Music: Basheba - North London's Newest Rising Star
Written by: Violet Myers
When we were 14 we spent the majority of our time meticulously planning our Myspace page’s top 8, forcing 2 litre bottles of Lambrini into our Billabong backpacks and accidentally buying expensive bags of oregano from the kids in Year Eleven. Basheba, on the other hand, was already honing her skills as an incredible singer / songwriter. In honour of the rising star’s newest single ‘Coming Home’ we caught up with the soulful singer to talk about growing up in North London.
We love your song ‘Coming Home’, what inspired the song?
Thank you! That song was actually about a situation my producer was in. We were tapping into his past situation and the difficulties he faced. It’s a very dark song both lyrically and musically.
What was life growing up in North London?
Life in North London was great! I spent most of my time in West London growing up though. I went to school in Hammersmith. I think that’s where the grit and realness comes from in my lyrics.
How has London changed since your childhood?
For me London has always been a magical place. I love my city. I think it’s way more gentrified now compared to when I was growing up. But I still love it.
What do you love about London?
I love the atmosphere and the buzz. There is always something going on. And something to do. I also love the diversity.
Does London influence your music?
Definitely. I would say being British in general influences my music. I’m a strong believer of singing in your own accent. I sing in my London accent because I’m proud of where I come from. It adds character to the stories.
Your music mixes all kinds of genres, would you ever incorporate any other sounds into the mix?
My new project has elements of hip hop, trip hop and r&b, which is a new direction for me. But I think it’s important to experiment and discover new elements to build your sound.
What are your happiest memories of your childhood in North London?
I would have to say just hanging out with my friends. The long summer holidays spent in a tree-lined street. The part of London I’m from is beautiful in the summer.
How do your roots in Barbados influence your music?
I think going back so often it plays a big role in my music. I love that Bajans aren’t influenced by who’s hot and who’s not. It’s about what makes them feel good or what they can relate to. Their love of music is very real and organic.
We’re so impressed that you wrote songs when you were as young as 14. What did 14 year old you like to sing about?
14 year old me sang about pretty much what I sing about now; heartbreak and wanting. Even if I didn’t really understand it back then. I don’t think I had ever even had a boyfriend! But my songwriting has definitely improved since then. Thankfully!
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