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Introducing: VNCE

Get familiar with this rising star and his new song, “UhHuh.”

The digital age has created ample opportunities for independent pop artists to share their music, but that uninhibited access has thrown a roadblock at being seen and heard. To help cut through the noise, BreatheHeavy has a new recurring series titled Introducing:. It highlights up and coming artists who deserve your undivided attention. Our latest guest star is VNCE, a 30-year-old singer-songwriter who’s finding his way amidst a chaotic life in West Hollywood.

On his new song, “UhHuh,” VNCE’s vocals slink over a moody beat and icy synths. “UhHuh we can do it all night / UhHuh wrap my body all tight,” he sings over a stuttering beat. It’s a bedroom banger that’ll soundtrack your devious late night activities. As the kids say, issa bop.

Give “UhHuh” a play, follow VNCE (@its_vnce) on Instagram, then read our interview together below.

What inspired your new song “UhHuh?”
“UhHuh,” was the third song that I wrote on my record and as you will soon find out has a series of songs and interludes that tell my story in full sequence. When I wrote the record, I wanted to tackle on all the full length songs to make sure the most important parts of the story were there and then let the interludes transition it. So “UhHuh,” was inspired by that point during a night out when you’ve locked eyes on that guy or girl at the bar that you’re lusting after. Its that point where your super infatuated with someone you don’t even know, and want to get them all alone.

What do you want people to take away from it?
That it’s okay to give in to tempation. That it’s okay to feel comforatble and confident as a sexual being, and that it’s okay to take a risk or chance on someone or something new. This part of the record that’s still optimistic and hopeful. I want people to go out have have a little fun! Don’t hold back! Lol!

Favorite lyric from the song? Why does it resonate with you?
My favorite lyrics from the track would be “Got a lack of control, like a kid in a store, never had this before…”

I think this sums up the overall tone of the song. When you find something shiny and new, your control just goes completely out the window.

Your new album Queer drops some time this summer. What do you want people to know about it?
Obviously, naming my album ,”Queer,” is a pretty ballsy and provocative move. There were a series of ideas that were going through my head when it all came into fruition. 1- To tell my story of trying to find love amongst a scene filled with *** & drugs. 2- To bring empowerment and pride to a word that has such a negative connotation. The lyrics in the title track go, “And I’m like **** it, I’m the queer this time…,” and I’m essentially trying to empower myself and that word by equating it to likes of “I’m that *****.” 3- To take a risk by really putting myself out there. I’ve played it safe for a good chunk of my career and it’s time to shake things up. I understand that my art and my vision could piss people off, and that not everyone is going to understand and embrace it, and honestly that’s okay. At the end of the day, I’m super proud of this body of work.

You mentioned Queer details an experience of searching for love, but instead settling for a life in the fast lane. Is that first-hand experience?
I moved to LA two years ago from Charlotte, NC. I was stuck in a rut in my personal and professional life. I also felt that I couldn’t live my life authentically. Charlotte, unfortunately is a very conservative place and I always felt that as a proud gay man I could never really be myself and be accepted there. There are two things that I want for my life and that’s to find success as a singer and to fall in love. So I decided to quit my job and move to LA with no real plan. I needed uncertanity in my life. When I got to LA, I immeadately got to work on my music (thanks to help from my amazing crew–Joe, Mike, Zack, & Dave), but didn’t realize how ******* impossible finding love in LA was going to be. LOL. I found myself out in the WeHo scene–meeting guys, catching feelings, and then getting rejected or friend-zoned for not being good or perfect enough. Living in WeHo, that lifestyle is so easy and everything is super accessable and after a while it can become toxic and damaging to the soul. So I decided to share my expereince as catharsis, since it’s one so many people can relate to. And I know I sound so negative but I actually love WeHo, my community, and my life here. At the time it just took me a minute to figure out how to wrap my head around life in the “fast lane.”

Do you think it’s possible to find love while also indulging in the WeHo lifestyle of *** and drugs?
I hope so. “To Be Continued.” 🙂

After “UhHuh,” what do you plan on releasing next?
So, I’ve released two tracks already off the record, “Bomb,” and “UhHuh,” as a nice appiteizer, if you will. Right now, I’m putting the finishing touches on “Queer,” but the plan is to drop the record next, hopefully by the end of Summer. After that, I plan on promoting it through shows and creating visuals. I think I can have a lot of fun with that.

What do you want people to feel when they hear your music?
I want people to feel and relate to the journey that I’ve been on over the past two years. There’s been moment’s of fun, happiness, and ecstasy on one end; and then moments of anger, sadness, depression.

What do you consider being successful in music looks like?
The music industry these days is so tough. There is so much talent out there that just goes undiscovered. Unfortunately, its due to the state of record sales and streaming. At the end of the day, I would love to be signed to a major record label, touring all round the world and becoming a household name. I’ve been making music for 8 years now but at this point in my career being successful would be to have the means to keep doing what I’m doing while continuing to make connections with those that listen and connect with my art.

