We had the good fortune of connecting with AHVE and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi AHVE, can you share the most important lesson you’ve learned over the course of your career?
Everyone one is going to have an opinion. Through it all at least 1 person is gonna like something. Being an independent artist I drop music when I want to. Being that taste varies the world flips a coin, 1 person will like it, 1 person won’t, but you can’t be afraid, you just gotta go for it.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Music is my art. I started out songwriting and I felt that me becoming an artist was inevitable. Being able to distribute music as an independent artist, there was no excuse to not release music. What sets me apart from others? The only thing I can say about that, is that we are our own person, I think, write and move the way I do, I can’t really say for certain because I gotta focus on me. I think we are all creative beings we all just have our own thing going. My boy, his name is The Kayak he always said “bro don’t worry about anybody else, there is a lane for everyone” and I’ve thought that way ever sense. I got to where I am today, by staying focus and relying my Nely self to get me where I needed to be. I will never say I need this person or that person. I know celebs that think a person needs them. I think it’s very weird that they think that but it’s even weirder that some people actually rely on that help. Do for self and make it happen. None of this has been easy. Long hours, recording alone (thank God for having my home studio) and dealing with different personalities, all that plays into how things go. Learning things on the business end. People asking for my sync license tryna play me, because I didn’t tell them, they assumed I didn’t know and tried to take advantage. Telling an artist “you can keep you masters, we just want your sync license” I was like damn and that goes into the challenges. Overcoming the challenges is knowing yourself, and your self worth! Knowing how to say No, staying strong and never letting anyone take advantage of you. Also taking the time out to watch and read about the business side of music and know I have the advantage and disadvantages of being independent vs signing a deal. Some of the lessons I’ve learned is that you gotta be strong. You gotta be stubborn sometimes and go with your gut feeling! Also don’t let a person who is a celeb or public figure trick you out your spot or make you think they can do for you, more than you can do for yourself. At the end of the day you’re gonna be doing the work. What I want the world to do is simply listen to the music and decide for yourself what you like and dislike. As an artist we can tell people many things about ourselves but they are here for the music and the visuals. I think they are gonna love the music. This was just a small look into how I conduct myself as an independent artist. I love music and I love being independent. You just have to learn everything about what you love and that includes the business side. I’m happy that I stuck around for the “boring part” or I would be signed and not making any money from my music, or giving away a percentage PLUS the bigger part of what I would possibly earn which is in the sync placements. Stay educated in everything you do especially music.
My new single “The Feeling” is streaming on all platforms, go check that out.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m out in seattle now so I guess I can call this my second home away from Brooklyn. The seattle Itinerary might be a little skimp only because I moved here at the start of Covid-19 so i have done much but hike, play basketball and record music. I would definitely hit up Pink Door.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First I gotta shout out GOD. I’m not religious but I did grow up Christian and I believe in a higher power and It’s God. I believe having God, staying humble and having that belief is what you need at the core in this business. My cousin JO, he’s been helping me a lot. I try my best to stay off YouTube looking for beats and create the sound I hear. JO is a recording artist but decided to produce my beats. He’s like what 40 is to Drake and he’s helping to shape the sound. Also shout out to Ayo Captain he’s a producer from Greece who found me on IG and he’s been cooking up heat, really appreciate him in this journey, He helped on my latest EP “TIADOM” and single “The Feeling” was him, super dope. He hasn’t asked for money, actually turned it down when I offered it and I let it be known that he’s a big part of what going on and he’s gonna get the credit he deserves! I admire and appreciate people who believes in me that much because time is the only thing we cannot control and to take time out to work with is amazing! Also my girlfriend for giving me the creative space to just record, a lot of girls I think want or sometimes need all of your attention and wouldn’t be able to handle a artist really going for it! She dope for that!
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Photograph by Kaleb Morgan