In this blog post of my interview series, I’ll be interviewing the Canadian pop artist Raff Pylon (26). He’s not only a young talented singer but also a multi-instrumentalist songwriter, producer, and arranger. No wonder he has studied music arrangement and orchestration in college.
Raff isn’t a stranger to the music business, before starting to release his solo music in 2019, he used to be the lead singer of the pop-rock band Bridgeway for several years. The bands singles So Far Away and Whatcha Want From Me became major radio hits in Canada. I listened to these songs and love both, there are even French versions for each single. Not long ago, Raff Pylon released his debut single Can’t Let You Go last year in May. A dynamic rock-pop track, which showcases his impressive strong vocals. I also loved the story-telling music video, I’ll link it down below. So in this interview, we will chat about him, his quarantine lifestyle, and new music. Let’s get right into it.
Dear Raff Pylon welcome on erenblogs – Today’s Pop Music. I’m glad to have this opportunity to ask you some questions. Thank you for joining the interview series on my blog.
Thanks to you for the invitation, let’s get started!
1. First, let’s get to know you better. How would you describe yourself in 5 and your music in 3 words?
I would say that I am a mysterious, ambitious, generous, loving and creative person. And my music could be qualified as elegant edgy pop.
2. What kind of music did you grow up with and which artists inspired you as a teenager?
As a kid, it was all about The Beatles. I learned music through their songs, started playing drums imitating Ringo Starr. Then over the years I also got to discover all the Canadian bands who were making splashes in our country and across the world. From Nickelback to Simple Plan, Three Days Grace to Hedley, those bands are the reason I always keep a certain organic, Rock and Roll touch to my music. Then you add a plethora of different Hip Hop, R&B, EDM and Pop music and it creates the amalgam that is my music taste haha!
3. Please name the first album you bought with your own money and the first concert you went on!
My god, the first concert I went to was a Beatles tribute band my dad brought me to as a kid, at like four years old! And I think the first thing I bought with my money was the album One X by Three Days Grace.
4. How would you end the sentence: In school I was …?
I was the mysterious kid who was doing a bit of everything without belonging to any specific group. I was sporty, yet intellectual. I was also bullied, yet I was hardly intimidated. And once music classes became a thing, I turned into the school entertainer and it changed my whole life. It’s in part why I decided to do this for a living.
5. I’d say 2020 has been a horrible crazy year for the entire world due to the pandemic. How did you spent/are spending your quarantine days?
Well, Netflix and Disney+ have no secrets for me anymore haha! Honestly, I’ve been lucky though, because as an artist I was already working from home before COVID, so it didn’t affect my productivity too much. So, I worked on a lot of music and traveled around the Province of Quebec quite a bit!
6. I’m interested in a typical quarantine day of yours, did you come up with new habits? In my case, I was definitely eating more than usual, and working out less, shame on me.
Haha, well I definitely didn’t have the chance to move as much during the actual quarantine, but the moment it opened up a little, I got back into golf, a sport I played a lot in my life but unfortunately had to put away a little bit in the last 2-3 years. It was a lot of fun to get back on the course.
7. What did you miss the most during the quarantine?
Well in my situation I didn’t do a lot of touring and performances in the past years because I spent most of my time in studios creating new songs, and at the moment, if it wasn’t of the pandemic I would have been back on the road doing shows and that’s the one thing I was most disappointed about, because I can’t wait to go back on stage and sing for a crowd!
8. What is one thing you’ve learned about yourself while being isolated from the outside world?
I have learned that relationships are very important, and sometimes undervalued and taken for granted. Losing access to those people, whether family members or friends, during such a long period makes you realize that you miss them a lot.
9. I wonder if there was a person, who made your quarantine days better? If yes, please tell us why!
There sure is someone, a new person that I actually met during quarantine believe it or not. We got along right away, and we had so much fun even though we weren’t really able to be physically together much due to the situation. It’ll be a lot of fun to be able to hang out more freely when we get to the other side of this.
10. How did you start singing and writing music? Did your parents support your passion?
Well after I learned drums as a young kid, I started piano lessons at 6 and around 12, I got interested in guitars too. My dad had some at home since he was a guitar player himself in the past, so one day I picked it up, and without really having learned guitar whatsoever I found a way to pluck chords and wrote my first song ever at 12 years old. Later on, around 15, it dawned on me that music could become my job if I wanted, so I really got motivated and I became a professional singer/songwriter at age 18.
11. To which current major stars are u looking up to and why?
Well, my current inspiration doesn’t really come from music artists, but actually from a fellow High School colleague turned Super Bowl champion in Laurent Duvernay-Tardif. He’s two years my senior so I went to school with him as he started playing football, and our school community saw him grow into an exemplary man, who finished med school at the same time as he started as a professional NFL lineman, who won a championship. He’s a person I really look up as I’m growing into my own man myself now.
12. Who are your dream collaborations, it can be any singer, songwriter, and producer?
Paul McCartney is my idol so it would be an amazing honor to be able to write a song and perform it with him. I also have a thing for Hip Hop features, and I think a Snoop Dogg collaboration would be an amazing thing!
