Are & Be | Behind The Music Blog | FirstCom Music

Our latest album from EVO, ‘Are & Be‘ is a collection of sultry, dreamy & chilled out R&B songs. Performed by up and coming artist, hill and produced by Edgar Vargas.

Vocalist hill is a JUNO Nominated Canadian Writer, Producer, and multi-instrumentalist currently living and working in Los Angeles, CA. Her debut album, ‘iamhill’ was released in 2018, climbing viral Spotify playlists such as ‘Young & Free’ and ‘Canada Viral 50’, not to mention being featured on Spotify Canada’s ‘New Music Friday’ playlist three weeks in a row.

We caught up with ‘Are & Be’s writer and producer, Edgar Vargas, to find out more about this sublime collection.

Image of Edgar Vargas, Producer of the album 'Are & Be'

Hi Edgar! Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m a Producer, Songwriter, and Sound Designer based in Los Angeles, CA. I was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela to an Arabic mother and Venezuelan father. My family and I moved to America, when I was 6 years old, in the hopes of conquering the American Dream. My dad is a musician, so he taught me how to play the piano when I was 8 years old and I never did anything else. I lived in Atlanta for 10 years where I learned to produce and write hip-hop and R&B. 

Have you had any big successes so far?

I’ve been working on both major label projects and different sync opportunities recently, having successes in both areas. I actually have a Latin Grammy for my work on the album ‘Sentimientos’ by the band Solido, so that’s definitely something to be proud of.

You worked with the vocalist Hill on this record, can you tell us about how you met and what it was like to work together?

I met Hill through some mutual friends in the studio. When I heard her voice, I knew I had to work on something with her. When I was brought on for this project, I knew she was the perfect fit.

What are the main influences behind the new album, Are & Be?

I’ve been loving a lot of R&B recently. Everything from HER to Frank Ocean. But my R&B roots go way back, I grew up as a super fan of Musiq Soulchild because he was from Philly. I basically pulled all of these influences together to try and capture the best range of R&B I could create for the album.

Finally, can you tell us about your favorite track on the album?

My favorite track is ‘Exposure’ because it’s so soulful.  I think it’s the perfect blend of urban groove and smooth chill vibes we were going for with this project.

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