NW London vocalist Basheba is having a big year with 2014, having made it to the final ten on MOBO Unsung’s competition (beating over 400 other unsigned artists) and featuring on platforms such as BBC R1, 1xtra, Kiss FM, MTV Base, London Live, AKA, Flava, Record of the Day and SB.TV,
Basheba combines dark, blues influenced vocals with hard edged drum & bass beats so it’s no wonder that the likes of Rudimental and Lyracis have already asked to work with her on their album projects.
Bad Friends, Good Enemies EP will be available on iTunes 26th Oct.
When did you decide to make music?
I’ve loved music since I can remember; I was around 12 or 13 when I discovered writing. I was in a band with other kids my own age, we used to jam and write songs. I later started working with producers to create my own sound.
Which artists are you most influenced by?
I am hugely influenced by Marvin Gaye. His music has inspired me all of my life. I also grew up listening to The Rolling stones, Nina Simone, Kanye West and Aretha Franklin.
What's the music scene like where you live, and do you associate with any subcultures?
There isn’t much of a music scene where I live, I’m from a quite suburban town in North West London called Pinner. I venture into central London for my music fixes. I’m not part of a subculture as such, unless I am and I just don’t know it yet? I would have loved to be part of The New Romantic subculture in the 80’s.
What new music are you listening to currently?
I’m loving FKA Twigs at the moment, my friend introduced me to her earlier in the year. I love her style as well as her music. I love it when an artist makes a statement with their image. It’s something I try to do.
What’s the best show you've ever played?
I actually played an awesome show two weeks ago at Proud Camden. I was really worried because there didn’t seem to be that many people there. Once I started my set the room filled up and was eventually packed. It’s a great feeling filling up a room. It’s confirmation you’re doing something right.
What's next for you in the future?
I am just about to release my debut EP ‘Bad friends, Good enemies’ it’s out 26th October. I’m also playing a few gigs. 18th October I’m performing at #JuicyLive in Westfield Shepherds bush and 27th October Is my EP launch at The Social in Oxford Circus. I’ve also started working on my album, so a lot of exciting things to come.
If you could have any artist, dead or alive, cover one of your songs, who would you pick?
That’s a good question! I would have to say Nina Simone. Her voice was gold. What I love about her is that she never over sang anything. I was just natural.
Your debut EP Bad Friends' Good Enemies is out soon..you’ve obviously been hard at work in the studio? Can you tell us what to expect from the tracks?
I’ve tried to bring something different with each track while staying true to my sound. There’s a bit of Jungle, Breakbeat, Triphop and Drum and Bass. It’s been a great experience making this EP, I hope people have an equally good experience listening to it.
Can you tell us a bit more about your style, what fashion trends and subcultures past or present influence your image?
I am hugely influenced by Mod’s; I loved their style and what they represented. The women were very androgynous and that’s something I use in my day-to-day style. Having family from the Caribbean I try to merge that ethnic vibe with my very British style. That’s where the headscarf comes in.