Artist On The Rise: Ieuan

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At only eighteen years old, upcoming R&B artist, Joshua “Ieuan” Williams, is about to make his breakthrough in the music scene. On Friday, September 9th 2016, Ieuan released his debut album, “Pink Suburbia.” The album, “Pink Suburbia” consists of electronic R&B vibes, and according to the artist himself, can be described as, “adolescent, dynamic, and pink.” Ieuan also describes the music on “Pink Suburbia” to be, “very urban.” The album found success, landing a spot at number 12 on the iTunes chart.

I personally am very excited over the finalized version of “Pink Suburbia.” The album is raw and honest, and packed full of emotion. It consists of smooth vocals and nine tracks, my favorite being, “Oceans.” One could expect to hear in a typical Ieuan song, lyrics about love, relationships, and heartbreak. Though some tracks play on the heart strings, others are more pop centered and perfect party hits. Overall, a go to album to vibe out to.

Ieuan discovered his love for music when he was about eight years old while playing Guitar Hero. Ieuan says, “I wanted to be on stage like the characters in the game!” The young musician then began to write and record his own music. Two of his earliest songs can be found on his SoundCloud or Spotify, entitled, “Strangers” and “Freight Train.”

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Throughout his journey of becoming a musician, Ieuan says he faced a deal of musical identity issues, such as what style he wanted to go with. Ieuan eventually found himself as an R&B artist, but still has time to experiment and grow. Ieuan also claims to have struggled with promoting his music and finding a platform in the competitive music industry.

But in the past few months, Ieuan has been gaining the recognition he deserves. His number of Twitter followers has been increasing, along with his SoundCloud and Instagram followers. Though recognition is necessary to an artist, the number of followers Ieuan has, is not the most important thing to him. Ieuan hopes to use his musical platform to help those who feel uncomfortable with themselves. He wants his music to help those who fear rejection, whether it be by their family, society, or so on, and to use his music as an outlet. Ieuan also hopes to use his music to be able to travel and perform all over the world, and learn from the people he meets.

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Ieuan’s biggest goal at the moment is to sellout his home stadium, The Oracle Arena in Oakland, before he is 21 years old. I truly believe Ieuan will achieve his dream. Ieuan possesses a unique talent in him, and has put nothing but love and dedication into his album. I highly recommend everyone gives him a listen, and buys his album, “Pink Suburbia,” now available on iTunes. Ieuan also plans on launching his first tour in 2017, and I cannot wait to experience it firsthand.

Leave a comment below with your favorite song off of “Pink Suburbia,” or your opinion on the album!

You can find Ieuan on:

Twitter: @ieuanofficial

Souncloud: https://soundcloud.com/ieuanofficial

(all photo credit goes to Ieuan’s Instagram @ieuanofficial)

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