You know what they say: “It’s never too late to be creative.”
It seems that for every great pop star, there are dozens of lesser-known artists whose songs, lyrics, and artistry have inspired millions.
We asked a few of these artists, including Yank, Alana Shakes, and the Roots, to tell us about their inspirations and the art of being creative in 2016.
“I can’t imagine not being creative,” Yank said.
“It seems that everyone is in their own way.
I can’t see it not being.
I just don’t want to go back to my old ways.”
Alana Shaked has a lot to say about the creative process, including the art and craft of collaboration, the joy of writing, and how she approaches her art and music.
“Writing is about finding something, and you are not going to find it if you don’t ask,” she said.
Shaked also shared her thoughts on how her writing has evolved since her first album, The Roots’ A Song for Alana.
“You know how when you’re in a dark room and you’re just alone, you feel a bit lonely and you can’t really do anything about it?” she said, noting that she has a “really hard time writing poetry because it’s so different.
It’s so emotional.
I have a really hard time dealing with the emotional side of things, but I can write poetry.”
Alane Shakes is a singer-songwriter, poet, and musician.
Her music includes songs like “Mountain Goats,” “The Biggest Loser,” “No Fun,” and “Lucky,” which is about a man who finds his passion in music.
Shakes’ music has also inspired artists including the Roots and M.I.A. The songwriting and lyrics of her latest album, Songs, have also inspired countless artists and fans around the world.
“It was something I wanted to do for years, but it just didn’t work out the way I wanted,” she told New York.com.
“And I’ve had the opportunity to do a lot of different things, like work with Kanye West and a bunch of artists, but the writing itself was not something I was into.
I wanted something more personal, so I thought I would make it something where it would work for me, and I did.”
Shakes has also said that she feels like a part of a movement of people, and she sees herself as part of that movement.
“There’s a lot that we are creating now that has to do with the ideas and philosophies that are coming out of hip-hop and beyond, and they are all coming from a place of love, a place that is a little bit of love and a little more than love,” she explained.
“The idea of love is the most powerful thing that we have, and we need to be able to express it in the most creative way possible.
So, if you love something and you do it with love, it is going to get you where you want to be.”
Shakers recently released her new album, Alane Shakers, which she said is “a journey through love.”
Shakes also spoke to New York about her upcoming tour, which is set to take her through some of the world’s most amazing landscapes.
“We’re going to take this tour across the United States, from Alaska to California and all over the world,” she shared.
“But we’re also going to go to the Middle East, and then we’re going on a tour around the globe.
So we’re really looking forward to seeing the world.”
Check out the full interview with Alana and Alane below.