Interview by @noritabango – I was super excited to catch up with artist/songwriter ARCHIE for an exclusive Alwayz Therro interview. Let’s take a closer look on what he has in store for us..
What artists have you worked with throughout your music career?
A few artist’s I’ve worked with are Ray J, the International artist Luca Hänni, Joey Diggs, JakeandPapa, and my father, if he counts, haha.
What inspires you to make music? Who inspires you?
Not to be too cliche, but everything, and every experience inspires me. Music is so deep rooted in my DNA, it’s a no brainer that it’s what I love to do most. It’s the greatest release I’ve found. I’m most inspired by my younger brother, also an incredible artist, and savant. I’m also incredibly inspired by my mother. Watching her go through all she has, and still remain as compassionate, and loving as she is has taught me so much. A lesson I hope to extend to the world.
What is it like being the son of Brian McKnight?
Being the son of Brian McKnight was probably the biggest blessing of my life. Imagine having a mentor in the field that you are destined to thrive in, who has been through every single thing imaginable on every level. And I speak of much more than just music when I say that. My dad, and I are so alike its become eerily noticeably from our mannerisms, to our voices. I suppose to sum it up, it is absolutely awesome, and I wouldn’t go back, and change a thing.
What are some of your greatest accomplishments so far?
My greatest accomplishment so far, for me, is sticking to my guns, and never selling myself short for a quick cash-out, and now finally beginning to see the fruits of everything I’ve ever hoped for begin to come into fruition. The rest will be history.
Do you write your own material?
I write most, if not all of my material. I have just recently begun to do more writing with other parties. I really love working with other people, I’m a strong believer in 2 heads are better than 1, and so on. Though, the hardest thing for me to do is not write the whole song myself. It just comes that fast, and I dont say that to boast, I just believe that since songwriting has been such a big part of my life, and I’m more connected to the source now than I’ve been, it just comes that fast.
How would you describe your sound?
My sound is versatile, dynamic, hard-hitting, melodic, and soulful. Imagine Mj, the Beatles, and Kanye in one, with splashes of the 70s, 80s, 90s all around.
Do you have new music coming out any time soon?
If it was up to me, I’d give the people a new song every week, and a new project every month, but I now understand why I can’t, at least, not yet. I’m planning another release for either, spring break, or summer time, all depending on how the next few weeks go. Once all goes well, there will be a lot in store.
What separates you from other artists?
What I think separates me from other artists is that I was born into this. I’ve lived in this industry, and I know how it works on both sides. Besides being able to really sing, and play live, I believe it will also be my message, and my plans to influence real change in the world, especially for our young men and woman. The life I’ve been fortunate to experience in my 26 years, I fully believe was to teach me to use my gifts to inspire, enlighten, and lead by example, all while bringing true love back to our generation through song.
What message do you want to get across to the younger generation?
What’s funny is, I answered the previous question before seeing this one, No coincidence. My message for the youth is to stop living in fear, and to rewire their minds to completely repel negative thinking. My message will be a guide to reconnecting with your higher self in order to stay aligned in your purpose here. It’s time to remember who we really are, and the power that we truly hold inside us. We create our reality. Master yourself, and your greatest good will have no choice but to manifest. My message will be to take a deep breath, relax, and listen.
Photographer credits: @FiftyClicks @L3nsanity
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