What Do You Enjoy Most About Being A Musician?
I think being a musician is fun, you meet a lot of creative people who understands your language! What I enjoy the most, though, is being able to express my feelings through my songs, I think it’s a privilege that we – artistic people – do not want to waste.
Which Track Of Yours Means The Most To You?
It’s impossible to choose one, my songs are like my babies! I would choose both my singles for different reasons: The themes I touch upon in Daydreamer are really close to me, it took me years to put those words down and I love the outcome of it. On the other hand, Walking Naked is the song you don’t necessarily expect from me, it’s uptempo and groovy. Although the lyrics still talk about something personal, I think we can still find common ground in what I am trying to express in that song.
The First-Ever Gig You Played, Can You Remember It? How Was It?
Yes, I remember my first gig. A dear friend of mine and I performed together, as a duo, at some kind of final year school recital. We performed ‘Talkin ‘Bout a Revolution’ by Tracy Chapman and ‘Blowing in the Wind’ by Bob Dylan, both of us singing and playing guitar. I was so stressed that my voice was shaking, my hands were sweating (not good for guitar playing!) and I kind of did not want to be there! And the cherry on top, I did a harmonica solo completely off key. It was a terrible experience for me, but somehow, I wanted it to happen again. So I learnt how to deal with pre-performance anxiety.
What Do You Think Is The Key To Success As A Musician?
I think authenticity is what makes you different from the crowd, hence successful. I don’t mean successful in terms of numbers, but more in a personal way. If you turned out to be famous but not true to yourself, would you consider it a success? I wouldn’t. All the musicians that inspire me have been authentic from the very beginning of their careers, and I’m doing the best I can to learn from them and be authentic myself. We are all so magnifically different, it would be a shame to all release the same songs!
If You Wasn’t A Musician, What Job Would You Be Doing?
I genuinely don’t know, I have a lot of interests but I don’t know which one could have been my career. As I graduated in International Relations and Sociology, I would probably be focused on studying Islamic terrorism, since I wrote my dissertation on that. I also love to organise events, so maybe that as well! Let’s just say that I’m glad I’m doing my best to pursue my number one passion!