by the partae
Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?

i’m currently in Berlin. there is music from all over the world here and lots of physical spaces to occupy and share art. there are many different artists here busking, working with artificial intelligence, throwing 20 hour long house concerts… it’s a beautiful place.


You’ve just completed your European tour as support for JMSN, how was this experience?

very special, sacred… and affirming. i feel fed.


What did you find most challenging and rewarding about the tour?

the most challenging aspect of tour was learning how to depend on myself and trust in my art. sometimes i felt like i didn’t belong, but now i want to move with more conviction.


Your EP ‘direct line to My Creator’ is out now, where and when did you record?

direct line to My Creator was recorded over the past two years in New York City.


What influenced the sound and songwriting for this EP?
the project started off as demos i wrote and produced. my friend Ezra O.S.T. and i began to edit the ideas more, over a long period of time. 

i was dealing with a lot of pain from when i was younger and i think that innocent sorrow is the spirit holding the tracks together. the lyrics refer to both specific lived experiences and things i would learn in time.


Who did you release with?

it was independently released 🙂


How do you usually go about writing music?

the idea comes, teases me and i go after it. i may be practicing or setting time aside to be creative. or doing the complete opposite… on my bike, birdwatching or eating falafel. it’s a surprise.


How did you first start playing music?

i’ve sung since i was a child and studied choral music for a long time. sometime in middle school, i started writing poetry and songs.


Please tell us about the meaning behind your single ‘blue hands’ :

blue hands is about the paranoia police violence has given me.


You’ve just been named Soundcloud’s ‘Artist to Watch’ how did this come about and how has it affected your musical career?

Soundcloud was my first outlet for releasing music, it’s also where i’ve met most of my collaborators. i love them for that. i’m happy to be an artist to watch 🙂


You have also been selected in the first fifty for the UK’s biggest tastemaker festival The Great Escape, what does this mean to you?

it means… another opportunity to share and grow!


What do you have planned for 2019?

birdwatching, therapy, smoothies, good bud, long hikes, small gigs and studio time until festival season.


Besides certain religious references I hear that you write everything in lowercase, why is this the case?

hmmm… not sure. it kind of is a religious thing. just how i’d like to express myself.


What do you like to do away from music?

birdwatch and go dancing!


Favourite food and place to hangout?
i love to eat doubles when i’m in nyc… they’re a Trinidadian street food, chickpea chana between two pieces of dough, with peppers and sweet tamarind sauce … go to Jen’s Roti Shop on Flatbush Ave.
i love to hang out at Baketown 🙂

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