Emerging poet & singer-songwriter Slonely Poet talks influences, most meaningful song and what led her to start writing poetry

Every artist has a story behind their journey. What led you to becoming a poet?

As long as I remember I loved writing not so much reading I wasn’t a fan of that but I remember having tons and tons of songs and short stories written in my books. And it also helped me to say on the paper what I couldn’t say out loud and it really helps when you have so much going on in your head. So one day I just thought about starting an Instagram page and I didn’t know what name should I use, I changed like 4 usernames before finally coming to the name I’m using Slonely Poet.

It’s random no one uses it and I just loved it, plain and simple.

How would you describe your work and your influences?

I’d describe my work as passionate and funny something people my age would love to read and also relate too. My influences are or definitely is my past life my childhood, decisions I’ve made and what I went through. I love to write about things I’ve experienced and also share a light on the problems young people like me are facing, like struggling in self-love, self-doubt finding the right partner and writing and reading can honestly help that a lot.

Which pieces are you most proud of, and why?

I’m most proud of my latest book called “Athlete Of Heaven” it’s actually my third book and everything I’ve wrote in it is something I could relate. Also in my music I would say I have two favourite songs and those are ‘Crying Alone’ and ‘Behind Closed Doors’.

In your opinion what qualities and skills should a good poet have?

I think anyone that went through something and has a passion about writing could be a good poet. Poetry is literally in everything we do, I could just look at a weird tree and thing of a million poems or quotes to write.

What inspired you to begin a career in music?

I was always a shy girl, never really talked much or shared much especially my music. I’ve always loved to sing even thought I might not be the best at it but it something I could never go without. And the fact people told me to “SHUT UP YOU ARE NO GOOD” multiple times it just made my passion for it even stronger. I first Published a song back in 2019 and everyone loved my song so I said why not continue so I did and I keep making and writing music and nothing is going to stop me.

Throughout your musical career, have you experienced any ‘wow’ moments? Those moments that you stop to reflect and can’t believe you are where you are?

I can’t think of anything in particular, but the fact that it made me more comfortable in doing my own thing it made me stronger and more confident to not think about what people might’ve said. I only care about how it makes me feel and for now that is good enough for me.

In your own opinion, what is the most meaningful song you wrote? What makes you say that one?

I would say ‘Living In The Moment’ I actually wrote that when Kobe Bryant passed away, but looking at it now it actually really relates to the situation that’s going on in the world right now and the song is basically about living in the moment you are in because you never know what tomorrow holds so you should make the best of every second.

What personal advice would you give to someone wanting to pursue this career?

My advice would be, do what you love to do, and love what you do that’s the most important thing don’t listen to other people some might like you some might not but all that matters is how you feel when you writing, recording, singing. So if you want to do it, then do it. Don’t let anyone stop you from doing what’s in your heart and what you love.

What does the foreseeable future hold for you as an artist?

I just really want to inspire people with my work and give them strength to pursue what they love to do.

Anything else you would like to add?

I would like to thank you for this interview it means a lot and I hope it might open eyes to people that are too scared of coming out of their shelves. Thank You.

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