The latest single from the mind of Aurelia Dey is a gratifying middle finger to the status quo and to the entire concept of the ‘norm’; one that anyone and everyone should be getting behind. With another robust arrow to her ever-bulging quiver, we sat down with the star to dig deeper…
HY: At the moment, who is your favourite artist who is under the radar and why?
Kristina Issa. She’s my best friend but honestly my biggest inspiration as a musician right now. Seeing her grow has meant the world to me.
HY: Why is it, you think, so many talented musicians go completely unnoticed?
Because of the internet.
HY: What’s the hardest thing for a musician trying to break out of obscurity right now?
Finding your own voice and letting it breathe trough your artistry without comparing with the 109874109 other faces you scroll through the day.
HY: Would you say you’re currently ‘under the radar’? If so, how does it feel on an emotional level?
I definitely am. If you have checked me out, you know I’m a big star. It doesn’t really affect me emotionally. Because it is what it is. This is the word we live in. It affects me more on a business level and motivationally.
HY: How much responsibility of an artist being ‘under the radar’ falls to the artist themselves? Or does it also lie with the music industry as a whole?
It falls on the team I believe. Having people to back you up on all the other business roles you as an independent artist is forces to handle.
HY: Can you talk us through the main message of the song?
I’ve always felt like I don’t fit it, so I wrote this song for everyone out there that feels like a misfit. Norm-changing. Challenging stereotypes. The ones pushing this world forward. Or as Veronica puts it “I am rather an angry black woman. The problem Up bringer. The one who points to the elephant in the room. The one who cuts through the thick air. I am rather an angry black woman than being a woman who holds her tongue despite knowing what she is actually worth”
You can find Aurelia Dey and single ‘Misfits’ via the links below: