What inspired you to begin a career in music?
I’ve always been surrounded by music because of my parents but I think the moment I knew I wanted to pursue a singing career was when I was six and my parents bought a guitar for me. I wrote a song about my grandpa who I never met and performed it to my brownies group and I remember from then on I just kept singing and writing more and more. My dad is also a huge inspiration in my life and hearing his experiences and memories really drove me to reach my limits.
What differs you and your sound from other upcoming artists in the music industry?
My music is unique because I write from a place of truth and keep it quite raw. I think you can hear when I sing how much emotion there is in my voice and I think that’s what draws people in when they hear me, I mean it.
Your latest release ‘Poisoned Whispers’ is out now. Please describe the creative process and inspiration behind the single and video?
Myself, Rules and David Asante were in my dads garage having a session and I came up with the idea of writing about someone going through a toxic love. It was inspired by a person I knew who was going through a very rocky relationship where there was a lot of manipulation involved. Everything came quite fluent to us with this song, I think we all really bounced of one another’s energy apart from when it came to the drum beat. Me and Rules were really struggling to find a drum beat that would create the sound we wanted, it was quite funny because after hours of sitting there we both came to the realisation that all I had to do was go into the other room and ask my dad if he could improvise some drumming on the song which is how we actually found the right drum beat.
The video wasn’t what we originally expected it to be due to the pandemic but it has turned out better then I ever thought it would of. My manager and I filmed it ourselves and thought that including people in the video was a great way to have people interact with the video.
Everyone experiences good days and bad days, as an artist. When you have a bad day, what motivates you to keep moving and look ahead to the future?
It sounds very typical but I usually write it out if I’m mentally in a bad place, I also like to work out and after just give myself some TLC as we all should or we burn out.
In your own opinion, what is the most meaningful song you wrote? What makes you say that one?
I don’t think I can pick just one song to be the most meaningful as all my songs are personal to me. I’ve written them all about different chapters in my life or about someone I know so it would be impossible to just choose one.
What personal advice would you give to someone wanting to pursue this career?
Be patient and don’t rush the process, I’m so glad that I have waited 2 years to develop my sound. Developing is so important, mainly because you can find your sound but it teaches you how to work with other musicians in my personal opinion. I’m a massive believer in manifesting your dreams as well, me and my manager have always done it and have had crazy coincidence happen after we’ve manifested something.
What does the foreseeable future hold for you as an artist?
I hope that my music can create something for others, whether it be comfort or inspiration. I would love to one day perform at the Royal Albert Hall and sell out Maddison Square Gardens. My biggest dream is to win a Grammy just like my dad, he’s one of my inspirations and it would mean the world to achieve something that he has also done.
Did you learn any new skills during lockdown?
Yes, I have been teaching myself piano to try and influence my writing. I’ve always wanted to pick it up and lockdown really gave me the chance to focus even more on my music. I also have attempted to cook since Im awful at it but I think that I just have to come to terms with the fact I’ll never be a Gordon Ramsey.
‘Poisoned Whispers’ is available now via all major platforms.
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