Five Questions With APHROSE

Photo Credit: Jen Squires

Toronto, ON-based indie-soul artist, APHROSE a.k.a. Joanna Mohammed recently released her new single, “Move On”. The single is produced by Scott McCannell and is an empowering love song that breaks barriers and frees us from our own limitations. Give the song a listen below and find out more about this talented Canadian artist via our Five Questons With segment.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

Hello Canadian Beats! My name is Aphrose and I am a Toronto based soul artist.

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.

My music is a blend of genres that have inspired me throughout my life; it’s 60s Soul meets 90s R&B. I grew up listening to a wide array of musical genres as a child, from Motown and Gospel to Soca and Reggae, to Country and Disco and though these genres of music are sonically so different from one another, one of the unifying factors is strong songwriting. I’ve always been a sucker for a good chorus! I like to write sitting behind a piano. I’ll play around with a chord progression and then start singing a melody on top. Sometimes words might come to me first and from there, I further expand. But 95% of my songs have come from the keys/voice approach.

Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?

Why yes, I do! I am the opening act for Soul Night, which is happening on February 23/18 at Lee’s Palace. This night features myself and two other phenomenal Toronto soul/funk bands: Yuka & Gold Complex. Performing live is where I feel most in my element. I love welcoming the audience into my world and making sure they feel loved and comfortable while I’m singing to them. It is an energy exchange. I love experimenting with the melodies, seeing what happens in the moment-almost a jazz-like approach- and I feel that always makes each show unique.

If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?

I would suggest ‘Move On’, which is my latest single.

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?

I love this question because there are SO many amazing Canadian artists out there:

Francois Klark, Daniel Caesar, Lydia Persaud, Yuka, Elktrk, Tanika Charles, Michelle Willis, Tika, Alessia Cara, River Tiber. Honestly, there is so much awesome Canadian talent, it’s hard to remember everyone!

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