Where are you currently based?
I am currently based out in Boronia in VIC. I’m sure you haven’t heard of it, for some reason no one knows where it is, haha. For a little context, I’m near Mount Dandenong and I am lucky enough to live with my Mama.
How did you first start playing music?
Honestly for as long as I can remember I’ve been singing, even as a child I would sing all the time. I guess I really started learning music properly when I started high school – I had singing lessons and trumpet lessons, I was that kid that was in alllll the school bands (so lame I know). But it really gave me so much confidence, I was that scared shy little kid when I started, but by the end of high school I was the crazy confident one.
Your new single ‘Do You Wanna’ is out now, what influenced the sound and songwriting?
Ok, I love how this song came about, do I have a story for you. I started writing ‘Do You Wanna’ when I was taking a shower. I was listening to Jill Scott, when this melody just came into my head. I ran out to my piano butt naked for all the world to see, still dripping with water and wrote the song there and then. The song is about asking for consent from your partner, in the sexiest way you can. It’s like a whisper in your ear that worms it’s way into your head and stays there until you only have question left to answer, ‘Do You Wanna’? I have to say that at the time it was Jill Scott, D’Angelo and Erykah Badu that influenced this whole track for sure. At the time I was completely obssed with their first albums, lets be honest I still am. So I wanted to create something that gave me that 90’s neo-soul vibe.
Where and when did you record, and who with? How did you approach the recording/production and who did you work with?
Who are you listening to at the moment?
I am fully obsessed with India.Arie, Pj Morton, Jamiroquai and Billie Eilish right now. I love old an school groove, soul, R&B and disco/funk music and its most of what I listen to during the day! There’s just so much life to it, and then there’s Billie haha, she’s there when I am feeling down which I can say is happening a lot these days with Isolation in play.
Which artists influences your music?
That’s a big question, isn’t it. I think if I had to say one person, it would be Stevie Wonder. I truly think what he creates with is music is next level. He’s so smart in his song writing, and then the control of his voice is just next level you know. Outside of that I think as well, D’Angelo, Jill Scott, Jamiroquai and Motown as a genre as well. There was a time when all I would listen to was Motown artists.
What do you like to do away from music?
I love to exercise; yoga, gym, walking and hiking. Moving my body just makes me feel so energised and connected. I also love food (cooking and eating), I mean who doesn’t love eating! But I will go to some very expensive restaurants with my mother just to try the food because I’ve heard it’s good. I go with my mum because none of my friends can afford it, and if I’m honest, neither can I haha, thanks mum.
I was fully inspired by George Costanza from the episode ‘The Package’. I took full inspiration and artistic direction from the ‘Timeless Art of Seduction’ section of the episode, and I think it just gives the song so much context. I’m not trying to take myself to seriously, I just want to be a bit tongue-and-cheek you know. Without a doubt, it was definitely the most fun I have had on a photoshoot.
You were raised in Guyana and are now Melbourne based, please tell us about cultural differences:
I mean that’s a hard one, I left when I was a kid so I have this mix of Aussie and Guyanese things in my life. It was such a different life there though, everything is so much more relaxed. We had a cleaner, Nanny and cook, we used to go out into the jungle on a regular basis which as a child I’m sure you can imagine is so cool. We lived right near the botanical gardens and there were manatees living in the water, I kid you not! We used to feed them grass by the side of the water, its one of my most cherished memories of back home. Guyana is a really poor country, a developing nation, so we didn’t have a lot of stuff – like on TV at the end of the day they used to broadcast about the deaths, births and marriages for that day, which is wild to me to think about now. At Christmas we always have pepper pot, which is this black stew that you cook for two weeks to mak,e and Garlic pork which you pickle in a mix of brine, vinegar, thyme, rosemary, chilli and garlic and then shallow fry in oil. It’s delicious and also takes about a month to make. I’ve lost my Caribbean accent which is really sad (mum still has hers and my friends love it), but I have a weird Aussie/American accent now that people seem to really like. I don’t know if I really answered your question, but I could go on for hours about home so I might just leave it there haha.
Please describe your experience as a queer artist in Melbourne, Australia:
I feel very isolated with that right now, I haven’t found my people yet. I know some queer artists but I have yet to really find where I belong in that space. I think it’s because I am generally not a big partier, I like to be in bed by 10 most nights, so getting out to a club on a Saturday night is a struggle for me, which my friends can attest to. There’s also very few of us I feel, even though I know some of us, we’re such a minority that I feel lost somedays. That sounds so sad, it’s not actually that bad.
What’s planned for 2020?
I did have a plan to do a tour at the end of the year, but I don’t know if that’s going to happen now. But I am planning on releasing my second EP and some singles later in the year especially with all the time we have now. So get ready for some new music!
Favourite food and place to hangout?
Thai food and chocolate, I could eat them allllllll day. My fav place to hang out is at one of my friends homes for sure, doesn’t matter who, just good company and food of course!