We had the good fortune of connecting with Aliyah and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Aliyah, why did you pursue a creative career?
Throughout my life, I’ve always felt like I was meant for greater things. Growing up, I helplessly fell in love with creation and arts, I felt at ease behind a piano singing and jamming on my own, it was my happy place. Therefore I knew it was where I belonged. Today, most people will feel scared to live up to their true selves because they fear failure; and to be fair that’s understandable man. But I rather take that risk and settle for what feeds my soul. I thrive whenever I get inspired. It just sets my soul on fire to make music, that feeling has no price and I want to be feeling it for the rest of my life. People don’t understand the power of honesty: toward yourself. I’m not going to lie here, my whole life I chased happiness when all along it was right in front of me. Happiness is when I’m in my room, writing down my feelings and turning them into a song. Making music is what sets me on fire, and I’m glad I chose this life; it’s priceless.
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.
My music is usually love-themed. although sometimes I love to write about rebirth and the journey that is life most of my songs revolve around my experience with love. Growing up I had a lot of troubles expressing myself, troubles confiding in others; so I took the habit of writing down what I feel, turning them into poems: then songs. When it comes to my art, I’m heavily inspired by the 80s. I grew up listening to a variety of artists including Michael Jackson and Cher. It took me a while to figure out what direction I wanted to take and tried many styles. But recently I realized I’m a sucker for the synth-wave sonics. I realized that’s what I wanna go for at the moment. I think what sets me apart from other artists of my generation is my ability to be so versatile. I can do many things and I can basically create whatever, I’m not scared of change and risks and this is something a lot of singers fail to do. They usually hate going out of their comfort zone, but I don’t. I think that this is what brings power to my art. I’m not going to lie to you and say it was easy, it was not. I must admit I was very scared at first, not quite confident to just share my songs; my feelings with basically everyone. I was definitely not (laughing). But man, I don’t regret it. It was such a journey haha. Like I started with two to ten people listening to what I make, now there are hundreds of thousands of listeners that listen to my songs on a daily. I love these people truly. They believed in me, they are the OG. And what makes it even more special is that I had no knowledge about the industry, I just put songs out there expecting them to go worldwide, no promo, no label, no nothing. I was and I’m still on my own bro. It’s crazy, like out of this world. Some people will say I got lucky, but I think that the key to success is consistency and that’s something I never forgot. I’m constantly in the studio creating. And it paid off. It took me a while to get to where I am today, I failed many times at putting quality music out there. I learned on my own so I’m trying not to be hard on myself, but I’m not gonna lie it’s tough. I’m a perfectionist so I kinda blame myself when it doesn’t live up to what my initial vision is, or when it’s not good enough. I spend nights beating myself up tryna get better than the day before. Blaming myself is where my username came from I blame Aliyah for my mistakes (that’s something people might not know) haha
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m a sucker for adventure, so I’d probably rent out a camping car or a van and take them for a little road trip (laughing). Most people wouldn’t dare to go on a kind of adventure like that, with no comfort, WI-FI, or toilets, haha, but I don’t mind, it’s funny. Plus you can learn a lot from it. It’s something I like doing to stimulate my creativity. But if they really insist on not going, well I’d take them to my studio, i like being there.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The only person I can think of right now is my mom, oh man. She’s been a rock to me, a pillar. It’s quite funny actually, I remember being so tiny and little, around like maybe ten or eleven. I’d go to her and tell her how much I wanna be a singer for the rest of my days, how hard I want to succeed and make a living out of it. I’d tell her: mom, I wanna make music when I’m older and do a lot of shows. Now I’m nineteen, and every time I’d create a new song she’s listening to it first before anybody else. she’s the only one I share my arts with prior to putting it out to the world, her advices are the best, and not gonna lie here, I get kinda superstitious whenever she says she doesn’t like a song I’d usually go back into the studio tryna work on what she doesn’t like. My mom is the only person who comes with me during a studio session. I usually like being on my own, in my bubble if you know what I mean. But I usually bring her along, she has the best of tastes so shoutout to her (laughing).