Hollywood, CA – Hump Day isnât so bad when youâre performing at one the worldâs largest independent record stores, Amoeba Music in Hollywood. On Wednesday (June 6), R&B soul singer, songwriter, producer, activist and fashion designer Goapele celebrated the release her new Dreamseeker EP with a live performance, meet and greet, and album signing.
If youâre a Drake fan, you immediately recognize Goapele as the sample on his hit single âCloser To My Dreams,â found on his 2007 Comeback Season mixtape. Performing the record on stage in Los Angelesâ one stop shop for all things vinyl, nostalgia hit all those that were in attendance.
âI love that âCloserâ has had so many lives,” Goapele says reflecting on her career. “People have been remixing it now for over a decade. Iâm fans a lot those artists that have touched on it, from Drake, to YG, to Kendrick, to different folks. I appreciate it.â
Goapele sings the chorus, âCloser to my dreams / It’s coming over me / I’m getting higher / Closer to my dreams /I’m getting higher and higher / Feel it in my sleep.â
Itâs been 16 years since her Closer project. The Oakland-bred artist explains if she had, in fact, reached her dreams as sheÂ continues her journey in the industry.
âI feel like I reached the dream I was striving for when I first wrote âCloser,â and I have new dreams now,â she answers. âAnd I think thatâs part why I call this project Dreamseeker, because I feel like itâs kind never-ending. Every time I get to the next place, thereâs so much more that I want to do. I think itâs just to connect to people through music, and make them feel good.”
âWith this project, I just really wanted to put out vibe music, and reconnect with my fans,â Goapele continues. âAnd connect with the next generation fans, that are representing Soul/Hip Hop. And also represent people that are striving to follow their passions. And help people fuel the flame following their passion and their dreams.â
From the project comes a duet with BJ the Chicago Kid called âStay.â She says she is a fan the Grammy-nominated artist and shares why she connected with him creatively.
Goapele expands, âIt was great to work with BJ the Chicago Kid. I wanted to do something that felt like a classic R&B ballad, but kind a hard edge. I think thatâs a comfort zone for both us. We worked with a mutual friend- Corn produced the track. Good vibes. Heâs doing great music.â
Goapele also gave her thoughts on the current state R&B.
âWell, I feel like where R&B is now has kind come full circle,” she shares. “Itâs where soul and R&B and Hip Hop production meet, and it kind feels like when I was first putting out music… in the early 2000s. It feels like itâs in a good place. I feel like the genres donât have it so boxed in right now.”
When asked if she found it a challenge to cater to this new generation, she answers accordingly.
âI think the challenge now is just the attention span,” she says, “feeling like you have to put out so much music and so much content.”
In the ever-changing industry, Goapele’s latest gift to her fans is theÂ DreamseekerÂ project, which can be streamed above.