Interview – Pyano II

I recently featured a song by Pyano II in a round up review and playlist based around Canadian artists. The track was called Way I See It, and can be found at the end of this interview if you like what you read!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a track titled Way I See It, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about the song, and where can it be purchased?

Way I See It is the first single/video my team and I dropped in 2022. It’s a statement piece letting the fans know we’re coming hard all year. It describes my life over the past couple years and how you can in fact become a kind of victim of success. Despite contrary belief, it doesn’t get easier as you climb the social/economic ladder, it’s different but not any easier. Listeners can purchase this track on iTunes but it can be streamed on any major or minor streaming platform (Apple Music, Spotify, SoundCloud, Amazon music etc).

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

It’s built up a few obstacles for a couple of my non music related ventures for sure, but in terms of music, no not really. We haven’t gotten to the live performance part of the curve yet, and I feel like that’s where Covid really hit big artists and their pockets.

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

As soon as my producer plays me a beat I really like, I come up with the melody for the hook or a part of the verse within seconds. Once that’s established the rest of the track writes itself. That usually takes 30-45 minutes. Then I record it all at once which usually takes 20-30 minutes. However, if I’m trying to record a track I wrote a while ago, it’ll take me a little longer to sort through voice notes of the melody or whatever. But for the most part it’s 30 minutes writing, 30 minutes recording. More often than not it takes longer to find a good beat than it does writing/recording.

Do you plan to release any more singles in the near future?

We’ve got an EP coming out in the middle of spring and a couple tracks to be released before that as part of the roll out. Making music is the easy/fun part, but we’re getting super methodical with the business side of things (releases and roll outs).

Have you started writing for an EP or an album?

Yeah I have a couple EPs already finished. Namely the one coming out in the next couple of months. In terms of an album, not officially, but once we get enough traction that’s on the to do list. But there’s a few tracks in the vault I can easily say will be on a future album.

What/who influences you most as an artist? What have you been listening to recently?

I wouldn’t say anything influences me these days. I mean, back in the day before I made music I looked up to Tupac, Nas, Biggie, Jay Z, Kanye. I feel like listening to them growing up has a lot to do with my cadence and delivery today for sure. But presently, in a saturated world of music and up and coming artists, I’m trying to stay true to my own sound without leaning on anyone else’s. However I’m always inspired by my favourite artists who sometimes get me off my ass or push me to make better quality tracks: j. Cole, a boogie, Dave, Tory Lanez.

Where are you based? What is the music scene like in your part of the world? Are you influenced by your surroundings?

I’m based out of Ottawa and Montreal, Canada. They’re neighbouring cities but are completely different in culture, language, sound etc. I’d like to say I take the best of both worlds but Montreal is definitely much further in the music world, whereas Ottawa is still in the development stage. It’s not really a music city so people are still learning to appreciate indie artists and underground music that isn’t necessarily commercial or mainstream. It’s also a government city (home to Parliament), so for the most part, the general population I feel is still a little closed minded to all that, but nonetheless I’m privileged to be at the forefront of that movement.

Any last words for the fans?

I appreciate all my fans and supporters. Follow me on Instagram: @pyanoeleven for regular news and updates. Big shout out to York Calling as well, appreciate the look!