the brink: latir
The Brink: A platform dedicated to revealing the hottest talent out right now. The Brink: Next up in the series we have Latir.
“Music is my safe haven, my go to, my means of intuitive expression and most importantly my catharsis. It’s one of the greatest things we have as humans…”
His sound can be described as youthful, an intense spurt of high energy infused with hints of indie but also primarily taking inspiration from RnB and Hip Hop. He writes from a place of experience, a place of vulnerability, capturing his exact feelings at that precise moment in time – Latir feels that these are the attributes required to truly connect with his audience.
“I hope by me expressing myself vulnerably through lyrics and melodies, my feelings transcend and in turn, the connection and message stay timeless to whoever hears it.”
Frank Sinatra, John Legend, Kanye West, Frank Ocean are just some of the artists that have all had a helping hand in sparking Latir’s interest within music. As a child he played in a band and became fixated with an instrument belonging to the ‘woodwind’ group – the clarinet. “I was surrounded by jazz, swing and pop music… indie RnB and Hip Hop slowly entered the picture from the age of around 17+”.
Latir debuts his first ever EP Adolescence which takes its title from the transition he made from a ‘boy to a man’ as it were. “The title came naturally and kind of just slipped off the tongue during a conversation with the producer of the EP, DA”. The artwork conveys a simple yet prolific message; a young man is seen overlooking the mountains with nothing but his two most prized possessions in his hands – “…which he will use to aid and shape his journey into the unknown.”
The EP as a whole combines emotions such as; love, a sense of finding your inner peace, nostalgia and naivety, all feelings young adults experience in their day to day lives. The concept here is clear – a youthful project created by an artist who wanted to relay his most personal experiences with others thus creating music that would have an instant connection with anyone in the midst of a ‘transition’.
“I see a great deal of beauty and innocence in youth generally, and wanted to express as best I could, not just in one song but through a whole project.”
Closing the year with this project, Latir is set for a fruitful 2016 and as he continues to create music that remain in his words, “timeless” he also wants to leave a legacy that inspires…
“When it’s all said and done, I hope people remember me for my passion, and the situations and concepts I try to convey in my lyrics.”
If you haven’t done so already check out Latir’s stunning EP ‘Adolescence’ here.
Words: Fiona Frimpong