The Safire Homme
Interview by Léla Sophia
Léla Sophia: You’re currently finishing up your album, what is the inspiration behind it?
LoftBlue: The album is inspired by the fact that I wanted to create music that essentially came from the heart with no set idea of this system that we have to follow. So I wanted to create music that people could also understand that comes from a real place that they’ll want to listen to and will relate to.
LS: Do you have a favorite song or verse you can share?
LB: My favorite song so far is called Ultra Gold. I talk about my real life, I talk about the process what I went through growing up and my perspective of how I view of the world. Being able to put that into a song that people can listen to so they can come up with their own perspective on how to feel at that moment.
LS: How has your art changed who you are?
LB: My music took away a lot of fear and taught me to love myself more. It helped me to understand that who I was is something I shouldn’t be afraid of. It taught me that no matter what I do, the reason why I’m doing this is because it’s what I do and how I feel, and I should always keep that same vision. I said to myself that if I do this the last time, it’s forever, so I’m keeping it so purely how I feel despite what direction anybody thinks I should go. I’m working with my friends, and it’s shown me who’s really willing to work, it’s shown me who’s really willing to care about what the fuck I’m doing. It just gave me a whole new perspective on my life, my friends, my family. It’s who I am today, as much as who I was yesterday and who I’m gonna become in the future. It’s been a mirror in front of me the whole entire way. I think the most beautiful part about this is that eventually all of this fear that I always keep with me, I realized if I wasn’t afraid, like why am I even doing this. It’s that that reminds me to keep moving forward.
LS: How has being born and raised in Brooklyn influenced your musical style?
LB: Being born in Brooklyn gave me a raw perspective, and taught me how to really focus. At the time, growing up in Brooklyn, it was a little rougher, a little more difficult, even though it was more community based I think. So when I make music I think about where I’m from. I’ll always have this fire, and a lot of good and bad trauma, which helped mold who I am today.
LS: You have released three mixtapes leading up to your debut album, how has each project influenced the next?
LB: The first tape was the tape that I said, if I’m gonna do music again, I’m gonna do it my way. I’m gonna make music that expresses how I feel, despite whatever I think people wanna hear. So my first tape purely came from the heart. My second tape I made for Brooklyn. Not just for Brooklyn but it was a perspective on Brooklyn, so when you listen to it, you would be able to feel what it was like to be there in that moment. The third tape after the OLDBROOKLYNTAPE was a tape that was probably more of a release for me. I was able to talk more about family issues, I was able to talk more about my love life, more emotional content in a sense. The album now is an accumulation of all three tapes and the growth and the process in which I’ve been through that I’m able to place all in one space now.