Growing up in London, born of Filipino decent, RAY NVVY (Ray Navy) brings something new and fresh to the UK’s alternative music scene, after spending much of his time in lockdown perfecting his sound. Inspired by the likes of Frank Ocean and The Weekend, the R&B artist shows off his chilled demeanour with his latest release ‘Tell Me’, taking his fans on an emotional ride into his battles between love and lust which musically translates into smooth electronic vibes and chilled trap beats. Projext Liquid speaks to the emerging star on finding his sound and future aspirations.
Listen to 'Tell Me' below
How did you find your sound and what makes you who you are?
I think just by listening to a bunch of different music, I’m very openminded. I’ve always been singing and used to try to mirror myself with other artist. Somehow my sound fell into place, finding my style and what I like to do. I sing and Rap but I’m leaning more into singing.
What made you want to get into music?
Different experiences in my life, growing up listening to 50 cent, Omarion and T-pain. Going into college, I was listening to Frank Ocean and The Weekend. Finally entering uni, I was listening to the Canadian sound, PartyNextDoor and Bryson Tiller. So I think different eras in my life has impacted me in a way.
What was the creative process behind your new single?
I came up with four bars and then I had an idea of mimicking a base sound. I showed my producer and he was instantly inspired and knew what direction to take it. I also showed him some reference tracks and from there we built the beat around the chorus before I started adding the verses.
So you recently changed your name to RAY NVVY?
I spent my time in lockdown making music which is a lot different from what I am used to. I’m also working with a new producer and we kind of bounced off each other. I feel like the music I’m making now definitely resonates more with who I am, and I felt that I needed to rebrand.
So how are you finding the pandemic?
At first, I would say it was a shock to my mental health and to my routine in general because it messed up a lot for me. At the same time, it has been a blessing. I was able to really find who I am and what I am destined to do. In terms of music, it definitely helped me to focus and encouraged me to find my sound.
Who would you say is your biggest inspiration?
The weekend, I’ve been listening to him since college. I first heard his song at a party and from then I became hooked. My whole college life really revolved around his music.
Where do you see yourself in the next year or so?
I would love for the world to hear my music and know my vibe. It’s like when you’re in a club just vibing and dancing, you feel good and everyone is on the same vibe as you. I would want to give that back to people. Just having my music heard worldwide. I feel like I can cater to not just one niche audience but a whole bunch of people.