What's up Leafers? Welcome to the latest edition of On the Rise where we interview upcoming hip hop talent. Today's guest is rapper/singer, Adam Alyan. Adam is straight out of New York City. His music is mellow and vibey. We can definitely see Adam performing at festivals such as Rolling Loud or Coachella. Adam's been making waves in the New York scene so we had to tap in with him. Check out the interview below.
Westleaf Staff: What's up, Adam? Your vibe is dope. When did you start making music?
Adam Alyan: I remember writing first. My mom Jada says It was singing first. I don't know. I've made demos since I was a teen. I started professionally making music as an adult after college, where I mostly studied music production. In 2021, I started releasing on Spotify, Apple Music, etc. I also started a personal YouTube channel and have official releases on VEVO.
Westleaf Staff: Dope! What city do you represent?
Adam Alyan: New York City, please go easy on meeeeee tonighttttttttttt.
Westleaf Staff: Ha! Shout out to NY. Y'alls music scene is going crazy right now! So how did you create your stage name?
Adam Alyan: My stage name is my real name. After years of using different alter egos and catchy rap names... I decided to just let it be. I'm a brand. No shade.
Westleaf Staff: Dope. Shoutout to you for embracing your brand. So how did your early life shape your interest in music?
Adam Alyan: Early life shaped my music so fast. It was an escape of the things going on around me. A lil vacation from how it was in my hood and in my household. I would sneak into my dad's car to listen to Power 105.1 and Hot 97.
Westleaf Staff: Nice. I'm glad to hear that music helped you through the rough times. Who is your biggest musical influence?
Adam Alyan: It is not fair to name just one person, I'm not trying to dodge the question but.... All R&B and Hip Hop from the 1990s to the Early 2010s. Cant name drop right now. Way too many greats that continue to inspire me.
Westleaf Staff: Nice. I feel that! Respect. Next question! What's been the defining moment in your music career thus far?
Adam Alyan: I released my first EP late last year. I had to come out of my shell and literally write for therapy purposes. One day I decided that it was time to release. It's such a flawed work to me, but some of it is almost completely raw. I just needed to express certain things at that time, hence the album title... I love that the album wasn't perfect and I finally caved and said "It's now or never". I cant wait for people to hear the newer recorded and more polished music.
Westleaf Staff: Wow! Shoutout to you for getting over your fears and dropping.
What makes you a unique artist?
Adam Alyan: We are all unique. On some hippy ish*. I feel that we all have so much to offer, not only in art. We are a society that is always opening ourselves up. We can inspire even just one person and be judged by a nation, and that to me is still worth it. I like to think i'm unique because I create music that is not so popular right now. It's rarely a fit in with everyone else moment for me musically. The songs I create flow through me, and some need to be heard, and some need to be kept close.... Some are for other artists.... you never know.
Westleaf Staff: That's real. So what does art mean to you?
Adam Alyan: ART is one of the biggest forms of LOVE and EXPRESSION. FREEDOM isn't as easy as some may lead us to think. We come out at night like freaks and shake up the world. Thats a beautiful thing, when you do it right and your music reaches the audience intended far and beyond.
Westleaf Staff: I feel that! Where do you see your music career going over the next few years?
Adam Alyan: GOING wherever God allows me to take it. I pray that the right people surround me at all times. The people that have my best interest at heart. Loyal people that can build with me and individually.
Westleaf Staff: What is your next release?
Adam Alyan: My next single “Round' Me” will be available to stream and download everywhere 8/12. It was produced by Paz.wav, he’s a fire producer right now. I loved working on this one, it’s mostly R&B with a hint of Hip Hop as always.
Adam Alyan: Nice! We'll be on the lookout for it. Before we go, describe music in three words.
Adam Alyan: TUNE, VIBE, SOUL.
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