Local artist Clawwwd is back with an R&B EP after releasing the summer collaboration track “Picture Us” with singer and former Miss World Guam Destiny Kamarin in May.
Released on July 8, “FOCUS” highlights the experience of heartbreak, falling in love and the fear of losing the other person. The seven-track list provides the perfect vibe needed for a contemplative late-night stroll.
The project came about when Clawwwd, whose real name is Claude Matthew Pablo Julian, decided he wanted to try his hand at R&B.
“I think my creative urge stems from me being a versatile artist that loves to try different genres,” he said.
The Yigo resident says his recording was inspired by a friend’s experiences with love, and each track represents a different aspect.
“They are each meant to represent different experiences one faces with love,” Clawwwd said. “‘Won’t You Stay, pt. 2’ is an example of one wanting the other person to stay, while ‘Best That You Had’ is claiming they were the best they had.
“The project is about having that certain someone in your life that helps you focus on yourself,” the 18-year-old added. “I feel like having someone who fully understands you and supports everything you do is very essential to conquer the hardships one faces in life because you can only do so much on your own.”
The song that struck Clawwwd the most was “Let You Go” because he knows how it feels to not want to let go of someone.
“The most important lyric in the song is, ‘I don’t wanna let this go, I don’t wanna let you go’ because it’s such a very powerful statement,” Clawwwd said. “I feel like every person has to have experienced that feeling at least once in their lifetime where it was difficult to let go of that special someone.”
“The message behind this EP is to choose your partner wisely and make sure that they love and support you through everything in life,” he added.
Although Clawwwd’s tracks touch on overwhelming stages in a relationship, the creative process excited him.
For instance, the second track on the EP titled “Let You Go” was a collaborative studio session at Troubled Youth Guam’s studio.
“It was produced by me, OhItzMason, Emanndaman and Awix, and I remember that session being a whole vibe, with the lights dimmed down and everyone bouncing ideas to one another,” Clawwwd said.
It was the only song where they linked up at a studio. The rest of the tracks were done by Clawwwd and Guam-based music producer Mason Obispo over email as they sent drafts to one another. Obispo has produced Clawwwd’s previous hits, such as “Breathe” and “Climbin Up.”
“We each threw in our own style of recording methods and experimentation throughout this entire project,” Clawwwd said. “Whether it was the recording of the guitar or laying down of the keys, everything was done in a certain style and method.”
The sound aspect of music is essential to the entire EP because it sets the mood and tone.
“I definitely had a chill sound in the back of my mind prior to laying down any vocals,” Clawwwd said. “I wanted to create a vibe that puts you to sleep.”
So, they incorporated an electric guitar and chill piano sounds to match the vibe.
“I was totally blown away by the final version of this project,” Clawwwd said. “It was a crazy feeling playing through every finalized song and remembering the process I went through while creating them.”