Based in Los Angeles, California, award-winning record producer and songwriter Luke Shrestha (one-half of Pop Production duo Chapters, consisting of Simon Jay and Luke Shrestha) pumps out yet another hit, this time sparking the speakers with Zaryah's new single, "Society of Men."
Luke Shrestha's impact on the industry is vast. He's worked on records that have amassed over 700 million streams while working with names like Tayler Holder, Faime, Zaryah, and Lavi$sh (co-signed by Drake). He's landed sync placements in entertainment like Euphoria, The Man From Toronto, Beyond the Edge, All American, Legacies, and ESPN.
Now, he continues putting his stamp on the music industry with hard-hitting releases like Zaryah's new single, "Society of Men." This song is packed with themes of women empowerment and sees Zaryah expressing her distaste for living in a "Society of Men," even with tongue-in-cheek samples of Donald Trump stating, "Nobody respects women more than I do...nobody."
Diving deeper into "Society of Men," the song brightly opens with an empowering vocal sample defining how "real men" don't slut shame, threaten, or belittle women. As the first verse blesses our ears, the groovy, plucky, and haunting pop sonics dance through the speakers. At the same time, Zaryah expresses the stressors and complications of living alongside egotistical, misogynistic men.
The song's vibrant and bouncy hook unleashes the catchiest melodies while Zaryah continues giving it her all with powerful vocals paired with Luke Shrestha's dynamic and well-rounded production. His skilled arrangements bring this song to a whole other level, emphasizing the essential message Zaryah sings while keeping the listener locked in from start to finish.
We encourage you to rise above all that's beneath you and move forward from those who don't serve us with help from Zaryah's new Chapters produced single, "Society of Men," now available on all digital streaming platforms.
Welcome to BuzzMusic, Luke Shrestha. Your impact on the music industry is impressive. What led you to work with singer-songwriter Zaryah for her new single, "Society of Men?" Was this your first time working together?
Thanks for having me! I've been working with Zaryah for almost four years now, and I think we've done over 30 songs together, which is insane. Society of Men is a crazy story because we actually started that song in 2018 in the middle of a 20-song project we were working on. We all knew once we had the concept of the "Society of Men," we had something special on our hands, but we never quite nailed the production and melodies. We worked on the song continuously for four years, trying to crack it, and finally, in 2022, we cracked it. Some songs take minutes to write, and others take years, but we never settled because we knew how important this song was to the world.
What was your experience creating "Society of Men" alongside Zaryah?
Zaryah has become like a sister to me, so the process of working on the song with her and my production partner Simon was so special. As I said, the process took 4 years, so it wasn't easy, but because we had so much trust in each other, we were all on the same page with each step of the process. Once we really cracked the song, we all knew that this was it.
What does your typical creative process look like when working with artists? How do you help bring their vision to life?
Typically for new artists, we like to really get in their heads and try to understand what they like musically. The easiest way to do this is to listen to what they are listening to and see what inspires them. We always ask new artists for a deck of songs, pictures, demos, or anything else that would help us understand them as an artist. After that, we start to put ideas together, whether it's creating a track first or writing a song. Each song we do is always different as far as the process of making the song, so we always let creativity lead.
What is the best piece of advice you could give to upcoming producers who strive to land as many streams and collaborations as you have? What would help them get on the right path?
I think the best piece of advice I could give is to never stop growing. There are so many intangibles in the music industry that we have no control over, such as making a number 1 record or winning a grammy. Instead of focusing on the results, I try to focus on the action and how I can grow as a person in every aspect of my life. I focus on learning more each day, meditating, studying, preparing, and doing anything else I can do to better myself and be ready for any situation that comes. That way, when the big moments arrive, I'm ready for them each time.
What's next for you?
The next year we are really focused on growing the artists we are currently working with. Zaryah is one of those artists that we believe is going to be the next big thing. We have some new songs we're currently working on with her, and I can't wait to see where her project goes in the coming months.