Mashonda stays loyal to her fans, bringing them another smooth project.
HHW:How long have you been working on your album?
Mashonda: I officially started work on the album in January of this year. The album is called Mashonda Loyal.
Where’s your favorite place to record, and why?
I love the Los Angeles and Atlanta vibe. New York is so full of energy that it can sometimes take the life outta you. When I record, I like to be in a very serene state of mind.
What type of vibe do you like while working in the studio?
I like it dark. I like to feel like I’m in there alone. I dance and act as if I’m shooting a video. The vibe has to be natural; a few candles, and the studio has to be neat and clean.
What are a few must-haves at your sessions?
Bottled water, tea & honey, good headphones and an experienced engineer. A bad engineer will ruin the whole experience.
How did you come up with the album title?
It represents who I truly am, and my rebirth.
How do you know or determine that you’ve had a successful session?
If I leave the studio with a fully recorded song that still sounds great the next day.
Who are some of the producers you worked with on the album, as well any features?
Mike City, K-Mack, and going in soon with Raphael Saadiq. It was important for me to work with established producers, and give new, up-and-coming producers a shot.
If there’s one thing you want people to know about Mashonda, what is it?
I’ve been through and seen a lot in my life. I’m resilient, loyal, and I maintain positivity. I bounce back hard and will always stand for what’s right.
On your last album, January Joy, you gave us songs like “Hold Me,” featuring Kanye West, and “Blackout,” featuring Snoop Dog. What can we expect from Mashonda Loyal?
January Joy was great for where I was in my life at the time. This time around, I have more experience and more to talk about. It’s less trendy, a little more mature, and you’ll hear less features. The new EP will be soulful, emotional, and something everyone can relate to. I wanna get into people’s minds, talk to them, and take them through a journey.
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