For Lèlèman, music is life and life is music.
At the age of 19, he made the move from the Caribbean to Amsterdam in an effort to chase his dreams as an artist. “For me, music is like the tree of life, it was one of the only things in life I felt I was really good at.”, the self-proclaimed island man attests. "It influenced my perception of myself as more than just another kid on the block. In it, I think I did the most growing up I’ve ever had to do in my life; teaching me my strengths and weaknesses and being my biggest cheerleader when no one else is cheering.”
Catching up with him about the album didn't prove hard for us, as Lèlèman had started 2020 with a new sidejob as Cereal & Chill staff member. And as a staff member, his love for cereal is clearly only matched by his love for music. In fact, music was his first love, a motivator, and what gave him a sense of purpose. With songwriting, producing and recording even partly taking place at Cereal & Chill, his newest EP 'Loading' (dropped this week) displays his adaptability and versatility.
Reflecting on the changes since he first moved to Amsterdam - from being an island boy from Bonaire to a self reliant city lover -, his EP is clearly influenced by the rich experiences of this path. Is it a hip-hop album? R&B? Or smooth jazz? Hard to tell, but the mix reminds us of artists such as Masego or Smino. Lyrically, the EP focuses on the brighter sides of the music industry and his personal growth in Amsterdam. “It’s about getting shit done on your own and how I had to really stand up for myself and put in late nights in order to create this.” Loading captures organic moments while recording in his studio and supporting Lèlè's conviction of being more than just a typical dreamer, but a go-getter: moving away from the island with a dream and a passion. The smooth, Pablo Escobar-esque creative direction of the accompanying photo shoot serves to underline this move.
Loading is available on all streaming platforms, and you can follow Lèlèman at https://www.instagram.com/leleman__/ . Share your story with us? Holla at us on insta: @cerealnchill