One term that is often overused is the term melting pot. After listening to just about every single song that artist Sainvil has released to the public, that is the word that is stuck in my head. Sainvil has a sound that the world hasn’t heard before, from the melodic cadences to the unorthodox interludes. The Haitian and soul influence puts a unique stamp on his records. This, mixed with his lyrical ability to capture moments on his records, is simply remarkable.
I was allowed to speak with Sainvil on his career and some of the artistic choices on his project They’re All Goblins. He also talks about what it was like creating “Too Many Times” with Yung Baby Tate. Check out the interview down below!
Where are you from? And does that specific culture have any influence on your music?
Sainvil: I am from Little Haiti, Miami, Florida. It’s like a place heavily concentrated with Haitians and Haitian culture. Haitian people are very rhythmic and musically cultured; we use synths and other instruments uniquely. We even have a style of music (Kompa) which is a hip to hip style of dance. This affected my delivery, cadences, the type of instrumentation I use for my music, and the pockets I choose to put my voice in.
How does it feel being one of the only R&B artist on the Alamo Records roster?
Sainvil: It’s a very unorthodox label. This gives me the freedom to create what I want to create. Even though I feel like I’m the most R&B artist on there, I feel like my music isn’t wholly R&B. I am happy that they aren’t just trying to keep me in one lane. It’s pretty cool being there; I have a dope a&r out there that helps me out a lot. Other than that, I can’t complain.
You have a lot of great features like Westside Boogie, Melii and even Yung Baby Tate. When working with those artist, what type of things do they pull out of you as a artist?
Sainvil: I just started doing features after the pandemic, so I haven’t been able to sit in the room with them and record, but one thing that I know about every person I have a collab with is that they only get on stuff that they like. So I’m just honored that they want the music. Westside Boogie is one of my favorite rappers, and to be on a song with him about our people (“Boxed In”) is crazy to me, just phenomenal. And when it comes to Melii and especially Yung Baby Tate, I love making music with women. I feel like my best songs are the songs that feature women because those are the songs I care about the most.
Creating high quality melodic and rhythmic music can be difficult. How do you curate the vibe/mood that you give off on your records?
Sainvil: I don’t write. I just go in the studio and feel. I work with the same producers over and over again. The four of us lock into the room and create all of the time. For the most part, it’s fun and a therapy session. We get in there, joke, say horrible things to each other, laugh about it, and then start venting. And whatever we vent about usually finds its way into the music and the lyrics.
Could you talk a little about what went into the song and video “Too Many Times” featuring Yung Baby Tate on the project They’re All Goblins?
Sainvil: It was basically about us being honest with ourselves and saying the women got it. I come from a background with strong women. My mom raised me as a single parent. She’s my mom and pops. So I just had a special honor for women. So basically, the song was me saying, you’ll get it, just be nice to me.
You have three interludes on this project, could tell me when you choose to do this?
Sainvil: We wanted to carry the narrative and get the message across. The entire statement of the project is true to self, no matter what that is. One of the things that I hate the most is when we say we are not friendly in the hood. I feel like that is so counterproductive to being a human, like why aren’t you close. That is such a goblin trait against us because we should all get along and love each other. The interludes help push that point across.
What’s next for Sainvil?
Honestly, I want to, of course, make more music, but I also want to get into acting. I’m in Los Angeles now, and I want to take advantage of every opportunity that comes to me. And even more music; I want to create music on topics that are big to myself and what I feel like people can grow from. Besides that, I want to make more art and add more substance to the playing field.
Sainvil is an artist to look out for. Down below, you can stream They’re All Goblins!