The multicultural artist “ARI” released the new hit song “Dale Sexiyo” on Spotify!

Where are you from?

I’m from Zambia. I have a mixed background, my father from Greece and my mother from Zambia. I grew up in Lusaka.

Who are your biggest artistic influences?

My biggest artistic influence would probably party next door because I admire his diversity in the music industry. His ability to write for and work with many artists, including his own work lets him showcase his talent. I don’t really dive into the work of artistic influence, I kinda just like what I like. But yea, there are a couple creators that inspire me in some ways.

Tell me about how your creation part begins, and how is your workflow.

For me it depends, there’s days where I just wanna make music, but there’s some days I just make music because I feel like I’m being left behind. Usually I’d spend quite some time listening to different beats because I’m very picky when it comes to that, but sometimes I could hear a beat get to the mic asap. With my workflow I kinda start by making melodies and mumbling over the beat a couple times before I get the catchy sound I’m looking for. I never write lyrics before I get to the mic. I could probably count on my fingers the amount of times I’ve done that.

Where do you find inspiration?

My inspiration varies honestly, in most cases my lyrics are about a girl, a past relationship. Speaking about my experiences in that time. I treat the mic like my therapist. A time for me to speak about my life in the way I find easiest. More inspiration comes from wanting to try something new, maybe hearing other artists sound and trying to replicate to test myself and what I can do.

When is your favorite time of day to create your music?

Definitely late nights. It’s when I work best. Kinda feels like the world is quiet and I can lock in with the music.

Describe how art is essential to society nowadays

Everyone is responsible for their own definition of art, and it’s become very open in accepting different people’s perceptions of it. I feel like Art is essential because its allowed many people to express sides to themselves which wouldn’t have been understood years ago. With the world adapting to people’s change, it’s kinda let the chains off many people who once felt trapped.

What motivates you to create?

it’s got to a point where I think I’m addicted to making music. Sometimes I don’t feel like recording but I still find myself in the studio recording. I treat music like it’s just any other job. At the end of the day I want to make a living from it, so I have to work.

How do you define success as a music artist?

That’s a good question. I started basing my artist success off my Spotify streams. I really cared about the numbers. When I got my first 100k streams, I thought I was famous, but obviously nothing changed. Now I base my success on being better than the last. If im consistently growing and gaining reach, then to me, thats success.

Does art help you in other areas of your life?

Unknowingly yes. It’s definitely a conversation starter. It helps me socially and mentally. Besides self satisfaction, knowing someone can appreciate your “art”, mine being someone singing one of my songs word for word, motivates and gives me confidence to keep doing what I do.

How do you develop your art skills?

Practice, just like everything else. Listening to the pro’s, the up and coming creators too. There’s always an opportunity to learn something new. Taking myself out of my comfort zone to test my capabilities. There’s been a couple times where that method made me find out more about myself as an artist.

What is your next move?

I “plan” to release an album towards the end of the year, my debut album Ofcourse, but before that I want to put out more singles. As usual, continue the promo of what I’ve already released, keep contacting whoever I can to share my music to get the reach I feel I deserve. I’d say my next move is to probably finish up my album by end of the year.

Where will we see you in 5 years?

Definitely somewhere up there. I see it coming, there’s no ways hard work can fail. Regardless of where I am in 5 years, I know I’ll most definitely be better than I am now.

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