Mergui is a rising star on the music scene. His innovative fusion of R&B, soul, hip hop and more make his music the perfect soundtrack for any situation. His vibrant and visionary sound has earned him legions of devoted fans, and his passion for creating music shines through in every single track he produces. Mergui’s lyrical content is always fresh and captivating, telling stories that speak to a wide range of issues in our contemporary world. His infectious music has been featured in various films, and his live performances are truly awe-inspiring. With his ever-growing fan base, Mergui is sure to be a buzzing name in the music industry for many years to come.
Head below to find out more about Mergui’s cross-genre sound…
Hey Mergui! Where are we speaking to you from?
Hi! I’m in New York right now, prepping for my first international show!
What’s the first thing you thought about this morning?
First, I thought about how I need to pick a new alarm sound on my phone. Then I thought about how crazy it is that a year ago I didn’t even have my first English single out, and now I’m getting ready to perform for my fans in New York!
What songs are on your current rotation right now?
I’ve been getting back into The Beatles lately, I just listened to Abbey Road again for the first time in a while.
Congratulations on your new EP “Dark Side of the Rainbow”! Can you talk us through your writing process for it?
Thank you so much! This EP is so close to my heart because it talks about the last few years of my life. For a long time, I was writing from my subconscious and what I felt. I think I wrote around 50-60 songs, and then I picked the layers that I thought best told the story.
It’s an intriguing title, how did you come up with it?
I knew exactly what I wanted the title to convey, but I didn’t have the right metaphor. When this title came to me, I knew right away it was the one. For a long time, everyone else saw my life as a rainbow, and in this EP, I’m presenting the dark side of it. I let myself be very vulnerable and share the moments and emotions that I never showed.
Was there a defining moment when you realised you wanted to make music?
I grew up in a very musical house, my mom is a professional singer, and my dad used to make music as well. I had a little studio in my room with a piano, I was always playing around and making music, so there wasn’t a defining moment where I knew I was going to do it, but it was always there.
Do you remember the first song you ever wrote? Did you play it for anyone?
It was something about clouds–I never played it for anyone, and I’m not sure I even remember it. I think I lost it, which is not a bad thing, lol.
We’ve heard that you’ve been playing your first shows in the US. What’s the best thing about performing live?
I get to see my fans face to face. The most exciting thing ever is to see people singing along to my songs, especially my new songs. Seeing people sing along for the first time is crazy!
Do you have any advice for young artists trying to make it?
Stay true to yourself, don’t try to be someone else. I feel like with social media today, a lot of people are trying to mimic the people around them instead of telling their story. There’s nothing more unique than your story.
And finally, what’s next for you? Is there a certain goal that you’re working towards in the future?
I have so many things I want to achieve in 2023, but I’m most excited to keep performing. I have a lot of new songs on the way, and I can’t wait to share them with everyone!