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Cementing his own course on the highways and byways of R&B, Siergio, is coming at the industry full force. Divulging his inner most transgressions and regrets, "This Will Hurt" is an anecdotal body of work that is indicative of a man rife with pure emotion. Unwavering in the expression of his own personal forays in love and love loss, the Chicago bred crooner crafts a sensual storytelling experience for fans, that is equal parts pain and pleasure.

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Friend to the site and fellow CAU Alum, Siergio, took time out - post a momentous birthday gallivant in Miami - to chat with us on the cleansing that is his newly released album, "This Will Hurt", and what the album means to him. He went into detail on how he stacks up to the current wave of singers dominating the airwaves today and the boys club that mainstream male singers have perpetuated. In our conversation Siergio even speaks candidly on how letting go allowed him to unearth the necessary emotion to convey the type of content found here on the album. Rewarded by his stories touching the hearts of the masses, Siergio's musical wherewithal, steadfast songwriting, and heart are the overall stars of the show while our own capacity to relate is the vessel that will carry the album to the greatest of heights. Sitting down with the singer gave us an exclusive look into his mind and the space he was in during the production of the album. Here is what happened when I picked the artist's brain on his new album, Released today (Jan. 19th).


Muse:

Ok, Fool! I've been in my bag about all of the songs that I've heard so far so I know when this joint drops it's going to be a problem! Everyone needs to hear this!

Siergio:

That's the aim! Any musician would want you to feel that way. Especially if it's someone that's your friend. Y'know, We've been friends for so long. So just to have a friend appreciate your art that means that you're doing something a little bit more sincere and a little more personal because they can connect with it. That's what you want music to do.

Muse:

Absolutely! You definitely do. So with that, how would you say this offering of yours is different from your other projects?

Siergio:

I feel like this album has less thought in it and more feeling and more emotion. My music has always been relevant to what's going on in my life. Previously I can say that I've gone back to repaint the lines, dot all the i's and cross all the t's and make sure shit was perfect, but with this it was more about how I feel and letting people know where I was coming from. I know whenever you present any kind of art from a standpoint of what you are actually going through, it shines brighter. It feels better singing it! It feels better creating. Even down to the imagery and the concepts, because you remember the place you were when you were bringing it to life, it just all feels more personal.  

Muse:

That makes perfect sense, and it actually brings me to the next question: The Title "This Will Hurt", What made you name this project something so distinctive and specific?

Siergio:

I ran back and forth with my executive producer and art director, RK, about this title. We had a genuinely open dialogue about every single song on here and he actually came up with the title because I was telling him how painful it was to go through with making some of the songs. It hurt for me to make the decision to close this chapter in my life. For anyone that may have inspired the songs, I know it will hurt them to hear that I felt this way. Anytime you end or start something in life it can be painful in ways so I wanted you to hear the rollercoaster of that. The Epiphany of "This Will Hurt" connected to the songs so much because it captured just how tough the process and purge of emotion was.

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Muse:

It completely came across like that. You already know that I am a different type of listener than the average music head bear. I judge most songs based on how involved they make me get. If you can make me feel like I'm in the situation that you're singing about, or I've been there, when I really haven't - that's a good song. In listening to the music so far I was just engulfed and thinking to myself "I don't know who my man is talking about but I'M THERE! I can see it". And I think that's super important that you did that especially for newer fans that don't know you just yet, that transparency is a draw in that will make them want to know more about you now that this is coming out.

Siergio:

I hope they do! I'll say this, I'm big into the zodiac and how it pertains to human behavior and the hardest thing about being a Capricorn is being genuine.

Muse:

OH GOD!

Siergio:

*chuckles* When I say genuine I mean being open and expressing how we really feel. We have a way of going around saying "this is what is going on with me" and we act like there is never an issue but you know what? Sometimes I do go through shit, sometimes everything is not ok. Sometimes I go through really mannish things like someone tonight, tomorrow, and someone else on Thursday. That's just what it is. So I'm glad you're saying that you felt that way from the music because I want the audience to know that.

Muse:

If they don't then they're not listening hard enough. Like I said, the point you are trying to get across is evident. I can tell that you gave pieces of yourself in each of the songs.