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Introducing: Devin Rodriguez

Introducing: is a new recurring series on BreatheHeavy that highlights up and coming artists who deserve your undivided attention.

Streaming culture is inundated with new music, and legitimately talented artists get a little lost in the wave of new music washing ashore each week. Someone we want to shine a light on is rising singer-songwriter, Devin Rodriguez.

The Jersey City-based 23-year-old has released a couple of infectious new tunes recently, including “All I Really Want Is U,” the lead single off Devin’s forthcoming album, bittersweet, out May 24th.

Pre-save it on Spotify!

Rodriguez says his album began as a way of expressing his sorrow from heartbreak, but changed his frame of mind and ultimately created a body of work that’s uplifting and bright.

Listen to Devin’s new single, then get to know him a little better with our exclusive Q&A together, below.

“All I Really Want Is U” is an infectious, electro-tinged track that finds you singing with swagger and confidence. Tell me about the creation of it, and why did you decide on this as the first official release from your forthcoming album?

I recorded the song November of 2018, and I was going to scrap the song! I was thinking about selling it to somebody, because I felt as tho the song wasn’t good enough for the album, but my friends snapped me out of my crazy thinking, thank God! I wrote this song after coming out of a depressive phase in my life. You would think after listening to this song that I’m talking about a guy, but I was honestly singing about how happy I was just finally being able to be content with myself. I was so sad dealing with a breakup, health scare & etc till the point where I was like the only person that I want is is me! I want to be happy and I want to love myself completely. The song just stood out amongst all the other records that I’ve recorded in my bedroom. It truly was my baby!

You recently teased one of the new songs, “Ur Man.” Why’d that one make the cut to preview next versus the others you could have chosen?

“Ur Man” is such a dope record, but I have so many other tracks on this album that I feel are more fire than “Ur Man”. I don’t want to give the audience too much. I rather start them off slow and work there way up to the bigger tracks. It’s like Lady Gaga when she came out with “Just Dance”. Each single she released from The Fame sounded more iconic than the previous release which made you just say “Hold up, this girl is really scalping me with each release.”

‘bittersweet’ is out in a month. What are you hoping people take away from your work when they listen?

Hmmmmm. Honestly, i want people to know how serious of a artist I am. I love music & I want people to see that in some of these songs! Each track off this album I wrote and recorded in my room by myself! I’m in this to let people know that I’m here to leave my footprints in (not the sand) but the concrete! 

What are some of your worries and fears leading up to the release? 

My fears would have to be the reaction I might get after the audience listen to the record! I would hope they love it as much as I do, but you can’t please everyone, you know? 

What inspired the record? Is it an album full of songs pertaining to love? Heartbreak? Guilt-free fun? What’s the overall tone?

The album was originally titled Therapy, and it had such a sad moody tone throughout the whole entire project. I was so broken after my split with my ex & then there were all these other things that were hitting me all at once that really messed me up mentally, which made me honestly say, “I need to get myself in order”. After September flew by, I went back to work! I became so much more aware & happier than before. The toxic energy that I was experiencing in 2018 was no longer taking place, due to the simple fact that I stopped surrounding myself with certain people! I didn’t want to sing about how “you did me wrong “ on 10 tracks. This album that I saw in my mind was a boy finding his confidence & realizing his worth. Everything that I went through in the year of 2018 was “Bittersweet“. It had its high moments, but it also had it low moments as well! This album contains all kind of elements till the point where you almost kind of feel like you’re on a roller coaster! You have your love songs, you’re breakup songs, & those songs where you just wanna get lose too! It’s such a vibe from start to finish! 

How do you want to set yourself apart from other artists on the rise?

I do it all. I sing, dance, write, produce, engineer etc! I don’t want to wait for “Hollywood” to knock my door, I’ll simply knock on theirs with material already wrapped in some cute Christmas wrapping paper. I’m bold with my lyrics and I’m not afraid to make a bold statement through my art!

Who are some of your musical inspirations?

Wow! There’s so many i can name like J.Lo, Mariah carey, Rihanna, but the one that is honestly my main inspiration would have to be Tinashe! She’s an artist that I look up to so much! Her debut Aquarius was by far the best debut from a brand new artist in the game. She records in her bedroom just like me and her music is just different! She’s so raw and unique. I would love to collab with her one day! All my music that I do has somewhat of an influence from listening to her!

What do you consider being successful in music means?

Having a sold out show sing your song for you. That’s when you know!

What’s something inspirational you can share with people? 

Never give up! So many producers didn’t want to work with me because of my sexuality! I didn’t let that get to me and I kept on pushing! don’t compete with others, compete with yourself!