Exclusive Interview with Ciré 

What was it like growing up in New Orleans?

Growing up in New Orleans was a lot of fun, but it was challenging. My early years were shielded with motherly love and close family. I grew up in some of the toughest neighborhoods in New Orleans. I watched my parents struggle to survive day to day. Spending my summers with my father who was an active musician around town and abroad, added a level of excitement that I grew attached to, and soon I began to love it. That excitement introduced me to the lifestyle of the entertainment world. As I grew older, I met friends who shared the same interest as me, and that was listening to lots of music and plenty of jam sessions.

You said your father has a background in music. Was he delighted to see your interest in music at such an early age?

Absolutely! My dad was a hard-working musician. What I remember most about watching him practice and perform, is that he loved being a musician. He loved performing, writing, and producing. So I guess to my dad, it was like seeing himself reborn again.

Since you were acquainted with music at an early age, what kind of music were you into as a teenager?

I grew up listening to jazz, funk, gospel, and r&b. So in my teen years, these were my favorite types of music.

Was your music taste more widespread than the typical teens?

I thought so because I would often listen to music of other cultures. 

What instruments do you play?

My primary instrument is Piano, but I dibble and dabble with a little bass guitar and drums.

Were you in any bands early on? 

After high school, I was a member of a band called Silhouette, where I learned a lot about the basics of being a performing artist. 

What is your song creation process?

To be honest, I don’t have a formula for creating. My process of creation varies, depending on the song. I first have to be inspired by something and then I try to recreate that emotion. Most of the time, I would start off with laying a drum foundation that I can feel deep inside, and then I seek out various melodies and synth patterns to support that emotion.

Do you do collaborations with other musicians often?

By all means. I love to collaborate with other musicians. Music is a universal language. What better way to learn a language than to collaborate with others who understand it?

Do you perform live often? 

Yes. I perform as often as I can. 

Tell us about your latest project.

My latest project is entitled “Integrated Compositions.” It is a fusion of jazz, hip-hop, funk, r&b, and soul music all wrapped up into one package. On this project, I was blessed to work with some extraordinary artists and musicians. 

What can we expect from you in the future? 

In the immediate future, you can expect me to brand a new sound that will re-energize hip-hop, r&b, and contemporary jazz. You can expect unlimited soulful productions, each with my own signature sound. You can also expect collaborations with some of the top entertainers in the industry.