The Safire Homme
Featuring Sedric Perry
Interview by Léla Sophia
Léla Sophia: You’ve been living in Berlin now for over two years, how has the Berlin music scene changed your music?
Sedric Perry: I feel like it’s allowed me to develop it, or at least my style, like what I want to say and how I want to say it. Honestly, there’s a different level of musicianship in New York so I kind of miss that, but I’ve definitely found a lot of freedom in the music by living somewhere else where nobody really knows me.
LS: Between Philly, New York, and Berlin, three key places you have lived, which city defines you most?
SP: I am a man of the world! Nah, I mean there are moments that I feel definitely like a Philadelphian, I think Philly people have their own way of operating, and just existing in spaces in a way that’s very chill, but also like, okay I’m here. I think I take that with me wherever I go. Europe has definitely rubbed off on me a lot, but I get my hustle mentality from New York, so it’s definitely a blend. Philly is where it all started, that’s where the attitude comes from, New York provided some inspiration, experience, some hustle, and Berlin is just like a different world.
LS: You’re in a music duo called Fhat, and you also do your own music. How is the process similar or different in regards to writing either for Fhat or for your own music?
SP: I think what I like about Fhat is that we’re very different individually, so two parts make up the whole. Sometimes when we’re writing we’ll go to separate corners, and we’ll write to a beat and we’ll come back a be like, “oh this all fits so perfectly together, we’re literally talking about the same thing, we’re in sync!”: Before we were even a duo, we’ve always had this weird synergy thing. We can’t quite figure it out, but things just kind of line up with us. We have familiar backgrounds, and similar outlooks on things, with very different approaches, which is what I think keeps it fun. For my own music, I kind of approach it in a similar way, in that I like to write with other people. All my releases are with somebody that has touched me in some way, or a new friend, or somebody that I’ve really wanted to work with on a song that I’m featured on. It’s always very conversational and personal about what I’ve been through, whereas I feel Fhat is a bit more fun, and reflects how I feel about the world. Music is a very, very personal thing, it can be at least, and it affects people differently, so it’s nice to be able to go into a group setting and see what comes out.
LS: Do you feel like you write more from your experiences in the moment, or can you draw from past experiences, or make up storylines?
SP: For Fhat it’s 100% personal experiences. It’s kind of just how we talk, like some of the things are about the drugs, and the nightclubs, and dealing with straight men… that’s very situational and specific and common in our life. We’re living in Europe, going to nightclubs every night, we’re singing, traveling, so it’s easy to just start writing about that. Aaron and I had just had out first fight, or more disagreement, we had just gotten into it a little bit in London, and then the day after we wrote Back to Life. It’s never really on purpose, but yeah, we write from experience.
LS: There’s a level of confidence and comfortability that comes through in your music and performances, how did you develop that?
SP: I think it’s a Leo thing. I think we obviously struggle with a lot of insecurity issues, so there’s this projection of real things, like here are things that I’m comfortable with, that I’ve been thinking about today, that I’m okay with… there you go. And then behind closed doors, we kind of coach ourselves, and constantly sooth ourselves and calm ourselves down, and reassure ourselves, literally like petting a cat. So I guess that just starts to show outwardly that we’re just comfortable with ourselves. Right now [Fhat] is in this 70’s vibe, so I think clothing also goes hand in hand, what you’re saying and the way you dress, and the way you act, it reflects that from you so you feel better about what you’re doing.