Sephyr Patriq has been writing songs since the age of 10. After exploring the world of theater, Sephry found his passion for the stage and eventually moved back home to Memphis to put all of his musical and theatrical skills to work. Years later, he decided to release his debut EP, Departure 1989, as an expression of uniqueness, loss of love, and overcoming. Sephyr describes his music as poetic pop. You won’t want to miss his new track, “Who? Nobody! No.”
In Sephyr’s song, “Who? Nobody! No.”, he captures a dynamic in production that was new for us. Mixing multiple diverse genres such as Reggae, R&B, and Dance, Sephyr managed to create a futuristic atmosphere within the music. We can hear the emotion and loss of love behind these lyrics and musicality, and with a hint of eastern sounds, it’s evident to us that Sephyr knows how to create uniqueness in his music. The sharp melodic hooks will have you coming back time and time again to keep listening. Sephyr release “Who? Nobody! No.” as a track off his debut EP and his first step into the industry. Don’t miss out on this up and coming artist.
You can find "Who? Nobody! No." here.
Hi Sephyr! We know you started writing at a very young age and used it as an escape during difficult times in your life. What inspired you to write your first song? What made you want to turn it into a career? Hello, thank you for the opportunity to talk music. I wrote my first song when I was 10 years old after listening to artists on the radio and wanting to make song myself. I can't tell you what that song was but I'm sure it was derivative and possibly trite lol. I then began writing more and more and it stuck with me through the years, songs were my emotional blanket, there to keep me warm when the world got cold. I knew this is what I wanted to do, to write songs to help the world to process and get through their problems. So I finally overcame my fears of not belonging to the music industry last year and released my first EP Departure 1989 and the feeling of accomplishment is uber gratifying. You’ve captured such a futuristic vibe in your song “Who? Nobody! No.”. Can you tell us more behind the lyrics of this song and what inspired it?
Thank you for the futuristic compliment. This was actually the last song I wrote for my project. I wanted to write something fun, unabashed, bold, and this song came out. I was inspired by the disconnect that I've experienced in past connections with people. How I know that I gave and was emotionally available but it never seemed to work because they weren't giving that same energy. I used to find some way to make it all my fault but I grew and saw that sometimes it's on them. So in this song I lift myself up and I remind whoever it is that I was there, I gave 100 percent, and you're not going to find someone who deals with all of your mess. Nobody, no. With so much theatrical experience under your belt, what have you learned from it? How do you apply this to your writing and production?
Theatre is such a power thing. I learned compassion for the human condition at large, I learned how to be open and honest, how to just emotionally put it all out there, also subtlety as well. I take different songwriting structures from theatre and also the ability to break traditional structures from theatre. Also, counterpoint and chordal experimentation from composers like Stephen Sondheim, Jason Robert Brown, Jeanine Tesori, and Andrew Lloyd Webber which I incorporate a little into my background vocals and some of the co-production I did along with C Ma”J”or of Memphis, my main producer for Departure 1989. I have many more ideas to experiment with in the future.
Your debut EP, Departure 1989, was your first grand step into the industry. Do you have any goals are dreams to reach for in the future?
I want to tour the country in the next couple of years. I want to win grants to help fund the promotion and production of my art. I want to find an Indie label that understands and embraces my artistry. I have a few projects I have been developing. A visual album talking about toxic masculinity and its ramifications throughout history. Also an EP talking about my turbulence in my life and how its necessary to mature. I want to be an artist that helps people and also stays true to my aesthetic and ideals. I aspire to reach the level of artists like Bjork and Imogen Heap.
What can we expect to see from you throughout 2020?
I want to release the next EP before the year ends and maybe a video for a song from Departure 1989. I feel the songs on there are evocative and can only benefit from a visual. Thank you so much for talking with me and letting me share a bit of my journey. Stay safe and encouraged through this pandemic.