We conducted an intriguing interview not too long ago with Scarlet Ayliz, an up-and-coming singer-songwriter/performer. During our wonderful conversation, she talked about life, the greatest obstacle she had to overcome, and the Internet impact on the music business.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself?
Scarlet Ayliz: I’m from a small town in Massachusetts that I won’t name because I don’t like anyone here. Life here is pretty safe, but the town is almost stuck in the ‘50s/60s and obsessed with nuclear families. My family is blended, so my upbringing has allowed me to know many different walks of life. My family is mixed with different cultures because we’re a combination of Puerto Rican and African American people; not to mention my grandma married a Jewish man. So life in my house has always been pretty groovy and fun.
Who inspired you to make music?
SA: Me, myself, and I. Also, I look up to Mrs. Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter. She’s amazing in every aspect of performance and vocal quality. Not to mention she’s an activist, and over the years, she has empowered me through her words to love myself as much as I should be loved. She’s a strong, mature, and independent woman who I think has done a brilliant job over the years of maintaining an untouchable, yet humble and safe persona.
How would you describe your music?
SA: I’m more prone to writing rock/alternative music because I grew up on it. But I can pretty much write anything I want depending on the day. I get really emotional and just crank out some tunes. Or, I read a book, get sad, and write an OST for it.
Tell us about your upcoming project?
SA: Well, it’s amazing. It’s heavily influenced by jazz and funk, but also holds elements from R&B and other genres of music. It’s a cluster of amazing sounds all working together to deliver an impactful, and emotional experience for the listener. Whether those emotions be sadness, confidence, or even anger. This project is gonna draw it all out.
What’s the greatest obstacle you had to overcome—and how did you overcome it?
SA: Definitely internalized, bottled up, trauma. Growing up and being taught within the school system I was at – that I needed to submit to a certain group of people to be seen as valid or worthy – definitely was damaging to my self-esteem. Also, I was struggling with the loss of my father, and trying to fill the void of what could have been. Me and my mother had a pretty hard time navigating things because of that. And I feel like the confusion of losing someone so important at a young age while witnessing my own mother feel so sad wasn’t helped by the constant bullying I endured.
I struggled with a bad temper as a result and became fiercely protective of those close to me to the point where I was more loyal to many people than they were to me. Then trust issues came into play and it was really rough – it still is. But I’m working on focusing on myself, and seeking help to manage what’s been my roller coaster of a life. I’m opening up to my family more, and I’m praying. That’s what’s keeping me grounded.
What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
SA: I’ve gotten a lot of good advice in my life, but I feel like the best advice I’ve been given was from my mother. She taught me not to let anyone push me around, and that’s what saved me from even more bullying. It made me tough. Also, another life advice I live by is the past is the past, let it go, and just be better. Mistakes are okay but don’t make them a habit.
What advice would you give to an aspiring artist in your field?
SA: Be prepared to drop and run! When an opportunity comes knocking, you need to be quick on your feet and smart. Never sign without consulting an expert, and keep a small circle. Friends are good, but not everyone is a friend.
What would you say is your greatest accomplishment?
SA: Ah… I really don’t know? There are a few things I could just throw out there but I think just waking up every day is enough. Being able to bounce back and continue to grow, change, and shape me into someone good, wholesome, and strong.
Years from now, when people mention your name—what will they say?
SA: “I can’t believe she was able to pull that off!”
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
SA: I think it hurt and helped the business. Sometimes, I feel like music careers are being handed out like Lunchables for people with a lot of followers. It’s kind of a clout competition, but when real talent hits the scene that’s where I think it really helps. Streaming, and fan connection, and virtual performances have really helped a lot in my opinion.
In the near future, who would you like to collaborate with?
SA: 💜 BTS!!! I want to collaborate with them so badly. I’d fistfight a bear for it. Also, I wouldn’t mind opening up for them. Another person I would love to collaborate with is Beyoncé. But she’s the queen so I’d be a little nervous. Also, Ruel, he’s so groovy!!!
What’s your favorite word and why?
SA: Hmm… I’m gonna say, “stu.” It’s just studio cut in half and I think it sounds funny. LOL. Cookin’ up beats in the stu. 😎
What’s your favorite song?
SA: My favorite song for some reason is “Wagon Wheel” by Darius Rucker. I don’t even like Country but I like that song a lot. That or “Run” by BTS, and of course, “Hold On ‘Till May” by Pierce The Veil.
What is one message you would give to your fans?
SA: Don’t bully people if they don’t like me! Everyone’s allowed to have an opinion. Just stream to spite them. He-he.
Thanks for a great interview! Where can we follow you?
We recommend following Scarlet Ayliz on all social platforms. Also, let us know how you feel in the comment section below. Mel Blanc’s famous catchphrase, “That’s All Folks!” Thanks for reading another great article on Bong Mines Entertainment. And always remember that (P) Positive, (E) Energy, (A) Always, (C) Creates, (E) Elevation (P.E.A.C.E).