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PARLORCLUB Opens Up About His Artistic Journey and Infectious New Single 'Toothless'

PARLORCLUB is an emerging R&B artist whose work seamlessly blends the soulful melodies of gospel with the rhythmic beats of Hip-Hop, creating a captivating and unique sound. His musical journey began in church and school choirs, where his passion for music was ignited from a young age. Rooted deeply in the rich traditions of gospel music, PARLORCLUB's early experiences significantly shaped his artistic vision.

After a brief period under contract with a record label during his college years, PARLORCLUB transitioned to becoming an independent artist. Now, four years later, he has established himself as a formidable creative force within the industry. Born in America and raised with a nomadic lifestyle, he draws inspiration from diverse cultural influences that enrich his eclectic musical style.

Currently residing between Nigeria and Kenya, epitomizes the life of a traveling musician. His journeys infuse his artistry with varied experiences that invigorate his creative expression. With a sound that transcends traditional categorization and an unbounded spirit, PARLORCLUB invites listeners on an evocative exploration through themes of faith, identity, and artistic freedom.

Take us back, do you recall the moment you told yourself “I'm going to make this my career”, describe that moment. What made you pursue this career?


There's a few different moments I can think of. From singing in my school choir to signing my first distribution deal after sending my music to a local indie label. I’ve always been infatuated with the music industry, studying how my contemporaries scaled what seems an impossible ladder. Music isn't a career path you enter into lightly. I tell myself everyday that I’m going to make this my career. I love music, I love the way good music makes me feel, and I love the sound of my own voice. In this life, I want to do something I love, to enjoy my work. I think we all should strive to pursue our passions as careers.



How would you describe your artistic style?


Honestly, I’d rather other people describe my artistic style for me. I try to peacefully insert myself into sounds, moments that I think are cool. That’s all I’m doing when I make music. I guess I’m opinionated, and it rules how I create, but I’ll try everything. Genre-wise, I’m blending Pop-Rap with R&B.



What are you most passionate about? What themes or concepts do you explore in your music?


I’m not sure if this sounds conceited, I’m most passionate about opening up. Music is about relatability, I think self-reflection is the key to unlocking understanding in others. All the great writers in music feel personal to the listener. So I’m trying to unlock that feeling. I’ll hold onto this thought because it isn’t an easy thing to do.



If you had to title this chapter in your life, what would it be?


I’d title this chapter in my life: The Beginning Of It All.



When was the last time you did something for the first time? What did you learn from that experience?


I can't think of the last time I did something for the first time. I’ve been a creature of routine these past few years. Here’s to new experiences.



What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

It’s sad, I can't think of the ‘best piece of advice’ anyone’s given me. Nothing that comes to mind feels worthy, I’m still learning.



What’s one something you had to “learn the hard way”


I had to learn the hard way that I can’t do everything on my own. In life, and in music. 



Has there ever been a time when you felt like giving up and starting a new path? What keeps you focused?


Many times I’ve felt like giving up and starting a new path. I did. I gave up for over a year up until June of 2023. But I had been feeling like it wasn’t going to work out for much before that as well. I didn’t think there was any way for me to continue as a musician. I met my producer and it has become a catalyst in my career. That’s life, you just ride the ups and downs.


What has been the most exciting thing that has happened to you recently?


I just signed a distribution deal with Hallwood Media. All in all, very cool, and at the perfect time to truly accelerate my career.


In your opinion, whom do you consider to be a visionary? What about them do you admire most?


Drake is the GOAT and you can’t convince me otherwise. To be fair, there’s a lot of visionaries in music. All the kids are trying to sound like Gunna, Thug, Drake, SZA, Carti, Travis, etc. Because we’re consuming music so fast, this is the same across all genres. If you name an artist, there's a big chance they’ve spawned thousands of lookalikes. I admire all of these artists who manage to inspire the masses.



How do you show up for yourself? As in, what’s self-care look like for you?


I try to show up for myself in different ways. Really I’m a nerd, I’m learning Spanish, reading, working out and generally trying to keep a sane lifestyle.


The past years have been life-changing. What's something new you've learned or discovered about yourself in the past 3 years? How have you applied that to your work?


I’ve discovered that you either need help or vision. If you don't have the former, it can be daunting knowing that the way your life goes is primarily in your own hands. Nobody else cares to make your dream a reality for you. And if there are those willing to help, hold onto them dearly, they are precious. I go into my work with this mindset. Either I take control, leading with direction, or I lean on those around me to help with the things that are out of my control.



What was the inspiration for your new project? Can you tell us more about the meaning behind the music?


I just released a song called ‘Toothless’. It’s an attempt at doing what I was just speaking about, opening up. My father had passed away a few months prior, and then my dog died. I had been living with my producer Kadenxe at the time and we made the beat in about 15 minutes. The flow just came to me so easily, I wrote the first verse in a matter of minutes, freestyled the hook, and I think we’d finished the demo that same evening. We didn’t touch much of that track before I eventually released it. I’m proud of it, its a really good vibe.


How does your new music compare to your previous releases?


My new music is millesss better than my previous releases. It's kind of the reason I built the PARLORCLUB alias. My old artist name was Michael Haze.


Describe the creative process. When did you know you had the final cut?


The creative process is a bit different every time. You’ll know the cut is done when you can play it through without stopping to think about something you might add. At least, that's how I feel.


What do you feel has been your biggest growth as an artist?


My biggest growth as an artist has been understanding musical structure. Intros, 8 or 16 bar verses, a strong hook, countermelodies, etc. I knew of these things growing up as a musician but, I’ve only recently understood their importance. If you know, you know.


Following your dreams comes with many ups and downs. What would say is the hardest thing about following your dreams?


It’s hard to be critical of yourself when you’re following your dreams, but you must. Still, not everybody is Drake. I try to measure myself against peers around me at the same level. You have to grow as an artist. But doing so requires that you’re honest with where you are. Then you can figure out how to take the next step.



In your opinion, what do you think is not fair about today's music industry?


I wouldn’t call much of today’s music industry unfair. There’s more reach than ever, and competition is fierce. It's not easy to be a musician, that’s the cost of business.



How do you hope your music resonates with viewers or impacts the world?


I hope viewers enjoy listening to it. That’s what every artist hopes for.



What's next for you career?


What’s next? Just make sure to pay attention, it’s hard for me to put into words for you…

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