Convo with Gen

Singer-songwriter Gen lives and works in Vancouver, Canada. She creates an interesting and new sound that is authentic to her approach, drawing inspiration from melancholy pop and alternative R&B.

Her musical and artistic development has been cultivated, and she made her professional recording debut in Toronto in 2017. Gen’s breakthrough came in 2022 when he released the singles “Drive you” and “Company” and the EP “Afterlife,” which had two gloomy tracks.

Show me,” her new single, came out at the right time towards the end of the year. The album has smooth R&B rhythms, pleasant and soft electric guitar, and heavenly vocal harmonies.

The song is essentially a love ballad, with its words and undertones being as simple and sweet as the title suggests.

The track’s laid-back vibe, well-articulated melodies, and Gen’s dulcet vocals combine to create the ideal atmosphere. I got to talk to her about the fantastic music you’re going to hear and her next projects, details of which are provided in the convo below.

1- Where did you come from, where are you based now, and why?

I was born and raised in Canada’s capital, Ottawa, Ontario. After living in Toronto on and off for 4 years, I made the move to Vancouver BC in the summer of 2021. I’ve been based out here on the west coast for over a year now, writing and recording music. 

2- What is the best part of Vancouver?

To me, the best part of Vancouver would be the nature surrounding the city. It still feels so surreal that from my apartment downtown, I’m a walk away to the ocean and mountains. It keeps me incredibly present, grateful, and grounded being out here. 

3- When did your musical career begin?

If we want to take this all the way back, it actually started in elementary school. My twin sister and I wrote our own original music and performed them as a duo at our school talent shows. (It was insanely adorable lol). Since that point, I think it’s always been my dream to pursue music as a career. 

4- What is the message behind Show me?

The message behind my song Show me is being all in with someone, but needing to make sure they’re right there with you because you don’t want to get hurt. 

5- How did you define your music genre?

I always have trouble answering this question. I think a lot of the music I have out currently touches on genres like Alternative Pop and Alternative RnB. I’m still figuring out my sound and direction though and don’t want to feel boxed in. So I guess we’ll see what genre people feel my music falls into in the future. 

6- Who are your biggest influences?

Oh my god, there are so so many haha. If I had to list only a few, I would say The Weeknd, Lil Peep, Radiohead, and Daniel Caesar. 

7- How is your creative process like?

My creative process changes all the time. I used to create only at night, but now it could be at any point in the day. An idea will usually start on the keys or guitar, or on a session I’ve started producing. I get inspired by so much around and within me everyday, so I try to bring that idea or feeling into my writing as well as producing. 

8- What is your favorite song to perform?

My favorite song to perform would have to be my record called “Afterlife”. It’s got such a dark atmospheric vibe, and the song means a lot to me. 

9- What do you want to accomplish in the music industry?

I think the biggest thing I would hope to accomplish in the music industry is to make timeless music that truly connects with people all over the world. I want to make my own mark and make people feel something when they hear my music. 

10- How has your music evolved over the years?

Oh wow, that’s really interesting to think about. I feel like my music has changed so much and continues to every time I put out a new record. I’ve grown a lot in my voice, quality of sound, and direction I’m going. If you’ve been listening to me since my first releases on Soundcloud back in 2017, there’s no doubt you can hear the music elevating and evolving.

11- What is next for Gen?

There is soo much being worked on for me, Gen. Sonically, visually, and aesthetically. I can’t discuss too many details, but 2023 is going to be a big year full of firsts in my music career. I will say I am so fucking excited for the year ahead, and the direction I’m headed. People are going to be getting a darker, moodier, and more personal side of Gen that they may not be expecting or know yet.  

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