I call it “Urban-pop.” It’s very 90′s influenced. I listened to the divas growing up like Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Janet Jackson, so my music is very much inspired by that because it’s got a sweet vocal over a “harder” beat like Hip-Hop. So it’s like Aaliyah meets Mariah meets Janet with the vocals.
So those ladies in particular influenced your sound?
Yes, absolutely. And Billie Holiday is another favorite.
Oh, okay. Taking it way back.
So you said that you’ve been singing since you were four, so is it safe to say that you were always passionate about becoming a singer or was it a hobby at first?
No. Ever since I was little I use to watch the Grammy’s and all those awards shows thinking ‘That’s gonna be me one day. That’s gonna be Alus!’ I was born with the passion […] It gets stronger over time because of the things you do and what influences you but I knew this is what I wanted to do from the start.
You mentioned that you have a project that you were working on and music is to drop at the top of 2014.
Could you tell us a little more about that?
It’s going to be about 6-10 songs and it’s gonna show everybody the 90’s “urban-pop” sounding music and Relapse (out on the internet now) is gonna be one them.
A lot of songwriters draw inspiration from their actual experience, Relapse is kind of dark, have you ever had that love life where you loved so much it hurt?
Yeah, all my music is usually about boys, it should be about men, but the reason why they end up in the song is because they are stupid boys. Relapse was about a situation that was toxic and it was bad and shouldn’t have been happening but I kept relapsing in a way. I used “drug-addict” terms because [I thought] this is a potent way to describe love and I want people to take from that because a lot of people can relate.
Yes, that’s definitely an effective way to describe a situation like that.
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