Interview with Sonya Teclai
• Performing Artist •
Name: Sonya Teclai
Hometown: Bay Area, California
Location: New York, New York
Describe your sound as if we were deaf
Something you can feel.
What producers, songwriters and/or artists do you see as your primary inspirations?
My inspirations have been Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Sade, Prince, Aaliyah, Pharrell, Missy and Timbaland, Wu-Tang, Nas, Tupac, Biggie, Jay-Z, The Lox, Foxy Brown, Lil’ Kim etc.
Do you have a favorite musical project that you’ve worked on?
What was the main factor for launching your career when you did?
I’m incredibly impatient and spontaneous, so I woke up one day and said “Fuck it, why not.” and did it. I had been singing since I was 3, writing poetry/music since 15, was in a girl group from 14-18 years old, and started rapping about 3 years ago. It was a process, but I really started recording most of my music for the duo I’m also a part of (OZ) 3 years ago along with solo tracks a year ago.
Who are some people you would like to work with?
God, that list is so long. It would be Lauryn, Pharrell, Quincy Jones, Prince, Sade, Missy, Timbaland, Nas, Janet Jackson, Q-tip, Wu-Tang Clan, Jadakiss, Styles P, etc. Of our generation, I really dig all of TDE, Joey Badass, and Kelela.
How is the internet changing your craft?
I wouldn’t say the internet has influenced the content/sound of my music, other than providing me with a variety of other underground artists to listen to and work with. As far as distribution goes, it has been a great platform for indie artists like myself. It gave my music the opportunity to reach a multitude of people from all over the world and the ability for people to reach out to me. It helped me get in touch with producers I probably would’ve never known had it not been for social media/internet buzz.
Do you feel like what you are doing is important?
I do. I’m a woman who has dealt with a plethora of shit and still am while learning through the process. In turn, I channel all of the good and bad through my music/lyrics. I won’t sugarcoat it, bullshit you, or give you any form of a gimmick in order to appeal to an audience and I feel that is what defines and sets my artistry apart from most. I write all of my music so you know that it’s a firsthand perception. Growing up, I found music to be most moving when you can hear that the artist was honestly themselves, and I want to give that to people without compromising the integrity of my human experience.
Lastly, could you talk about any long-term goals or talents you have in mind?
I just dropped a new single called “Hurt Me” on iTunes. I also have a project I’m working on now that sounds CRAZY, but you’ll have to stay tuned to find out. I’m working towards writing for other artists as well.