Major thanks to Atlantic City, NJ based RnB singer-songwriter Edifon who connected with us for an exclusive interview to discuss his new single “Go Fiend”, the hardest part about being a songwriter, how his time in choirs prepared him to become a solo artist and much more.
After reading our Q&A with Edifon, be sure to connect with him on social media and check out his website. Also, vibe out to “Go Fiend” on Spotify and listen to more of his music there as well.
If you had to describe your music to a stranger in only three words, which ones would you select?
If I had to describe my music in three words I would say... Soulful, Sultry, Playful and if I could pick a fourth I would say Catchy. I approach each song with the intent that after you listen it will still play in your head. Whether its the hook or colorful ad lib you are gonna remember the song.
How would you say that your time singing in a gospel choir prepared you to become a solo artist?
I sang lead for the children's choir before joining the adult choir. Singing lead for the children's choir helped me get used to singing to a large crowd. When I joined the adult choir I was able to learn from those older then me about the music itself. And well gospel choirs don't just sing the songs, just to sing them. We feel the song and the music on a spiritual level and the contents of the song are more meaningful. I feel this helped me connect more with music on a cellular level and its allowed me to expand my style of writing as a singer/songwriter to any genre of music.
Tell us about your single "Go Fiend" and your motivation to write it. Also, who handled the production on it?
Inspiration comes from everywhere when it comes to my music. "Go Fiend" is about being addicted to the idea of love. It was inspired by past relationships I have been in and also from just watching my friends and their relationships that they are going through. It was produced by the producer MadReal and recorded with Raphael Hamilton.
What comes next after "Go Fiend"? Will this song be appearing on an upcoming EP or album in 2019?
No, it is not part of an EP, but I am working on a couple projects due to be released next year, which I am excited about. The next song will probably be "Final Touch" which the ladies will love. It's a song with a positive message about loving yourself. I do have an EP in the works but until that is complete, I will continue releasing more singles.
What would you say is the hardest part about being a songwriter? How do you deal with writer's block?
The hardest part for me about being a song writer is momentum. Meaning when an idea hits you, you have to get it out while its still hot because sometimes you try to come back to the song and the energy you had before isn't quite the same. Sometimes I do get writers block but that's when putting the song down and coming back to it at a later time actually does help. It allows you to come back and approach the song with a clear mind. I work on multiple songs at once so for me if one song isn't flowing I'll go to the next song and sometimes that will spark the energy I was missing.
Have you ever written a song for another artist and wavered on whether to give it to them because it might be better for yourself?
Yes I have written songs for other artist and wavered on giving them the song, especially early on when I first started writing. The songs were so personal to me and I would think that the artist wouldn't do justice on the song like I could. I soon realized though that what I wanted more was for the world to feel my music. Therefore I'm always willing to write for other people and to work with them so my vision can be realized from my lyrics through their voice.