We sat down the artist formally known as Ngan, female singer/songstress PRELUDE based out of New York. She released her phenomenal debut LP ‘Smell the Roses‘ back in 2013 and has began waiting on baited breath ever since. In the time since her last release PRELUDE has been brewing a new sound, and is priming a comeback. In our in-depth interview we discussed name changes, inspirations, what striving for new heights can feel like.
Why the name change?
I think at birth you are given a name that doesn’t suit who you are because it’s like, once you’re born your parents don’t even know who you are yet. We are constantly changing and it’s difficult to embrace it at first because you’re just like “who the fuck am I?” eventually, you just are and it’s okay. I think the changes I’ve gone through have been liberating for me and these alter egos can express that. I just think of it as before Basquiat he was SAMO. Maybe If it all works out, I’ll return to the name I was given but now its time to experiment.
PRELUDE – Two unlikely friends from m-block (HOLYCIGARETTE & KLEVELAND) helped me come up with my name since I drive a 1993 Red Prelude. I like the idea of rebirth and a new beginning so I think it’s fitting. My father does odd jobs but he’s also a really good mechanic and ever since I first started driving at 16, my father made sure I had a car to get around. The only thing is I’ve never had a permanent car I could call my own. Recently, I told my father I wanted to learn stick and told him how much I loved older model cars. He actually listened and surprised me with a red Prelude. Totally badass. I know that it may not be something permanent but this is by far, the best gift my father blessed me with. I’m still learning but I’m finally getting the hang of it.
24Kt is still in its blossoming stages but recently the universe worked its wonder and I couldn’t turn away from the calling. Recently me and a girlfriend were getting personal about being an artist and performing for complete strangers. I asked her how she did what she did (She’s an amazing dancer) and she told me a very personal story about how she had hours before a performance and her father had gotten arrested. She basically had to suck it up and perform. She said something to the effect that artists must be resilient even in the face of chaos. That’s what is so beautiful about what we do as creators. We have to put aside everything that hurts us and pour our heart out. That same night a random dude who was trying to sell us mary in the city wouldn’t stop bothering us so I took his # down and asked him what his name was. He told me his name was Golden. Just before we met I was singing Jill Scotts “Golden.” I don’t know what it means but I’m keeping it. So far it’s been 24kt visions and I’ve just been creating under that pseudonym (mostly graphic design work but hopefully video work too). I want to collaborate with other artists and create a platform to share my friends’ art. Let’s see what happens.
Musically who’s inspiring you?
Most of my musical influences have been the artists of today, my peers. Everyone who is out right now has heavily inspired me, I think it’s because most of them are around the same age as me and they can relate to what’s going on in this day and age. Before, I was listening to a lot of older artists that I grew up listening to, but a lot has changed and I think it’s only right to support many of the young artists killing it! I like to listen to my friends’ music. It amazes me how talented my friends are and I can’t wait for the world to see us shine.
What do you express when it comes to your fashion sense?
My fashion sense is literally who I am. As an artist, I feel like my body is a canvas so I’m going to express my mood through my fit. I really don’t know how I come up with the things I come up with, I just throw on whatever is comfortable with how I feel. It just somehow works out.
What’s your process for creating music? Are you inspired by the beat, or the words first?
My process for creating music has changed A LOT. There is no set “right” or “wrong” way to create. As of late, I’ve been very patient trying to understand who I am, my emotions, and my purpose. Sometimes the beat can inspire a song on the spot. Other times, I just have something I need to get off my chest. Right now, I’ve been writing a lot but I’m constantly revisiting them and making sure I’m revising.
What is the vibe for your upcoming project?
My next project is going to play on the idea of Duality. That’s the title for it and the cover art is a yin and yang sign. I have been faced with a lot over the past few years and I think I’m finally able to understand what it all means. I don’t necessarily think that there is such a thing as good and bad but there is a light and dark. As humans, we are constantly battling that within ourselves instead of learning to embrace both sides of our human nature. We are taught to run away from these things instead of facing them.. Sometimes you have to dwell in the dark and be alone so that you are conscious of all the emotions you feel because being light can be a lot. Masculine/Feminine, Love/hate, Life/death, etc – I think it’s important to talk about these things and I think it’s okay to feel what you feel. It’s all a learning process. This project is going to be me being unapologetically me.
What’s your biggest fear right now?
My biggest fear has to be death. I don’t know what it is but it’s getting closer to home. I haven’t yet experienced something close yet and I pray to God that it doesn’t happen anytime soon. But I think I’m preparing myself for it mentally but when it happens I’m not sure I’ll be able to recover for awhile. I think everything that’s going on with me is the Universe’s way of telling me I need to be grateful for life and everyone I love. I reconnected with a friend recently and she gave me a rose quartz crystal- it represents feminine energy and unconditional love. It gave me healing and showed me not to be afraid. the universe can be miraculous if you have faith.
Where do you feel your music lane is?
I definitely think I’m creating my own lane of music. I’m just doing me and it’s coming from the heart. All my dedication has gone towards something creative because I feel like its my only way to be free when society is constantly putting you in a box. Every day I sleep and wake up to the same four pink walls and I think I’ve just grown tired of that old way of thinking. I was born an artist and I can’t see myself doing some lame 9 to 5 in a cubicle. I’m a story teller in my own right and I want to leave something behind that’s poetic and musical. My best friend told me a gem “anyone can create a beautiful landscape painting but if it cannot resonate and have an impact on someone then it doesn’t really matter how good they are.” In this day and age, I think people sometimes just need the words to describe the way they feel. Music is my first love and has been my therapy, I just want to relate and have an impact on whoever’s on the same wave.
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