Credit: Rachel Baker

Interview with R&B raconteur Klay Cartier

Emerging US-born vocalist and songwriter Klay Cartier released his new single, ‘On The Low’, on the 21st of September 2023 via Kult Klassic Studios. The Midwestern artist has gained support from numerous tastemaker publications, including CLASH Magazine, NOTION Magazine, WordPlay Magazine, Music Crowns, CLOUT, and more. With an almost irresistible and soulful allure, Cartier is influenced by the likes of Drake, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, and Stevie Wonder, creating music akin to artists such as Childish Gambino, Cimo Fränkel, and Frank Ocean. Keeping up the momentum,‘On The Low’ has already premiered and received support from EARMILK. Read our conversation with him below:

Walk us through your creative process?

Normally I tend to spend time alone and do some things that bring me joy and inspire me, those can all range from simple to complex things.

What has been the most defining moment of your musical career? 

Just receiving the validation from media and new fans that my music is evolving and becoming better. The reach and exposure I’m starting to get means everything to me, is surreal.

What equipment or software are you using the most?

Definitely Pro Tools for vocals and Ableton for beat creation, also Splice has been heavy in my rotation as well.

Whats your performance setup looking like?

I haven’t performed in so long, usually I just need a DJ and a guitarist.

Who are your biggest inspirations at the moment?

Definitely Childish Gambino, Drake, Allan Rayman and JMSN.

Whats your favourite way to pass the time? Any hobbies?

Working out and writing poetry, I’m also getting really into reading non-fiction to help expand my mind and inspire me.

Whats next for you as an artist?

I’m working on finishing my album, lining up some live performances, and dropping some acoustic versions of my singles. I’m excited!

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