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Yo Trane Talks "Alone", Romanticism, & 'Waves in The Moonlight'

Born in Central Africa but raised in Paris, Yo Trane is a fascinating R&B artist, to say the least. With past works like Late Night Drive garnering major attention, we’re anxiously awaiting the arrival of his latest project, Waves in the Moonlight. Who doesn’t want some fresh slow jams in their life?

MILK.XYZ chatted with Trane about the romantic inspiration for his new single “Alone”, and what we can expect to hear on Waves in the Moonlight, arriving later this year. Check out the interview below.

Tell us about the new single. Where did you draw inspiration from?

Well I got my inspiration from that old movie “Breakin’ All The Rules” starring Jamie Foxx and Gabrielle Union. The two characters met at a bar or something and instantly match and catch a good vibe together. But she already had a man which made the situation pretty complicated… Honestly, love is a feeling that’s very hard to describe but I believe in it though. Love at first sight etc.. I’m into all that romantic stuff. And when it happens to you, you just can’t control it. That’s what I talked about on that new single.

What can we expect from Waves in the Moonlight? How is it different from past works?

Waves in the moonlight easily sounds better and harder than my first project. It’s more mature and also edgier. I’m still exploring and learning about myself as an artist so there’ll be different styles, vibes and flows, on this one. Just wait on it. I’m really excited to release something new for the fans who’ve been supporting me since day one.

Can you talk a bit about your African and French influences?

I grew up listening to African popular music, Afro-Zouk and Ndombolo music. That’s what my mom would play at home when I was a kid. Pierre Akendengué and Oliver Ngoma are my favorite artists and inspirations from Gabon where I was born. I also like Koffi Olomide and Werrason, they’re Congolese artists and straight legends in Africa.

I spent most of my life in France so it has definitely influenced my style. I dress casually, I wear darker clothes, no bright and flashy clothes because it’s not the thing out here. I like fashion though. I like French brands of course. [Laughs] Hermes, Chanel, Dior etc but it doesn’t always have to be expensive designer clothes, it’s not really what matters to me. I just love to wear something fresh.

You mentioned listening to Michael Jackson, Prince, Tupac, etc. What was it about those artists that spoke to you? What artists are you currently listening to?

Their attitude, the work, passion, and dedication they’d put into their music and craft. They really knew how to captivate your attention. Also their lyrics spoke to me on many levels. Lately I’ve been listening to Sabrina Claudio, H.E.R, SZA, Rihanna as well, I love listening to female singers, they sound smoother. I also listen to a lot of rap music. Kendrick Lamar, Asap Rocky, 21 Savage, and Future been on repeat.

Any upcoming tour dates/ shows you’re looking forward to? Cities you want to explore?

It’s just a matter of time before I start performing. It’s coming soon. I have to focus on the project release first you know. I’d love to go to Toronto, even though I can’t stand the cold. [Laughs] San Diego and Vegas sound really dope too.

Images courtesy of Yo Trane

Stay tuned to Milk for more fresh French vibes.

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