Ones to Watch is happy to premiere the new visual to Caye's song "Easy," an acoustic version of his recent Wiz Khalifa-assisted hit. Caye retains the song's tropical, lush essence while stripping away the booming 808's, allowing his vocals to anchor the song instead.
"Ooh, I love it when you tease me / Every time you give me that feeling," he sings on the chorus, over warm synths that create a carefree atmosphere. Set in an intimate bedroom studio environment, the song's genuine nature truly resonates with viewers, serving as an enticing appetizer ahead of his debut album, Pink Tree Paradise.
Based in Los Angeles but born in Boston, Caye taps into the feeling of swaying palm trees and crystal clear water with ease. He first got his start with music by studying classical piano for seven years, eventually moving on to the drums while also learning how to play guitar as well as bass. A trip to Trinidad and Tobago in the eighth grade did much to influence his sound, however, living with a "family steel drum band" that built him the drum he still uses on stage today. Back here in America, he honed his talents at New England Conservatory's Jazz Lab, while also studying at the Thornton School of Music at USC.
We caught up with Caye to discuss the new video as well as how he originally linked with Wiz Khalifa, and hear a little bit about his state of mind leading up to the debut album. Read on to see what he had to say!
OTW: What made you want to make an acoustic version of "Easy?"
Caye: I made an acoustic version of "Easy" to showcase the song in a more intimate way. I think the acoustic version better highlights my vocals and the meaning behind the lyrics.
OTW: How did the original collaboration with Wiz Khalifa come about?
Caye: I met Wiz about a year ago when my manager introduced us. That night, we chilled, smoked up and played some of our new music for each other. 6 months later, my producer Dawgus and I had created a new track, "Easy." We thought Wiz would sound great on the track, so we went back over to the studio and played it for him. He loved the track and by the next morning we had the verse.
OTW: Your debut album Pink Tree Paradise is scheduled for a June 1 release. How are you feeling leading up to the release?
Caye: I'm very excited about this release. The album has been finished for a while, so we've been itching to get it out. This is also my debut album, and I feel I've finally found the sound I've been hearing in my head.
OTW: What's the overlying theme or message you're trying to get across on the album?
Pink Tree Paradise promotes happiness and feel-good summer vibes.
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