We had the good fortune of connecting with SLM and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi SLM, what role has risk played in your life or career?

I think that risks are something that are a part of your everyday life. Every day is an opportunity to be faced with new choices which will lead to different outcomes.

Everything is like math. Listening to your inner voice will help you take calculated risks in order to reach your desired outcome. Risk-taking has played a big role in my life – what differentiates my risks from the average person’s is that my career path is one that is typically seen as a bit unconventional or unattainable, depending on who you’re talking to.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I launched my music career in the middle of the pandemic. So that alone, sets me apart from most! Completely independent, built my team, my sound, my visuals, and all of that from the ground up. Every idea just snowballed and was made more fruitful by all the hands I had on deck to help me make Frosty the Snowman – my ice cold album, the Complete Flex Season. I’m actually surprised every day at how harmoniously it all came together. From the time I had the idea to create the album in March of 2020 while I was finishing my degree in Business Management/Marketing in College, the universe really synced it all up perfectly to ensure that that idea could be executed. I had met an amazing group of people – Sauce, Gaby, Dada, Elie, Noah, Rachel, Ben – through Wells, who set up the introduction after meeting him at my friend Kiara’s open mic night on a whim in December 2019 or January 2020 – I can’t remember honestly. I met with my friend turned manager Aimee Tian right before the pandemic hit and she got involved in the process of marketing the project after it was all packaged up and ready to go. It was challenging to navigate making the album because obviously, we weren’t supposed to be doing anything outside our homes during the peak of the pandemic. And living with my mom and grandparents who were rightfully fearful for their health, I had to do what I needed to do for my career while also taking their comfort and livelihoods into account. I would say that was the toughest part, although they were mad supportive of my endeavours. I’ve learned the importance of patience, compassion, hard work and the value of teamwork as I’ve ventured down this path. All of those things with myself but especially with the people I was working with because, the music and lyrics are simple but the production of beats, energy in the studio, rides to and from the studio (before I got a car lol), shoulders to cry on when it got tough, creative help with videos and rollouts, videography, cinematography, makeup, styling, etc. is really what keep the ship sailing. My team and I are at the early stages of mechanics, building up to becoming a very well-oiled machine and I couldn’t ask for better people to have around me through this journey. I love them very much. I want everyone to know I would be nothing without the people around me and to never be ashamed to ask for or seek help. The wisest people in the world know they’re nothing without the people around them, who keep the synergy of life and its various cycles alive. I’m extremely blessed and eternally grateful to God for instilling all of this in me – and for my mom, my sisters, my family & friends for rocking with me 4.L.T.D.D.U.P. (4 Life Till Death Do Us Part)!

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend was visiting Montreal, I would recommend they come in the summer, first of all because our winters are not cute. I would definitely take them to hike the mountain and see the lookout at Mont-Royal because its a great workout with a great reward at the end. I would take them to Sarah’s Cuisine Creole for food cause that’s deadass my favourite restaurant in the city, shoutout to them! I would take them to walk Ste-Catherine because that’s just an experience that everyone who comes here has to have, especially in the summertime. I would take them to Ceramic Cafe to talk and paint some cute shit – cups, vases, plates, jewelry boxes, you name it, they got it, you could paint it – its so fun there. I would take them to Angrignon park for a barbecue with my family because one thing we sure know how to do is cook, turn up and make everyone feel like family. I would take them on a drive up north to a chalet because I love nature, minus mosquitoes, and the Laurentians are just beautiful scenery-wise to kick back and relax. I would take them to a concert if there was one going on, and I would definitely take them to multiple bars/clubs, most notably Loic because I love it there, Ecole Privee on St-Laurent and the Farsides in Old Port. That’s my ideal weekend!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Andale, Angela, Lewis, Asdale, Latoya, Bucky, Tylan, Mikaylee, Kimona, Tayah, Yas, Logann, Mallika, Soumiyah, Eshai, Makari, Nate, Sabrina, Andrea, 1240 NEW YORKKK, Wells, Sauce, Gaby, Dada, Elie, Bryce, Aimee, Kate, B, Q, all of my friends – Mya, Kid, Unyque, Lea, Maycie, Leah, Maliyah, The Cash Lash Team, Vish, Quincy, Shem, Fred, Shayne, Joel – Francesca, myself, etc. etc. etc. Y’all have all played a huge role in my success story and deserve all the love and praise, in all capacities. Seen and unseen, y’all have continuously poured love and support into me which has lead me to be so fruitful in such a short amount of time. Thank you for trusting me. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for guiding me. Thank you for growing with me. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. THE REAL GOATS OF THIS SH*T!!!

Website: www.slm-music.com

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Image Credits
Zach Phan, Media by Jam

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