Fashion Trailblazer, Celebrity Stylist, Performer and Artist Mashawi is back with something to prove and a single to back it up! "Did It On My Own" is a song about accomplishing your goals regardless of the setbacks that may potentially occur. It’s an uplifting, inspiring track with a dope beat that blends a variety of genres together including Hip-Hop, Pop, and R&B. My favorite thing about this whole song is that Mashawi has a unique accent in his voice that’s noticeable when he sings. It sets his voice apart from the crowd and other artists in the industry cause it’s very intricate and personalized to him. You can tell based off this single that Mashawi has no problem creating innovative projects that best displays self-expression in a melodic art form. This song is not only an advent sound, but it’s fresh, young, hip and digestible for not only the younger generation but the older as well! Mashawi took a break from the music scene after High School for a little serenity and self-reflections but he wants to leap back into his original passion and calling which is music! This single would be the foundation for his future career and we’re excited to see this promising artist go places! ‘Did It On My Own’ is available on all streaming services including; Apple, Spotify, Tidal, and Soundcloud so don’t forget to check it out and follow him on all things social media.
BuzzMusic is so excited for Mashawi's debut single "Did It On My Own". Check out our exclusive interview with Mashawi and learn more about his music journey to where he is now!
Care to introduce yourself to our readers? Can you give us a brief history of your musical career?
Yea of course! My name is Mashawi and I am a Singer, Songwriter, and Performing Artist from Toronto. I come from a musical family, where my father was a Reggae Artist in Toronto and Jamaica and most of my siblings either rap or sing. I have always been in music, ever since I was young in elementary school to high school. I was always in the school band playing the trombone and in vocal classes getting ready to perform in the school concerts or talent shows. Outside of school, I used to perform in local talent competitions and shows. I even auditioned for Canadian Idol when it came to Toronto, but I didn’t make it through. I was apart of a boy band group, but the group wasn’t serious enough, so I ventured out to do some soul searching.
I did some traveling to Egypt and Thailand and then came back to Canada to finish College and University. In which I have a College Diploma and a University Degree in International Studies. Then, I got involved in the Fashion Industry, working for varies Canadian Fashion Weeks, Designers, and Retailers, working as a Fashion Stylist and a Visual Merchandiser for Runway shows, Celebrities, Magazines, Editorials etc. After all that, the timing felt right for me to get back into my music, so I started writing and practicing to really make my dream come to reality and here we are.
How did you come up with your name? Is there a meaning behind it?
My Artist name is actually my middle name Ishan “Mashawi” Riley is my full name. It’s a Middle Eastern name and it represents intuition, enlightenment, dreams, and charisma. They say or at least what I was told who is a person who has the potential to attain spiritual enlightenment. They can become great spiritual guides, fantastic psychologist or very good physicians thanks to their ability to connect with everyone on a human level.
Do you write your own music? Can you tell us a bit about your writing style?
Yes, I do! I usually write from my life experiences, reality, dreams and fantasies. In the near future, I would also like to do some more co-writing with fellow artists and producers. Lets collaborate!
We’re really into your new song "Did It On My Own"! Can you tell us a bit about it? Where did the inspiration behind the song come from?
Yay! Thank you! Yeah, it’s my Debut Single “Did It On My Own”. I wrote it from my experiences through life and that sometimes you have to do things or go through some personal obstacles alone and it’s hard, but never give up and keep trying because you will see that you could still make it through and see the success. This song is for anyone who is going through a tough time right now or in the past, it’s to help get you through by promoting self-determination, good self-esteem, confidence, strength, hard work, discipline and the belief in yourself to make it through or achieve anything you want.
What’s next for you?
Well, right now I am promoting my Debut Single “Did It On My Own” as much as possible and I’m working on the music video for it now, coming very soon. Also, I am recording an album and more tracks for you guys to jam too, so stay tuned for that. I hope to be doing some performances very soon; it’s in the works. I’m still in the Fashion Industry either styling or modeling for varies editorials and projects. And I keep my hands busy by working for varies Fashion Retailers and Designers. And I am always practicing and working on my craft, so in other words very busy these days.
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