Having just released his brilliant you single ‘Hit It’ we decided to check in with Pherris and chat all about his new release.
Hey Pherris, thank you for joining us today. Could you please tell any of our readers that haven’t heard about you yet what you’re all about?
Thank you for having me! For those that haven’t heard about me, I was born and raised in New York, currently living in Brooklyn and pursuing my passion as a musician. I started making music around 5 years ago as a creative outlet and a means to search for a deeper meaning to life than the typical corporate grind that was consuming my life at the time. Some would say I got a late start in music, but that inspires me even more to work harder and tap into my voice and sound. A reason I work so hard is because I really want to inspire people that it’s never too late to start doing anything that you even have the slightest interest in.
I would categorize my music as alternative RnB, pulling elements from Hip-Hop and Pop music. I’m currently working on releasing an EP in early 2022 which I’m hyped for.
Congrats on the release of your new single ‘Hit It’. How are you feeling about this right now?
Thank you! I’m very excited that it’s out. When you are working to release music, there can often be pressure leading up to the release. You’re constantly listening to the song over and over again to ensure the final mix and master sounds exactly how you want it to sound. With the pandemic it’s been more difficult to work face-to-face with producers so it’s been a lot of email communication and Zoom calls with my producer, exchanging feedback and ideas. Then pile marketing plans on top of that and it can feel like a lot.
Having said that, I love the process and I learn something new with every release. After I release anything I get a sense of relief that it’s finally in the hands of the listeners and I can really pour into the next song or set of songs.
Could you talk to us about the process you have made as an artist to get to this point?
It’s definitely been one of the biggest tests of my time management skills. Creating space and time to create can be difficult but so essential to nurturing ideas and letting them come to life. I think it’s also taught me to be kind to myself and to not judge my ideas prematurely. I feel like every human is born with creative ability, it’s just about tapping into it.
Typically my creative process starts with me playing guitar, coming up with a chord progression or making a beat in Logic. Once I’m inspired sonically, I feel out the vibe from there and I’m able to tap into my emotions and feelings a bit easier.
We’re loving the artwork for ‘Hit It’ could you please explain the meaning behind this?
Definitely! I’m actually pretty proud of the artwork as I created it by taking a set of alphabetical blocks (like the ones we all got when we were kids) and organizing them against a white sheet of paper. I used an app on my phone to sort of warp the picture to get it to have this sort of 3D-ish look. Really, I just wanted it to capture the playful essence of the song.
If you had to describe the single in 3 words which, would you pick?
Playful, Catchy, Mischievous
How was the process of creating ‘Hit It’?
Yeah so I started a session in Logic with no real intentions of writing a song. I just felt like making a beat. I found this really dope sample which is the string sample you hear throughout the song. Then I found a stabbing synth that complimented it and combined it with some 808’s and drums. Within a couple hours I had the demo version of the beat and then just started freestyling over it. I knew I wanted to create a song that was fun, and maybe a little scandalous, but something relatable.
The memory of a past relationship came to mind and how I was basically her “side-piece”, but was totally content with the situation. We had no expectations for the relationship really advancing beyond a fling, and it was surprisingly, for the most part pretty drama-free.
I actually wrote the first verse and chorus and didn’t revisit it for nearly a year. It got lost in the shuffle of a ton of other beats and abandoned projects – a bad habit of mine where I create something unfinished then move onto something else. But something about this one called me back to it and I gave the demo to my producer and a month later we had a finished song.
Has listening to any other artist throughout your youth inspired this record?
I don’t think there were any major artists from my youth that inspired it, however at the time I created the beat I was listening to a lot of Masego, and also an artist named Jael. The production on these artists’ songs as well as their musicality and playfulness could’ve definitely played an inspirational role for me so shout out to Masego and Jael!
What can we expect to see from in the future from you?
Definitely keep a look out for my EP that I’m aiming to drop in early 2022. I’m currently working on releasing a couple side-singles with some fellow NYC artists that I’m excited for. Also, I’ll be performing more in 2022 to promote my EP, and you’ll be able to follow my show schedule on my website at www.pherris.com or on my instagram @pherrismusic .
Thanks for joining us guys. Any last comments you would like to mention to fans?
Honestly just thank you for listening and for being a part of my journey. Also, as I mentioned before just for anyone that reads this that may be struggling to find their purpose or passion in life or are hesitant to pursue something because they think it’s too late. The answer is that It’s never too late to pick up something new or pursue something new. I’m such a huge believer in that, as I didn’t start music at a super young age, but I really think in some ways it’s saved my life. It truly is my peace and my therapy, and I truly believe that it’s just never too late to try something else and go for it.
Check out the new single ‘Hit It’ by Pherris right here.