‘I was born from a bad seed’ | Interview with Rehan Dalal

Bad seed is a remarkably emotional, genuinely introspective and sensationally stylish ‘wah-wah’ neo soul production. We love it!

Read our discussion with the artist below!

Describe your sound in three words

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Tell us a few things about your new song Bad Seed. What is the main idea behind it?

Bad Seed is a song that stems from my constant fear I will inevitably become all the things I despise about my estranged father and my relentless efforts to steer myself in a better direction. It’s really a song about the struggle to overcome ones inherent flaws through ones deliberate actions.

‘I was born from a bad seed’. Is nature stronger than nurture?

I’d like to believe that nurture is generally stronger than nature. It would be a shame to find out all this work I’ve been doing on myself didn’t work.

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

“I have made grave mistakes, leaving carnage in their wake” – It’s always hard to admit that you have shortcomings and that you’ve been wrong. Writing those words felt both terrifying and relieving. It unlocked a lot of the rest of the album for me. In claiming culpability for my own misgivings it gave me more leeway to critically explore my feelings about the world around me, society, and systems of power.

How do you think your music has changed over the years? And what should we expect from your upcoming album?

A younger me was so focused on the angst of young love and the turbulent relationships that accompanied it. An older, and hopefully wiser, me is spending a lot more time exploring other themes.

I also think musically I’ve grown a lot since my first album. I have a lot more colors in my palette and a lot more technique to paint sonic pictures with.

The upcoming album has a lot of variety to it but is held together by a common thematic thread of “struggle”. I hope people will find moments that really resonate and allow themselves to go on the entire journey rather than skipping around on shuffle.

What is your favorite album of the past year?

It’s hard to pick just one, but an album that’s been seeing a lot of spins for me lately is Nate Smith’s new project “Kinfolk 2: See The Birds”. It’s a remarkable jazz odyssey and a testament, not only to Nate’s impeccable drumming, but his immense talents as a musician/composer/arranger.

I guess I should also mention it’s Nate that you hear drumming on this song (as well as a lot of the album).

In which place or state of mind do you imagine people might listen to your music?

I hope people find something for all kinds of moods in my music. Looking for something to dance to? Cool, I’ve got some grooves you! Searching for a soundtrack to your pensive moments? I’ve probably got something in the back for you. Need a balm for that aching heart? I’ve got you covered there too!

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Soak in the moment — good or bad, they are all a part of who you’ll become — you can’t really appreciate how high the highs are without having the lows for context.

Thank you!

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