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Cautious Clay

Filmmaker Series • E6

Music is the most natural form of expression for musician/producer Cautious Clay, who is using his art to navigate the turbulence of 2020.

Singer-songwriter Cautious Clay has been making music his whole life, but took the leap to be a musician full-time in 2018. Immediately, his unique fusion sound of alternative R&B and pop caught the ears of listeners. Since then, he's been featured on Issa Rae's Insecure, gained critical praise for his EP Blood Type, and become a go-to collaborator for many high-profile music makers, such as John Legend and Taylor Swift. Now, Cautious Clay is working on his next project, an album expected in 2021.Photos by Alice Plati

A photo of Clay lounging on a bench overlaid with the words "I'm gonna just do what I can to try to better myself and try to better the people around me."

“Writing stories completely outside of the medium of music has been a way to strike up inspiration for the songs I'm currently working on.”

A collage featuring photos of Clay appearing to reflect inward as he records music.

“Covid physically restricted where I could go and what I could do which in hindsight made me focus a lot more on my creative process as a whole.”

A collage of photos of Clay in ordinary life situations, his emotions range from happy and relaxed to thoughtful.


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