Ruling the world with SamM Henshaw

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of talking to London artist Samm Henshaw.

Samm Henshaw and I had a interesting talk about:

  • His new single and video ‘The World is Mine’.
  • What he would change in the world if he had a chance.
  • Touring and warm up routines.
  • Acting and starring in a new American series.
  • Writing his own graphic novel.
  • Music and much much more.

Continue reading to find out all you need to know about Samm Henshaw.

 Full Samm Henshaw Interview

What is going on? It’s your girl Chyna Johnson and I am joined by the incredible, soulful, Samm Henshaw. Hello!

Hello! These Mics are annoying

They are. The thing is they are not in the way for the cameras…….

True

 But they are in the way for…..

Us

But energy! Your energy is on point we have been talking off camera. You are a cool guy.

Awww thank you. 

Thank you. Why am I saying thank you like you said ” I am a cool girl”?

Oh Sorry. But-You are cool as well.

Thank you, Good. Right let’s get into it. Your latest single the world is mine

Yea

You sample the ‘Incredible Bongo Band’, also sampled by Nas for his tune ‘Made You Look’.

Yea.

What is it about that sample?

I feel like whenever people  hear it they can identify it to something. So it’s either the Apache or The Bongo band Apache thing or Nas…. And I am sure there is load of other things. That it is connected to. 

Yea, there is loads.

But everyon’s got something that they can relate it to when they hear it. So I just kinda like, yea!

Do you know what it has been sampled in a lot of dope tunes, and when you start hearing it it’s like ok. What fire  is coming?

Yea! it’s like what one.

It’s sick!

I feel like it’s a very well know song and sound and just for different reasons depending on the person.

And you have just dropped the music video. It’s a vibe.

It’s a bit mad innit.

It’s like a film. I like the way it ends but I won’t spoil it for anyone who hasn’t seen it.

Yea

I like it. Have you ever thought about acting?

*Laughs* No. … But I have done a bit of acting. It’s weird people are moving like this is like…. I am proper acting in this video. I don’t do anything. I just kind of I am….. barely in it.

Yea, cause the couple do their thing. But you are like in the back, the boot of the car and……

I have been asked by so many people if I am like on some acting thing now. I am like I definitely wanna do stuff within. ….. Ok. I’ve acted. I have played a role in a big show that is coming out.

What Show?

I won’t say nothing.

I think I know what show you are talking about.

Do you know what it is?

It has to be. It’s got to be. Can I say?

Yea. I don’t know if we are allowed to say.

Is it Top Boy 3?

No

Oh, what is it then?

It’s like……. It’s not even in the country. It’s like an American thing.

Oh well, drop it then! They are not going to know. We are in the UK. We’re only going to put this on YouTube. *Laughs*

I can’t. Because I have not been able to say anything to anyone.

A top show in America?

Yea, it’s a new one coming out.

It’s a new one? No seasons? It’s brand new?

It’s brand new. First season coming out.

And you have a small role in it?

I got a small role in it.

Are you a singer in it or you just….

I am, but I am like. Argh do you know what.

So you do do acting then?

No, it’s the first time I have ever done it. But the idea of acting makes me cringe. That’s why

Is it the whole playing a role?

Yea, it’s  like why am I not being me? Like I am pretending to be someone else. So that’s weird to me, but I’ve always wanted to do writing, so I want to like….. maybe write a script for a show or a film one day. Just create my own thing.

How involved were you with the music video, so is that part of your like writing?

With this one not as much, I mean I definitely gave  my idea of what I wanted to do and I presented it. I said I wanted to have a sort of Bonnie and Clyde type of feel. Where they are sort of on the run…..and I gave my vision and then I guess the details and all the  weirder parts were figured out by our director who is incredible.

No it was really good. And it is sort of like old school vibes and then at the end….let me not ruin the end. I like it, I like it.

The whole sort of like….. was put together by her. But she is insane.

No- it was sick. Now if you were to rule the world? If the world was actually yours, what would be the first thing you would do?

That’s a good question. 

Well thank You. *Laughs*

That is a really good question considering what we was talking about….. erm…..

Have you ever played Sims 4?

Yea, Sims is a….

So you kinda…

That’s a great way to think about it. I know it is cliché, but end poverty in the areas were people are  struggling and starving and stuff.

That’s a good one.

Erm… My parents just came back from doing a mission in Uganda

Awww that’s beautiful

And my dad was just showing me all the pictures and  everything that people are going through. Stuff like that and we are actually helping. There were like people that were struggling to get into university. Let me not get the information wrong… But it cost like this one girl like a £170 just to get into  university- which to us isn’t a lot. So for us now it’s like, let’s just start doing that so we can help these people. But to them that’s a huge amount of money that they can’t afford to do. So when they came back (my parents) and was giving me all this information and stuff I was just like this is so enlightening. So for me it would be that.

To end Poverty.

Yea, just to help people that you know who are struggling and stuff.

See that is nice. I am going to start answering like that if anyone asks me that, cause my answer would have been different. A bit selfish. Well first of all I would get free clothes and shoes and unlimited food.

*Laughs* It makes us realise how privileged that we are. So……

Very Very privileged.

So I am a little bit of a stalker. I am sorry

That’s ok. We all are.

Have you seen that programme on Netflix ‘YOU’

Yeaaaaah! My little sister got me into that.

Well, I am not that. I am not that crazy

That show is mad!

It’s wild!

The ending was crazy. I didn’t think it would end like that.

Do you know what? We are going off topic here, but it is one of those ones where you kind of saw everything you needed to see in season one, so what can you see in season two.

Yea, what more could you do. True. They could have just ended it, it could have been a one season show.

But when they are going to drain us at season 3 watching it, and I am going to stay loyal. But anyway, I am not as bad a Joe. But I have been doing a little bit of stalking. Stalked your Instagram, saw you have got a picture with H.E.R?

I did

Grace Carter

Yea

Any soulful collaborations on the way?

Grace and I, we had a chat about getting something sorted. And we need to. We are both busy at the moment so it is kind of hard. But eventually that will get done. H.E.R I am not going to lie it was like a brief chat. A very brief chat before the show

Oh. Damn. 

Sorry to burst people’s bubbles.

That would have been incredible.

Yea, it would have been. It was like, “Hey! You’re  H.E.R. I am Samm. You are great. Let’s take a picture”. Let’s keep it moving. But you know what I mean, it would be cool.

*Laughs* Have you got any collaborations on the way that we should keep our eyes out for?

Erm…

What have you been cooking in the studio Samm?

A lot of stuff, but not many collaborations in the sense of people actually singing on the songs with me. I have written for….. someone.

Who?

Can’t say.

Is it Beyonce?

No.

Oh, Ok. Cause you were chuckling there. I was like is it my queen?

Its….. I will tell you afterwards.

And then I won’t say anything. Keep the cameras rolling.

If I say and it gets out.

Nah, I won’t say anything. I’ve done this too many times. Do you know how many interviews I have done and been like is it so and so?

So you are a professional.

Yea, if things are off camera. I will keep it off camera. Sorry Guys if it’s off camera it is off camera. Cause I have guessed so many things it is unreal. That’s sick though. Why am I gassed for you and I don’t even know who it is?

Yea, you will be. I am like. I am really gassed.

But once it is out.. out, out. We can know.

If it gets picked. Yea.

Soulful voice. It’s incredible. You are so young

Thanks. Appreciate that

You are so young but you have the soul of a granddad. I picture you in your time with a granddad hat, pipe.

I don’t know if I would have a granddad hat. 

They are cool.

I would have a pipe. Don’t know about the Granddad hat.

Granddad hat, with the diamond vest.

I am aiming to be bald and have more of a beard.

Nah, don’t be bald.

But if I got a beard. Then it doesn’t matter what goes on – on top.

No, No, No

What?

I love a guy in his 80’s, 90’s with a full head of hair. If you have maintained that all these years you aren’t a stressful guy. Stress doesn’t come to you.

