Silflay is an artist from Chicago, Illinois who has indulged us with a variety of sounds varying from indie to hip hop and even alternative rock. One of his most recent songs entitled “Voltage” has been his biggest break yet, and it is easy to see why. This catchy song brings a nostalgic melody that would keep any and all listeners coming back to it for numerous listens.

Silflay sat down with us to discuss his ongoing career as a musician and what has led up to his current status.

What genre would you describe yourself as falling under?

I would usually label my music as lofi/indie hip hop but i’ve been making more indie rock/pop based stuff that along with some folk songs I have that’s just me and my guitar

When did you start making music and what encouraged you to start?

I started recording music mid 2016 making low quality metal instrumentals trying to imitate the bands I was listening at the time, that was until late 2017 where I found artists like 9tails and Guardin who inspired me to make more indie rap influenced music.

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Explain “Voltage” further. 

I would say voltage is my best song to date so far, it helped me push my versatility as a musician and it’s improved my confidence with performing out of my range, that along with feedback and the kind messages people leave saying they like my song is another reason I’d say it’s my best.

What musician would you like to collaborate with if you had the chance?

There’s lots of artists I’d love to collab with, but if I had to choose one I’d have to pick Sewerperson. Everything from the writing, performance, beat selection and just the vibes I get from listening to his music make him my dream collab.

Who are your biggest influences?

I have a lot of influences ranging from late 90s indie artist like Elliott Smith to popular synth pop acts like Tame Impala or MGMT, but when it comes to writing I draw heavy inspiration from the Microphones/Mount Eerie, mainly trying to incorporate imagery and description into what would be otherwise boring and simple things, but also 9tails with the way he talks about his current situation and how he molds the beat to his liking, while at the same time making flows that sound akin to chicago rappers like Saba and Noname.  

Are you currently working on a new track? And if so, what can we expect from it?

I’m always working on something, I’m either playing guitar or writing if I’m free. Right now my computer has been acting up and i don’t vault anything I usually drop the day a song is finished, so I can’t promise anything coming right away.

What do you remember about the first song you wrote and recorded?

Around late 2016 I recorded my guitar amp using my blue snowball and basically copy pasted it onto some drum track i found on a copyright free loop site, then I recorded myself “singing” some edgy lyrics about being sad/insane and what not. It’s definitely the worst thing ive ever made but looking back at it, I see the same passion and drive to make music is still there.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?   

By then I’ll be 24 hopefully still making music, if I’m lucky I’ll be doing this for a living, playing more shows, reaching out to people, changing music standard and pushing genres all while giving back to my friends and family who support me.