Introducing: Espa

“I consider myself an artist, and I think it’s a very exciting time in the industry to be a true artist; I think there’s a lot of space now to take the reins on your buy viagra from pfizer online entire art concept.”

Etherial songstress Espa releases her debut EP 150th and Broadway (via Pigeons and Planes) which she tells us “is a reference to Washington Heights, NY, where a lot of growing up occurred for me in a short space of time. The EP was born when I was staying in that neighbourhood.” Even though she grew up in London and the smoke holds most of her life memories, it is in New York that Espa expresses “is a creative haven for me, where I have full permission to immersive in creativity at all times, with no external day to day worries. ”

Her creativity embraces music, artwork and visuals which encompass her as an artist, as opposed to the restricted title of ‘singer.’ “For me, I take the title and role of ‘artist’ very seriously. I don’t consider myself a singer or songwriter specifically. I consider myself an artist, and I think it’s a very exciting time in the industry to be a true artist; I think there’s a lot of space now to take the reins on your entire art concept. My belief is, that for a listener to have a fully immersive experience of what the artist is trying to communicate and express it’s important for the artist to be, not necessarily be in control of, but involved in every area of the art. ”

Espa’s involvement in all aspects of her ‘art’ still leaves plenty of room for collaborations, and despite playing whatever instrument she finds lying around for her songwriting, the production process is quite different. “Working with a producer means that the creativity is collaborative as they bring a skill which I don’t have, then the song has two peoples’ skills applied to it. I’m learning to produce at the minute and it will take some time, but eventually I’d like to be able produce for myself.”

Her latest release ‘Your Ghost’ is the fruit of a collaboration with ShiftK3Y and Todd Oliver- a song that “was inspired by losing one of the closest people in my life. It was the first time I’d ever experienced real loss. The mix of emotions was so vast and strange, that the only way to understand myself was to write.”

Words: Irune ‘Rue’ Chamberlain