Roy English gushes about his dream musical collaboration


With years of experience under his belt -- including partnerships with big-time players such as Kanye West's producer Jeff Bhasker and S1 who was behind Michael and Janet Jackson's hit songs -- Roy English has positioned himself as one of the leading forces in the entertainment space. And if you think he's slowing down at any point, think again.

Between his collaborations with other artists and his original music (part one of his EP "I'm Not Here" was recently released), English has his hands full -- but he wouldn't have it any other way. The California singer/songwriter who transcends genres, incorporates a wide variety of sounds into the three tracks featured on his EP, playing around with electronic, indie, and pop sounds. It's music to the ears (literally) of audiophiles everywhere who can stream the latest tracks now.

We recently sat down with Roy English about his musical processes, what is on the horizon for him, and more! Read ahead to find out his key piece of advice for up-and coming musicians, what kind of music he hopes to be creating in the future, and his dream collaboration.

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Where do you see the progression of your music going in the next few years?
I'm just going to keep doing what I'm doing. I don't know what it sounds like -- and I'm not sure I ever will. At the end of the day, it's about the song and how you produce it, and making it authentic. I just want my songwriting to get better everyday and get better at producing everyday.

If you could collaborate with another artist who would it be?
I would love to do something with Florence and the Machine, they're just so amazing. James Blake also is incredible. There's a lot of good music coming out. It's an interesting time for music and everything is getting fresher. In the last three years, music became so machine driven and things were all computer generated but people are starting to get sick of that now. Culturally besides music, people are starting to see how processed and manufactured things are. So we're always looking for something real and I think that translates to how people are listening for new music.

How has social media changed the way you operate as a musician?
It's interesting because fans can see what you're all about. I love Snapchat because you can do whatever you want to in the moment, and share that with you fans.

What's the one piece of advice you wish you had received before becoming a musician?
I feel like I've seen the dark side of the industry. Every time you put money into art, it's inevitable. So the biggest thing is you've got to make your own decisions. If you don't feel something, don't do it. Everyone will tell you who to work with and what to write, so trust your gut. Your gut is always right; mine has never been wrong one time. Just go with your instincts.

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