March 8, 2021

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PXRRY is one of the newest, hottest, R&B artists trying to take over the world. Deeming himself a superstar in the making, the singer-songwriter is here to give music-lovers R&B music with a sharp edge, equipped with real lyrics and emotions. Hailing from Connecticut, but now based in Los Angeles, PXRRY is a triple threat: singing, songwriting and dancing his way to the top.

He states, “R&B has been missing that new, superstar R&B artist for a while. I’m here to feel that void, that gap’s been open for a while. It’s waiting for me so now I’m trying to apply pressure, put songs out and build that anticipation to let everyone know I’m here.”

On the heels of his last release, “Got 2,” PXRRY returns with his newest single titled “Easy” which was chosen by the fans. The record holds us over until the release of his forthcoming debut EP. In addition, he owns a clothing line called HIS Clothing Co, separate from artist merch.

Flaunt caught up with PXRRY via FaceTime, who was posted in Los Angeles. Read below as we discuss his roots in Connecticut, biggest influences, life-changing move to Atlanta, and more!

How are you holding up in Los Angeles?

I’ve been out here the whole quarantine. I’d rather be in Atlanta, because Atlanta is open, but LA is cool so far. I’ve been meeting a lot of people and getting creative vibes going. It’s been dope linking with new writers and producers and being able to bounce ideas.

How was it growing up in Hartford, Connecticut?

It’s really tough to make it in Connecticut. There’s not really a creative culture yet. Growing up I was in a dance group since the age of 10 where I learned how to perform on stages and really embrace a crowd. Once I got older and started to take music more seriously, I moved to Atlanta. I was in ATL for 7 years. I had to leave my hometown to put myself in the space where music was really happening and to build relationships. I learned how to really write songs once I got down there, that move was honestly the best thing I’ve ever done.

Biggest influences coming up?

Definitely Usher. Usher was the main one because he’s the entertainer, I love entertainers. His music of course is incredible but the stage and performance is what makes you a superstar. Of course Drake. The mix between R&B and Hip-Hop and he never misses. The goal is to have the ladies and the streets and Drake figured out a way to do both. I also listened to the oldies because of my grandmother. I listened to blues, gospel, all that type of music was a big inspiration to my music and who I am too.

Moving to Atlanta, did you immediately fall in love? 

I immediately fell in love. It was scary coming from Connecticut where it’s hard for people to get support. It’s so small, it’s hard to get real genuine support. When I went to Atlanta, immediately  people would invite me to do shows, they would share my music, people wanted to collaborate. As soon as I got down there, I was a magnet for inspiration. That’s why I say it was the best decision I ever made. Of course the food too, the food is crazy!

What kind of food?

Everything down there slaps, especially the soul food. Back home we don’t have enough of it. In Atlanta, they got everything. Zaxby, American Deli. It’s a different level.

How important is dancing to your artistry?

Watching Usher, Chris Brown, and Michael Jackson, dancing’s a huge part of my artistry because that’s how I started. I started rapping and dancing before I started singing. I was in dance rehearsals all day, all night sweating. Performing is the part I love the most. I’m also one of the few new male artists dancing.

Who were you tapping in with in Atlanta? 

When I got there I started working with this big songwriter named Balewa Muhammad, he took me under his wing. I was working with BAM, he’s a super-producer who produced a lot of people Usher, Chris Brown, a few others. I worked with Eric Bellinger, that’s bro. A lot of artists I wrote for like Keke Palmer, Trevor Jackson, K. Michelle, and Angie Stone . As soon as I got to Atlanta, all that stuff started happening. It was a crazy blessing. Before I moved to Atlanta, I never was in a studio with a major artist. Changed my life and helped me meet the people I know today.

Talk about starting your own event called R&B Kickback to promote your own music, and what it meant to perform in your hometown and selling it out for a year straight?

Like I said, Connecticut was hard for people to really support local artists. My songs weren’t being played at clubs, and I didn’t know why. A lot of people didn’t play R&B in the club, I didn’t like that. I created my own platform called the R&B Kickback where I played my music, along with the great and new R&B songs. I put my music in there and played some of the other local Connecticut artists.

I wanted to create a platform for artists like me who don’t have any songs played in the club, especially R&B artists. I didn’t think it would get so big so quickly. I wanted it to be an intimate vibe at first but once it started growing it couldn’t be stopped. The last one we had before Covid, we had over 600 people. That was amazing. The whole club singing R&B, the vibe was super incredible. Me and my homie Ecko who I threw the party with, we filled a void in the city and put on what’s missing in the city. I found a way to capitalize off of it. We were on the way to take it to New York SOBs, but then Covid said no. Covid shut it down.

How has Covid affected you and your art?

