‘Fantasize’ is a grandiose rant in which Arlen airs his discontentment with his station in life as well as the socio-political climate at the time of his writing, while defiantly daring to dream big. He began writing the song during his gruelling tenure in medical school when he truly began questioning his purpose in life. Fantasize allowed for a bit of frivolous escapism from what, at the time, felt like the harshness of his reality. Lesroy ‘A.P.’ Byers of the Oakville Collective captures perfectly in the production, the sentiment of Arlen’s hopeful helplessness.
Arlen Seaton is an Antiguan singer-songwriter whose easy-as-molasses vocals charm the listener with a disarming sense of familiarity. It’s not the familiarity of a lyric heard before but of the stranger, sitting beside you in a bar, whom you feel like you’ve known all your life. His nostalgic style of storytelling through song owes a lot to his West Indian heritage of Calypso and folk tales as well as the influences of eclectic artists including the Mighty Sparrow, John Legend, Coldplay and the Cinematic Orchestra.
Although Arlen graduated magna cum laude from Morehouse College with a degree in Biology, he studied voice under the tutelage of Dr. Melvin Foster every semester of his tenure there. He spent as much time in practice rooms as he did in the laboratory, using music as a means of negotiating the world around him and as a tool for introspection. In 2018, after having completed his course of study in Medicine at the American University of Antigua, Arlen decided to forego medical practice to pursue his dream of a full-time career in music.
Now, he has finally found the gumption to share his music with the rest of the world. He has collaborated with the German award-winning producer York on the producer’s 2016 'Traveler' album and released ‘Christmas by my Side’, a dynamic duet sung with fellow Antiguan singer Jenny Medina in 2016. He co- founded the band Blakk Gold in 2018 and through that, has had the opportunity to open for major acts such as Marcia Griffith and Buju Banton. Since then, Arlen has appeared on the ‘Project Romance’ riddim produced by Andrew “Smilus” Dorsett. He recorded vocals with the familiar songstress Jenny Medina in the poppy love ballad ‘Amazing Love’, and penned the single “No Sometimes Love” performed as a duet by the Antiguan Soca Monarch Blade, and Jashan Hughes.
In April 2022, Arlen released his debut EP album "Live in the Moment' with New York City producer David Sisko which was an affirmation of his commitment to creating honest, genre-fluid pieces, inspired by real life- to giving himself, through his music, to those who would but listen. Arlen looks forward to collaborating with as many creators as are willing to make art with him, particularly those of West Indian decent. He also looks forward to taking on the biggest stages of the world and hopes to share his message of love and self-acceptance.
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@UbuntuFMHipHop will publish about this release Jan 19!