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'THE FIRST ONES' WITH CEION


Ceion is an R&B artist born and raised in Orlando, Florida, where he currently lives. Ceion’s soulful but modern sound gives the inspiration of Maxwell and D’Angelo. Ceion grew up singing in his family’s church and always had a love and adoration for music but didn’t really pursue it until he graduated high school in 2016 and has grown exponentially from then til now. In 2018 he was a part of the ‘Boys of Summer’ Tour where he performed in 17 cities in 13 states around the country. After going through a rocky record contract, picking up the pieces of that. Finally in 2021 Ceion released his first project, an Ep titled “The first ones” as an independent artist. He’s performed at the mad soul festival in 2020. Since then Ceion has performed at the Apollo theater in New York March of 2022. Winning first place in the first round of amateur night. He has also performed for Sofar Sounds in New York and Atlanta. Since then Ceion has been gearing up to make his next release. “I’m excited for what’s to come in the next few years. The ups and the downs. I’m excited for new people to come along and follow this journey with me and see where we take it. I love and appreciate you all. Thank you”


Thank you for taking this interview! How has the New Year been for you so far as an artist?

Thank you guys for having me! The New Years have been good to me. I can't complain I’ve been in and out of New York and New Jersey these past few months working on music and performing. In March I sang for amateur night at the Apollo and won first place for the first round. Performed for Sofar Sounds in Manhattan the day after. Recently I had another Sofar Sounds performance with a great friend of mine Brandon Vee.


Can you tell us how you've transformed from the beginning to now as an artist?

From 2016 when I graduated high school and signed my first record contract to now has taught me so many things. I’ve grown more patient on this journey of artistry. Learning to take steps instead of trying to leap. I’ve learned to trust my gut more because if it feels right it usually is. Leverage is always the key in getting what you deserve out of the music industry. Comparison can be a dream killer. It’s hard not to sometimes but we can’t compare where we are in life to where someone else is. Just have faith in yourself. I'm confident I’m still learning this today.


How did you come up with your latest project?

I came up with ‘The First Ones’ during the pandemic. In 2020 I was working for a music studio outside of Orlando and that place really helped me begin to tap into myself artistically. I’d been writing music for years but I’d never really felt confident enough to record or release anything. Just never felt good enough but being there. And constantly being around the art and the inspiration and support lit a fire in me and as I worked at the front desk I’d have my beats on listening to tracks and I really started writing and recording then. That's where the name ‘The First Ones’ comes from. It was the first collection of songs I’d ever recorded and released. The first collection of music I felt good enough to let the world hear. Where are you from originally?

I’m from Orlando, FL Where do you live now?

I still live in Orlando Do you think where you live impacts how your music is made?

I think what impacts how my music is made is the way I was brought up. I grew up on neo soul and heavy R&B and I went to church and sang in the praise teams and chorus. All these aspects of my life musically is why I make music the way I do today. I’ve unconsciously learned so much that I apply in structure, in arrangement, writing, etc. What was the inspiration to make music your career? I couldn’t stay away from it. I always found myself around music in my life. I adore this art. I love the way it makes me feel, it makes the world feel. Music is in everything when you look around. And I realized I wanted to make the world feel my take on what music is to me. I want to travel the world and sing to everyone I can. How do you want to shape your career?

I want to be an artist with no genre. I want to gradually grow and expand my sound. I feel that my voice can fit a few different genres and hope the world will feel and accept the way I evolve and mix different styles together. R&B is my foundation. Let’s see all we can incorporate and mesh together. It has to all sound good. Do you work on a tight timeline always or do you go with the flow when it comes to your music? I used to always try to be tight and punctual, but learned that’s an easy way to myself out. I stress easily so I used to freeze in the process from feeling the weight of my own deadlines. Now I try not to overthink and let ideas come as they do. It works out a lot better for me. How did your latest title of your music come to be?

I came up with the title ‘The First Ones’ while driving one day. I, for weeks, was trying to figure out what I wanted the title to be. I remember thinking man this is the first body of work I’ll be releasing ever after all this time then everything clicked. The First Ones. I thought it was perfect. Is it hard to let go of the music when it is done?

You can’t get attached to the songs you make. You can love and cherish them for what they were to you when you made them but you always have to leave room for the next one. Don’t get too caught up in what you created. Do you feel an emotional attachment to your music?

Yes I do actually. When I write I think about things I fear to happen to me like being cheated on or left for someone else. I’ve written about songs that dig deep into my mind and my internal struggles. When you’re emotional people can relate more. We all go through some of the same things so I feel that having that is really important in making a song. How would you describe your music in one word to someone who hasn't listened to it yet? I’d say my music pulls at your emotions. Even if you haven’t been through it you’ll feel it. It’s true R&B in that sense. Whether you’re mad at an ex. Or you want to wallow in whatever you feel. Where do they go to listen NOW? My EP ‘The First One’s’ is available on all streaming platforms. Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, Amazon Music, YouTube. Everywhere I’d be honored if you guys would check it out. What has been the best fan reaction to your music?

The best fan reaction so far is when I performed in NY for a sofar performance. I’d performed two covers and two of my songs from my EP and the audience loved it. I felt so full and blessed. Is there anything exciting coming up for you?

I have a few exciting announcements I can’t make yet until everything’s final but other than that I’m working on music and performances Are you performing the song anywhere LIVE?

As of right now I’m not. I will be performing live but not my songs. Give us all your socials and links so fans can link up with you! Instagram: Ceion.wav Twitter: Ceionwav Snapchat: Ceion.wav Facebook: Ceion Linktree: https://linktr.ee/Ceion