What is your name?
What is your genre of music?
It’s been described as RnB, neo-soul, future-soul, jazz, pop so I guess its a mixture of all of those things.
Give us a little bio about you.
I’m 19 years old and a singer/songwriter from North West London.
Tell us more about your music.
I’ve been performing with my band since March, mainly in Brighton. We filmed some live sessions this month that will be released next year. I’m hoping to release some more music early next year too.
Your single ‘ Glory” is out ,tell us the meaning behind the track.
I’d say love is the strongest theme across all of my songs. I’ve been surrounded by a lot of love in my family my whole life and I am a self-confessed hopeless romantic. I fall in love and get attached to people and memories very easily, which leads to a lot of disappointment and heartache. That heartache leads to the creation of a lot of songs that seem to resonate with people though, which is nice. Glory being one of them.
What was the writing process like?
The lyrics for Glory were written at 3am while I was alone in my room. My best lyrics tend to be written while I’m on my own, late at night. I think its because theres no distractions.
What was the recording process like?
Pretty smooth. We recorded the band at Small Pond in Brighton then I recorded my vocals with my cousin at his house.
It has been picked up by BBc Introducing, how was that feeling?
It was one of my goals to feature on BBC introducing ever since I moved to Brighton so it was nice to tick that one off the list.
Will we see a EP or Album this year?
An EP in 2018 is almost certain.
If so what can we expect from it?
The plan is for the EP to be really lo-fi, featuring some dark jazzy tunes of mine that nobodies ever heard. I’d like to get that all out of my system before releasing the fluffy tunes I play with the boys.
Do you have any gigs or a tour coming up?
I’ll be releasing details of my headline show next year on my socials (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) soon.
If so where will you be heading?
London and hopefully some festivals.
What else can we expect from you?
Some short films at some point for sure.
Are you a signed?
Will we see any collaborations coming out?
Yeah, I’m featuring on some electronic releases out next year. Some of my songs are also co-writes with my flatmates Sergio Selva and George Baines, their both great artists I’d defo suggest giving them a listen.
Who are your influences?
Far too many to name. Everything I hear will influence me in some way. Nai Palm is a goddess though, I’d love to have just an inch of her talent for one day. I’d get so much done.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Hopefully with an album out, fresh out of a tour, on a beach somewhere with my family.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
Eat out. Food is the only thing besides the arts that I can justify spending money on.
Where would your dream venue to play in your hometown?
The Jazz Cafe or The Roundhouse in Camden.
Would you be up for collaborating with an unsigned artist or band? If so how can they contact you?
Sure. Either a DM on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram or just email us (firstname.lastname@example.org)
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
There’s loads. Untitled or Spanish Joint by D’angelo is up there though. Or anything Hiatus.
Where is your dream festival to perform?
At the moment its Love Supreme festival but I’d love to do Glasto one day of course.
What made you go in to music?
As soon as I realized it was the only thing I’d be happy doing everyday for the rest of my life there wasn’t really any other option.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
My ma’s always saying that everything happens for a reason and I’ve noticed how right she is in the last few years. Things that broke me when I was 16 I now realize have led me to where I am now and I couldn’t be happier with how everything falling into place. If you go through life thinking ‘this is all happening for a reason’ then its hard to get too upset over anything because you know you’ll be grateful for the struggle in the future.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not just about the industry also just as an artist/band?
Make the music that YOU like, don’t try and please anyone else.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Its nice to be nice.
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
To tell your friends to shut up if they’re talking too much over the band
To catch the support act, sometimes they’re better than the headliner
To get there early to grab a spot at the front. I’m tiny so if I’m stood at the back I’m as good as blind.
To wear trainers because comfort > cuteness
To take out a small loan if the gig is in London because a Red Stripe will most likely be anywhere between £6 – £17.50
You come off Tour
1/ Where is the first place you go?
Home, of course!
2/Who is the first person you see?
My family… at home.
3/What is the first thing you eat.
The entirety of my parents fridge, as always. Hopefully my Ma would’ve whacked up some of her hot Tuna Pasta for me. Thats probably what I’d want to eat first.
Do you have any socials media for fans to follow you?