We’re excited to announce that the fourth artist to be announced as part of Apple Music’s Up Next Local series is none other than Sahxl.

The Up Next Local series is dedicated to identifying and showcasing rising talent across Australia and New Zealand, and Sydney-based artist, Sahxl is ringing in a new era of R’n’B and hip hop with his own approach to the genre.

His latest track ‘Demons’ explores the concept of trauma, fear and demons, but more specifically, using those things as a strength to overcome adversity. It’s a raw take on Sahxl’s emotions and inner struggles, challenging the traditional making of a drill-style song.

We’re so here for the next-gen of hip hop and we were lucky enough to get to know Sahxl on a deeper level, talking about his music style, what he’s excited about right now and more.

What is one thing that has helped keep you going during this global pandemic?
I was able to dedicate a lot of time to working in the studio which really helped improve my music, and it’s driven me to take my sound in a new direction which I’m I’m excited about. 

Take us through how you developed your music style?
I have developed my style by expanding my knowledge of music. When I was young I used to listen to a lot of MJ, and then artists like The Weeknd and Bryson Tiller. As I’ve gotten older I’ve expanded my knowledge of music so when I create, I can draw inspiration from new places.

What do you see as your secret weapon when it comes to your music?
Definitely my energy!! And being true to myself.

Tell us about your latest single; how it started, what it’s about, and anything else you’d like to share about it. 
It started as a random idea one night and by the time it was done I knew I had unlocked something. I’ve wanted to step up and be a voice for the people around me, that’s really important to me. ‘Demons’ is about unlocking an inner beast within yourself. I had my whole production team on this one – Khaled Rohaim, Wolfey, Prince Amir and Mixtri. 

What are five attributes you think an artist needs to have in order to have career longevity in this music industry?
I think you only need one attribute and that’s to be yourself.

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Why do you make music? What’s your great big ‘why’?
It’s my escape from reality and a way for me to express my inner thoughts and world. 

What’s something that you’re really excited about right now?
For Australia and the world to see 506. 506 is my family! We’ve been working really hard and I can’t wait for everyone to see and hear what we’ve been up to. 

If we gained access to a few songs you have on repeat at the moment, what would we find?
I listen to everything and anything. My playlist is random as rn!!

What’s something your fans don’t know about you, but you want to share with them?
I’ve been around amazing people my whole life. It’s because of them I’ve learnt that anything is possible and the world is yours. Oh and also… I love Jordans! 

What does Apple Music’s support through Up Next mean to you?
It’s a real privilege. The opportunity of reaching more people and getting my message and art heard and seen across the world means everything to me. Thank you Apple for the opportunity!

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Watch ‘Demons’ by Sahxl below.

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