We spoke to Luton's rising lyricist ahead of the release of her debut EP 'Full Time Daydreamer' to chat about working on her latest single with p-rallel, creating DIY visuals during the pandemic and her favourite hometown artists.
Just before the release of your debut EP 'Full Time Daydreamer', you dropped ‘Menace’, what were your initial inspirations for the track?
The inspiration for the track was P-rallel, as soon as the session started he was messing around with some 808 sounds and that helped me come up with the song lyrics.
How did your collaboration with p-rallel come about and how was the process of creating the track?
I really wanted to work with him so I asked my team to reach out. The process was for the song was actually rather quick! P-rallel and I probably took two hours and a bit to fully finish the song and beat.
Last year, you released your debut single ‘Packed In!’ What were the main influences that went into that release?
My influences for 'Packed In' was mainly myself and understanding that I’m allowed to change how I want my music to sound! Prior to 'Packed In', I had dabbled in others genres but nothing felt like my authentic self. The process for 'Packed In' helped me find my own sound.
"The KISH! collaboration was something I pre-planned ... I wanted him and only him on that song."
You continued to show your versatility with your Kish! Collaboration ‘Work Like’, what were your main inspirations for the track?
The KISH! collaboration was something I pre-planned as I wanted him and only him on that song. I knew he would smash it because at the time he had an amazing song with BINA. called 'Caged Bird' and he complimented the song well. It was the same kind of pace as 'Work like', so I knew our collaboration would also work.
How did the collaboration come about and how was working on the track?
I reached out to him via email with a pre-recorded version of the song and asked whether he’d be down to put a verse on and he said yes which I’m super grateful for. KISH! is good peoples.
How was working on the visual for the track?
Well to be honest, I didn’t have a set plan for that music video. I recorded my half the day before then met with KISH! a few days after to film his part. It was honestly a go with the flow type of situation. I was aiming for a short film kind of music video and we managed to get that concept across.
"For me personally, the visuals are just as important as the song ..."
How important is that visual aspect to your music?
For me personally, the visuals are just as important as the song especially if there is a concept in the lyrics you always want to be able to tell the same story from the song to the music video.
How was working on the trippy and experimental visuals for ‘Packed In!’ and who did you work with on the shoot?
The ‘Packed In’ video was definitely the most experimental video I’ve ever done, it was not the original plan at all but Covid hit and I had to come up with something.
My friend Joel who is also a photographer (and filmed the ‘Work Like’ video) was meant to film the ‘Packed In’ video but was unable to come and film due to Covid. We ended up filming the music video in my friends j.kwasi’s garage with a small green screen cloth and two set lights. This was J.kwasi’s first time filming and directing a video so we had Joel on emergency FaceTime just in case anything went wrong lmao. It was a very interesting process to create that video to say the least and one I’ll never forget!
"... obviously Skepta, I’ve watched him since I was in high school - he basically taught me how to rap from the TV screen."
Lyrically, who are some of your biggest influences?
Skepta and Jay-Z.
Being from Luton, are there any local artists you would recommend?
Yeah there’s a lot of artists people should tap into - Nafe Smallz is probably the most know rapper we have. There’s also a lot of up and coming artists like Pronto, Rakz, Jax, Tynee, sli, JON, Steez just to name a few.
Which artists first inspired you to get into music and who is inspiring you today?
AJ Tracey inspired me at the start. Watching his journey from a grime MC to becoming a very well know rapper is great to see.
And obviously Skepta, I’ve watched him since I was in high school - he basically taught me how to rap from the TV screen.
If you had to recommend five artists to your listeners, who would you choose?
What’s coming up for 2021?
Following the release of my debut mixtape, 'Full Time Daydreamer' - a few music videos and I would like to dabble in some more features. I’m definitely dropping another tape at the end of 2021 as well!