Pop singer Phobez Apollo, a trained vocalist and dancer from Chicago, has recently released his debut single ‘Coming Back To You’, a song he describes as one with “a rage of electric passion and fury”. ‘Coming Back To You’ is currently available on iTunes and Spotify; we had the chance to chat with Phobez Apollo earlier this week. Enjoy our interview with him below.
Could you tell us a bit about your background? When did you begin writing and performing?
“My name is Phobez Apollo. I was born and raised in Chicago and I am a pop singer-songwriter. I think music has always had a great influence on me as a person in general. I remember growing up watching Justin Timberlake and Beyoncé at a very young age. I knew I wanted to be a dynamic performer; singing and dancing was always a part of me, it almost defined me. However, I did not begin to write music until I was about ten years old and eventually that also became natural to me.”
What is it like living in Chicago, Illinois? What has been your experience with the music scenes of Chicago?
“Chicago provided me with the correct atmosphere to begin my career. The city itself never ceases to inspire me. Although Chicago is incredibly hip-hop driven, I do find the music scene to be quite talented and diverse. Chicago has also has been very receptive to my music and I am very grateful for the support I have been given.”
What life experiences and events led to the writing and recording of your debut single ‘Coming Back To You’? What has reception to the single’s release been like so far?
“‘Coming Back to You’ is a very emotional song. Although the song is upbeat, it is sad (lyrically). ‘Coming Back to You’ is about a relationship I was in that never seemed to work, however escaping it was damn near impossible. When I wrote the song, I was actually very embarrassed to write about an addiction to a relationship that was so tragic and inescapable. Being my debut single, I had no idea how the song would relate to others and it ended up being quite relatable to my audience. It was very interesting to hear how people interpreted the piece, some relating it to love or drug addictions, or even a fight within one’s self.”
What was it like filming the music video for your new single?
“Filming the music video was exciting. I actually filmed the video multiple times. I wanted the video to only star myself. There was no cliché pop music video with dancers and flashy fireworks. I wanted to focus on creating a character that was lonely and distraught. I was very happy with the crew that helped me put the video together and the many different designers that sent me pieces to use. I learned so much and the overall experience was indescribable.”
You’ve described what you offer as an artist as being unheard of in pop music today; could you elaborate on this claim?
“I think the claim that I offer something unheard of (artistry-wise) in today’s music world is one hundred percent true. I grew up in a time when pop music was seen as art, when Michael Jackson and Prince were creating music that made the world think. I feel like that time is almost lost. We do not live in a time where people care for art, and I aspire to bring that back. I want to make the world think about what I create. Not everything I do will be understood, but I am offering everything an artist should. I am a true visual artist. I wear my art, I write my own art, and I perform my art. I do not strive to be a pop star; I am looking to have a bigger impact on the music world and become an icon.”
Could you describe what a typical Phobez Apollo show looks and sounds like?
“I started my career in the Fashion District of Chicago and I learned there is more to me than just my music. I choose to wear clothing that correlates with my artistry. However, every piece that is gifted to me or that I wear, I know where it came from and the significance behind its creation. My shows are high-energy, upbeat, and theatric. I take great pride in performing. I do not accept anything but a thousand percent onstage. Despite the rigorous dance routines, I do sing live. My concerts are giant dance parties. I try to make sure a Phobez Apollo show entertains all (types of) listeners, from country to hip-hop.”
What can we expect from you in the near future? What are some of your goals?
“I am currently finishing my first project. I am still tweaking a few pieces, but the second single should be released soon, along with another music video. I love to create music; being in the studio is relaxing. As far as short-term goals go: I hope to soon release my first project to grab the eye of a major record label. As far as long-term goals are concerned, I will not be happy with my career until I can be considered one of the greatest pop legends of all time.”