ABISHA is a name you’re going to want to get familiar with. The rising R&B star is coming for the top, with her new single ‘All That’ out today showcasing the powerhouse vocals that we’re sure are going to make her a star. She’s a brand new talent, something to be excited about, and we couldn’t wait to catch up with the 22-year-old to discuss the single release, and how she came to writing such compelling music.
Hi ABISHA! We’re very excited that your debut release is out today. Tell us a bit about ‘All That’.
‘All That’ is a very personal track which is evident through the lyrics. It describes being torn between two love interests and eventually having to make a decision. The whole track was initially started and finished within a day. I was writing down my thoughts straight out of my head on my way to the studio and as soon as I got there we put down a melody and everything just fitted. It’s so literal but I think that that’s what makes it relatable.
How much does the finished track adhere to the ideas you had when you were first writing the track?
It’s changed a fair amount from the initial ideas to now. I originally wrote the song a while ago but we re-vocalled it recently. Your voice can change a lot in two years and it really transformed the feel of the song.
You’ve been working with the legendary Mike Chapman, who wrote/produced some of the best music ever released (including Blondie’s ‘Parallel Lines’) – how did that come about?
I met Mike completely by chance. I was in a pub in New Cross celebrating the end of my first year Goldsmiths university exams and Mike just happened to be there too as he was working with another artist in that area at the time. He was stood next to me at the bar and just asked if I could sing. He gave me his name and his number on a little piece of paper (obviously I went and Googled him) and invited me to come and hang out at the studio, and that was it.
What’s your creative process with Mike like?
It’s just so much fun; both Mike and myself feel that if you’re not having fun then it’s hard to be creative. I normally come into the studio with an initial idea, whether that’s a melody, a chorus or just one lyric and we just develop it. I can hear the beat and the track in my head already so we just really get stuck in and play around with different sounds until we get ‘the one’.
When did you know that music was going to be the path you pursued in life? Was it easy trusting yourself and knowing that you should follow your dream?
Growing up, music and being on stage was pretty much my whole life. I danced, acted and sang. As I got older I stopped doing most of those things; not because I lost interest or grew out of them but because I felt I should be focusing on something that was more realistic, so I concentrated on my A-Levels and getting into uni. So I guess I wasn’t really following my dream at all. I always wanted to live in London – living in a small town like Devon is part of the reason that big dreams feel so unachievable, so when applying for universities, I felt strongly that I needed to go to one in London. Luckily, I went to one that would, one year later, find me at a bar stood next to Mike Chapman.
Was it easy to find your ‘sound’? What was that process like and how did you know when you’d found it?
Finding my sound wasn’t something that came easily or quickly. I think that discovering your sound, as an artist, is a process that should be ongoing throughout your career. For me, I feel that my sound changes in each song that I write and will also change throughout each album. I’m still young and growing as a person as well as an artist and my sound will reflect this and evolve with me.
‘Finding my sound wasn’t something that came easily or quickly. I think that discovering your sound is a process that should be ongoing throughout your career.’
What are your hopes for the future?
I hope to be able to continue doing what I love. I feel so honoured to have the opportunity to make music and be surrounded by amazing people; it’s such an overwhelming feeling of freedom and it’s something that I will never take for granted. I hope to create an audience who feel that they can relate to me through my music and as a person, I want fans to feel like they can really get to know me. And then for this whole experience to just continue growing. Alongside that, I hope for happiness, health and love for everyone around me.
And finally, to celebrate it being Friday, let’s imagine you’re at a friend’s really great house party and you’re handed the AUX cable for a song. What are you putting on?
Stefflon Don – Hurtin’ Me. It’s so catchy and she’ll killing it at the moment.
Listen to Abisha’s new single ‘All That’ below!
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