The Ones To Watch team recently had the pleasure of working with rising artists Snny and Mac Ayres at our Saja Sessions showcase. We had the chance to sit down and talk with them about the progressive past, present, and future in their music-making expedition.
Nothing brightens our day quite like a dose of Snny who was born in the Ivory Coast of Africa but raised in Boston. Inheriting his stage name at an early age, Snny indulges listeners through his adolescent journey on his debut EP Learning to Swim. The singer claims that the album is a “collection of” him and that he “knew it was exactly what [he] wanted to say” and “what [he] wanted to put out”. His introduction to music stemmed at a young age with his mother inspiring him to write and appreciate the craft. After moving to the States at the age of 4, he and his mother exchanged the knowledge they acquired about English and French language and culture, sharing the different art and music they discovered with each other. His birthday coincides with the legendary Prince’s birthday. His mother said it was fate and goodwill, and used that parallel as a way to inspire him to write.
Snny’s performance energy is no different than the grit that we hear on his EP. His silky smooth vocals radiate on the ambient, groovy song “Arizona”, which sounds even more magical live. The singer gets more introspective in his upbeat, nostalgic song “Young Boy” a song that he claims it took 15 effortless minutes to write because it was so true to him. Snny looks forward to expanding his horizons on tour in 2018 and sharing his sentiment-filled stories with the world.
We also talked to multi-talented New Yorker Mac Ayres before his performance. The bubbly, quirky singer, instrumentalist, and producer makes sure to perfect his music to fit his criteria before he puts his listeners in a trance. As a first-time visitor in Los Angeles, Ayres adjusted quite well to both the heat and vibe of the city when he graced the stage at Mama Lion. Before he heads out to conquer the music scene in Europe, the singer anticipates his next project to be released in February. Some other random facts that Ayres would like his fans to know is that he loves Chicken Parm, and his favorite color is Orange.
Releasing his first album Slow Drive back in August, Ayres flexes his versatile range proving that he can make funk, electronic, and indie music. His biggest hit “Easy” is an emotional plea to the lover he daydreams of. The song’s piano and synth drums polish the beauty of the song and his velvety vocals. Another slow-burning jam on the album is “Slow Down,” which helps convey the charming, flirtatious aura of the project. We are excited to hear what Mac Ayres has to offer with his next project.
Check these guys out as 2018 is undeniably going to be a big year for the two of them!