A few moments ago, the Dominican soul, R&B and hip-hop artist Navy released the music video for “LMK”, a sweet and shiny soul song decorated by the creme de la creme vocals of Navy.
About her cool, Caribbean sound, Navy shares, “I don’t wanna look American, I don’t wanna look British even though I can, but being yourself will get you where you need to go.” . Traveling outside the Caribbean opened my eyes to the importance of standing up for who I am. I’m not about to change my skin color or pretend I’m something or someone I’m not. Either you accept me or you don’t, there are millions of artists out there. If you don’t like my stuff, go your way.
All about authenticity and originality, in collaboration with Caribbean label Pretty Boy Worldwide, Navy’s Island’s pop sound is seductive, exotic and definitely addicting.
Released from his next EP, due for release in July, the velvety overtones of “LMK”, crowned by the smoldering tones of Navy, are dripping with cashmere textures, while the visuals, shot in black and white, represent Navy going out into town at night.
CelebMix caught up with the singer to find out how she got started in music, what inspired “LMK”, her influences and her songwriting process.
What three things can’t you live without?
God. I am not big on religion, but I am very connected to one source through spirituality. I love nature, take everything for a sign and never a coincidence, and I always remember that I am never alone at any given time.
Music! It’s been a part of my life since I was in my mother’s womb. Both of my parents love music, so I can say that my fall in love was inevitable.
Write, and by that I mean with pen and paper. I also love calligraphy so I do a lot of colors and decorations every time I do it. I write everyday. Whether it’s a diary entry, song, poem, story, affirmations, or any description.
What inspired your new single / video “Let Me Know?” “
The video was inspired by the 90s. The music, the fashion, the general vibe, even the portrayal of love and courtship. Culture, like music, travels and it is changed to fit in with the environment it comes in, and that’s just our take on that time. I often hear stories or watch videos and movies to get a feel for it, but the video director really lived it, so the video is really him bringing my love for the 90s to life with his visual demonstrations. .
What do you hope your fans / listeners take away from the video?
I hope fans and viewers like it first and can connect with either the vibe or the story. Love in its truest form is pure.
How did you get started in music?
It depends on what we call “music” here. I have always listened to the radio. All my life. From my earliest memories, a radio was always on in my parents ‘or grandparents’ house. My father also plays a multitude of instruments, so there are pictures of me, three, hammering the keys. I played classical piano for a few years from the age of seven, and the violin. I played the snare drum and cymbals in my boy scout troop. I also sang for a few years in my elementary school choir. I started to write and sing around the age of 15. So I guess it’s safe to say that I was born there.
Which musicians / singers influenced you the most?
I’m not sure there is a single or a few musicians or singers that I can point out. There are so many artists and songwriters that I grew up and learned to respect and love, and I take something or a few things from everyone. I can say that my most difficult studies or singers would include Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner. I also had a fascination with singers like Chester from Linkin Park and bands like Chevelle, Godsmack, etc. because they were literally screaming. The era of alternative rock was something else. The musicians went back to Bach and Beethoven because I played classical piano and still listened to classical music regularly.
What’s your songwriting process like? Melody first, or lyrics?
I don’t have a process, to be honest. Anything goes when it comes to writing a song. Sometimes, before I even write the lyrics or find the melody, I sit down with the producers and explain to them what “I’m hearing” in terms of slight edits or even vocal samples (which I sometimes record. myself) to add to production. I can bring an acapella version of a song to the studio, so the music is built around it, or I can take a beat and come back with a song. Working with Pretty Boy was the first time I wrote a song while the beat was being made. Very interesting experience.
How do you keep your sound fresh?
Honestly, I just did. I’m not sure if there is a plan or program to keep it fresh. If it’s a flashback or a tribute, we go with that. If it is a “new new”, we also accept it. What we try to maintain is the standard of good quality music that we know our listeners will relate to and appreciate.
You have a new EP coming out in July. What can you share about this?
This is the first part of a three part project and contains songs that I really had fun with. The range of emotions and feelings just splashed over these productions and my writing was insane. I have the confinement to thank for so many of these creations. Honestly, I can’t wait for the world to hear it.
Which artists do you think are killing him right now?
There are so many. Kendrick Lamar will always kill him in my opinion. It does not matter whether it is new or old equipment. Jasmine Sullivan is a blackmailer from whom I think I can also learn a few things. I’m really digging Lil Simz right now too. Doja Cat amazes me every time I see her on stage. She dances and sings, and she doesn’t miss a beat and looks as calm as the Caribbean Sea when she’s done. Man! She inspires me so much. I feel like with her the performance, the themes and the creativity are back, and not just in the videos.
Do you have guilty pleasure in music and / or entertainment?
I guess it can be seen as counterproductive, but I see it as brain stimulation. I play Tetris. A lot!
Why are you making music?
Because music chose me, and I feel that not using my talent would be a crime against humanity.
For the future, what is the next step for NAVY?
The next step for Navy is a lot of visual releases, for the tons of songs that were written and recorded during the 2020 lockdown. I’m hoping to tour and actually be able to perform for my fans and meet and interact with some of the guys. ‘between them, but everything is in the hands of the Universe.
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