Name, where are you from?
Odette Peters. Yorkshire born, Manchester raised, London based. I sound like an ad for a fancy new craft beer or something.
Describe your style in three words?
6th Spice Girl!
What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
Erykah Badu at Field Day a couple of years ago, I think that moment was as important for my career as any of my own shows, honestly - I’d waited for so long to see her live.
If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
This is a hard one! I do feel like my answer would probably change if you ask me tomorrow. I’m going to go with Fugees and Kate Bush though, I just feel like to see those guys live would be iconic, a wildly contrasting line-up, they’re very different I know. There’s a shared sort of unique creative energy though, both brought something so new.
Which Subcultures have influenced you?
Can I say "family" as a subculture? Growing up in an all-female household has had a huge effect on the person I am, more so than any fashion trends or genres of music. I’ve grown up surrounded by hugely strong, opinionated, independent, yet ferociously supportive females and I don’t take that for granted, it’s completely shaped me into who I am. I’m a huge believer in women supporting women and I have no doubt that this is because of the values instilled in me from when I was younger. It’s affected everything from what I wear to the music I listen to (predominately female and often politically charged - which has obviously influenced the music I create). I now have another two stepsisters on top of being one of three girls. It’s mad! I love that though, it’s special.
If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Of all the venues you’ve been to, which is your favourite?
The Islington, London. I had my first headline show there and it was so packed out and sweaty, people were standing out the back door to be able to listen. It was such a humbling moment for me. I’m also a huge sucker for a red velvet curtain. The Islington holds a special place in my heart.
Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
Betty Davis. Godmother of funk. “A fully self-realised black female pioneer the world failed to appreciate” is def the only explanation necessary. Neo-soul, funk, jazz, blues - none of these genres would be where they are at all without women like Betty (and so many more) paving the path for us and I am so in awe of them for that. It’s just crazy to think of everything that has followed since then, they changed the world! They did that!
Odette Peters' debut single 'What A Lovely Day' was released in October 2019. Blending spoken word poetry, jazz and neo-soul, 'What A Lovely Day' includes social commentary on issues including divorce, mental health and equality.
Odette's creative ambitions extend beyond her music to other aspects of the artistic persona she projects, including artwork and the visual direction and editing music videos.