After his 2019 EP 'Daydreams And Nightmares' accumulated over 200k streams in its first month alone, LA-based singer, songwriter and producer Avae is back to his winning ways on the superb new offering 'Azure'.
Teaming up with internet sensations 99goonsquad for the release, 'Azure' makes for an incredibly warm and psychedelic listen. Filled with a rich and textured atmosphere, kaleidoscopic grooves, and his wonderfully tranquil voice at the helm, this is definitely one to give all your attention to from start to finish.
So with the new single available now, we sat down with him to find out more about his background and what has been inspiring him over the years.
What was the first instrument you fell in love with?
The guitar. It’s always felt the most natural to me, and what I learned first. Even though I don’t use it as a main instrument in my songs I always try to sneak a riff in.
What kind of music did you love as a teenager?
I enjoyed sounds all the way from Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, to Biggie, Outkast, Flying Lotus. I moved around a lot as a teen so I got put on a lot of different music growing up.
What is the one song you wished you could have written yourself?
New Person, Same Old Mistakes by Tame Impala. What a timeless sounding track, even though it’s fairly new.
Do you have any habits or rituals you go through when trying to write new music?
I usually like to jam on a song and come up with a lot of different ideas within that theme, then condense it down when it becomes something I would want to release. In between releases I take breaks and take some time to get inspired.
Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?
Free Nationals, Washed Out, & DUCKWRTH.
How many of your songs have you written about people in your life?
Most of them, save a few introspective pieces. Stories are easier to tell when you include more than just yourself.
What has been the funniest or most unusual moment in your career so far?
Performing at an underground hiphop show in LA. It was weird performing my style there, but the show was really memorable and I had a great time. The crowd enjoyed it too.
If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?
Definitely Tame Impala. Been a fan since his first album. I think our vibes could flow well together live.
If you weren’t a musician, what other path do you think you might have taken?
Probably something event/concert related. I love throwing shows and just being in the scene. I was a big music fan before I started creating.
And what is the best piece of advice you have received as a musician?
Don’t try to force yourself to finish a song or a collaboration. Let it flow naturally, Consistency in the quality of your sound is important.
Avae's new single 'Azure' is available to stream and download now. Have a listen to it in the player below.