Author: Joycelynn Okezie
CAQ Records got the chance to sit down with emerging R&B extraordinaire Siergio. In the interview we discuss his humble beginnings, his new project “Songs For The Jeep”, and much more. Watch the interview above.
Who is Siergio?
Siergio is a singer, songwriter actor, extraordinaire. Just a talented young man from Chicago.
When did you start creating music?
I started singing when I was 5, but as far as creating music. I started creating music when I was about 10 years old and I wrote my first song called “The Way.” So I still remember how the melody goes and stuff like that. I started there and then I started to record as I got a little bit older. When I finally got to high school, I recorded my first song. Then in 2009, I really honed in on it and went to different studios. I moved to Atlanta and took the artist thing to the next level.
What inspired the title “Songs For The Jeep?”
I was getting my car cleaned by somebody, they heard my music playing and was like, “Yo who is that?” I was like “Yo, It’s me” and he was like “Nah, quit playing.” and I’m like “For real for real it’s me, it’s Siergio.” He was like “Yo, I feel like I can put that on and I can drive out and get lost in the music. He said it’s definitely something to ride to and I was like “cool, I’m a change the title of the project to “Songs For The Jeep” because I love Jeeps, You can put it in any car that you got and get lost in it.
Who are some of your musical influences?
Donnie Hathaway, Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke, Anita Baker, Brandy, Monica and Chris Brown.
What are your thoughts on the current state of R&B?
For me I feel like R&B is definitely progressing. I feel like you don’t hear it on mainstream radio like that as much as you should, but I feel like if we keep working at it and we keep finding ways to evolve it and intertwine it in this heavy world of turn up music, we can definitely do it. People like me and other artists emerging are doing something different that hasn’t been seen in a couple of years. Making music that people can fall in love too. That’s what R&B is all about, it’s about love and your own experiences. As long as we keep shoving it down everybody’s throat, I feel R&B can make a full return.
What albums are currently playing in your iTunes?
I’m the type of artist that if an artist puts out an album, then I’m listening to it, it doesn’t matter who it is. So I’m listening to musiqsoulchild’s new album, Beyonce Lemonade, Drake “Views From The 6” and I’m listening to “Songs For The Jeep.”
What is your favorite song from “Songs For The Jeep?”
My favorite song from my project is “Oceans.” Everybody always asks me “why that one?” I just love the feel of it. I’m a fan of that type of music so when I listen to other artist, that’s the kind of sound I look for when I listen. Just music where you can sit back and really get the talent, the words and the melodies, all the harmonies and things like that. I got lost when I listen to that song. Sometimes I listen to it over and over again, it’s not that I’m trying to big up myself but I’m a fan of the music, the song itself and the production. DJ Cool did the beat, I wrote all the lyrics. I was tryna make a Christmas song and ended up creating that song. I love it.
How has the city of Atlanta help fuel your career?
The city of Atlanta has definitely help fuel my career in a lot of ways. I been allowed so many different opportunities to open up for the likes of Big Sean, Monica, T-Pain, Robin Thicke, Dawn. So I’ve had so many different opportunities just by moving here and being able to be around like-minded talent and meet so many different people. I’ve elevated to a dope dope level, so I’m just at this place where I’m tryna travel and see the whole world now but I definitely think Atlanta has had a major influence on all my success.
Any advice to give to up and coming artists?
The advice I would give to anyone up and coming is to keep going. It’s a crazy crazy road, everybody gonna tell you “no”, people are going to tell you to “give up.” People are going to be like “you should do this, you shouldn’t do that” but you always gotta be yourself. Whether that be music, whether that be you; image, whether that be; just you expressing yourself while talking to people. The best advice I can give is to always be yourself and never give-up.
What can the fans expect next from Siergio?
Well, I’m already in the studio working on my next project. I’m a Capricorn so I can’t stop working. I’m definitely working on that and you can catch me on new episodes of Dream “The Urban Musical”, I’m the star character on there, you can check that out on YouTube or online anywhere, you can Google it. I’m going to be auditioning for different movies, so hopefully you may see me on a real BIG screen real soon, check for that. I’m writing, working on a book as well. Trying to stay as busy as possible because I feel like I was put on this Earth to do so many different things whether it be, singing, writing, acting. I’m just tryna really really take over the world because I have this mogul spirit about myself. I recently got back into fashion, I am working on my clothing line F.E., I’m excited about that. i want to create an urban line,where people can express themselves. I feel that is what is missing in fashion. I want them to be able to feel like hmm..I’m not following the status quo or I’m not following what every tells me I should be doing, I’m just really expressing myself. Sometimes I feel like wearing pink. That’s what this line will be about, expressing yourself. You guys check it out.