Rolling Stone and Messenger: an APAHM Rooms conversation
This Pacific American-American Heritage Month, Rolling stone celebrates the diversity and impact of Asians and Pacific Islanders (APIs) while raising awareness of issues that the community has faced for decades. This month and beyond, we’re amplifying the voices of the API, celebrating the vibrancy and impact of the community, and sharing new ways to provide support.
In this spirit and in partnership with Rolling stone, Messenger released “Artist on Artist: A Rolling Stone Conversation”, a dialogue between Raveena and Yeek: two friends, musicians and members of the API community. The conversation – which took place in a messenger room, and was facilitated by Rolling stone editor Tim Chan – set an intimate tone to their travels as artists and the unique specific experience of growing up as Asian in America.
Raveena and Yeek pull back the curtain on their friendship and talk about how they found common ground on the shared eclectic taste in music. They also talk about growing up Asian in different cities in America and how it feels to be seen as an Asian artist as opposed to just an artist.
Raveena is a singer and songwriter whose family immigrated from India to Queens, where she grew up in a traditional Sikh home. Growing up, she was influenced by R&B, soul, jazz and folk music and these genres influence her musical style today. Highly creative, dynamic and spiritual artist, Raveena builds fully realized worlds with each project. His new single “Tweety” pushes towards a more upbeat and experimental sound, threaded by a story of healing, expression and Indian folklore.
Yeek is a Los Angeles-based singer and songwriter who produces, mixes and masters his music solo. As his songs are personal and defy genre classification, he prefers this style of work. Yeek’s parents were born in the Philippines and he grew up in South Florida listening to a wide variety of music. He cites his older brother listening to metal as his earliest memories of music.
Rolling stone has been a cohesive voice around trends in art, music and popular culture for decades, so we couldn’t think of a better partner to lead a thoughtful Messenger Room discussion about the musicians experience. API.
To hear these inspiring musicians open up in a Messenger Room, check out the Rolling Stone Facebook page. You can also watch together with your friends by simply starting a Messenger video call or creating a Messenger room, then swiping up to access the menu and select Watch Together. From here you can select the content you want to display.
Messaging rooms, which are reachable group video calls that make it easy to spend quality time with friends, family, and people who share your interests. Create a room directly from Messenger or Facebook, and invite anyone to join, even if they don’t have a Facebook account. The rooms can accommodate up to 50 people with no time limit. To learn more about how Facebook and Messenger are supporting the Asian and Pacific Islander community, please read more here.
This story was created in a paid partnership with Messenger Rooms.