True. I mean more like it would be a choice to get rid of the hair. Not like I am gonna lose it. Do you know what I mean?  I got a good head of hair.

Can I see your head shape?

I can’t do it on camera. it’s a bit mad.

Oh…I see. No shape up. where’s your barber?

He is about.

But he wasn’t about today

He wasn’t about today *laughs*

*Laughs*

I’m low-key…Like this is the first bit of press I have done in ages, so like I wasn’t ready. I didn’t know it was going to be filmed either.

It’s alright. It’s alright. To be fair you are a busy guy and you have been touring a lot.

I mean. Yea

How do you prepare to tour? I mean how do you warm up? Doing in the back scene that we don’t see?

Erm I got this vocal inhaler and that clears all the…. helps to clear my throat out. I do warm ups. Vocal stuff, pray, jump around. Do like a lot of movement to get  the energy flowing and get my breathing right. That’s about it. I mean when I am actually on a  proper tour,  I attempt to go gym.

Do You?

Yea.

It’s long.

It is.

Why you doing that? Crikey !

I don’t know how people maintain that like style.

I don’t know how people wake up 5am in the morning,  and say I am just going to go to the gym before the office.

I don’t know where my manager is, but he does that stuff. It’s weird.

How are you waking up to go to work for 9am and then you are going gym before that?

It’s weird and then you’re still like all able to function throughout the day. It’s long

Then you are happy by the end of the day. Like what?

My manager is a grumpy guy.

Can he hear us right now?

I don’t even know if he is here? Is he here?

He is not here.

*Laughs* He is probably at the gym.

*laughs* Yea he is probably at the gym. He will see this and be like….Oh, I am not grumpy. He is grumpy man.

 Ok, so gym you try to do it on tour. But what do you like to do in your spare time? Earlier you mentioned that you have played Sims.  I mean that is my game. I still play…. I love Sims.

I found out about Sims, but another one. It is like really old.

What another one from Sims?

It is a Sims like game,  but it’s like if you are into like movies.

I am not really a movie person.

It’s Like… it’s wicked! It’s like how a movie studio is created and stuff…and  you get to make your own films and you get to….

That’s not Sims though

It’s great, but it is though, because you get to like actors and, directors and stuff like that…. and they get old, they…. I dont know can get into…. become like drug addicts and like……

Really? Ok that sounds a bit fun.

They can have plastic surgery, liposuction ….

What game is this?

It is called ‘The Movies’. It’s so good and the characters look like Sims characters.

So it’s just like Sims but for the movies?

Yea, just like Sims but for films. It’s great!

What else do you like to do in your spare time?

When you are not writing music. When you are not socialising. You just switch off from everyone. What do you do?

I been working on a graphic novel for the past couple of years, which has been cool.

Really?

Eventually I want to put it out, so that has been fun. I have a girlfriend, so I hang out with her. She’s great!

Awww, how long has that been?

3 years the other day. She forgot.

Wow! She forgot? That’s wild *Laughs*

Listen, I am telling everyone this. I sent her a box of roses…… at work …. and she forgot. Yea, she forgot and she was like…wait…. what’s going on? Yea, it’s been like 3 years.

So if the next single is ‘I sent you roses, you forgot’.

Everyone knows why, but….

So that means you must be romantic then?

Who me? Nah, I just like try

You are remembering anniversaries, sending roses….

Yea, because I have forgotten a bunch. So I am like good now at it. So that has given me at least a year of like yea…..

Yea….like you forgot.

Yea.

Is it hard to juggle a relationship and your music career?

Nah, it’s been alright. I feel like it’s been cool

Well 3 years strong. Does it get a bit peak when you bring up certain things in your music?

Nah, we talk about it before.

Nice

We have a chat before.

You don’t do a Taylor?

Swift?

Yea. *Sings* ‘We are never never…..

She is a bit mad -yea.

She put everything out there?

She does. She like…. hasn’t she like broken up with people in a song?

Nah. Really? Nah.

I feel like I have heard that somewhere. No? Like maybe?

Nah that would be mad. 

Alright cool.

“Hey Taylor! Erm…. I am going to pick you up at six”. 

“Don’t even bother, Spotify my new single….. I hate you don’t pick me up at six”. “Like what?”

Really random question, I don’t know -it just popped into my head right now. Like dude what is your favourite cartoon?

These are the things you need to be asking me. I got a lots.

Go on cause I love cartoons. Ok wait, wait, wait. Lets break this down, because there is levels to this. New school cartoons and then old school cartoons. New school what are you watching right now?

New school…. I was an Adventure Time fan, mainly because it didn’t seem like it was for kids.

Your going for kid, kid type cartoons in new school.

I just. I am a comic book fan and obviously I like cartoons. I just started watching King Titans Go…

You are so going for the kid cartoons new school. OK.

It’s just really weird and I love it. Adult stuff Rick and Morty.

100%

Family guy, American Dad.

Yea. Family Guy or American Dad? Pick

American Dad

100%. Yea. Why is everyone saying Family Guy?

Do you know what Family Guy is like the obvious one, but American Dad is low-key a gem.

Ok listen to this yea, this is my logic to it. Family Guy, Peter will go, “This reminds me of the time when I was so and so……”. Then it flicks to the eye. But then American Dad will be like ” this reminds me of blah blah blah” and then you have to use your imagination.

Cleveland Show is low-key a vibe as well you know. 

Ummm

Nothere are some episodes on Cleveland. Don’t get me mad. Cleveland show have a vibe.

No, wait, wait. I feel like in the beginning of Cleveland show it was like ….. errr…But it’s got better. Because the other day I watched a show where he went partially deaf and was agreeing to everything Donna said. 

Yea, Yea, Yea.

and he was like “I’ve just worked out women, they just like when you say ummm hmmm. I agree with you”. Then all of a sudden his hearing comes back and they (the kids) are like, “where’s mum?”….and he was like “she went to Italy and quit her job”.

I am gonna watch this one.

It is so funny. She is like “Cleveland, can we?”….. and he is like “uh huh I agree with anything you just said. I love you baby”.

Yea *Laughs*

Yea, Cleveland’s show is lit.

Have you seen big mouth?

Yes. 

Isn’t it sick?

Big Mouth is like the weirdest…

It’s so weird.

…but like kind of accurate show to being like young. Like if there were….

You have seen all the episodes yea?

Yea, like I am on….

Have you seen the one where the tampon is walking down the bus singing everybody bleeds?

*Laughs*

Yea. No listen I am telling you there are some weird. It’s a weird show. There is some stuff that I am just like this is a bit …

Mad

Mad and wild. But it is a funny show. I’ll give you that. Have you seen Archer?

My mum is watching Archer. She’s like watch it. She’s trying to get me into it.

Watch it. It is genius. It is incredible.

Disenchantment. I tried to watch that, it was hard.

I started watching that but I was like it’s the people that do Simpsons.

Yea. It’s just like stick to Simpsons.

Futurama is good.

Futurama is elite. This is not cartoons but I feel like you would like this. It’s an undercover gem.

I love what we are doing talking about cartoons in an interview.

I just love TV and cartoons right. We are getting to know you more.

Yea, exactly.

I will listen to your music and say Ha! I know you have seen that episode of Big Mouth. *Laughs*

*Laughs*

New season I will be like I know my guy watched this.

Nah, Nah. Now cause we are doing this, I am going to put way more stuff in there.

In your music?

Yea

Do it, I will listen to it.

That’s why my mum loves Giggs cause he always puts TV…

I need to have a day with Giggs where we are just chatting about Star Wars, all of it, everything.

He put everything he is watching in his music. My mum loves him. She thinks she knows him. It’s mad!

Yea,.

Ok. Hidden gem it’s not a cartoon….Brooklyn 99.

Do you know what I have seen ….. at least 3 or 4 episodes and it is incredible.

It’s one of those ones you don’t plan to watch but it is sick.

