As Melbourne based R&B/Hip Hop artist SXINT P prepares to take his music to new levels and close off 2019, he announces his single taken from his highly anticipated 'Nocturne' EP- 'Devil May Cry' available now in all streaming platforms!
'Devil May Cry' was made in SXINT P's bedroom while he was recalling the darkest moments of his life, making it a very personal and vulnerable release for him. Written, produced, performed and mixed by himself, his newest single serves as a ballad for those who have seen their life's lowest points, have been pushed way past breaking, and to anyone who finally showed vulnerability despite being strong and carrying so much pain. The single is wrapped in rhythm and blues that will definitely break your replay button.
"'Devil May Cry' means that even the Devil himself - who is known as the baddest and most evil figure ever - has the heart to cry." - SXINT P explains the 'Devil May Cry'
The single follows the success of earlier release 'Villain' which will also be featured on the 'Nocturne' EP and was launched at The Workers Club Melbourne to a sold-out crowd (marking this as his debut headliner). 'Devil May Cry' also will follow in the footsteps of 'Valerie' featuring one of his Kill Collective co-member Carter.
With his music being highly influenced by the likes of The Weekend, Billie Eilish, and Post Malone, SXINT P makes sure that his sound creates a unique impression to his growing listenership, setting him apart from his fellow peers.
Question: How would you describe Devil May Cry?
SXINT P: It's one of my favourite songs that I've ever written and produced. It's cinematic, definitely dark and a little eerie too - which is exactly how I wanted it to sound. I think if you want to hear something different to everything else, then Devil May Cry is perfect.
Question: What inspired the track, Devil May Cry?
SXINT P: Mental health, I think too many people are afraid of expressing their emotions or reaching out for help because it might seem weak or vulnerable. Maybe that's just how they were raised, but bottling everything up doesn't achieve anything.
It's still common to hear outdated phrases like 'man up' or '(don't) cry like a girl', so I made Devil May Cry to show that having feelings isn't wrong; it's a good thing.
Question: Can you tell us about Nocturne EP?
SXINT P: I honestly think this is one of the best projects I've heard in a long time. Not just from a writing perspective... the music is insane too!
Whether you just want to have a good cry or get LIT; there's a song for everyone on Nocturne. Just sit down with it and listen from start to finish; the story I'm telling is mind-blowing.
It's a dark and emotional project that really defines my sound. I'm in my own lane and really put my all in for this one. I can't wait for people to hear it.
Question: Do you prefer performing live or recording?
SXINT P: Performing live, no question. It might change but right now, there's nothing like the feeling of performing in front of a big crowd and putting on the best show I can for everyone there.
All the attention is on me, so it's my job to hold it and get them hyped or engaged. Seeing the audience's reactions to my songs in real-time is incredible too. One of the best feelings is after everything's done, it all went to plan and everyone's still buzzing. You just don't get the same feeling when you record in your own bedroom studio by yourself at 3am. Yeah it's more intimate, but performing live is on another level.
Question: Which is your favourite song to perform live and why?
SXINT P: Villain for sure! I dropped that one earlier this year and played my debut headline show to about 130+ people to promote it. (On everything, that number's going to get bigger).
It's such a good song to perform because it's got sadder/intimate verses and then the hooks are so high energy - people loved it and I had a lot of fun doing it.
Question: If you could have anyone, in the world, attend a show, who would it be?
SXINT P: Kim Kardashian. I mean, imagine if she posted a story… that would send me.
Question: What motivates you most when writing music?
SXINT P: I have a few different sources, but mostly my own personal life. I draw from experiences and write about them because then it's real. It's also very therapeutic and I think writing is the most fun and best part about making a song, so that's what motivates me; my love for song-writing.
Other forms of art motivate me too - like movies, TV, paintings, books, and other people's songs.
Question: Which music/artists are you currently listening to?
SXINT P: Anything that's either dark, different or R&B - the main hallmarks of a SXINT P song.
I've always got The Weeknd songs on my playlist. XXXTENTACION, 6LACK, Scarlxrd, SAINt JHN, Gallant, Future, Summer Walker, Frank Ocean, Michael Jackson, Post Malone, Jaden, Willow, Billie Eilish, Juice WRLD… the list goes on.
Question: What or who was your inspiration to go into the music industry?
SXINT P: It was after I was in hospital for a brain injury that almost killed me. I'm so lucky and thankful that I made it out alive… but it made me realise that we all have a limited time on this Earth. Why waste it doing anything other than something you love? And I've loved singing/music since before I could speak.
Also, watching and reading about some of the biggest stars on the planet and how they got to where they are - it's inspiring and makes the dream seem more achievable if you put in the work. If they can do it, why can't I?
At the end of the day, if you 'fail' - you've still spent your life doing something you love… isn't that still a 'win'?
Question: If you could collaborate with another artist, who would it be?
SXINT P: The Weeknd. He single-handedly changed the R&B game and is someone I hold in very high regard. So to have a song with Abel would be a dream collaboration.
Question: What is the biggest challenge you have faced along the way to your musical success?
SXINT P: Getting heard. Whether that's by the public or people I'm reaching out to. It's all a lot more political than it seems.
I've had lots of rejections and rude awakenings, which means I have to do everything myself. From merch, managing myself, bookings, contracts, producing, recording, mixing, etc.
It's fair enough though - You can't expect someone to invest their time/money into you if you won't even do it yourself or if you're not established enough yet. I'd just wish people were more polite or maybe even straight-forward with me sometimes (that's how I was raised). It takes zero effort to be kind.
In saying this, once I started making enough noise, then the people I was chasing came to me, instead of the other way round.
Question: What's a typical day like?
SXINT P: I'll wake up around midday and do normal morning routine things. Then I'll check emails and DMs, make YouTube or other social media content, write/produce/record/mix songs, do interviews like this one (shoutout girl.com.au for having me!) etc. Pretty much any and all work I can think of that will help get my music heard around the world.
I'll head to the gym for a break around 9 or 10pm, eat some food, continue working in bed until about 3 or 4am. Then, I've gotta watch some YouTube, a movie, or a couple episodes of something before I sleep at 5am. Perfectly normal routine… (laughs)
Question: Can you share your socials?
SXINT P: @sxintp/
Interview by Brooke Hunter