What inspired you to begin a career in music?
I began my career in music at the age of 12. I learnt to play the guitar and started singing & song writing. I used to admire artists when watching their performances and concerts on television e.g. Amy Winehouse, Destiny’s Child. I knew that I needed to continue playing the guitar and singing every day if I wanted to be successful in the future.
What differs you and your sound from other upcoming artists in in the music industry?
I’m from Liverpool, so performing and listening to live music has always been very important to me. Playing guitar and jamming with my band mates always creates fresh new ideas. As a collective we have a diverse taste in music which allows me to see the ‘Urban’ music I like to make in a different light, which in my opinion gives it a fresh new vibe. I’m constantly seeking new ways for my music to differ e.g. using complex harmonies and melodies.
Everyone experiences good days and bad days, as a musician, when you have a bad day, what motivates you to keep moving and look ahead to the future?
Knowing that bad days are part of the journey, they help you grow and develop as a person. I remind myself that everyone goes through struggles. I am eager to constantly improve and create the best art I can. Reflecting on my achievements pushes me to tackle and reach new goals.
Throughout your musical career, have you experienced any ‘wow’ moments? Those moments that you stop to reflect and can’t believe you are where you are?
Yes definitely. Most recently I was involved in a competition with ISAWITFIRST & Capital XTRA, being picked as one of the top 21 finalists was surreal! I had the opportunity to shoot a music video with a professional team which consisted of stylists, hair and make-up, choreographer and film crew. My sister Eliza Mai and I won OpenMic 2017 out of thousands of applicants. I remember the moment when the confetti came down on stage and we were handed the trophy. It was an over whelming feeling and experience. Last summer I played at the Africa Oye festival in Liverpool. I performed with my backing band and dancers. I gained a lot of exposure and felt a lot of love from the crowds, playing back in my home town was an amazing feeling.
Your latest release ‘Secret’ is out now, can you please describe the creative process and the concept behind the single?
I began by improvising some chord progressions on my guitar. Once I found a progression that I liked I began humming melodies over them and foundations for Secret were laid.
What artist / artists would you like to work with in the future? Are there any collaborations coming up anytime soon?
I would love to work with Stefflon Don, Giggs, Young T & Bugsy. I definitely have a few collaborations coming up soon for my new EP, that’s all I can say at the moment! Ssshh.
In your own opinion, what is the most meaningful song you wrote? What makes you say that one?
That’s a difficult one! There’s quite a few! A certain song on my new EP called ‘Dangerously’. I wrote this song about my friend being mistreated and played by a guy she loved. The guy in question already had a girlfriend that he had been hiding.
What personal advice would you give to someone wanting to pursue this career?
Here are my top 4 tips:
- Be confident, believe in yourself and be prepared for no’s.
- Know who to trust when it comes to taking advice.
- Only focus on the people who have your best interests at heart.
- And finally always aim for the stars, don’t be scared.
What does the foreseeable future hold for you as an artist?
New music, an EP launch, more collaborations and headline shows.
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