I need to like proper get into it, but I have seen 3 or 4 episodes and it is hilarious.

You need to see the episode where they do the backstreet boys. 

I think I saw that …. wait… where they are singing each. Oh my gosh…. and he is like “Now Number 5”.

And he is like *sings* tell me why.

Yea.

Right ok, new school we have got it Big Mouth, Rick and Morty, American Dad, Family Guy all of that

Old school. Go…

Did you ever see a show called Daria?

I loved Daria. Yea… *Hums Daria theme tune*. Daria a lot of people didn’t watch it and Doug.

Doug oh my

Do you know what is sick about Doug? Well most people don’t know

Go on….

You like music? Go back and watch Doug. All the episodes the music in it was done with the mouth. So in the beginning it was like *Hums theme song*

Yea

And then when the sister use to walk it would be like *Hums theme song for sister*

That is so funny. Do you know what- I never clocked that. I need to watch that again.

And then Skeeter was like *Hmmm theme song*

That is crazy

Ok, what else? You like Daria, you like Doug.

Erm I was a huge Looney Tunes fan, because it was stupid. and I love stupid stuff.  erm what else was there Courage the Cowardly Dog that was a really weird…….

ermmm. 

What? What?

See my old school cartoons are more like Cow and Chicken,  Dexter’s Laboratory.

Oh yea Cow and Chicken. But Courage the Cowardly Dog was a part of that era.

Was that the one with the granddad?

Yea

Oh yea yea yea.

Yea. It was

And he was always scared of stuff. And the stuff that he was scared of was like I get that, bro.This looks like a demon from like….the pits of hell. But why is this on a show for kid? Its mad. Erm Cow and Chicken was wavey. Dexter’s Laboratory. erm Kids Next Door -K & D. Did you ever see that?

No

Dude come on. They were like secret agents in like a tree house.

Really?

It was amazing.

You had them elite channels- back in the day.

*Laughs* erm what else. I just had one…..Ed Edd and Eddy.

That’s quality. I feel like I can talk to you about cartoons all day.

I feel like we can talk about anything because you have unlocked this……

I unlocked it from earlier on. 

You have unlocked Pandora’s Box.

We can talk about anything cause now I really wanna be like, did you watch  Sister Sister and Smart Guy, but I need to like calm down.

Of course. Taina all of that.

*sings Tiana theme song* Ok most people don’t know about Taina. It gets on my nerves.

Some people need to get hurt, cause they don’t know about Taina. It’s mad.

Do you know what I mean? and then she is bi-lingual and the going with the Espanol.

Yea. What do you think of Lizzie McGuire coming back?

Nah, not here for it

What?

No. I am not here for a comeback of that but they brought back That’s So Raven.

But it’s not like they are doing what they did….

With That’s So Raven- Actually she has grown up and got kids. Yea, we can do it.

Yea.

I kinda like to see where they are now.  I kinda need to see a Friends Movie.

I don’t want to see Friends. 

Ok, Samm it’s time to wrap up this interview now. *laughs*

No, do you know why? I am not one of these new age people that hate Friends. Friends is elite. It is wicked, but it’s like the same way I don’t want to see a Fresh Prince.

No, I don’t want to see that movie.

That’s what I am saying I don’t want to see a reunion-none of that. Just that…..we got what we got and that is great. Keep it going.

Alright. Ok…Anyway thank you for joining me 

Thank you. This has been…..

Where can we keep up with all the stuff that you have got going on?

Everything is Samm Henshaw. Samm with two Ms. Henshaw H-E-N-S-H-A-W

No one knows how to spell. Erm for some reason….. maybe because I am Nigerian that it should be like have bare letters. But erm thank you this has been great. This has been a great start to the day.

I hope you have good energy and positive vibes all day.

Yes, thank you. I appreciate it. Thank you

Amazing. Thank you.

 Full Samm Henshaw Interview

What is going on? It’s your girl Chyna Johnson and I am joined by the incredible, soulful, Samm Henshaw. Hello!

Hello! These Mics are annoying

They are. The thing is they are not in the way for the cameras…….

True

 But they are in the way for…..

Us

But energy! Your energy is on point we have been talking off camera. You are a cool guy.

Awww thank you. 

Thank you. Why am I saying thank you like you said ” I am a cool girl”?

Oh Sorry. But-You are cool as well.

Thank you, Good. Right let’s get into it. Your latest single the world is mine

Yea

You sample the ‘Incredible Bongo Band’, also sampled by Nas for his tune ‘Made You Look’.

Yea.

What is it about that sample?

I feel like whenever people  hear it they can identify it to something. So it’s either the Apache or The Bongo band Apache thing or Nas…. And I am sure there is load of other things. That it is connected to. 

Yea, there is loads.

But everyon’s got something that they can relate it to when they hear it. So I just kinda like, yea!

Do you know what it has been sampled in a lot of dope tunes, and when you start hearing it it’s like ok. What fire  is coming?

Yea! it’s like what one.

It’s sick!

I feel like it’s a very well know song and sound and just for different reasons depending on the person.

And you have just dropped the music video. It’s a vibe.

It’s a bit mad innit.

It’s like a film. I like the way it ends but I won’t spoil it for anyone who hasn’t seen it.

Yea

I like it. Have you ever thought about acting?

*Laughs* No. … But I have done a bit of acting. It’s weird people are moving like this is like…. I am proper acting in this video. I don’t do anything. I just kind of I am….. barely in it.

Yea, cause the couple do their thing. But you are like in the back, the boot of the car and……

I have been asked by so many people if I am like on some acting thing now. I am like I definitely wanna do stuff within. ….. Ok. I’ve acted. I have played a role in a big show that is coming out.

What Show?

I won’t say nothing.

I think I know what show you are talking about.

Do you know what it is?

It has to be. It’s got to be. Can I say?

Yea. I don’t know if we are allowed to say.

Is it Top Boy 3?

No

Oh, what is it then?

It’s like……. It’s not even in the country. It’s like an American thing.

Oh well, drop it then! They are not going to know. We are in the UK. We’re only going to put this on YouTube. *Laughs*

I can’t. Because I have not been able to say anything to anyone.

A top show in America?

Yea, it’s a new one coming out.

It’s a new one? No seasons? It’s brand new?

It’s brand new. First season coming out.

And you have a small role in it?

I got a small role in it.

Are you a singer in it or you just….

I am, but I am like. Argh do you know what.

So you do do acting then?

No, it’s the first time I have ever done it. But the idea of acting makes me cringe. That’s why

Is it the whole playing a role?

Yea, it’s  like why am I not being me? Like I am pretending to be someone else. So that’s weird to me, but I’ve always wanted to do writing, so I want to like….. maybe write a script for a show or a film one day. Just create my own thing.

How involved were you with the music video, so is that part of your like writing?

With this one not as much, I mean I definitely gave  my idea of what I wanted to do and I presented it. I said I wanted to have a sort of Bonnie and Clyde type of feel. Where they are sort of on the run…..and I gave my vision and then I guess the details and all the  weirder parts were figured out by our director who is incredible.

No it was really good. And it is sort of like old school vibes and then at the end….let me not ruin the end. I like it, I like it.

The whole sort of like….. was put together by her. But she is insane.

No- it was sick. Now if you were to rule the world? If the world was actually yours, what would be the first thing you would do?

That’s a good question. 

Well thank You. *Laughs*

That is a really good question considering what we was talking about….. erm…..

Have you ever played Sims 4?

Yea, Sims is a….

So you kinda…

That’s a great way to think about it. I know it is cliché, but end poverty in the areas were people are  struggling and starving and stuff.

That’s a good one.

Erm… My parents just came back from doing a mission in Uganda

Awww that’s beautiful

And my dad was just showing me all the pictures and  everything that people are going through. Stuff like that and we are actually helping. There were like people that were struggling to get into university. Let me not get the information wrong… But it cost like this one girl like a £170 just to get into  university- which to us isn’t a lot. So for us now it’s like, let’s just start doing that so we can help these people. But to them that’s a huge amount of money that they can’t afford to do. So when they came back (my parents) and was giving me all this information and stuff I was just like this is so enlightening. So for me it would be that.

