Nashville is a gold mine in terms of music, fashion, and culture; one creative in particular stands out in all three categories and that’s $avvy. His poise and charismatic lifestyle make the Tennesse-native a fresh and new aesthetic that a fan of any age can get behind. Just like his inspirations—Tyler, the Creator, Donald Glover, and Pharrell Williams—$avvy is a unique artist all around.
Earlier this year, $avvy dropped off his much-awaited project Boys Wear Pearls. Only eight tracks long, he joins forces with fellow rap artists Brian Brown, Chuck Indigo, and A.G. Skully. Some of our favorites include “Spain” and “Cannot Do,” which make up just a small portion of his irresistible catalog. Whether you know it or not, $avvy has a bright future and we’re happy to document the beginning of the 19-year-old artist’s journey.
We had the opportunity to chop it up with $avvy about his recent project, goals for the next few years, and his future amongst other things. Check it out below.
For those who are unaware, how did you get started in music? How was your journey to where you are today?
From a young age I was involved in church and other extracurricular activities such as band, piano lessons and so on, I was even making music in high school but the passion for being an artist didn’t come until I went away for college and seen the music scene here in Nashville TN. It lit a fire in me that I had never felt before and with that fire, I went and chased my dreams and the rest is history.
What’s your creative process like when it comes to translating thoughts into songs?
It’s very flux, it can be a bunch of different things, but all in all, it’s centered around what I feel like will be the thing that people will remember. I know that when I listen to music I love to listen for things that make me go ” wow this person really did that, who would’ve thought of that”. I try to interpolate that same feeling in my creative process.
Is there an overall message or theme to your music?
More than anything I would say that my music is genuine, I want it to reflect who I am as a person but also as an artist so a lot of times you hear things about fashion or youthful things that I actually enjoy.
You recently shared a stellar project, Boys Wear Pearls, what’s the meaning behind the title?
Boys Wear Pearls is where youth meets elegance, where adolescence meets luxury, where the serious becomes not serious. It’s a contradiction within itself. that’s what makes it beautiful.
Do you have a favorite memory while working on that particular release?
Man it’s hard to pick one, but maybe when I was having the private listening sessions, getting the initial feedback before we put the album out was such a good feeling. to have those that I respect musically and look up to, to have them be as excited for my project as I was was such a great feeling!
With your debut project in the rearview, what’s next for you?
Working on a book, and launching my clothing brand this summer as well as finishing the documentary for the album. As far as music Idk man, wherever God takes me next ill be sure that I’m ready for it.
As an artist, what would you say are three goals that you would want to accomplish within the next five years?
Buy a house, make sure all my family is straight, make sure that all my niggas are straight. Give God thanks always.
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