Five Questions With M.Y.A WRITER

Toronto, ON-based rapper and songwriter, M.Y.A. WRITER has released his debut double-track, “WORLDISAMESS (ANGEL)” and “WORLDISAMESS (DEMON)”.

The multiple versions of the single signify the different paths of life we can take, the Toronto-based artist explains.

“The world is a mess, and how we react to it going forward will reveal a lot about us,” he adds. “Feelings like anger, sadness, and heartbreak are valid, but so too is
acceptance and making peace with our reality for the sake of progress.

This is why my first single has two versions: To tell this story, the one we’re all still writing together.”

Although a keen ear can tell the lyrics are mostly similar for “WORLDISAMESS (Angel)” and “WORLDISAMESS (Demon),” there are slight, subtle deviations at different parts; the main difference in both tracks is the sound with the “Angel” version a naturally light-hearted, acoustic song, while “Demon” plays rougher as a more rock-type take on the track.

“The multiple versions represent the multiple paths one can take on the journey of life. It will be an interesting task for fans to spot all the differences!”

Check out both tracks below and find out more about M.Y.A. WRITER via our Five Questions With segment.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

Hey, I’m M.Y.A Writer, full name Mohammed Yousuf Ahmadi, and I make utterly bizarre and awesome music ;). I started my journey as a senior Physics student doing his capstone project and wondering, “What would it look like if I just chased my passions?”, so I did! Despite coming from a poor background, I knew I would regret it if I lived life only to “not be poor”. Even back then I knew that wealth of spirit and material wealth were two completely separate things, so I decided to dedicate these years to chasing the former. I’m also a writer and poet, you can find some samples of my writing on my Instagram!

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.

I write about the poor, the sick, myself, and my journey, and sometimes I write music in the perspective of fictional characters imagining how they would feel in certain scenarios.  I also write music mostly about the issues people of colour and other vulnerable demographics face, especially in the current political climate. You can call my writing style “purely inspirational”, lyrics and melodies simply pop up in my head like writing characters to life on a page, it could be a catchy phrase that transforms into a whole song or story, or a whole verse sung in the shower. Music just comes to me and I can’t wait to share all of it in the collection of songs I’m currently working on (keep your eyes posted for October).

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

I’ve only recently begun my music career but I’ve busked a few times before (while wearing a mask of course). Despite it being cliche, I really give a raw and earnest performance, and the audiences I’ve performed for really feel it. My music is loud, catchy, and each song is supremely different. You really get a performance of colour when I’m out there!

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

It would have to be one of my unreleased songs, currently, it would be between Dead On Arrival and 6oyinthe6ix, but I also really like Undeniable. Choosing between your darlings is difficult! Out of the two versions of my debut single, I would recommend audiences listen to the DEMON version, I believe it sounds the most different and has a very different kind of energy you rarely hear on the radio or in the Hip hop scene.

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

All-time favourite Canadian Artist would have to be Drake, hands down. Other popular favourites include Weeknd, Nav, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Justin Beiber, Roy Woods, Belly, and my current indie favourites are: Jane’s Party, Ice Cream, and Cleopatrick.

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