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Party of One: Powfu

At a time where staying connected is more important than ever, House of Solo has launched ‘Party of One’, a series providing intimate insight into how your favourite artists are dealing with isolation and what we can expect from them during lockdown. 

You may have heard rising lo fi artist Powfu without realising it, seeing as his track “death bed (coffee for your head),” has been made into over three million videos on TikTok, including viral hit ‘Quarantine Cutie’, featuring a guy pulling out all the stops to impress a girl while in isolation. 

Moving from strength to strength, earlier this week he released ‘ill come back to you’ ft. Sarcastic Sounds, Rxseboy, a laidback and hopeful track keeping in line with the lo fi sound which caused Powfu to catapult to viral stardom. We caught up to chat about who’s been inspiring him during lockdown and his newfound love for worship music. 

How are you doing today, what’s on the agenda?

I’m doing great, just trying to be productive and stay in touch with friends and God.

What does isolation look like for you? What’s your space like, what’s outside your window?

I still visit my girlfriend and her family which is nice. I’ve also been working on music and playing video games a lot, as well as playing basketball and skating.

So over three million videos from your song ‘Deathbead’ have been made on TikTok! What’s your favourite interpretation?

My favourite TikTok i’ve seen is probably the one where this guy keeps attempting some crazy backflips with an exercise ball in his house.

I’ve never made a TikTok video but isolation has me tempted. What tips would you give a TikTok newbie? 

Lol I don’t know too much about making TikiTok videos but do something weird that no one has done before.

Powfu

So, you’ve said that The Notebook was the main inspiration for ‘Deathbead’. What films have you been watching while in isolation and have any inspired you creatively? 

I’ve been watching ‘Outer Banks’ recently and it seems pretty good so far. Other than that just a lot of bible sermons.

You’re famous for making lo-fi tracks in your bedroom. Do you feel like your genre of music allows you to create music more easily than other artists while in isolation?

Ya I’m pretty used to just making music in my room so it’s not much different. I can imagine it being a bit harder for artists that are used to recording in studios. 

In your track ‘step into my life’ you say that “all I do is write rhymes”. I’ve been hearing from a lot of musicians lately who are used to grinding to have successful music careers and are now finding it strange having “free time”. Have you had the same experience and if so, how are you spending your newfound “free time”?

I feel like I have a lot more free time than most people which is a big blessing, so i’ve been trying to focus and keep doing productive things.

What new music have you discovered during lockdown?

Recently I’ve been bumping a lot of worship music which gives me joy.

How have you been staying connected to friends, family, and fans?

I’ve been talking to a lot of friends through playing video games and discord, as well as skateboarding in parking lots.

What figure is inspiring you during COVID-19? Can be a politician, musician, family member etc. 

My mom is probably inspiring me the most right now alongside Jesus.

If you could be in any place right now, where would you choose? 

I’ve always wanted to go to Japan so that’s where I would go.

What’s coming up for you, post this COVID-19 madness?

Hopefully tours and concerts. I’m also hyped to meet up with my American friends again.

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