Puzzle: Feeling inspired is vital to writing songs in my opinion.
Hi Puzzle, how are you?
Hi there! I just had a triple chocolate muffin so feeling pretty good right now.
Congrats on your new EP ‘Babylon’! How were the recording sessions of ‘Babylon’?
Thank you very much! The recording process went on for about two months. I’d go to Ade’s studio (Ade Fenton produced the EP) and spend the whole day trying different ideas and experimenting with sounds and synthesisers. The fact that we both come from different musical backgrounds made the whole process very exciting as I love being exposed and challenged by new things. Ade’s dark/industrial approach felt like a perfect match for the direction I wanted the sound to go.
How did you start with music?
I started singing at the age of 5 with my parents in a church choir. I used to go to rehearsals with them and sneakily learn songs from the fringes until one day they let me be part of it.
Then as a teenager, I became a soloist in a gospel ministry touring all over Brazil and Europe until I moved to London where I worked as a session singer for many established artists.
What are the most important things for you while you work on new songs or before you start to write?
Feeling inspired is vital to writing songs in my opinion. It needs to come from a place of realness otherwise, it can be a real struggle. Firstly, I try to fully understand what the characters want to say and then I try to translate that on an emotional level through the melody and lyrics.
For me, the melody is the most intuitive part of the writing process so tend to start with that, then I work on lyrics but I feel the overall concept is the most important element of it all.
What can we expect in 2017 from you?
I’m currently writing some new material to be released later on in the year, I will also be performing during summertime across the country so hopefully I’ll get to see you guys there!