“My way” is the first track of LEADR’s new album of the same title. With a soft organic electronic beat and a hypnotizing 3 chord progression, the track touches on the state of appreciation for oneself. Read our discussion with the artist below!
Tell us a few things about your upcoming EP My Way. What is the story behind it?
If “My Way – EP” was a graphic novella, it would feature myself as the main character in a fight against forces that seek to extinguish our inner light.
Which track of the EP represents you the most and why?
I would say the opening and closing tracks, My Way & Calling. Both are powerful songs about following your heart by reprogramming yourself to not live in someone’s else’s life and trying to impress anyone. We live in a world of shame and judgement which stems from fear. I’m taking back that power to not drown out my own inner voice and intuition.
Which is your most personal and honest lyric?
This lyric from my song Cherry Hill – “Pack my bags, run away, afraid to die, another day…” I felt trapped in my hometown and not being my authentic self. It was killing me inside and moving away was the best decision of my life. Also, in my song, 3am ft Wundr, I love the lyric, “Hold my hand, don’t disappear. Trust me I’m still here.” From having suicidal thoughts in Cherry Hill, I am lucky to be alive today and hope this lyric helps someone out there knowing I’m still here. It really does get better!
Born in Florida, raised in New Jersey growing up to traditional Vietnamese parents. What is your strongest memory from your childhood?
My strongest memory was when my father abused me physically and mentally. I talked about it on my song, Gaia. There was a moment in high school when my father broke down and cried. He apologized and said that he’d learned the behavior from his parents. Most people learn from their parents but we can unlearn it. Forgiveness is so powerful and a great way to find peace within yourself. I went through a lot of healing and clearing my ancestral/past trauma by writing this EP.
In your darkest hour which quote gives you strength and power?
Be kind to yourself and others.
It is important to note that 20% proceeds will go to The Trevor Project, a suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ. Can music have an impact on raising awareness for such issues/topics?
Music is healing and has a way of connecting people. I struggle with speaking the truth because of my past traumas. I know by creating a safe space within, it leads me to express how I feel and be able to share it and make a difference. It can be very therapeutic.
What moment in your career are you proudest of?
That I am living my dream right now and able to share my music to the world. When I get messages from my followers saying that my music helped them, I know I’ve done my job.
Is there anything that can get in your way?
The only thing that can get in my way is myself. I have to be aware of that! I know I drive the wheel and not my mind.
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