He did so through leveraging the wisdom and confidence earned from a three-year rollercoaster fueled by hundreds of millions of streams, dozens of sold out shows, and widespread adoration. “I figured out who I am and owned it,” he admits. “From now on, I’m definitely going to be more confident in every aspect. I’ve grown as an artist and as a person. I decided, ‘I want to create songs I’ll be proud to sing thirty years from now’. To do so, I wrote down everything in my life and the stories around me. I stopped overthinking, made music I love, and allowed the rest to fall into place.”
It certainly sounds that way in 2019. Produced by d.a. doman, his first single of the year, “Sweat,” drips seductive swagger. “‘Sweat’ is a true story,” he grins. “You’re coming home from the club, and you’re with this person. You’re telling her, ‘I’m crazy about you. You make me sweat when I think about you’. It’s super sexy, but genuine.” In the end, Stanaj has taken the next step towards an enduring legacy with his latest music.