After the rousing response to his much-loved debut LP 'Roy' in 2022, fast-rising artist Roy Lucian Baza is back on the grind once again to deliver his uplifting new single 'Finally Me'.
Lifted from his forthcoming sophomore album, which is set to arrive in the coming months, 'Finally Me' sees him return to the scene in jubilant form throughout. With its bright and dynamic textures, shimmering atmosphere, and his own mesmerising vocals at the helm, he continues to shine as one of the more exciting 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 over the years.
What was the first instrument you fell in love with?
Guitar. For as long as I could remember I always wanted to play guitar. My mom put me in lessons when I was 15 and I finally got to learn. I’ve been playing ever since.
What kind of music did you love when you were younger?
Michael Jackson. Forever and always MJ. He was the first artist I really connected to at a young age. Through his lyrics and artistry I felt this invisible string of inspiration that eventually found its way to my personal artistry. I have to shout out Miley Cyrus as well. When I was in the 5th grade my dad got me the Hannah Montana cd. He told me this girl writes songs, maybe you should try as well. I did, and I owe a lot of my artistry to her as well.
What was the first album you remember owning?
The Essential Elvis Presley. I loved “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Elvis so my mom bought me this 2 disc cd set that included it. I fell in love with his discography thereafter.
What is the one song you wished you could have written yourself?
I Believe (When I Fall In Love) by Stevie Wonder. I’ve always thought that song is so perfect. The way Mr. Wonder crafted that song, it feels like something that I would create as well. It’s so hopeful and blissfully romantic.
Do you have any habits or rituals you go through when trying to write new music?
All my songs are based on my life and the people that come in and out of my story. I guess my habit is, you make an impact on me, be it big or small, I’ll lkely write about that experience. My songs are my diary.
Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?
I’m really loving Brent Faiyaz, I love his most recent album. His song “Best Time”is such a vibe. And I love Dominic Fike. “Sunburn” was my favourite album of 2023 alongside Miley’s “Endless Summer Vacation”.
If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?
Miley Cyrus or Taylor Swift. That’s a tie for me. Those women really helped shape my creative outlet, and my songwriter abilities.
What do you find is the most rewarding part about being a musician?
Being able to share my story with people. I have a song called “Memories” and I wrote that based on my life experiences. Getting diagnosed with Glaucoma at 19, getting hit by a car and nearly dying, all the good and bad. I thought to myself, what will be my legacy long after I’m gone? What will people remember me for? To see my stories connect with an audience now and god willing, long after the fact, that’s the most rewarding part.
And what is the most frustrating part?
Singing about times in your life that you don’t relate to as this current version of yourself. I write things based on the moment in time and current era I’m living in. Sometimes it can be frustrating having to rehash old feelings live on stage when you’ve already moved on from that version of yourself. It’s a bittersweet feeling.
And what is the best piece of advice you have received as a musician?
Don’t ever apologise for speaking your truth. Speak it out loud and speak on it til you’re heard.
Roy Lucian Baza's new single 'Finally Me' is available to stream now. Check it out in the player below.