To end Poverty.

Yea, just to help people that you know who are struggling and stuff.

See that is nice. I am going to start answering like that if anyone asks me that, cause my answer would have been different. A bit selfish. Well first of all I would get free clothes and shoes and unlimited food.

*Laughs* It makes us realise how privileged that we are. So……

Very Very privileged.

So I am a little bit of a stalker. I am sorry

That’s ok. We all are.

Have you seen that programme on Netflix ‘YOU’

Yeaaaaah! My little sister got me into that.

Well, I am not that. I am not that crazy

That show is mad!

It’s wild!

The ending was crazy. I didn’t think it would end like that.

Do you know what? We are going off topic here, but it is one of those ones where you kind of saw everything you needed to see in season one, so what can you see in season two.

Yea, what more could you do. True. They could have just ended it, it could have been a one season show.

But when they are going to drain us at season 3 watching it, and I am going to stay loyal. But anyway, I am not as bad a Joe. But I have been doing a little bit of stalking. Stalked your Instagram, saw you have got a picture with H.E.R?

I did

Grace Carter

Yea

Any soulful collaborations on the way?

Grace and I, we had a chat about getting something sorted. And we need to. We are both busy at the moment so it is kind of hard. But eventually that will get done. H.E.R I am not going to lie it was like a brief chat. A very brief chat before the show

Oh. Damn. 

Sorry to burst people’s bubbles.

That would have been incredible.

Yea, it would have been. It was like, “Hey! You’re  H.E.R. I am Samm. You are great. Let’s take a picture”. Let’s keep it moving. But you know what I mean, it would be cool.

*Laughs* Have you got any collaborations on the way that we should keep our eyes out for?

Erm…

What have you been cooking in the studio Samm?

A lot of stuff, but not many collaborations in the sense of people actually singing on the songs with me. I have written for….. someone.

Who?

Can’t say.

Is it Beyonce?

No.

Oh, Ok. Cause you were chuckling there. I was like is it my queen?

Its….. I will tell you afterwards.

And then I won’t say anything. Keep the cameras rolling.

If I say and it gets out.

Nah, I won’t say anything. I’ve done this too many times. Do you know how many interviews I have done and been like is it so and so?

So you are a professional.

Yea, if things are off camera. I will keep it off camera. Sorry Guys if it’s off camera it is off camera. Cause I have guessed so many things it is unreal. That’s sick though. Why am I gassed for you and I don’t even know who it is?

Yea, you will be. I am like. I am really gassed.

But once it is out.. out, out. We can know.

If it gets picked. Yea.

Soulful voice. It’s incredible. You are so young

Thanks. Appreciate that

You are so young but you have the soul of a granddad. I picture you in your time with a granddad hat, pipe.

I don’t know if I would have a granddad hat. 

They are cool.

I would have a pipe. Don’t know about the Granddad hat.

Granddad hat, with the diamond vest.

I am aiming to be bald and have more of a beard.

Nah, don’t be bald.

But if I got a beard. Then it doesn’t matter what goes on – on top.

No, No, No

What?

I love a guy in his 80’s, 90’s with a full head of hair. If you have maintained that all these years you aren’t a stressful guy. Stress doesn’t come to you.

True. I mean more like it would be a choice to get rid of the hair. Not like I am gonna lose it. Do you know what I mean?  I got a good head of hair.

Can I see your head shape?

I can’t do it on camera. it’s a bit mad.

Oh…I see. No shape up. where’s your barber?

He is about.

But he wasn’t about today

He wasn’t about today *laughs*

*Laughs*

I’m low-key…Like this is the first bit of press I have done in ages, so like I wasn’t ready. I didn’t know it was going to be filmed either.

It’s alright. It’s alright. To be fair you are a busy guy and you have been touring a lot.

I mean. Yea

How do you prepare to tour? I mean how do you warm up? Doing in the back scene that we don’t see?

Erm I got this vocal inhaler and that clears all the…. helps to clear my throat out. I do warm ups. Vocal stuff, pray, jump around. Do like a lot of movement to get  the energy flowing and get my breathing right. That’s about it. I mean when I am actually on a  proper tour,  I attempt to go gym.

Do You?

Yea.

It’s long.

It is.

Why you doing that? Crikey !

I don’t know how people maintain that like style.

I don’t know how people wake up 5am in the morning,  and say I am just going to go to the gym before the office.

I don’t know where my manager is, but he does that stuff. It’s weird.

How are you waking up to go to work for 9am and then you are going gym before that?

It’s weird and then you’re still like all able to function throughout the day. It’s long

Then you are happy by the end of the day. Like what?

My manager is a grumpy guy.

Can he hear us right now?

I don’t even know if he is here? Is he here?

He is not here.

*Laughs* He is probably at the gym.

*laughs* Yea he is probably at the gym. He will see this and be like….Oh, I am not grumpy. He is grumpy man.

 Ok, so gym you try to do it on tour. But what do you like to do in your spare time? Earlier you mentioned that you have played Sims.  I mean that is my game. I still play…. I love Sims.

I found out about Sims, but another one. It is like really old.

What another one from Sims?

It is a Sims like game,  but it’s like if you are into like movies.

I am not really a movie person.

It’s Like… it’s wicked! It’s like how a movie studio is created and stuff…and  you get to make your own films and you get to….

That’s not Sims though

It’s great, but it is though, because you get to like actors and, directors and stuff like that…. and they get old, they…. I dont know can get into…. become like drug addicts and like……

Really? Ok that sounds a bit fun.

They can have plastic surgery, liposuction ….

What game is this?

It is called ‘The Movies’. It’s so good and the characters look like Sims characters.

So it’s just like Sims but for the movies?

Yea, just like Sims but for films. It’s great!

What else do you like to do in your spare time?

When you are not writing music. When you are not socialising. You just switch off from everyone. What do you do?

I been working on a graphic novel for the past couple of years, which has been cool.

Really?

Eventually I want to put it out, so that has been fun. I have a girlfriend, so I hang out with her. She’s great!

Awww, how long has that been?

3 years the other day. She forgot.

Wow! She forgot? That’s wild *Laughs*

Listen, I am telling everyone this. I sent her a box of roses…… at work …. and she forgot. Yea, she forgot and she was like…wait…. what’s going on? Yea, it’s been like 3 years.

So if the next single is ‘I sent you roses, you forgot’.

Everyone knows why, but….

So that means you must be romantic then?

Who me? Nah, I just like try

You are remembering anniversaries, sending roses….

Yea, because I have forgotten a bunch. So I am like good now at it. So that has given me at least a year of like yea…..

Yea….like you forgot.

Yea.

Is it hard to juggle a relationship and your music career?

Nah, it’s been alright. I feel like it’s been cool

Well 3 years strong. Does it get a bit peak when you bring up certain things in your music?

Nah, we talk about it before.

Nice

We have a chat before.

You don’t do a Taylor?

Swift?

Yea. *Sings* ‘We are never never…..

She is a bit mad -yea.

She put everything out there?

She does. She like…. hasn’t she like broken up with people in a song?

Nah. Really? Nah.

I feel like I have heard that somewhere. No? Like maybe?

Nah that would be mad. 

Alright cool.

“Hey Taylor! Erm…. I am going to pick you up at six”. 

“Don’t even bother, Spotify my new single….. I hate you don’t pick me up at six”. “Like what?”

Really random question, I don’t know -it just popped into my head right now. Like dude what is your favourite cartoon?

These are the things you need to be asking me. I got a lots.

Go on cause I love cartoons. Ok wait, wait, wait. Lets break this down, because there is levels to this. New school cartoons and then old school cartoons. New school what are you watching right now?

New school…. I was an Adventure Time fan, mainly because it didn’t seem like it was for kids.

