Meet Soaky Siren: The Bahamian songstress making waves in the mainstream
Soaky Siren can easily be compared to a warm, misty summer breeze. Through her music, the L.A based Bahamian rapper and singer-songwriter reminds us that she’ll always be an island gyal at heart.
Furthermore, Siren ventures her artistry into different genres. All while showing everyone through dominance that this is her sound alone.
At an earshot, Siren comes loaded with ‘tude in her rhymes. Solely clean with the flows, she polishes it just fine through undeniable confidence. On the other hand, Siren goes into a soft, trancelike note range when facing pop ballads. Harmony becomes her strength in every verse.
Still, her music’s biggest distinction comes from the energy it brings listeners worldwide. Quite honestly, it’s the kind of energy that pulls one in without much effort. In Siren’s words: As long as it’s a wave she’s on it.
“My sound is really stylized and when you hear my music you know it’s me. I’m not partial to one genre either as long as it’s a wave, I’m on it.”
Born and raised in the Bahamas, Soaky Siren tackled her craft head-on at a young age. Moved by her culture’s opulence, even in the hardest of times — Siren decided to get her money’s worth.
But really, it was Siren’s profound love for hip-hop that jump-started her career. As she strategically put the pen to the pad, Siren envisioned a life filled with prominence. The thought of fans bobbing to the rhythm and chanting her lyrics back, brung her happiness.
And so, Siren transitioned from an up-comer to a new-age prodigy in the game. Without delay, she’s released four well-acclaimed singles: “Kombucha,” “Quality,” ft. Bantu “Upside Down,” and her latest song titled “Dope Boys.”
Equally important, Soaky Siren has co-written the hit songs including Jason Derulo’s “Tip Toe,” Chris Brown’s “Body on Me” Pitbull’s “Hey Ma” and more. When asked about her song-writing rhythm with Rita Ora and Camilla Cabello, Siren said she just went hard.
“When it comes to writing for other artists you have to have the output, that way something will eventually land. You definitely have to have the wave but hitting that stride happens when you’ve built that creative muscle by doing it enough times. Thankfully I also have a fire team that has helped me build.”
In songwriting, it’s important for Siren to have the output for every song, that way something will eventually land. To add, Siren says in order to make it, one must have the wave.
If anyone wants to build a rapport, they can’t slack off. Creative muscles are the key to landing onshore. In terms of her music, however, Siren doesn’t go for a theme. It’s more-so based on her current headspace and the production. Then, the song’s concept comes and it begins to evolve on its own.
“Having to chase a theme can make the music feel forced. I like to express in real-time so when I create it’s based on the headspace I’m in and the production. From there the concept comes and the song evolves on its own.”
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Now, Siren’s music is what others call a whole vibe. Between cleansing hoes out her future and keeping it cool (preferably like the ice in her cup), she finds time to remind others what a queen looks like.
Take, for instance, Siren’s debut single “Kombucha.” Here, she came rude but only with good intentions: to weed out all of the snakes. Amid blossoming into the music scene, Siren won’t allow anything (or anyone) to disrupt her peace.
Thus “Kombucha” comes with a well-deserved floss. During an interview with the blog platform Kick Kick Snare, Siren suggests that “Kombucha” should be taken as a feel-good song.
If those listening in have someone negative in their life, Siren encourages to let go and live your “most lit life.” Besides this, “Kombucha” uses a martial arts influenced flute. In progressions, it dares for enemies to test her gangsta.
But Siren’s rhymes go straight for the jugular before they can utter a word. Along with a fear-stricken windpipe is an eerie, dark soundscape. Likewise, the hi-hats become more combative each time they snap. In truth, all the elements in “Kombucha” bring the wrath.
An example of Siren’s tolerance toward B.S comes from this very line:
“Haters throwing too much salt/Bitch why? When you see me dripping all this sauce. Look, I don’t mix up, I don’t talk. I be punching in the clock. Busy working up my way. Out here raising up my stocks/ Fuck what a hater ever thought/Don’t want no smoke, don’t want that spark.”
Withstanding sweat, “Quality” packs light on kinetic refrains, sensuality and Dancehall. Never missing a beat, Siren uses a tick-tock cadence to express how a fine-looking individual has her swoon.
The sound, being her vice to take lead and flaunt off natural beauty. Similarly, “Quality” up’s the tempo with a blaring siren. In unison, futuristic synths fall in the backdrop. Against her waistline lies “Quality’s” ability to keep both lovers on the dance floor. It’s the kind of song that keeps one anticipated for what they’ll hear next.
As Siren says mid-closing “you put in work, you do it well, you ain’t no amateur” listeners begin to think of those they’ve batted eyelids at. Like Siren said to the blog platform, TRIPLEHQ Hip Hop Headquarters “Everyone’s into what they’re into.”
Then, “Upside Down” gives forth a sharp native tongue. She has no boundaries when speaking on self-worth and decides to add a bit more spice by not acting nice.
Not to mention, “Upside Down” is one of those songs that wrote itself. Production-wise, the track throws in a dark steel drum to accompany the siren’s sudden outburst. Some could misconceive it as annoying, but every element noted adds fuel to her fire.
One memorable phrase comes toward the end, Siren says, “Ask me, girl why do you curve me? Night you don’t deserve me. I think you heard me. Queen. I must be sursy.”
Lastly, “Dope Boys” serves as a tale of riches and ruin.
Airy yet euphoric “Dope Boys” is all pop and urban. To get the job done, Siren harmonizes in correspondence. Leaning in, you can hear the rise-and-fall pattern that each note possesses.
With the soundscape, Siren built on the idea of an urban resort. From the outside looking in, the islands seem like paradise. But in the distance, there are real, terrible things happening.
For sure Soaky Siren is on her way to the top and for all the up-and-coming artists looking to break the mainstream, it’s important to carve your own path. Soaky knows this and for the Bahamian artist, being careful about the opportune occasions that come in working with artists that already have a platform is of the utmost importance.
“Everybody has their own path ya know? A lot of mainstream artists had their start way underneath the radar. They just built and built until they got where they are. So, I’m careful about putting that obligation on artists. They have massive platforms so I think the conversation should be about how to use them and get behind important causes.”