A gifted musician by the name, Muse L’artist, donned in multiple roles (producer, singer, and songwriter), has released a soulful track titled,” Give x Take”. The “Give x Take” is not a melody but a journey to the essence of The latest gem in Muse’s jewelry box is here; it reveals the maturity that came with her growth and a heart full of emotions.
Muse is not a typical artist. She’s the genuine one with an inimitable soulful and bluesy R&B touch of West African roots. She is also the brains of Powher Sound, an all-female label. In discussing with Mister Styx in Musicarenagh, Muse reveals how and when she discovered herself.
Music for Muse was much more than just an entertainment during growing up. Her calling, the very essence of her being. In fact, the musical journey from classical piano, to jazz, to music production, and finally singing seems like fate to her.
Muse’s songs are a reflection of what she has experienced in her journey through life. She channels her emotions to sing lyrics about justice, peace and the mysteries surrounding the world. She doesn’t force her creativity; it just comes naturally by way of what she sees, feels, and dreams. Her real connection to life transpires into her songs so that they sound meaningful from the inside of one’s gut.
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What is your stage name?
Is there a story behind your stage name?
I had another stage name before. However it was quite restrictive in terms of branding so I went through a transition phase some years ago and my other half helped through that process and picked that name.
Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration in the experiences I’ve been through, what I see around me, what I see happening in the world. I can feel things deeply which is not always to my benefit or the benefit of others, but I’m an introvert. One way of getting things out for me has always been writing it out. I always write about what I care about but always with a goal of finding equilibrium, justice or peace.
What was the role of music in the early years of your life?
Music has always been part of my life for as long as I can remember. I started playing the piano at a very youg age thanks to my father who quickly identified that I couldn’t do without music.
I started with classical music which taught me discipline, then I moved on to Jazz piano and after that I decided to start producing my own music. The DJ that was teaching me music production suggested I started singing and literally put a mic in front of my mouth. I was 11.
Obviously it was a defining moment for both of us. And here I am today. Also I can’t thank my parents enough for playing music all the time inside the house, it fed my soul and I wouldn’t be the musician I am today if it wasn’t for them.
Are you from a musical or artistic family?
My dad sings and plays a little guitar. I’m sure he could have made it as an artist back in our home country Cameroon but here I am, my parents started a family. I’ve always loved his songs and his ability to create memorable melodies while making everybody dance.
Who inspired you to be a part of the music industry?
I think there’s a lot of artists that inspired me in general and who have had a significant impact on me. However the one who really inspired me to be part of the music industry was Whitney Houston. There’s so many things that I could say about her and her artistry, her ethics as a performer. She was definitely the first and the only one I wanted to emulate as a kid.
How did you learn to sing/write/to play?
I started taking piano lessons at 5 years old and stopped at 11 to focus on music production. My dad, again very present, hooked me up with a DJ who taught me all the basics of music production and how to use an MPC 2000.
Regarding singing, I’ve never taken any lessons really apart from this one time with this incredible vocal coach, she taught me how to breathe and it was life-changing.
What was the first concert that you ever went to and who did you see perform?
I think my first concert I went to see Keziah Jones. A great memory. He’s an awesome performer and ‘Rhythm Is Love’ was such a dope song.
How could you describe your music?
I would describe my music as alternative R&B with hints of Neo-Soul. I would describe it as smooth, chill and soulful. My Cameroonian background also definitely plays a part into how my music sounds.
Describe your creative process.
My creative process is that most of the time I don’t really have one. Whenever I said to myself I’m gonna sit down and write a song or produce a track, it never comes out right. Plus I procrastinate. My creative process often happens passively, at least the beginning of it.
I see something, or hear something, or I daydream, then I feel an urge to put either words down or sit behind my keys and then everything falls into place almost like magic. That’s why half the time I just think that God is sending me songs and is like ‘here you go’.
My main inspiration is life really.
My life, what’s surrounding me, the world in all its complexities, beauty, nuances and injustices. My brain and soul just combine it all, internalize all the information for a while, for years sometimes. Then when the stars are aligned – so to speak – it all comes out.
What musician do you admire most and why?
For me Whitney Houston is the greatest singer that has ever graced this planet. I could write a whole book about the reasons why I admire her but it would be way too long. But in short, her voice was out of this world obviously, her beauty, her presence, her elegance, her work ethic and I could go on and on.
Did your style evolve since the beginning of your career?
Yes absolutely. I started producing Hip-Hop, then I explored Afrobeat and African Jazz as I shared the stage with Femi Kuti and Manu Dibango. But I really feel that right now I found myself as an artist and I’m really happy to start making a name for myself within the R&B landscape.
Who do you see as your main competitor?
Myself. I’m focusing on standing out from the crowd, making my brand and message tight, and making the best music I can.
What are your interests outside of music?
Music and running my label take the majority of my time and outside of that as a hobby I’m interested in sports, especially football, tennis and MMA. I’m a real dude half the time! And on a more serious note, I’m interested in politics, social activism and women and children rights mostly.
If it wasn’t a music career, what would you be doing?
Well before dedicating myself to music, I was studying science politics, so it would have probably led to me becoming an MP or something.
What is the biggest problem you have encountered in the journey of music?
Signing bad agreements. It’s not original but it happens a lot. That’s why as a label, I make it a point to let the artists keep their freedom. We collaborate, we don’t imprison.
If you could change one thing in the music industry, what would it be?
It’s an interesting and very difficult question to answer to. Of course as we all know, the music industry is far from being fair. The system always caters for the same. If I could change one thing it would be to add more balance to all of this. I think the independent music world has to organize themselves better, educate themselves better and also help each other more in order to stand a chance.
Why did you choose this as the title of this project?
I chose this title ‘Give x Take’ as soon as I finished writing the hook. It just made sense as the song is about giving and taking within a relationship, it’s about fairness and trying to make sure that pain is limited.
What are your plans for the coming months?
I plan on releasing more music of course. I’ve started working on my EP and maybe an album by the end of 2024.
Do you have any artistic collaboration plans
Yes absolutely, I plan on collaborating with other artists early next year. Well to be honest, it’s already very much in motion and I can’t wait to share.
What message would you like to give to your fans?
I’m always about more love, more justice, more understanding and more peace. And if people could treat each other just a little bit better thanks to this track, I would be honored.