For this week’s Boston Breakthrough, let’s take a look at the very talented and the very inspiring Phé.
Natasha Pheko, also known by her stage name Phé, is a singer/songwriter from Vancouver, Canada who wants to bring poetry back to R&B. With the skills she’s been gaining at Berklee College of Music, Phé hopes to bring back meaning, lyrics and poetry to the genre.
Even in the way she talks, you can tell that Phé is a very progressive artist; she is a visionary. And as such, she doesn’t confine music to one basic thing such as a genre; she doesn’t put it in a box.
“Music kind of transcends boxes and confinement.”
If one were to describe her music and style though, it would be a mix of Urban Pop and R&B. As soon as she starts singing, her voice sends chills down your spine and it’s addicting. One would think with the level of intricacy her song, “Incredible,” which was released May 2016, has, it took her weeks to write it; however, according to Phé, music is the only thing she’s been passionate about pursuing and it just makes sense, so it’s not all that surprising that it only took her 20 minutes to write the lyrics.
Phé is inspired by the experiences of her life, resulting in beautiful music like the single “Incredible.” The song shows the vulnerable side of Phé which she believes is something more R&B artist should do.
“Music is a safe space to allow you to be vulnerable like that and it’s okay.”
For now, she is working on her music and as she grows, she continues to discover “what makes Phé, Phé.” Her experiences, her morals, her own ideas, these are the things that Phé wants to translate into her music. These are the things that make her who she is.
She is unique in the sense that so many people can relate to her. A lot of people go through different hardships in their lives. A lot of people worry because sometimes they feel like they’re supposed to be a certain way because that’s the way society has shaped us. But rather than being someone who pretends to have it all together and put on a fake show, Phé relates to her audience and says it’s okay to not know what you’re doing yet.
What sets her apart from other talented musicians is her honesty with herself and with her audience. She understands that although her music has to be good, it’s okay to not have a concept or brand right now. However, that’s the thing. Her sound is raw and honest, not just in her music, but in conversation as well. That realness is the thing that sets her apart and it’s apparent in these to aspects of her life.
She is currently working on an EP and after graduating, she will be moving to LA to start a band and is looking forward to immersing herself in this new generation of musicians who want to “just make art.”
Be sure to see Phé perform live during the 2017 Boston Breakthrough Artist Showcase hosted by Verge Campus and FAB.