As Aloe Blacc sat down sporting a velvet jacket, leather shoes and fedora, Damon Scott deemed him a “refined artist” and said he brought “gravitas” to the show.
Aloe, who is currently best known for his soulful vocal on Avicii’s “Wake Me Up,” beamed with pride as he immediately spoke about his five-and-a-half month old daughter, Mandela. “Life is good, I’m happy,” he said. “Excited for the moment.”
On working with Avicii and Incubus’ Mike Einziger on “Wake Me Up,” Aloe said he brought the strongest lyrics that he could and described the experience as an “awesome opportunity.” As a young hip-hop fan, Aloe admired early hip hop groups such as De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest. He also considers Smokey Robinson a legend.
Aloe’s own album Lift Your Spirit is due in March and he’ll be hitting the road with Bruno Mars. His goal is to someday make it into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
But what made Aloe rethink the gravitas? Damon, of course.
–Lisa Gold, 96.5TIC