After the rousing response to his initial offerings 'Atmosphere' and 'Needing You' earlier this year, UK-based artist Modeste is back on the grind once again with his emotive new single 'Queen'.
Capturing more of that rich and vibrant aesthetic he is quickly earning a reputation for, 'Queen' makes for a brilliantly bold and driven listen. With her passionate voice layered across a progressive soul-inspired production throughout, he is continuing to cement himself as one of the more captivating names on the rise right now.
So with the new single available to stream now, we sat down with him to find out more about his origins and what has been inspiring him most lately.
What was the first instrument you fell in love with?
The first instrument I fell in love with would be the drums as a young child in church.
What kind of music did you love when you were younger?
Soul, R&B and gospel would’ve been the first influences before uk rap / American hip-hop.
What was the first album you remember owning?
Labrinth’s electronic earth would be the first I owned personally.
What is the one song you wished you could have written yourself?
Jealous by Labrinth most definitely. Such a captivating song from the melodies to the lyrics, forces you to feel that emotion.
Do you have any habits or rituals you go through when trying to write new music?
I wouldn’t say a ritual but I say a little prayer asking god to guide the words that hit that page.
Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?
At the moment Anderson Paak, Jorja Smith, Cleo Sol, jid, Young’s Teflon, J Cole, Tems and many more - if I’m honest too many to list.
If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?
It would be John Legend or Labrinth, definitely. Either or.
What do you find is the most rewarding part about being a musician?
Being able to use what you love as an outlet for any emotion I'm feeling, I have something a lot of people are searching for a release.
And what is the most frustrating part?
For me trying to decipher between what is genuine feedback and just people saying the music is good to say it. I want to know where I can improve, I only get that criticism from a few places.
And what is the best piece of advice you have received as a musician?
Fall in love with the process and not the destination. The opportunities will come, build a catalog that has to be heard eventually.
Modeste's new single 'Queen' is available to stream now. Check it out in the player below.