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The upcoming EP is titled, Make It Romantic, and so is the lead single, which one came first? and What made it click that this is what you wanted to call this collection of art?
The single came first. I wrote the single in 2019, and I loved how dramatic it was, and knew that I wanted to build something around it. The single was the cornerstone of the EP so when I was trying to come up with a name for it, I decided not to ignore the obvious name that just made sense and I had all along.
‘Betting On You’ will be ours soon, what does the song mean to you? What can you tell us about the process of creating this track?
For me, ‘Betting On You’ is about my experiences as a Black woman in spaces that are dominated by white male musicians. It’s about being disappointed in feeling a lack of support and being treated as other. It took a few reworkings as it initially was a song about toxic masculinity and it was hard for me to communicate what I meant and felt a bit clunky, but once I allowed myself to make it a bit more personable it flowed a lot better and became what it is now.
We know it’s hard to pinpoint favorites, but is there a specific song off of Make It Romantic that you’re most looking forward to sharing with your listeners?
I’m looking forward to sharing track 4, ‘Fucking Her’, it’s just a bit ballsy and has some attitude that is fun and just straight up tells it as it is.
You said that ‘Blues Is A Game’ is a response to artists that take from black culture without paying proper respects and giving credit, where do you think that line is in terms of appropriation/appreciation?
I think that appreciation is exactly that – there needs to be some understanding of something in order to appreciate it. My song is a result of my frustration with artists who sing the blues because they think it’s cool, and then make racist remarks off stage. For me, that’s not appreciative at all.
If you had to use a lyric off of the EP, to describe the vibe of the EP, what would that be?
“This is what I love the most; the push, the pull, the play” – from ‘A Hundred Lovers.’ The EP takes you on a bit of a journey from very vulnerable to very excitable.
This pandemic has given so many people a lot of free time, time to think more inwardly than we ever have, as a creative do you think this fueled you to write more, or stifled creativity?
I think both! This EP came out of lockdown, but not all the songs were written during that time. I found it hard to write at first because it was an anxious time and then found it difficult to find inspiration, but in some ways, it made me more creative as I couldn’t go to my go-to topics and I had to find ways to engineer that inspiration
You described ‘Make It Romantic’ as your “rom-com song,” if you had to place the track on the soundtrack of an already existing rom-com, what would that be?
Eat Pray Love! It’s definitely a travel song, so I can imagine Julia Roberts jetting off to the sound of the chorus
One of the great things about music is that it’s a vessel to relay anything you want to say, when you look at who you are as an artist, what do you think that overlying message is of what you’re trying to say with the music you create.
That you can be nuanced and not confined to one thing. My music ticks multiple genre boxes and my songs range from uptempo and fun to slower sad ballads, but it all still makes sense together and we can be full, 3D people as artists and as humans.
‘London Based Country Singer’ isn’t a phrase we feel like we hear all too often, when did the passion for country music arise?
It all evolved quite naturally, I’ve always loved lots of different types of music, and I don’t see myself as just a country singer – certainly, a lot of country fans don’t view me as ‘real country’, but I grew up on reggae and soul and singer-songwriter music and it turned into a mix of folk and blues and country when I started writing with my guitar
With the EP release in the near future, what does the rest of 2022 look like for you?
After my EP release on the 11th August I’m playing an EP launch headline show at The Lexington on the 22nd, and then I’m heading on tour as support for Lady Nade across the UK in October. Then hopefully I’ll have a little time to rest and write some new tunes!
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