Artist of the Month: West Laurent

West Laurent, a junior at CVHS and formally known as Jaden Irby, has a passion and talent for music. His life has been centered around music beginning with playing the piano at age eight. At age 16, Laurent began to use his musical background to create songs.

Laurent doesn’t restrict himself by sticking to one genre of music, but listens to anything as long as it has a good beat and melody. His range is diverse, with each of his three songs being a different  style.

“I have many more on the way, from EDM to Pop,” explained Laurent talking about future songs.

Laurent also dedicates all of his effort towards perfecting his art by putting in many hours at Atlantic studios. It’s been his dream since he was a kid to make it big and now he’s starting to turn his dream into a reality.

Music, to him, is more than just nice sounds and rhythm; music is a tool that can be utilized to help people struggling all around the world.

“It’s inspiring to me how someone depressed, suicidal, or sad can listen to a song and their whole mood can change,” said Laurent.

Another motivation for Laurent is his mother. Witnessing her toil and hard-work motivated him to keep pursuing his passion.

“I work a million times harder than others. I’m in the studio from 8 a.m. to the next day, on 24-hour lockdown recording, studying and making sure I get better, pushing to the top so I can buy my mom anything and take care of her, my team, and my family,” Laurent said.

His non-stop grind has already garnered him success, as his first song “I Wanna” blew up in the Bay and has played in Canada and Los Angeles. He has signed deals, partnerships, and done a show with rapper Lil’ Skies who recently had a hit song “Nowadays.” He has been expanding and growing even more since then. So far he has two songs, a video, and a mixtape on the way.

Laurent can be found on SoundCloud, Youtube, Instagram @westlaurentt, and he is even verified on Spotify.

As Laurent continues to attract success, he has and will continue to encounter negativity because of his work as. Instead of letting this get him down, he uses this hate as motivation.

“Haters and people who just talk cause they can’t do it are goofy. At the end of the day you don’t have to like me, but you gotta respect my music and my grind because I’m farther than you and I’m doing this!” exclaimed Laurent.

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