Interviewed by SlayDaKing
Photo taken by Marques Ruiz
Mr.y (mist(ə)rē), better known as WeSingCin, is a 22 year-old artist without a definite home. He was last seen drifting into the shadows after hearing the whispers of the Bad Magician.
To live one’s life as honest and true to one’s self is the mission behind WeSingCin’s music. It’s a direct line into the thinking process undergone throughout his day-to-day life. Growing up in a more than religious household, the foundation that was intended to be set forth was the distinction between a righteous or a sinful lifestyle. However, those two things are subjective. In choosing to speak on his own truths and being transparent within his work, WeSingCin hopes to challenge the belief of what, precisely, “living right” entails.
If any of you still have any concerns about Mr.y and where he disappeared off to, speak softly and listen closely.
What is your identity as an artist and how do you maintain it on social media platforms? Describe your creative process.
Id say my identity as an artist is that of a seeker who can’t let everyone in. This explains my social presence. I like to be unseen, at least, until I want you to see me. It’s very characteristic of myself, really. I don’t feel the need to document everything and upload daily updates because it takes away from the work. I know I should probably be trying to build more connections through social media but that’s just me again thinking my work will speak for itself when it all comes together in the end. But, we’re still in the process of working on this new project so I’m more focused on that at the moment.
Tell us how your style has grown over time.
I think my style has undergone a number of changes in the last 7-8 years. I remember when i first started rapping and recording I was sounding like some of my favorite artist at the time. J Cole had just released Friday Night Lights and I was really into Curren$y, Lupe Fiasco, Kanye, and Kid Cudi. So, of course, I wanted to make music that was on par with what they were doing. I was writing like real raps back then. And then, someone asked me “what’s the message you’re trying to convey”. At the time, I didn’t know. Being one of the best rappers wasn’t even on my mind either. I was just doing it cause I was having fun. From there you can kind of see that I went deep down that introspective rabbit hole trying to place as much meaning into my words.
As far as beat selection, I listen to a wide array of music from different genres so I think I pull sounds from that. I wanted to do something different and Kid Cudi is a huge influence in terms of being different. Seeing him collaborate with producers like Nosaj Thing and Ratatat put me on a different path where it wasn’t conventional Hip-Hop beats. Instead, TripHop, Chillwave, anything Downtempo and Lofi became what I found myself drawn too. So, overtime, the accumulation of these musical tastes helped blend together this sound.
How do you go about choosing who to collab with on a track?
In terms of choosing artists to collaborate with on my own content, I don’t often seek out features. I have this set idea in mind already, this image and moment I’m trying to recreate and it’s hard finding an artist to complement these ideas well. Not to sound as if I’m looking down on my contemporaries [Chuckles]. But, when I do get asked to feature on another’s work, I’m very open to that and connecting with other artist in that sense.
Your music has a heavy focus on lyricism. How important are the words you use in conveying complex imagery?
The words are the most important thing in my work. I’d want people to focus on that. Before writing, I had always been a visual person, seeing things in snapshots. I had to find a way to translate those images into something that might be understood differently. Each word is being used to describe the moment on a number of levels based off the senses. So, they are very important in properly capturing a moment.
Describe your aesthetic. How much does that factor into your artistic expression?
I’m unsure how I’d describe my aesthetic and it’s a factor into my music. I just try write what I feel. With visual representations of my music, I feel as though it’s bright on a surface level but the underlying feelings are darker when the music gets dissected.
As an artist, do you ever find yourself deciding whether a venue has the right vibe and platform for your art? How do you navigate this decision making?
In the past I think i just wanted to get my music heard. I’d be looking to perform anywhere any chance I got. But, gradually, I’ve sort of been taking a step back to be more calculated in terms of performances because the quality of music wasn’t at the level in which I wanted it. Being able to give the audience an experience rather than a show is what I’d want to be able to do. So understanding that aspect and how I can present myself as this artist within my performance is something that occupies my mind.
In a lot of your songs you are very emotionally vulnerable. How do you take care of yourself throughout the writing process and after?
I don’t think I do. I’ve got to learn to separate the writing process from actual life because I feel as though I’m never not in the writing process. I could be headed somewhere but in my mind are images and words swimming around, trying to piece themselves together. I have to always be open to these thoughts. I’m an over thinker so there’s no real way to turn it off. But being that I’m always in this state of thought, you become used to it -almost numb where these emotions don’t feel as real and you don’t seem as connected to them but can still recognize them.
What was the inspiration behind the single “Shadow Walker”? Tell us about the meaning behind the song.
When I first heard the beat, I instantly got this lurking feeling. But, the shadow’s a place of dissociation; where you can find peace. The shadow’s also where your darkest self gets revealed to you as a whisper. It’s that space of vulnerability.
Listen to Shadow Walker and more on WeSingCin’s Soundcloud