Hey Nakala, lovely to be able to speak with you,
What is your genre of music?
Give us a little bio about you.
I’m a British R&B artist, I write all my own music and work mostly with my long term producer Brad Baker.
What made you go in to music?
I was a young musician in school I played brass in the orchestra, I went on to learn guitar and piano then started singing and songwriting when I was about 13. It made sense for me to study it music college and then the universe lead me to Brad.
Are you a signed?
You released your new single ‘Oh Girl’,tell us more about it.
Jonah sent me the beat and I wrote to it the same day, it has such a great feel about it the vibe just flowed.
What is the message you want listeners to take from the single?
This isn’t a deep emotional track, just vibe to it, have a good time.
Describe the track in two words.
We will also be seeing an EP very soon, what can you tell us about it?
The new project drops very soon, 8 tracks.
How was the writing and recording process different to the single?
The writing happened organically for each track, I didn’t sit down and say “I want to write a whole project”, I just wrote the songs as life happened and then me and Brad decided on the best ones from this year. The final recordings were done once we picked the songs for the project.
Who did you work with on the EP?
My projects will always be an in-house job, I write alone, Brad produces. For this project we pulled in Jonah who regularly helps out with beats, the boys Jahni & O.B on ad-libs, and my new favourite prodigy Scottie Thompson on additional instruments.
What else can we expect from you this year?
After the project I have a couple remix’s dropping before Christmas but for the most part me and Brad will be planning next year.
Do you have any collaborations coming up with any up coming artists?
Yes I have one with Dom McAllister before Christmas.
Would you be up for collaborations if other musicians wanted one with you? and who would they have to contact?
Of course. Me and the team discuss collaborations before we agree on anything, but they can hit my socials.
Do you play any instruments?
I’ve played instruments my whole life, I started with brass, moved onto drums, piano, guitar and then vocals. I wish I could play Violin.
Who are your influences?
Great musicians and composers, Quincy, Stevie, Brian McKnight, Kirk Franklin, David Foster, Ne-yo.
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
Women, relationships, family stuff. Whatever moves me emotionally.
Where do you see yourself in 5 Years?
Still doing this, making music, being free and creative.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
I live, make memories, take opportunities, risks and ride motorbikes.
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more into the music scene?
I fucked with Missy Elliot a lot back in the day and I wanted to be like her. I loved her mainstream stuff but once I found out she wrote R&B songs, that inspired me a lot.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
My Grandad told me once, I never forgot it “Be good, and if you can’t be good, be careful, and if you can’t be careful, don’t get caught.” I’ve been given great advice from books, friends, family, but those words always stuck with me.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry but just as an artist?
Practice. Don’t be half-ass, if you wanna be a musician, be a fucking great one. There is too many mediocre artists, don’t stop practicing and learning. Music is wonderful, don’t stick to one genre, study them all, drown yourself in it because there is beauty in all corners of music.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
“Stay hungry, stay foolish” Steve Jobs. Love that. Keeping your inner child alive is so important to me.
Your coming off tour;
1/ Where do you go first?
2/ Who do you see first?
3/What do you eat first?
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?