Your going for kid, kid type cartoons in new school.

I just. I am a comic book fan and obviously I like cartoons. I just started watching King Titans Go…

You are so going for the kid cartoons new school. OK.

It’s just really weird and I love it. Adult stuff Rick and Morty.

100%

Family guy, American Dad.

Yea. Family Guy or American Dad? Pick

American Dad

100%. Yea. Why is everyone saying Family Guy?

Do you know what Family Guy is like the obvious one, but American Dad is low-key a gem.

Ok listen to this yea, this is my logic to it. Family Guy, Peter will go, “This reminds me of the time when I was so and so……”. Then it flicks to the eye. But then American Dad will be like ” this reminds me of blah blah blah” and then you have to use your imagination.

Cleveland Show is low-key a vibe as well you know. 

Ummm

Nothere are some episodes on Cleveland. Don’t get me mad. Cleveland show have a vibe.

No, wait, wait. I feel like in the beginning of Cleveland show it was like ….. errr…But it’s got better. Because the other day I watched a show where he went partially deaf and was agreeing to everything Donna said. 

Yea, Yea, Yea.

and he was like “I’ve just worked out women, they just like when you say ummm hmmm. I agree with you”. Then all of a sudden his hearing comes back and they (the kids) are like, “where’s mum?”….and he was like “she went to Italy and quit her job”.

I am gonna watch this one.

It is so funny. She is like “Cleveland, can we?”….. and he is like “uh huh I agree with anything you just said. I love you baby”.

Yea *Laughs*

Yea, Cleveland’s show is lit.

Have you seen big mouth?

Yes. 

Isn’t it sick?

Big Mouth is like the weirdest…

It’s so weird.

…but like kind of accurate show to being like young. Like if there were….

You have seen all the episodes yea?

Yea, like I am on….

Have you seen the one where the tampon is walking down the bus singing everybody bleeds?

*Laughs*

Yea. No listen I am telling you there are some weird. It’s a weird show. There is some stuff that I am just like this is a bit …

Mad

Mad and wild. But it is a funny show. I’ll give you that. Have you seen Archer?

My mum is watching Archer. She’s like watch it. She’s trying to get me into it.

Watch it. It is genius. It is incredible.

Disenchantment. I tried to watch that, it was hard.

I started watching that but I was like it’s the people that do Simpsons.

Yea. It’s just like stick to Simpsons.

Futurama is good.

Futurama is elite. This is not cartoons but I feel like you would like this. It’s an undercover gem.

I love what we are doing talking about cartoons in an interview.

I just love TV and cartoons right. We are getting to know you more.

Yea, exactly.

I will listen to your music and say Ha! I know you have seen that episode of Big Mouth. *Laughs*

*Laughs*

New season I will be like I know my guy watched this.

Nah, Nah. Now cause we are doing this, I am going to put way more stuff in there.

In your music?

Yea

Do it, I will listen to it.

That’s why my mum loves Giggs cause he always puts TV…

I need to have a day with Giggs where we are just chatting about Star Wars, all of it, everything.

He put everything he is watching in his music. My mum loves him. She thinks she knows him. It’s mad!

Yea,.

Ok. Hidden gem it’s not a cartoon….Brooklyn 99.

Do you know what I have seen ….. at least 3 or 4 episodes and it is incredible.

It’s one of those ones you don’t plan to watch but it is sick.

I need to like proper get into it, but I have seen 3 or 4 episodes and it is hilarious.

You need to see the episode where they do the backstreet boys. 

I think I saw that …. wait… where they are singing each. Oh my gosh…. and he is like “Now Number 5”.

And he is like *sings* tell me why.

Yea.

Right ok, new school we have got it Big Mouth, Rick and Morty, American Dad, Family Guy all of that

Old school. Go…

Did you ever see a show called Daria?

I loved Daria. Yea… *Hums Daria theme tune*. Daria a lot of people didn’t watch it and Doug.

Doug oh my

Do you know what is sick about Doug? Well most people don’t know

Go on….

You like music? Go back and watch Doug. All the episodes the music in it was done with the mouth. So in the beginning it was like *Hums theme song*

Yea

And then when the sister use to walk it would be like *Hums theme song for sister*

That is so funny. Do you know what- I never clocked that. I need to watch that again.

And then Skeeter was like *Hmmm theme song*

That is crazy

Ok, what else? You like Daria, you like Doug.

Erm I was a huge Looney Tunes fan, because it was stupid. and I love stupid stuff.  erm what else was there Courage the Cowardly Dog that was a really weird…….

ermmm. 

What? What?

See my old school cartoons are more like Cow and Chicken,  Dexter’s Laboratory.

Oh yea Cow and Chicken. But Courage the Cowardly Dog was a part of that era.

Was that the one with the granddad?

Yea

Oh yea yea yea.

Yea. It was

And he was always scared of stuff. And the stuff that he was scared of was like I get that, bro.This looks like a demon from like….the pits of hell. But why is this on a show for kid? Its mad. Erm Cow and Chicken was wavey. Dexter’s Laboratory. erm Kids Next Door -K & D. Did you ever see that?

No

Dude come on. They were like secret agents in like a tree house.

Really?

It was amazing.

You had them elite channels- back in the day.

*Laughs* erm what else. I just had one…..Ed Edd and Eddy.

That’s quality. I feel like I can talk to you about cartoons all day.

I feel like we can talk about anything because you have unlocked this……

I unlocked it from earlier on. 

You have unlocked Pandora’s Box.

We can talk about anything cause now I really wanna be like, did you watch  Sister Sister and Smart Guy, but I need to like calm down.

Of course. Taina all of that.

*sings Tiana theme song* Ok most people don’t know about Taina. It gets on my nerves.

Some people need to get hurt, cause they don’t know about Taina. It’s mad.

Do you know what I mean? and then she is bi-lingual and the going with the Espanol.

Yea. What do you think of Lizzie McGuire coming back?

Nah, not here for it

What?

No. I am not here for a comeback of that but they brought back That’s So Raven.

But it’s not like they are doing what they did….

With That’s So Raven- Actually she has grown up and got kids. Yea, we can do it.

Yea.

I kinda like to see where they are now.  I kinda need to see a Friends Movie.

I don’t want to see Friends. 

Ok, Samm it’s time to wrap up this interview now. *laughs*

No, do you know why? I am not one of these new age people that hate Friends. Friends is elite. It is wicked, but it’s like the same way I don’t want to see a Fresh Prince.

No, I don’t want to see that movie.

That’s what I am saying I don’t want to see a reunion-none of that. Just that…..we got what we got and that is great. Keep it going.

Alright. Ok…Anyway thank you for joining me 

Thank you. This has been…..

Where can we keep up with all the stuff that you have got going on?

Everything is Samm Henshaw. Samm with two Ms. Henshaw H-E-N-S-H-A-W

No one knows how to spell. Erm for some reason….. maybe because I am Nigerian that it should be like have bare letters. But erm thank you this has been great. This has been a great start to the day.

I hope you have good energy and positive vibes all day.

Yes, thank you. I appreciate it. Thank you

Amazing. Thank you.


OSH’s Ye might be different but does he really show no love ?

Me and Osh on the westside

This week, I was joined by South London singer Osh This Side for a chat about his viral smash ‘My Yé is different to your Yé’, a remix of Burna Boy’s song ‘Yé’. We also spoke about his new single ‘No Love’ and much more including:

  • His confidence, Yé and sauciness
  • Breaking down the meaning of his latest track ‘No Love’
  • Love and relationships
  • Singing in the church choir and growing up on gospel
  • Wanting to collaborate with Drake
  • The waviest artists in the UK right now
  • Wanting to help others find their inner confidence
  • Football  and much much more

Continue reading to find out all you need to know about Osh This Side.

Full Osh Interview

What’s going on everybody? It’s your girl Chyna Johnson and today I am join with a very special guest. He goes by the name of Osh. Hello!

