for other people who feel that they are “too different” for the world and you could be the person to let them know it’s ok to be you.
Just know that you are MORE than enough no matter what odds are against you.
Do you have anything new or upcoming we can expect to see from you?
An upcoming project that I have been working on is called ‘Glass House Vol.1’ and that will be a collaboration with Troy409.
When listening to this album, you can expect to hear that old school R&B we’ve been needing during this pandemic, it’s something you can cruise late