13. Let’s talk about your single Can’t Let You Go. As I mentioned before I really like this song and wonder if it’s based on a real story. Who can’t you let go? How was the writing process?
Well, it’s not exactly talking about anybody, in particular, to be honest, hahaha! It’s an amalgam of feelings and experiences I had in the past pretty much. I played down the ideas that came to me thinking about that concept, and then we co-wrote the final version once we got in the studio to record it!
14. Your latest release King’s Lane (Million Roses) was released on the 31st of July this summer. I think it’s a beautiful heart-melting pop ballad. I know it was inspired by a dream of yours. And the song is a message to the world to unite and for people to live in peace together. Which I think is so kind and genuine of you to write such a song. But what is your biggest dream in life you want to accomplish one day?
My biggest inspiration in terms of an artist is John Lennon because he transcended music to become somebody that meant more to people, and he found a purpose in a society that was more than just singing songs. On the long haul, I truly hope I can bring myself to be an artist of this style, where both my music and my words can have an impact and hopefully help bring people together, especially after seeing so many people with such divisive behavior over the last few months, which has become a very difficult period for many.
15. Speaking of the new single King’s Lane (Million Roses), which is a collaboration with Michael Jackson’s brother Tito Jackson from the former legendary boy band The Jackson 5. Can you please tell us more about how the two of you got together for this project!
We actually met when I went down to record King’s Lane in Los Angeles with my producer Earl Powell, who worked for The Jacksons and Tito in the past. Next thing I know I’m in a studio somewhere in Los Angeles in an area I didn’t know about and I was surrounded by Jackson 5 gear! Without knowing, I was in Tito’s home studio, and the whole song was recorded there! So obviously later in the week Tito ended up coming back from a trip to London and we met quickly, he heard the song and liked it. Therefore, we asked him if he wanted to participate, and he accepted!
16. Currently, you are also a contestant in the 8th season of ‘La Voix / The Voice’ Canada 2020. How is this experience going for you so far and how does it feel to watch yourself on television in such a famous TV show like this?
It’s definitely something unique, a different experience from pretty much everything I lived before. I’ve had a great time on the show so far, met amazing people and worked with great coaches so I’m definitely happy about it!
Now It’s time for this or that:
Pizza or Sushi?
Never enough food, both, please!
Spotify or Netflix?
Definitely Netflix. At least they pay the right price for the product they sell.
Coffee or Tea?
Both have their uses but it’s gonna be tea for me!
80s Disco Pop or Indie Pop?
How about 80’s Indie Disco Pop hahaha!
Stadium tour or an acoustic session with few fans?
Both would be awesome, but I want the stadiums!
Summer or Winter season?
Love winter sports, but I prefer the summer for everything else!
Piano or Guitar?
Love both for different reasons, but my number one is the piano.
English or French?
Depends on what. French is amazing but for music, it comes naturally in English.
17. I know it’s a bad year but let’s focus on the positive things. What was your highlight of 2020 so far? Every little reason to celebrate is enough, right?
Well, the song with Tito Jackson was definitely a big moment for me, a definite step in the right direction in terms of where I want to go as an artist and what I want to give people. The message especially and the fact that we were able to build the Million Roses Fundraiser along with the song is very meaningful to me.
18. What is the Million Roses Fundraiser?
We are partnered up with Amnesty International here in Montreal for this Fundraiser. It is run by GoFundMe, and all the money collected will be used by Amnesty to create an awareness program to help sensitize people about institutional racism here in Canada. I’m really hoping that we can collect a good amount enough to allow Amnesty to make a good effort in that direction.
19. What are you most excited about to happen in 2021? what can you tell us about new projects, you’re working on right now?
We’re working on a lot of music, including an upcoming album, so you’ll be able to hear that in 2021 for sure! I’m definitely excited to release these songs and hopefully, I will be able to perform them live too!
20. One question you want to ask me?
What is the first thing you will do coming out of the pandemic?
Good question, most of the things are allowed in Switzerland right now as long as you wear a mask. However big concerts are still forbidden. As a music blogger I love going to concerts it’s like my antidepressant. Therefore, I’m looking forward to my next possible stadium concert.
Additional fan questions from @anonymous
- How many days did it take you to make this wonderful music video for Kings Lane?
It took us some time to organize it, having to deal with quarantine and the number of people involved, but it wasn’t too long to produce actually, and my team and I are really happy with the result!
- Any new songs or collaborations coming soon?
Some very big songs will be released in the next months for me, including the album in 2021, so make sure to stay in touch through social media to know what’s coming!
- Anything you want to say to your fans?
Thank you so much for your support even during these weird times. I really hope we will be able to get together for concerts soon!
Thank you, Raff Pylon, so much for taking the time to answer my questions. I wish you the best for your musical career and I’m looking forward to meeting you one day.
Likewise! A real pleasure, thank you so much!
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