Thank you! Thank you for having me. it’s a pleasure. We have had fun so far… So….

I know. off camera. Secretly it’s been rolling, so I might cut those little shots. No, I am joking I won’t. I wouldn’t do that to you.

Quick question- How many times has someone sang ‘My Yé, is different to your Yé’ to you?

If I knew the answer to that I’d be richer than I… nah. I’d be rich.

What balling, Yea? 

I’m here. Living.

 *Laughs*

Now, obviously you went viral with that video and then turned it into a tune was it hard experiencing success from going viral ?

Erm… I wouldn’t say it was hard. I would say it was a lot different than what I was expecting. Because obviously we was doing it before, and how I envisioned the normal journey is just grafting and slowly making your way up. Where  in my situation it was, a video came out and then the world was just my oyster kind of thing. So I guess it was different, but I wouldn’t say it was hard.

I am gonna move the mic closer to you, just a little bit. Because you are talking kind of low. 

My bad

You are doing that guy thing.

Wasn’t I talking like this before.

Nah, your doing that guy thing. You know when guys call you at midnight. And they are like, “Hey”. The voice goes low, and you kind of talk a little bit in slow motion.

I don’t know what it’s like to do that. I just like to think I have a deep voice.

Oh sorry. *Laughs*

*Laughs* 

Ok cool, but the thing is you see when you went viral, right? You went viral around the time a few other people went viral as well. We won’t say any names. The thing is you’re a serious artist, you are serious about your craft. We can see that.

Thank you 

You can sing and you are talented.

Thank you

Was it annoying coming up with other people that are not that serious?

Nah, Not annoying. I just have that mentality, where I do my thing and what’s meant to be will be. I just let them guys do their thing. Everything is meant to happen for a reason. 

Yea?

So, I wasn’t really watching what everyone else was doing. Apart from when I am supporting, I support everyone’s kind of thing. I don’t really care.

So it’s all good.

Yea, it’s all good.

I feel like you have kind of crafted a lane for yourself now. Like in the beginning… like when it came out everyone was like what? It was like a bit banter and then everyone was like oh, wait he is a serious serious artist.

Thank you. Yea, I am blessed with a good team. They are here with me. So,  err Dean and Azawah Management are very creative. Smart obviously, so we put our ideas together and we think outside the box, and that is why I guess I am in a different lane. 

It’s a good look, I like it.

Thank you.

I want to get to know a little bit more about you. Cause I feel like you are a little bit mysterious.

I feel like we don’t Know you that well.

Go on… let’s see….Go on what do you want to know? I trust you so….

So, I can go really in with the questions? *Laughs*

So when, did you start singing? Like when were you like yea. This is for me?

Errm… what as a serious artists or just in general?

I mean like when you were younger.. I mean I sang, a lot of people sang. As you can see… I don’t make music cause I sing out of tune. But you sing in tune. So when was that  point when you was like you know what, I can go for this?

Erm… I finished uni in 2016.

I am trying to work out your age. *Laughs*

I am 23. So erm yea…

 You look older than your age.

In a good way. So now what?

They (my team) are allowed to talk aren’t they.

They hate on the complements I get. When people say it they say it in a good way. But they (my team), are trying to say I look old and wrinkly, basically.

No, you don’t look wrinkly. 

I like to think.

You look like a grown woman will be like hey! And then you will be like I am 23… Then she will be like damn.

How old are you?

Let’s not go there. But singing….

Yea, so I graduated in 2016 and had a graduate job at my university. I was in Southampton. Then I came back and got a graduate job in London and it was good in terms of a good graduate job. Good pay for a  9 to 5 or whatever. And I was just like nah, this isn’t me. In that year of me  being back- I was working and going studio with Dean and Azz. We just kept working. But singing, in general I have always done it. So when I was younger I was in a choir at church, but strayed away from it. But I have always been aware of my voice or whatever.

So have you always been writing music then, even before?

I only started writing music seriously, like a year ago.

Oh Ok!

So when the video went viral, I was doing music for a year at that point, writing my stuff and all that stuff.

That is so… that must of been all unexpected for you.

Yea, it happened pretty quick.

And the thing is the tune is so lit. Like I will go out and they will play Burna ‘Ye’. And  then you will hear “Yé, Yé, Yé. My Ye is different….” *Sings Osh’s song My Yé*. Do you really believe that you are super, super, saucy and more saucy than others?

I like to think so.

Wow you are just saying it with your chest?

I like to think so. Yea.

I thought you was going to come in here like, nah, nah, nah?

Nah, I got to believe in me. If I don’t believe in me, who will? So yea, I mean everyone else has got  their own sauce, but I like to think that mine is a bit different.

Yours is elite. Ok Cool!

Who did you grow up listening to when you were younger?

For me it was just a mixture of like gospel and R’n’B.  From my gospel side- I am a big fan of Kirk Franklin. I grew up on… I am a big fan of Ja Rule.

Really?

I don’t know why a lot of people are….I love old School Ja Rule Music.

Nah, old school Ja rule is like….

Now, I don’t know what he is on now. But apart from that

I don’t think he is….

The Fyre Festival….

Let’s not even go there.

But mainly gospel and your R’n’B, and 2 Pac and all that stuff. I know my music so…. But now more time now, I am a big fan of Drake.

Of course.

That’s the only person I say I need 

Work with?

I need to hear… And then everything else is just whatever sounds good I will listen to. So other than Drake I don’t have a specific…like I got to hear this song from an artists.

I mean Drake is …… Would you like to work with Drake. Though?

Of course, that would be mad.

Can you imagine? You know his sauce would be better than yours though? You have to say that, come on?

Errm… Nah, I am joking. Yea man, I would be learning but erm…  Yea.

Your new tune ‘No love’ talk to me a little bit about that one?

Ermm I actually made that before ‘My Yé’… That’s crazy isn’t it!

Really?

We made it like time ago. ‘No love’ tells a story. Like the instrumental. Like the song is called ‘No Love’ for those who haven’t heard the song. The song is quite upbeat at the same time, so I think it looks… It’s my personality in two ways. So, I am an upbeat character, but erm… the ‘No love’ character is very observant of the surroundings and I am one to speak my mind and  get things cracking if I need to but yea.

Oh Ok. Were you writing about any situation in particular?

Situations…. Situations.

Oh ok, spill the tea.

We are just observant of things so.

So what happened?

I mean *Laughs*

You said in the beginning that you trust me… so…

Ok, let’s break it down. So you know the lyrics?

Yea… Well,  I don’t know off by heart. Let’s pull up the lyrics and I will question you on them.

*Sings No Love, No Love*

Are you one of those people that sing all the time?

No, I hate those people.

Oh my, those people get on my nerves. I really want to get into it, if you are going to spill the tea on situations. Where is my cup to collect the tea?

First verse…. ‘Why you moving cold?, She said why you moving cold? Don’t you know there is a reason  why I move so cold? I doubt you’ll never know, my cards are never shown. You think I am bluffing- best you know that I will never show you.’

Ok, what’s the story in Balamory?

So she asking “why I’m moving cold?” and I say “don’t you know there is a reason”. See, I am the type of person where?

You’re cheating?  

Who’s Cheating? 

You said “You are moving cold” is that why you are moving cold?

Nah, nah I am one of the good guys. No, I am not like an affectionate person.

Are you not?

I’m not, I’m not. Emotionand all that stuff is a bit difficult for me. I don’t really do those stuff.

That’s a bit dry. So, you don’t snuggle?

Oh yea, I do that… But I mean…

Are you never the big spoon?

Nah, I do all of that but I mean. How can I explain it?

When your girl is washing up you won’t go and smack her bottom?

Nah, I do that. *laughs*

Nah, but I erm… How can I explain it? Like feelings. I don’t do the whole. I don’t know how to explain it. Feelings. Help me.

You don’t say I love you?

 Yea, I love you.

 Yea, you are saying it now. But say you are in a relationship. You don’t say I love you every day?

