Filmed and edited by a crew of teenagers on a budget of €64, London-based lo-fi hip-hop artist Surya’s latest video promoting his single “U ME WE” reminds listeners that music doesn’t have to be loud to be powerful. With breathy vocals layered over lush loops juxtaposed with introspective lyrics, the song creates an alluring vibe that naturally beckons repeat listens in one setting. “U ME WE” chronicles Surya’s journey growing up in Chennai, moving to the UK, overcoming hardship, and eventually finding himself through music. Surya’s music has already been generating a quiet storm, including features on Spotify’s Fresh Finds playlist, BBC Introducing, and GUAP.
In what could be his most honest songwriting yet, Surya braces listeners for learning “everything about me,” a frankness he admits he has shied away from in the past. With influences from across both sides of the Atlantic, ranging from Justin Timberlake to A Tribe Called Quest, Surya is part of a new generation of creatives who are committed to writing authentically with purpose for anyone willing to listen.
Filmed by fellow Young Creators UK artists, Surya’s video closes with an overdubbed sample from a Jay-Z interview, empowering listeners to recognize that you have to believe in yourself before anyone else does. Sounds like a timely call-to-action for U, ME, and everyone else who sometimes struggles to find their way in the solitary spaces between dream and reality.
Check out Surya’s video here and purchase his single “U ME WE” available on all major platforms.
Maryland-based singer-songwriter Cynthia Gross seeks to inspire an awakening to all we are and all we can become. With a passion for language in all of its forms and more than a decade of experience as a professional ghostwriter, she is a light seeker who understands the power of each individual’s voice to create positive, meaningful change.
Kaelab Riyan Folks is a singer/songwriter from Staunton, VA. Short and sweet, his genre consists of a pop-like R&B sound. He is known as a hopeless romantic, and he likes to make his music about the realistic emotional encounters he has faced. We are just beginning to learn about him, but we see a ton of potential going forward!
His newest track is called, “Save Your Love” it definitely fits into his genre range. The piano chords that are the center piece of the instrumental are simple, but has that pop-element we look for that keeps your head bopping. His vocals are impressive, as he sings, “Save Your Love” during the hook which will easily get stuck in the listener’s head. One of our favorite parts of the track are his ability to vocally harmonize in areas. Check out the track below.