There's no time to stop and celebrate your wins when there's still more work to be done.

Amir Obè hasn't even had time to hang his first ever plaque; a milestone he reached for his work on Drake's If You're Reading This It's Too Late, which eventually went double platinum. He just hasn't been home.

The Detroit artist is on the road, travelling between a tour through Europe and festival slots in Toronto in support of his own recent project when he dials in from the freeway. After the release of his carefully executed None of the Clocks Work EP, things have continued to move organically for the rising star. And that was always the plan.

I was sifting through Instagram and saw that you posted your first plaque with a shoutout to The Boy. So where is that hanging?

I didn't get to hang it yet, because I haven't been home but there are so many options to choose from. So, I'll find a good spot for it.

You also have a few other big things happening. We're halfway through the year, which means the first half Best Of lists are popping up and music from your recent EP None of the Clocks Work has made a few lists. What do those types of accolades mean to you?

It just keeps me going and it's refreshing to hear that people are digesting it. There are new listeners every day so it's great that the momentum has continued on even though I dropped the project earlier in the year. I'm satisfied by it. Before I was still fairly new to listeners. I had a core fan base but every day, we're picking up new listeners and they're interpreting the music and applying it to their own lives. And living with it. That's why, when I put this project out, I just wanted them to live with it and digest it fully. It was an organic project, so I'm just happy with that. People are gravitating towards it and they're understanding the sonics and the vision of everything. We're just now trying to figure out the visuals and the production for shows. It's just an exciting time for us to keep being creative.

You're quite open with the fact that you enjoy being a part of Def Jam, because they pride themselves on being so authentic and so do you. We were really able to see that with this EP from the theme of the project to the artwork behind it. What has been the biggest lesson you've learnt about your creative instincts after being given the freedom to run with your vision?

The process has always been very homegrown. There's always a leap happening from project to project, I'd say. Me and my producer hone in and, not outdo our last project, but just it's a discovery process. This time around, I feel like the vision is more clear than it's ever been. And there are more resources and more people that support what we're doing and help getting it out there. It's dope to have an extended hand in the way the music is presented. It's a process to mature with a body of work and experimenting. The greatest gift for me is just maturing and growing and having an outlet to express that.

Now that you did get such great feedback from it, how did that inspire you to move forward and what creative space would you say you're in right now?

I have high self-clarity and I'm very inspired from travelling and being overseas. I have new outlooks and perspectives just being around different types of people that are actually listening and giving me a lot of new content that I can put into the album. Like, new conversations and new experiences. It's a good place. The greatest reward is just being amongst the people. After shows, I just love going and interacting with them. It's not just like, I'm here to do a show and thanks for the money. The conversations that happen afterwards are the highlight of the show and just learning how the music impacted people or learning how they hear it. They may have their own interpretations of what I'm speaking on.

How will you take that and implement it into what's next?

I always approach music the same way. I go back to Detroit and vibe out and just experiment and record freely. It's not a big-time studio moment with other people's opinions. It's really just me going home and being with the people I'm close to and just making the best product possible. When I feel like it's right, that's when we take it to where there's structure.

You have a pretty big tour coming up as well, so what are you looking forward to when it comes to the rest of the year?

I haven't done a real tour or any real shows since my project released in the States, so just touching the U.S fans, it's going to be a different world than Europe was. I'm just excited to see how the turnout is and seeing my fans in all the cities I love going to to perform.