Siergio:

It was so very cathartic for me. I know you notice the usage of blues and everything in the artwork. I purposely was showing how cleansing it all was for me. All of the imagery shows a cleanse in my life from letting go of a lot that I didn't even know I was holding on to. In relationships you hold on to things that were there before and the blue represents letting all of that go. Sitting in the studio and freestyling lyrics to the tracks on this album felt like a whole new wave for me.

Muse:

Speaking of new waves, how do you feel you are differentiating yourself from the other male singers that are currently out? From a male R&B point of view I think a lot of what is popular is monotonous - everyone is on a "Wave" or working with the same producer, or just talking about the same shit. So how are you stacking yourself up? Where would you say that you come in?

Siergio:

The best way to describe it is that I just don't care. Hopefully I can say anything I want in this interview!

Muse:

Duh, you know I don't give a fuck.

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Siergio:

Well yeah, I think the biggest thing for me as an R&B artist in 2018 is that I wasn't trying to walk around with my dick out. I wasn't trying to prove anything or brag about who I've fucked or I've done this and I've done that. So much so that I had to ask the people I worked with if this music was too emo, is it too human? And then I realized, NO. Because it's real. You legit wonder if your Ex is thinking about you. You wonder about what's happening on the other side of beds that you used to occupy. Male R&B is supposed to be very genuine and right now it's just not like that. That's part of what will always separate me. I'm honestly not trying to make music that will make you dance. I will always be trying to make you feel. This project was the birth of me being able to speak from a place of how I truly felt. Not caring if it made anyone cry. Not caring if I cried, well, shed one tear haha in the process. I was genuine. I was real. 

Muse:

I can't speak for anyone else but coming from the place of the listener that I am, I enjoy music that makes you look introspectively more so than what is popping. Cause people are not listening to what they should be listening to anyway and that's part of why I appreciate what you are releasing because it's not just more of the same.

"I think the biggest thing for me as an R&B artist in 2018 is that I wasn't trying to walk around with my dick out" 

Siergio:

I really appreciate that, Muse! That means a lot.

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Muse:

So who is Siergio listening to right now? Now that "This Will Hurt" is done and out, who is in heavy rotation when you're not making music? Who are you currently blasting and also who has inspired you?

Siergio:

Thankfully it's all done so I can actually listen to other artist. When I'm creating I can't listen to anyone else's music because I don't want to make their songs. Currently I'm listening to Sabrina Claudio, H.E.R. I like Janine, I've been listening to her a lot too. I've been getting into SiR, and Arin Ray a lot too. I really appreciate what they are bringing to the space. Especially Sabrina. She doesn't seem to try and follow what's out, she just does her own thing. About Time is probably my favorite album of 2017.

Muse:

OH She's my best new artist. If I was the Grammy's she would win. The End. But let me not go on a tangent.

Siergio:

No I get it. It's inspiring to see newer talent doing their thing in new ways. If you look at the Rihanna's and the biggest names they all became THEM by being so fearless. Her styling, her choices, you know she just don't care. I'll always respect. Some of my favorites like Donny Hathaway, Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, Anita Baker, Shit, a bit younger people like Faith Evans, she's one of my favorites just from her arrangements and songwriting. She was one of the first albums I ever had. Of course I love Brandy and I love Monica. Who else? I mean you could honestly just throw them all in a bowl and mix it up to be my ultimate favorite. I love when people last. I would never want to be a here today and gone tomorrow artist. Microwaveable fans tend to listen to microwaveable music and I'm just trying to make sure I don't make no fast food shit. I want you to be able to just now hear about me 5 years from now and say "YO I love that"

Muse:

That's A word! wow! I'm done

Siergio: You know I really appreciate the Man | the Muse because this has been the most genuine interview. I know that the investment is there so thank you for asking me about my music and even having me on here to discuss something that means so much to me.


Siergio's "This Will Hurt" is now available in full on iTunes and all other music outlets. Already hitting the number 1 spot, Make sure to comment, like, support, stream, and get you a piece. I sense major moves being made by this one.

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