I want people to know that this is exactly who I am. The song is about an ex-boyfriend. I know, classic! I wrote it in Glasgow, with Jud Mahoney and Nat DeLucia. When it comes to writing I fell like I get better material when I write with other people, as it adds a completely different depth to it.
I can see that the visual treatment was carefully curated: styling is on point, choreography, good range of set locations. I can see that this was a team effort as well. Who did you have working with you on this?
I really wanted for the video to portray my past relationship, which was very fun, however it had moments where it wasn’t particularly healthy. But I didn’t want to focus on that on the video. I worked closely with Michelle Du Verney for the visual treatment. I wrote the script and directed the video with her. The editing was made by Chas Appeti.
I love fashion and I’m very pro-women, so I wanted two female dancers behind me. For the beauty shots, I wanted something that reflected me coming on the other side. I wanted to be in this badass beautiful dress. I’m still fucking standing!
R&B and Urban culture: Has it always been a big source of inspiration to you as an artist?
I’m constantly looking at people that sing, dance and people that have their stamp in fashion. Those are the people that are changing the world that we are living in for the better.
I grew up listening to very different kinds of music: Soul, R&B, a bit of hip-hop….. And then punk. Even though I grew up on urban music, I’ll never be the person that says that I’m from the hood because that’s not me.
I truly admire Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu. Amazing songwriters! There are also people like Jamiroquai and Gwen Stefani. I still remember when she came out. I loved how she went to premieres in bikini tops and mesh. She brought hip-hop and punk together. There is a good dash of Gwen Steffani in my music video.
All of these artists are dashes of paint in my canvas. As an artist, I want to be relatable with people that listen to The Cure, people that listen to Travis Scott, people that listen to Celine Dion. Well, hopefully.
Would you collab with Celine?
One of my favourite songs of all time it has to be that Titanic song. Would I collaborate with her? I think that the question is: Would she collaborate with me?! We’re very different, but you know, never say never!
I noticed that you have picked a cover of ‘Treat me like Somebody’ by Tink to introduce yourself to the cyberworld. Is there a specific reason why this song resonates with you?
We live in a world where people aren’t particularly nice to each other sometimes. We all know how to love and receive love. Even if we don’t know how to express it, that is something that we all have within us. I think that song was a really good way to portray it.
Last week, Cardi B was the first female rapper to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart without the assistance of any other credited artists in nearly 19 years. How does that make you feel as a young artist?
It gives me goosebumps! It just shows that no matter where you come from, if you’re good at what you do, there’s nothing there to stop you anymore. Cardi B represents that perfectly. I think that it is very empowering for all artists, especially for younger female artists. For her to come through, and coming out strong, it changes the game. I think that it probably caught a lot of people off guard.
So, what’s next for you now?
I can’t say too much, but there is another single on the pipeline already. Watch this space.
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