It’s forced me to adjust, but it’s forced everyone to adjust. It forced me to figure out other ways to get exposure and build relationships. It definitely messed up the whole plan I had written out, but it’s cool. I adjusted to it so by the time we do come back outside, everything should be overflowing.

Heard you learned how to roll Backwoods and cook during quarantine?

Oh man, I was smoking a bowl for the longest because I didn’t know how to roll. Everybody was clowning me. I didn’t care because I was able to save weed with the bowl, you don’t gotta use so much. I just started rolling Backwoods, oh yeah this is a vibe. I was rolling papers but they don’t hit for me. The Backwoods are the vibe I’ve been on lately, I like it here. I’ma be here for a while with the Backwoods. That’s a huge accomplishment, because I wasn’t able to roll for 3 years, terrible.

What do you like to cook?

I just started cooking. I’ve been doing little spaghetti pasta vibes, little chicken here and there. Nothing too crazy. I don’t want to go too crazy with the cooking because I don’t want to become too nice, then have to be to want to cook for everybody. [laughs]

What does the X in your name represent?

It represents the unknown. I like to keep a mystique. I’m not really shy, but I’m quiet. I’m observant. I honestly put it in because I didn’t like how the E looked in my name as a big artist, so the X brought edge. I’m edgy and my music is edgy, why not put an X in it to make it different? It’s still Perry, but I’ve never seen no Pxrry with an X in his name ever. I felt good and wanted to do that, to stand out also.

“Got 2” out now, how are you feeling?

Amazing, people are responding crazy. I dropped another one today that I’m super excited about. It’s called Easy,” this one is about to go crazy. It’s a dance tempo vibe, that’s why I’m excited to show more of my dancing side so people can see the superstar shit I’m talking about.

What inspired “Easy”?

Lyrics-wise, I like to big up women. I like to talk to confident women in my music. It’s talking to a girl: how you make looking good so easy? How you make bossing up and getting to the bag look so easy. That was basically the motivation behind it. The conversation with the women is definitely the motivation behind all of my records. Talking to women and making them feel good. Talk some shit to them, make them laugh.

How was Valentine’s Day for PXRRY?

To me, Valentine’s Day was canceled because Valentine’s Day is every day. It’s natural to me. I’m not in a relationship so I’m not focused on the big, all out Valentine’s Day right now in my life. Which is cool, I’m chillin’. Every day is Valentine’s Day for me. I show love and everybody shows love to me, that’s all it’s about.

I was watching the music video for “Got 2,” you got 2 females on deck? 

“Got 2” is a crazy concept. Everybody kind of has 2 people, even if one is on standby for a couple of years. I’m very real in my music. I want to talk about a lot of things that people are scared to talk about or don’t know how to talk about. The difference between me and everybody else is I can have edgy toxic conversations in my music and dance to it. Everybody has this dark vibey music but I put on a show while I do it.I want to stamp that with my music.

Best memory from the video?

The clothing. I’d started a clothing company a month before the video. It’s a female’s clothing brand called HIS Clothing. It’s oversized garments, but the women are wearing guys’ clothes. The shirt says HIS shirt, the hoodie says HIS hoodie. When the girl puts it on in the video, wow that’s crazy how I created the brand and it’s coming to life in this “Got 2” video. It made sense.

3 things you need in the studio?

Definitely some weed and Backwoods. Some wine, I’m a sangria drinker. Some women with some good conversation, then I could make 100 songs. [laughs] Women, good conversation, some weed and wine, leave me alone.

What’s the premise of that HIS Clothing Co?

I see women in oversize clothing. A lot of women walk around with the boyfriend hoodies, but I’ve never seen an official brand for that. I wanted to create that specific brand for women versus me having merch with my name on it. That’s regular. I wanted to create a brand that could be bigger than me almost. That’s something good that came out of Covid. It forced me to think of new things and finally do some things I always thought about but never had time. I dived in and now I’m here.

Top 5 artists in rotation?

Right now, it’s been Me and Drake honestly. [laughs] I don’t really listen to much music when I’m recording songs for myself. I don’t want to sound like too many people or pull from other people. Drake’s somebody who I always look to for inspiration when I’m creating because he gets it.  Melodies, the pen, he gets it. That’s honestly the only person I’ve been listening to right now, and I’ve been reading books.

Goals yourself as an artist at this point of your career?

To take over the world. This whole R&B superstar thing that I know I can bring to the table is really what I’m trying to do, show everybody that I’m hiding right over here. I’ve been writing for artists for a while and collabing that way, but I really want to push my artistry to the forefront because it’s a void that’s missing. I’m watching it not be filled. I’ve been putting out songs. This year, I want to put out songs to show other people that I’m him. I’m the guy.

What can we expect music-wise? 

Dropping singles right now, always working. I might work on a small project to release but I want to drop singles and visuals. My songs are strong so if I stick to that formula the right people will see what this is and then we outta here!

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