by the partae

Where are you currently based?

I am currently based in Los Angeles California. I moved here in 2019 from Atlanta, Ga with the intention of pursuing my dream to be an artist and write and play violin in all the ways I possibly could.

How did you first start playing music?

I first started singing the day my mom had me join her in the church choir at 5 years old. She was a soprano singer so that automatically made me one as well. While growing in my craft of singing, I picked up the violin at 9 years old and never looked back. Private lessons, orchestras, jazz bands, and even became first chair in high school. I took it seriously and as I got older wanted to put my singing and playing together to create a form of art that was tailored to me. I then became a singing violinist playing and singing at weddings, concerts, and venues which turned into me wanting to create my own music with both of my crafts in it. I then started to create music of my own and the rest was history.

What’s been happening recently?

I recently have been performing, I had a show last month that had an incredible turn out and since then have been creating content and getting ready for the release. Even before that, I opened up for Alicia Keys during her world tour which was an amazing and growing experience for me because she has always been an artist that I look up to.

Ale’ is the first single off your upcoming EP, what influenced the sound and songwriting?

“Ale” is a Haitian call to love. In Haitian Creole it directly translates to “Let’s Go”, thus pushing us all deeper into a journey through love in all it’s facets. “Ale” is the story of a woman (me) who has taken all of her experiences that gave her fear to love and decided to let it drive her into love taking the action to just go for it and not let anything stop her.

How did Ale’ come about?

I started working on “Ale” with a producer named Reggie he is really dope he sent me the beat and I immediately thought, this is a love bop and I started free styling words of “here we go” and naming a bunch of places that would be fun to go on dates and then started to narrow it down to talk about the reality of not being afraid to love anymore and just going for it. Then I thought to incorporate my culture into it and say “Ann Ale” meaning let’s go and wanted to make it a whole event Around expressing how I felt in the song with adding some creole to the mix.

Where and when did you record/produce/master and who did you work with?

I recorded “Ale” at my amazing engineer Max’s studio in North Hollywood. I wrote it with my friend Naika who is an amazing artist and husband D Smoke who is also an amazing artist. The dope producer of the track Reggie killed it with the amazing 808’s, the kicks, and the chords, and my amazing bassist friend Josh Howard added some groovy bass lines to it.

Please tell us about your upcoming EP:

As an artist I believe the best art comes from an open place. I started this project without a set intention other than making honest music  driving from experiences, past failures , and successes in love. In doing so, I had a chance to push some creative boundaries musically and lyrically that make it an exciting listen.  And I am definitely playing violin all throughout the project as well.

How has your Haitian culture translated into your music?

I’ve never physically set foot in Haiti but every time I’m with my family, I’m in Haiti. We are a big bunch and everyone in the generation above me speaks creole and have taught me and my brothers. We use to listen to Haitian music (Kompa) together and ask our grandparents what the songs meant. I have always wanted to put some Creole in my music so I thought, why not put some of it in there and say some of what I would say in a love song and mix it up.

Who are you listening to at the moment?

Right now I am listening to “the human condition” album by Jon Bellion. I love all of his music but this album is my favorite one from him. I first listened to it and was so mind blown of how much his lyrics reflected my life and times of self reflection. It was like he was singing right from my diary. Along with his amazing Melodies and production, Jon Bellion will always be the goat in my book.

What do you like to do away from music?

Outside of music I love to learn about new things. I am currently reading a book called “Start With Why” by Simon Sinek  and it’s about the reason why certain leaders are able to inspire a mass amount of people because they focus on, not the what and the How of their business but why they want to do what they do in the first place.

What’s planned for the remainder of 2022 going into 2023?

I have some performance dates coming up that I am excited about. After dropping this single, I’ll follow it up with some more singles and an EP at the top of the year. But in the meantime, I look forward to performing and creating content that keeps telling my story.

Favourite food and place to hangout?

Crab legs are my favorite food. I am a master at cracking them right down the middle and can eat them all day! The best hangs for me is being at the beach with friends or family vibing out to music.


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