Welcome back to BuzzMusic Ranwin Le-Roy! What inspired you to first begin making music and releasing it to the public?
I had to deal with a lot at a very young age and I had to grow up fast. Which left me with a lot of emotions; so I began writing down how I felt which later evolved to writing music. I started writing music since the age of 11. I walked around with a notebook full of Christina Aguilera pictures on the cover. I thought my lyrics, ideas and content would be blessed by her presence.
You seem to be an artist that puts more thought into his lyrics than most. What can you tell us about the lyrical depth within “A Reminder”?
This is a really personal story. I had met someone that I really fell hard for. I was hooked, I was so in love. I feel like words could not describe how I felt but my head, heart and guts were all in. So what happens to most people in this lifetime happened to me, I got cheated on. It was the worst feeling I had ever felt but I ended it because there’s nothing worse than prolonging your pain. “A Reminder” was exactly how I felt. After meeting author Adam Alexander Rabinowitz on a flight, we wrote the song from Johannesburg to Dubai.
Since you’ve been making music for several years, how would you compare some of the earlier material you’ve written to your newest release “Mood”?
I think I’ve become more expressive with my language use. I’ve poured everything I felt into this EP. Every emotion, every fear, every feeling is in this song. Mood is bold, unapologetic, fearless and it’s my truth. Mood is everything I am. Every song is an elevation of whom I’ve become.
We’ve been bumping your EP “Mood”! Congratulations on that. What have been some of your proudest or most memorable moments in music so far?
I have 3 really incredible moments. Working with Jody Steel and Adam Rabinowitz being 2 of them. “Mood” coming in at #55 on the iTunes chart in South Africa for all albums.
How have you honed your songwriting style over time, and what do you think are the main qualities that make a song truly connect and last in the long-run?
Don’t hold back! Write how you feel, write your truth and be yourself. Don’t think what Beyoncé, Lauryn Hill or John Legend would do because they already exist. Be yourself!
We really appreciate you chatting with us about your incredible music! What’s next for you artistically? Does your creativity manifest itself in other ways?
I think all artists are you know artists. Creativity comes naturally in a lot of ways. I’m working on a men’s skincare line. So that’s what’s next and of course music videos which will be later announced.
Check out Ranwin Le-Roy's new "Mood" EP here!