When it comes to creating R&B and Soul, having a universal sound while touching a variety of topics is key, and Sekai has those type of intangibles.
The 21-year-old artist, songwriter, and producer from Garfield, NJ makes his debut with “Take It Easy,” his first single off his upcoming self titled EP, “Sekai.” “Take It Easy,” provides a mixture of reggae with a house/pop music type of vibe while Sekai showcases his vocal range throughout the entire record. More is in store for the young artist/producer with top tier writing abilities that he’s ready to premiere to the world.
We spoke to Sekai, about “Take It Easy”, R&B and his plans for 2019. Read on!
T.H.E – Hey man! Welcome to T.H.E – Music Essentials. How has 2019 kicked off for you?
Sekai – Hey man how are you? 2019 has been a great year for progression. We’ve been making new waves and new moves since 2019 kicked off. We’re proud to announce that my new single “take it easy” is available on all platforms as well as the music video!
T.H.E – Your sound is primarily R&B. What is it about R&B that appeals to you, and when did you decide that this is the sound you want to create?
Sekai – R&B to me is where you have the most freedom when it comes to the chord progression. Producing is a big part of who I am. That being said, whenever I’m able to make a track with complex, unorthodox chord progressions, it makes the track that much more exciting to create.
T.H.E – Tell us about your musical background. What were your first interactions with music, and what made you decide on it, as a career?
Sekai – My first interactions with music started with the Xbox 360 where a game called “ezmuse” allowed me to make basic instrumentals. At first, I would only show my friends, but as I got older I realized I had a genuine interest in music. My mother was a singer and my father was a rapper so I guess I was the fusion haha!
T.H.E – What does ‘SEKAI’ stand for?
Sekai – Funny enough, Sekai is actually my government name.
T.H.E – You have finally made your debut with ‘Take It Easy’. How long was it in the works?
Sekai – Well I had made the song in one night with my engineer @Tylerbradock. But really the amazing about that night was the vibes! We decided we wanted to make a track that was really out the box and we produced the beat right there in the house!
T.H.E – What inspired the music video for it, and which director did you work with?
Sekai – If I’m being honest the video was directed completely by my good friend and business partner @mindfull.the.creator. The man behind the camera was also my good friend and business partner @viewsbyelos. I love both of them dearly for always helping me out.
T.H.E – It’s a part of your upcoming EP. What can you tell us about that, and what kind of sounds does it have?
Sekai – Well first let me say we are extremely excited for this EP! It’s been tough narrowing down what songs will make the EP and which ones won’t because their all so good! That being said you can expect a minimum of 6 tracks with all different types of waves on there. Some slow, downtempo R&B, some fast-paced hype songs. Possibly even a reggae track or two! Versatility is a strong point.
T.H.E – Are there any R&B artists who have inspired you?
Sekai – Um, quite honestly I don’t have one because I don’t listen to much music! I do this because I don’t want anything to influence my sound at all.
T.H.E – Lastly, what can you tell us about your plans for 2019?
Sekai – First I’d like to thank you so much for allowing me to answer these questions, it was really fun! As for my plans for 2019, I have much in store. A lot of new music, a lot of new music videos, songs produced and co-produced by @cardiakflatline, new vlogs, and social media updates etc. Just trying to show my day 1 fans some more activity from me!