For The Record He’s Bringing Back Vulnerability and Honesty to R&B
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Ar’mon Warren has the kind of voice you don’t easily forget. His natural charisma and undeniable talent are what make him a star. This is part of Warren’s appeal. He is authentic and frank, yet at the same time bubbly and vivacious, often cracking jokes and able to laugh at himself. With just a few songs under his belt, the Detroit native has become a favorite among Gen Zers, especially with tracks like "1hr Past Midnight," which made a splash on the billboard digital charts. Ar'mon lets us know he's ready to showcase his impressive vocal range and emotive songwriting. He'll stay consistently dropping music until he puts the finishing touches on his anticipated EP release, hopefully sometime this year. We had a chat with the talented artist about all things songwriting, finding his sound, and the process of protecting his energy in this industry.
A lot of lot of artists when they start off, they don’t really know who they are, as an artist, it takes a little bit of time to find your sound and really mold into the artist you want to be. As an artist, songwriter are you comfortable where you are now in your creative process?
When I was younger I struggled a bit with who I wanted to be as an artist. A lot of people knew my brother and I could sing, but what was the story behind us and how the music played a role. In my early days of singing I felt like I was just trying to find myself as an artist, trying to figure it out. Today I feel like every artist has a story to tell, its just all about how you angle it. I want the people to see who I am as a person through my music. Naturally today I feel it just flows in the way that I write, and the things that I do, yes, I am comfortable. I’m honest in my lyrics. My fans know I’m from Detroit, they know I can sing but I’m just continuing to grow in my artistry. There are still so many pages in my book, right now I’m slowly flipping through them so people can better understand me and my music.
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Every song you have recently dropped: “These Games,” “1hr Past Midnight,” “I Caught You” and “Hol’ It Down” have charted on the digital Billboard charts. How has it been since hitting thatmilestone so early on in your career?
Honestly, I try not to look at them type of things. You may see me acknowledge it, but you know I’m in this business for the long haul. But my initial feeling that I felt was surprised not because it was something I didn’t expect but because my first single drop was released without my knowledge of the release date. So to see it drop unexpectedly and be received the way it has, it's a great feeling. I’ve been praying for it. I still pray for it. I really had to thank God because I don’t know how long y’all been watching my journey but you know, I’ve been doing this for awhile. Just to see the continued support makes me go harder. I know, I put in the work, the countless nights, the time I’m in the studio, it's paying off and it's only the beginning. I just hope that you know, we crack that Billboard Hot 100 one day.
"I want to use my influence to inspire. That’s always been one of my biggest things, since day one."
When it comes to your songwriting, you referenced before crediting real life experiences are the motivation behind your lyrics. So how does being vulnerable about your experiences in such a public way have an effect on you?
Okay, so let me clear this up, I’m going to speak truth in my music. I just want to go on record and say not all my lyrics I may put out may be about something that happened to me or how I feel. As an artist I want to explore different topics. I feel like everybody can share a feeling, we can relate to. I’ve experienced heartbreak before and felt love before. So I just feel like I want to make relatable music. I don’t want people to say, like, oh, well, he must be going through a breakup because he only write about stuff associated with that. I share the same feelings with my consumers, I’m happy and sometimes I may feel sad. But at the end of the day that’s the angle I want to approach with my music. It’s never really personal. It's more so a personal feeling everyone has shared or can relate to.
To read the full interview grab the June issue of Disrupshion Magazine !