The South-London artist fusing everything from RnB to Bossa Nova speaks on her latest EP 'Mirage' and which London-based artists you should be listening too.
What were the main themes of your EP, 'Mirage'?
The power of infatuation, and getting over heartbreak.
It’s the journey between initially ‘falling in love’, to having that magical bubble burst by the end of
the relationship - leaving you with the realisation that your mind was projecting a love that
wasn’t actually real.
What was your creative process like and who do you work with when creating?
My creative process for 'Mirage' EP was very free flowing. It’s a project of pure feeling, and every
song started from a freestyle. Three out of the five tracks on 'Mirage EP' were made with the producer,
a close friend of mine, Sey G.
Most of the tracks were freestyles over beats he presented me with. Most of the tracks we make
Sunni) are three tracks out of many other songs we’d made that managed to stand the test of time.
My writing process is mainly melody first and lyrics second. I tend to sing whatever comes to
mind naturally, and then afterwards I piece the words together and fill in the blanks until
coherent lyrics are formed.
'On My Way’ was a song born out of hope. It’s almost an internal dialogue, a guiding voice of
encouragement. It’s about letting go off all the things holding me back, standing as a testimony
to the path I’ve chosen to go down. It’s a vow to myself that I’m on my way there and I will
‘Hunny’ was born out of sadness for a love that I couldn’t attain. An unrequited love some would
say. It’s in part a call for that love, mixed in with a melancholic realisation that I’ll never have it.
Both songs were made around the same period of time in my life, where I was going through a
lot of change and struggling to adapt. A time when a deep sadness I felt was counteracted by
the joy and release I got from singing and making music. They sit nicely together, and
accurately depict the contrasting emotions I carried at that stage in my life.
"I find myself pushing my boundaries and producing pieces of music from scratch, involving both the
keys and guitar in a way I hadn’t
been able to before."
How do you feel that your sound has progressed from your first releases up until now?
Drastically. My approach and involvement in my music has reached a new level, which is still
only the beginning really. Before hand I would sing over beats people sent me, and occasionally
draft a song now and then from a few simple chords on the guitar (how 'Hunny' came about).
But now, since beginning to learn music theory this year and since relearning the guitar with that
theory in mind, my relationship with music has totally changed. Now I find myself pushing my
boundaries and producing pieces of music from scratch, involving both the keys and guitar in a
way I hadn’t been able to before.
I’m very blessed as I have great producer friends, Sey G being one of the main ones. So when I
come up with ideas, I just send him the stems or project file, and he’ll add the finishing touches
to turn them from a samples into beautiful beats.
Because I’m more involved in the composition of my music, it means I’m able to dictate the
sound more closely to cater to the medley of musical influences I draw from.
Working with Denzel was unconventional. It tested me in the best way.
He didn’t care for perfection and overly polished vocals, he wanted a rawness only achieved
through feeling. What we came up with was through trial and error. We got to know each other
first, then played around with sounds till it clicked.
"I find collaborating not only helps you observe new creative processes and test your sound, but also helps open doors to meet other musicians"
What was the inspiration for your recent demo,
The song is about not knowing when to stop the fun. It’s about distracting yourself from
whatever it is you’re running from, but being faced with that very feeling when the party ends.
It’s about not being able to bear the loneliness that awaits you. We’ve all been there.
How did releasing on SoundCloud in your early days provide you with a space to
experiment and help you to gain an audience?
It gave me a chance to share my very early, raw, acoustic demo’s before I had any idea about
the in’s and out’s of actually releasing music. It helped me grow my confidence as an artist, by
nicely bridging the gap between making music for yourself to having other people listen to it. It’s
always a scary transition, but there were no rules to what I put out which gave me and my music
a beautiful sense of freedom. The momentum I built up on Soundcloud definitely pushed me to
take making music more seriously. It helped form me into the artist I am today, through trial and
error, and gave my early bedroom freestyles a stage to build from.
What has been your favourite collaboration so far and how important is collaboration to
your growth as an artist?
I’d say my favourite collab thus far has been with Kinkai. He’s not only talented but also very
assertive over the sound he wants, so fitting in around that was a pleasant challenge. Also
with. I find collaborating not only helps you observe new creative processes and test your
sound, but also helps open doors to meet other musicians and tap into other musical
Which artists inspired you to get into music and who is inspiring your sound today?
and singing style today.
What can we expect from a future project?
A project co-produced by myself, featuring an array of producers that I’ve collaborated with.
With so much music coming out of London, are there any local artists you would recommend?
If you had to recommend 5 artists to your listeners, who would they be?
What’s coming up for the rest of 2020?
Well, let’s just say I’m sitting on a lot of material right now and it keeps on growing.
I’m finalising some tracks now, alongside constantly starting new ones. Looking to start
releasing in the second half of the year, which may allude to a project before the year’s out.
Can’t wait to start releasing again, and I’m excited to show off the musical progressions I’ve
made this year.