A Dope Conversation with Blind Recording Artist and Activist Lachi | Videos

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* Even as a journalist with decades under his belt, it still amazes me at the diversity of talented geniuses of African descent that I encounter in the course of my work. Recently I was given the job of interviewing recording artist and Wavy Award winner Lachi.

Born to Nigerian immigrants who came to America in the mid-1970s, Lachi grew up in upstate New York, West Philly, and North Carolina, where she attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel. Hill. His music runs the gamut from pop, jazz, and even R&B, but EDM is where his proverbial bread is buttered.

EURweb.com: Please tell us about what led to your diversity

radius of influence?

Lachi: I think it comes from the fact that growing up I had so many different influences and was pulled in so many different directions, it all affected my voice. Especially my different moods. So the experience of growing up in a high white quote-unquote situation and growing up in West Philly, I was inundated with different sounds and different styles.

I started out with some kind of vocal jazz, and I always try to give a little jazz wink in all my vocals, but I got drawn into alternative pop, and then I was drawn into a more R&B situation, and with this comfort came all my musical experiences, that’s why we hear a nod to this genre or to another vocal genre, and then I’m also very focused on acapella music. When I started in college and high school, I did a lot of a capella singing and a capella arrangements, and that really gave me strength when it came to harmonies.

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EURweb.com: As a woman of African descent living in America, who is also blind, dealing with duality seems like something that comes naturally to you. Is it true?

Lachi: “Duality is a great term, and it was actually the title of one of my songs that really worked well. I really cherish this song because I felt I had a lot of duality in my life. I’m a tomboy girl raised, I’m a black ‘white’ person raised, I was raised Catholic, I was raised shy and now I’m super social.

“I was also raised without a disability and had to come out with my disability at my own pace. It’s not like they denied it, but they put in public school, they did what they had to do because I was the sixth of seven children. I go through a lot of dualities and accept myself for who I am, which really allowed me to overcome this confusion and turmoil and say, “I am this and that”.

EURweb.com: Your accolades and accomplishments speak for themselves, as excellence is the measure by which applicants are selected. It’s just bad ass, in my opinion.

Lachi: “Being co-chair of the Recording Academy and being a black woman with a disability. To co-chair the Recording Academy Advocacy Committee in New York, the largest chapter of the Recording Academy, is a great honor because I don’t just represent black artists, I don’t just represent artists with disabilities, I represent all artists.

“I speak to Congress; I speak locally and nationally on behalf of all artists. Being able to receive accolades for RAMPED, which is the recording artists and music professionals with disabilities, something that I put together, being able to talk to some of these big music companies, partnering with monoliths like the Recording Academy, receiving recognition in Variety for hosting the first-ever all-inclusive self-description awards show is a HUGE deal.

“Because growing up, watching TV, listening to the radio, on the computer, I didn’t see people with disabilities doing great things. Disabled people being superheroes, disabled people driving really fast cars or with big chains, or whatever! Not being able to see that means you don’t have to put anything on your vision board to visualize and see that as your goal.

“I not only want to be that person, but to put together a coalition of professionals who have credits, who are here to make things work, who work with big names or who are big names themselves, to show this next generation of kids trying to go down that path who have a disability. It’s not that there’s nothing wrong with having a disability, it’s that you are yourself.

“You are one person and everyone needs different tolls to survive in life. So take that and be whatever you want to be. Everyone will pull you in different directions, it’s not on purpose, it’s just a goal. I’m not here for the accolades, but I’m not going to hide a trophy when I get one.

EURweb.com: Who are the biggest names you have worked with throughout your career so far?

I hope you are well. I just wanted to reach out and see if you could correct this inaccuracy in the article with Lachi: she didn’t specifically work with Cardi B, but she worked on one of her songs with Snoop Dogg, they collaborated. She worked on a song with Apple D. App (Black Eyed Peas), they collaborated with Styles P (Living a Lie). Lachi’s suggested language for this would be “featuring S

Lachi: “I haven’t specifically worked with Cardi B. but have independently composed a cappella remixes of great artists such as Cardi B and LSD, and released tracks with Snoop Dogg and Styles P. More recently, I did a collaboration with apl.de.ap called “Dis Education”.

“We all put the characters in because you have to have a whole story with your fans. You have to be real with your fans to show who you are here on social media. It’s not like you’re fake. When you hang out, you hang out. But, when you’re in the studio, that’s your job. Are you a professional. You just found this.

EURweb.com: “Some people get caught up in the lyrics and the images, but those who are at the top of the game musically are also at the top of the game professionally.”

Lachi: “Okay, they call if they’re going to be late, nobody’s confused about contracts, nobody has to go and get their money, and then often it’s the agents and managers who deal with get us in the room in the first place. It’s not like I saw Snoop in a bar and said, ‘Yo, Snoop! Get on my trail!’

“It was a great experience to be able to work with real giants. Styles P’s track is called “Living a Lie,” and that and Snoop’s track are from around 2017, 2016 and they’re really starting to hit the scene? And in both situations, I was still very new. That’s why I was like ‘Wow, I was so amazed at everyone’s professionalism because I didn’t know. Now that I’m on the other side of things, I absolutely know that you have to be a professional.

Lachi
Lachi

EURweb.com“The clock ticks when you’re stuck in traffic, the clock ticks when you smoke that joint or shoot that video. There are a lot of people who get paid by the hour anyway. You end up costing people bread.

Lachi: “There’s just too much money at stake. There’s people getting hourly wages, people cleaning offices, electricity bills, things that happen while you’re late and you smoke a joint or shoot a video. There are very expensive things happening. »

To learn more about Lachi, check out his website.

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