Yea, I would.

So in the tune you are expressing how cold you are?

Yea, I am expressing how cold I am. Then it goes on to like…. It moves from like a relationship point of view to friends and associates.

What, friends with benefits and stuff?

Nah. You are on this cheating stuff innit?

Nah, *Laughs*

 *Laughs* No, friends and associates, like the man them around me, or people who are just cool and just move a certain way. Like I am aware of that. Like one of the lyrics is “remember when you said This Side is not going to win”. Like Osh This Side. There is a lot of people that use to doubt, but now that things have happened…..

They are like trying to jump on the wave?

Yea, but now everyone is trying to jump on the bandwagon. We just jump into and look into both of these things like the relationship side of things. Like, how I might not shown No Love or I might show my love in a certain way.

So if you are not going to be doing all the cuddling stuff, how do you show your love?

Nah I cuddle, I cuddle.

So then you do show love then?

If you know me, then you…. It would make sense to you straight away.  Obviously we have just started our friendship relationship now innit.

Yea, relationship you know *Chuckles*

We have just started that now so, that will come with time but, like they know me so. It’s easier for them to understand.

So, if you cuddle and you do  say, “I love you”, and you do kiss and you do smack a bottom when a girl is  washing up.  You do alright then

So, I mean female wise I am fine. But like… when they said “This side will never win”. It answers those.

So you haven’t got love for them?

I got love for them , but then I don’t at the same time. It’s to a certain.

Ok, Cool. I feel like I still don’t know you enough. I feel like you are the kind of person that  you have to be friends with for 10 years and you still  don’t know nothing.

So basically, I am intriguing?

 Yea, you are intriguing and quite mysterious

That’s good. I am doing something right then. 

Are you currently working on an album right now?

We have lots of songs stacked up, but the aim is just to establish me Osh the Brand. Let people  know that I am here and it is serious. We started off with ‘No Love’ and it is about consistency. I have notice in this game especially in the UK scene it is just about, having your name in people’s mouths on a regular basis, cause a lot of people are out there putting out crap. But like because they are there no one …. You have to rate their work rate. We was away for a while. But so the aim was to just create good music, but when we have come back with ‘No Love’ just put out the good music on a regular basis and take over everything.

Did you feel pressure to come back?

Never. No such thing.

Oh, wow!

No pressure, what’s pressure?

You are very confident. You’re  a very confident guy.

I try man. I try. I have to. If I don’t believe in me who is?

It’s so true. Now in the UK who are you feeling and who would you like to work with?

UK. I m a big fan of J hus, MoStack, Young T and Bugsey and Alicia Harley.

Have you reached out to her (Alicia Harley)?

No.

So what we gonna do, jump in the studio?

Actually, you know what I was setting out. There is something I would actually like her to get on.

I feel like that should of been done already. Because it would have been a summery vibe.

There is two months left of summer you know. A month and a bit.

You are right hot girl summer did start the first of July 2019. There is still time. 

 You see, that’s what I mean about putting stuff out on a regular basis. So, I am going to put out lots and lots of stuff. ‘No Love’ is out now and it is doing the rounds, it is circling and doing what it needs to do. And I might have something new in a couple of weeks.

Like what?

Keep it a secret, ah.

You not gonna spill a little something .

What I just did  just now is me spilling a little something something. It will make sense when you watch this back.

Ok, that is what you are going to leave us with.

Ok so, what is the end goal for you?

Erm just to be the  best in the world at what I do and to provide opportunities  for people who don’t have the opportunity. One thing I have realised is for me, I am confident so I can speak to someone.

You are very confident.

But there are people out there for example that might not have the confidence to come into a room and happily own it or speak to someone. But they might be ten times more talented. So… what I want to do is have enough power to provide opportunities for those who don’t necessarily have the inner confidence to get their talents out there.

Have you always been this confident ?

 I don’t know.

Cause I feel like, the confidence you are giving off is maybe like back in the day you use to be shy and you realised it didn’t get you anywhere and now you are just….. confident!

I mean that is interesting. I have never heard that before.

I mean this energy you have got you just like… I don’t know.

You like it?

*Laughs* I mean….It’s not about me. It’s about you.

*Laughs* Maybe you are right.

Even in your video you are looking in the camera, slow looking, blinking slowly. Just this confidence.

I don’t remember not being (confident). I don’t ever remember not being this confident. I probably might get it from my dad as well.

So are you a big fan with the ladies?

I don’t know you would have to tell me.

Since you have gone viral and made a name for yourself, have you gotten more attention?

A private life, is a happy life.

Ok, right. See you are very mysterious. You give me a little bit then you….

Step back. Interesting.

What are your favourite things to do in your spare time?

Music, make more music, play football, make money.

What football team do you support?

Arsenal. I am a sensible human being.

These times you (Arsenal fans) are always crying on my timeline.

Who do you support?

Chelsea

When did you start supporting Chelsea?

When I was little, like 7.

Serious, 7?

It’s by force.

I am just trying to understand because Chelsea only became a serious football club, what like 10 years ago?

What do you mean a serious football club? Are you alright?

When did Abramovich come there ….’04, ’05. Other than that what was you doing before?

This is why you have to be so confident. I now see it. Cause you support Arsenal, you have to walk with this confidence.

Well I mean, Yea. You are actually right. I am confident because my team has always been….

Dry

Yea… I don’t want to talk about this anymore.

It’s dead. You know it. I don’t know that much about my football, but I know.

Growing up for me. My team was the best. I watched my team win a season undefeated.

I don’t know that much about football. But I know unless it is Chelsea, I am not hear for it.  I went skating the other day and I saw some guy in an Arsenal shirt and he nearly slipped, and I went “awww” and he went “Thanks babe”.  And I went “In that shirt- I should have pushed you over” and he went “What?”. I am not here for it. But anyway you have given me a little bit of sauce, give me a lot. Your spare time you do Music Music?

Football, Money. That is it for me.

What do you mean money?

That’s all I care about.

Is that it?!

I’m Joking

What else do you care about?

Family. My loved ones. I am the one where my friends- I treat them like my family it means a lot to me. Loyalty.

What star sign are you?

Leo.

This is why you are so confident, Leo- king of the jungle?

What sign are you?

Taurus.

Which one is that again?

Quite stubborn, it’s a bull.

Interesting.

Anyway enough about me. Thank you for joining me today. Is there anything you want to leave us with?

erm Osh This Side on everything Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter. Those are all the social right?  Follow what we are doing. ‘No Love’ is out now. Thank you for all the support that everyone is giving me so far and the new music is to come.

Amazing! Thank you!

Thank you for having me also.

Thanks for coming.

When in London a Doja Cat moos

Doja Cat on stage

So last night I attended Doja Cats first London headline show and boy oh boy was I in for a treat… 

First of all she’s even more Peng in real life … WOW!!! 

Ok so now that the girl crush moment is out the way let’s talk about the show. The gig took place in Heaven under the archers (right next door to charing cross station) very easy to get to. 

Inside was jammed packed with fans dressed in the most dope and quirkiest outfits, not gonna lie my decision to wear a black dress and an oversized denim jacket was a poor boring choice. 

Saweetie was supposed to open up the show but unfortunately she was unable to attend, some people were p*ssed about this but all was forgotten once Doja Cat hit the stage. 

When she walked out the crowd went WILD… and went even more crazy every time Doja dropped it low. The stage wasn’t busy at all… just Doja, her DJ and a giant screen showing the power puffs girls. Her outfit was cute and her fluffy pink heels gave me life, which she later changed to white platforms. The shoe change made me nervous because her laces were undone and had me really freaking out that she would trip over… I secretly wanted to run on stage and save the day (i decided against this as I was confident security would properly kick me out) 

The shoe change that had me nervous

It was her DJ’s birthday so of course a bottle of champagne was popped with Doja Cat being served a large class. I don’t know what it is but I love when an artist is drinking on stage, it’s like Zero F**ks are given and I’m really here for it 

Fans got invited on the stage for the second to last song which was moo. Let’s just say if you were dressed in cow print, then this was your VIP ticket to make it on stage. Doja Cat danced with everyone on stage BUT a guy in a blue outfit really took all the attention. The guy in blue was serving all the rhythm and even jumped off the stage into a split, this guy snatched all the wigs in the venue 🙂 

Fans gathering on stage

All in all would I go see Doja cat again? … HELL YES!

