There’s no denying it and there’s no pretending otherwise. If music has once touched your soul and illuminated your very existence, there are bound to be a few records that instigated such a passionate fire in the first place. We sat down with the freshly signed and super talented Maestro Harrell moments after the release of his new single ‘Zantar’ (with NoTech) and he explained which tunes inspired him early on. Here we go, the 5 tunes that shaped Maestro Harrell…
Sly & The Family Stone – If You Want Me To Stay
This is a song I’ve listened to when I’ve been feeling up and when I’ve been feeling down. Growing up, my parents exposed me to Motown and Soul music from a young age. I later went back and was just amazed by how well their music was produced. Also, the songwriting is incredible.
Bright Eyes – First Day Of My Life
Songwriting wise, this is probably one of the greatest songs I’ve ever heard. Trust me. Just listen to it.
Andrew Bayer – Once Lydian
After listening to this, it made me want to make more emotional breakdowns in my tracks. The breakdown in this song is so melancholic yet hopeful. Andrew Bayer is a BEAST. Nothing but respect; this song is a house music masterpiece.
Eminem – Rock Bottom
This song has gotten me over so many bad days I can’t even count. Every artist should hear this song. Everyone starts somewhere. Some better, some worse. But where you start doesn’t have to be where you end up.
Malik Yusef ft. Kanye West, JV and Common – Wouldn’t You Like To Ride
This song reminds me of my childhood, riding to River Oaks mall with my dad. He would never listen to this, but this song embodies the vibe of what the south side of Chicago used to be like. Soulful, with sped-up samples and good vibes. You also get to hear a young Common before the Oscar and a hungrier, happier Kanye before the shoes and Kardashian.