Saniyah X is a spoken word poet, female emcee, vocalist and songwriter specializing in raw, authentic, positive, healing, therapeutic and spiritual poetry, R&B and Hip Hop. Her work has reached over 320k streams on SoundCloud and collaborations include MRose, 6ellamy, Al Knyght, Flxtch and Black Atticus to name a few.
Saniyah X is an American Artist, Songwriter and Poet who has lived in many locations including North Carolina, Los Angeles, and even Japan before moving to Memphis in 2018 to continue her pursuit of the music that she loves. Growing up in a military family, Saniyah moved around a lot during her childhood which has influenced her unique style, sound & lyrics. What started out as a hobby in slam poetry turned into a career when she joined forces with up & coming artist and best friend, MRose, to release "Worst Drug" on SoundCloud which racked up 150,000+ plays to date. With a new audience tuned in, Saniyah X released "Fragile" shortly after followed by "Runnin". Her debut ep, Wonderland, was released and her first album, "Since September" will be released in the near future. After moving to Los Angeles, she joined Tuffcrowd Entertainment and took her career to another level performing in a number of live poetry shows to include "Don't Change the Channel", "Battle of the Sexes", "Lucky & Justice", "The Best Man music & poetry show", "Top 5 Dead or Alive", "Diary of a Madd Blacc Poet" and most recently "Coming to America". Tuffcrowd has also released a mixtape, THE ERA. Saniyah X has been featured as a poet for All Def Digital and All Def Poetry and has performed at a number of events and shows, including Da Poetry Lounge, Miss Diddy's Master Class and Taste of Soul.
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Interview with Saniyah X
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm always working on something! Currently I am working on a 10 track project called Since September and open to collaborations with other artists. I am also writing a mini series that I'm excited to start filming.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The thing I enjoy most is the connection I make with people. Whether someone is inspired and relates to something that I've written or they are compelled to network and reach out, I love being able to swap war stories, battle scars and potential for the future.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I don't have one set way of making a song. Sometimes I take a day to write, a day to record and a day to mix and master. Other times, I can do all 3 in one day. It really depends on how much time I have in the studio, how prepared I am walking in and how inspired I am by the music/topic.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work out of Crosstown Concourse in Memphis, TN. I most frequently record on Logic Pro but I also have access to Pro Tools, Adobe Suite and Garageband
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am inspired by Michael Jackson, Missy Elliott, Pharrell Williams, Kanye West, Childish Gambino, J Cole, Chance the Rapper, Justin Timberlake, Wondergirl, Gym Class Heroes, H.E.R., Daniel Caesar, Syd
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Mickey Shiloh
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What vibe are you going for? What truth is there to the project? What are your expectations of me? Is your creative direction set in stone or are you open to suggestions and opinions?
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I would describe my style as therapy lol a feel-good soul expression.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Childish Gambino because his career has really shown how creative he can get and how his art really has no limits.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't overthink it. Make sure it feels right.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work on Hip Hop, soul and R&B music but I love to experiment and cross genres
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring soul, emotion, passion and authenticity to anything I do.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common type of work I do for my clients is providing vocals, both rapping and singing.