By Nicholas Jason Lopez
He’s gone Soulo.
Earlier this year, hip-hop artist Soulo put out his debut EP ‘solo.,’ notable for the suave single “don’t tell.,” which was released with an accompanying introspective-yet-chill music video that gives you a glimpse into what makes Soulo… well… Soulo.
With a mix of heart-on-your-sleeve Chance The Rapper-esque lyricism and sleek Future-esque production – it’s all about the vibe.
The Music Bugle had the chance to talk with Soulo about “don’t tell.” and more.
Music Bugle – What were your goals for your debut EP?
Soulo – My goal with the EP was really just to give people an introduction into who Soulo is musically and show people what I like to do!
Music Bugle – Did the music video for “don’t tell.” come out the way you hoped?
Soulo – The way the video came out was incredible and definitely exceeded my expectations. Cole Devore will be a go-to director for big artists in the near future.
Music Bugle – Does social media make an artist successful?
Soulo – Social media is definitely an important tool for all artists these days. I feel like people love to see content from artists and so having a social media presence is huge. However, I feel like what makes an artist successful is their ability to create a connection with their audience, whatever medium that may be through.
Music Bugle – Where do you go when you need a break?
Soulo – The best place to get some time away and relax is definitely the studio for me. I can let everything out, ease my mind and just do what I love.
Music Bugle – Who are you listening to right now, music-wise?
Soulo – I’ve been tapped in to a lot of different scenes lately, as it comes to listening to music. Some of my favorites have been Blxst, Tory Lanez and Giveon.
Music Bugle – Where are some places you’d love to travel to in the future?
Soulo – I have a few girlfriends in Europe and since travel between countries is pretty easy there, I think I could see them all in one trip! However, number one on my list is definitely Tokyo, Japan. I’m a huge anime fan, so I’ve always been fascinated with Japanese culture.
Music Bugle – How have you been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?
Soulo – Covid has definitely slowed down life for me. No in-person class had allowed me to spend more time at home, which has its ups and downs, but honestly, if anything, it’s given me an opportunity to stop and think about what I actually want to do in this life God has given me.
Music Bugle – What’s something that you wish happened less in today’s music industry?
Soulo – The easy answer here is that I hate to see so many young artists pass away so early in their careers. It’s genuinely sad to see promising artists with limitless potential go due to violence or drugs.
Music Bugle – What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
Soulo – To not worry about what others think of me, because they rarely think of me at all.
Music Bugle – Have you been working on any new music?
Soulo – I have lots of music I’m extremely excited to share soon. It’s gonna be crazy to show people that the EP was only a slight glimpse into what I can do as an artist.