R&B artist "Somo" on his unique writing process- one only a true artist can master.
Imagine working on a song day in and day out, only then to go into the studio and work on it even more- tweaking it little by little to get it just right. When asked how you think the music writing process goes, one would probably picture it to be like this. Few artists are so gifted as to be able to write a brilliant song in the first go-around.
If you are not familiar with SoMo, he is an R&B artist based out of Texas who first became famous from the YouTube videos he posted with personal renditions of top hits. He is also widely known for his original single “Ride.”
EMM got to sit down with Joseph Somers-Morales, “SoMo”, himself to discuss his writing and recording process.
“For me, I’m what you’d call a freestyle writer. I like to just go into the booth with my producer or whoever is with me that day. I kinda just vibe out and sing along and start from scratch that way. I listen to some other music and just freestyle my work,” says the 28-year-old singer and song writer. “I recently wrote “You Can Buy Everything,” it’s on My Life II. It was one of the last songs I wrote. That song, it was a freestyle completely. It was just me letting my emotions out in song form and I really just, I enjoy that song.”
Some writers make a career out of soley writing music for artists like SoMo to record and perform. Many artists cannot do both write and perfom.
With SoMo speaking so passionately about his writing, we asked if he liked writing or performing better: “50/50. I honestly enjoy both processes. It’s really introvert verses extrovert and I think I balance them both very well.”
After seeing his show live in New Orleans, this is without a doubt true as could be. SoMo has a special way of bringing out a personal, yet still energetic, vibe throughout the entire audience. Each individual song is performed with overwhelming passion and delicacy. We know this is exactly what SoMo is meant to be doing in life. I couldn’t say it any better than he did himself, “I couldn’t be more excited about the future.”
photos and story by Rebecca Reece- fully copyrighted.