She’s a great performer who put on a very sick show. 

If you ever get the opportunity to see her DO IT!!! … and don’t forget to wear cow print because you might just find yourself on stage 

XOXO Chyna 

One on one with Leven Kali

Last week, I got the chance to have a chat with rising R’n’B artist, Leven Kali from Los Angeles (LA), California, who is set to perform at some epic festivals this summer. Leven is set to grace the same stage as Erykah Badu, Usher, Ella Mai, Summer Walker, T-Pain, Ari Lennox and Common to name a few at the Smokin’ Grooves festival in Long Beach in LA. And the Outside Lands festival in August alongside Lil Wayne, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals and Childish Gambino to name a few. 

Leven Kali and I had a great Conversation about:

  • An unreleased  song he and Usher collaborated on, that has The meaning behind his songs and his name having a deeper meaning
  • Dealing with attention from fans and his rise
  • Choosing between playing Golf professional and doing music full time.
  • His live London show and musical influences.
  • Working with Diggy Simmons and Syd from the Internets
  • Music of course and much much more.

Continue reading to find out all you need to know about the talented Leven Kali. 

 Full Leven Kali Interview

Fashion over health

  Pretty hurts

Hello!

  Hey, What’s up?

How you doing?

I’m Great! How are you?

I’m very good thank you. Thank you for joining me today.

  Of course thanks for having me.

So, you’re in the UK? How are you enjoying you London leg of the tour?

  It couldn’t be better to be honest.

 Yea

   I wasn’t even expecting like….. the… vibes we got. It’s been amazing!

Yea. How do you cope with like people knowing your from around the world? Do you know what I mean?

  I’m like learning how to do that. It’s my first time

*Laughs* Your first time in London?

No, I have been out here before. But it’s my first time being here like- you know promoting music and doing shows and stuff. Seeing like a response you know.

So, I read somewhere….cause you know I did a little research. That you use to play golf and you stepped away from playing professional golf?

I was playing erm like at the NCAA college. I wasn’t like A pro yet- but I was in school playing.

Goooolf though? I feel like that’s such a grown man sport.

Yea

How did you go from like golf to music?

I was like already doing music, so I was playing instruments and you know like jamming with the homies and then golf was like later. Golf was like the weird thing I did, compared to what people around me were doing. And then….. I just came back to the music. I was like I can’t be doing that.

I’m so happy you came to the music.

Me too.

 Beause I’m not gonna lie. I don’t watch golf. It’s a little bit boring for me.

I’m shocked. *Laughs*

*Laughs* I tried to play it once but it was an absolute failure.

It’s pretty difficult at first.

I was like no. I got kicked off the course. But that’s not the story. Anyway back to the music. You have got a tune with Syd from The Internet?

Yes.

Phenomenal collaboration!

Thank you.

How did that collaboration come about?

So that was errm….. that was like a blind date session. I had never met Syd before.

Ok!

And erm my best friend/collaborator coproduced her – Zack Sekoff. He and I linked up with Syd in the studio. We just kicked it and errr became homies. They maybe had worked together in the past. But as far as the 3 of us or me and Syd, it was our first time. So it was like linking up. Like I always like to talk to people before we get into the music. It was just a great vibe and then we made the song and then, yea!

Now that song is amazing and what else is amazing is your Low Tide project.

Thank you!

So many good tunes on there.

Thank you.

OOHHH My ! Like how did you get into that creative zone to create such beautiful work?

Erm it was just like over time . I’ve kinda grown even like when I look at that tracks, I see like how far I have come. Just as a musician, and as a producer, and a song writer and everything. It was like a mood spanned over time. You know.

Yeaa.

Did I answer the question?

You Did

Ok

Like a mood span like everywhere. I feel like everybody need to listen to that body of work because it just so like ….a lot of people say R’n’B is dead, but then when you hear that project it is so much alive.

Thank you- I appreciate that.

Who did you grow up listening to?… Cause it gave me like kinda like Keith Sweat vibe .. like some old skool 90s

Yeaaaa Twitsed and all that yeaaa, yeaaa.

As well as him, who else did you listen to growing up?

Erm I listened to a lot of Earth Wind and Fire and Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder ermm I use to love Rage against the Machine. errrm I went through a little metal phase, like a lot of like this band called Avenge Sevenfold and like System of a Down and kinda like some Jazz artists. I mean I love D’Angelo so much.

I can hear the Jazz in your project as well

Yea, I mean  I grew up playing drums in a jazz band -so that was that like big.  Being in a Jazz band in school they like make you listen to all the classics and play a bunch of standards all the time.

And speaking of the music on the project one particular tune ‘1 on 1’.

That’s like my Keith Sweat join

Yeeaaah. I was like woooo. You really brought the 90s in 2019 so well.

Yea

Talk to me a little bit about that tune.

Sooo, there’s a producer from Australia, his name is MXXWLL. You know about him?

Yea yea

He is a beast. So that we linked up and now that is like a brother of mine. Like a close friend.

So we are gonna have more music from you two?

Oh yea!

ok. Good good good.

But yea he produced that one, that was him. and we just caught a vibe. He had like an idea of the beat, loop and we were kicking it and I heard it. and I was like this is mine. And we wrote it and that was it. It was like a pretty quick creation, but then we added that bridge and that modulation and everything later. My DJ and my bass player helped me write the bridge and then it was like a cool. It definitely made the record go from like here to here.

Yea yea

It is sooo. Like listening to it…. it definitely did give me Keith Sweat vibes and erm when you are hearing it, it’s like….you know when you are listening to an old skool 90s tunes you know you are listening to Jodeci, you know you are listening to like…… and it sounds like its coming from there.

Yea

You two did it so well, where it sounds like you kinda second guess it-  did this come out now, or did this come out in 1992?

Yea

Was I alive when this tune came out. It’s really really really good. So

Thank you that’s props to MXXWLL. I mean he produced that joint that’s like his ear on the beat and just like we spent so much time tweaking it, and like mixing it, and then going back and fourth between us and Jimmy Douglas- who helped mix it, so that was a real props to MXXWLL thank you for blessing me with that track.

Yea, Big up MXXWLL. Cause I love it and I have it on repeat. Someone else who you have worked with is Diggy Simmons?

Yea

You feature on a tune ‘Text Me’?

Uh HUH

I wanna know. If you was to text your crush what would you say?

Well I mean I don’t have to text any crush cause I have a lovely lady that I can say whatever I want.

Sorry ladies he is not available. I’ll just leave then

*Laughs*

*Laughs* Only joking. I’m joking i’m joking. If you had a free pass to text a crush.

You tryna get me in trouble 

hypothetically speaking- what would you say Or give some advice to the guys out there

Maybe errr, maybe err I would say “Yo, do you wanna come kick it with me and Sophie” and instead of a 1 on 1, we can do a 2 on 1.

*Laughs*

Ok, so you are just friend zoning all the crushes out there. Ladies it’s not a thing. On the topic of text, we will move away from the crush talk, cause you don’t want to get yourself in trouble. Well done

Right

OK, yea yea yea. I still feel like girls are gonna be screaming for you but well you know. Your gonna have to bat them away. Errr on the topic of text what is your most used emoji.

Probably the palm tree

Reeeaaally?

Yea, I love the palm tree.

I was not expecting that 

Well we have a thing called Palm Studios, so Palm Studios is like our movement, our place were the homies, the creative force behind like everything we have going on. So Palm, you know I’m from LA so there is palm trees everywhere. and erm yea

That is such a random emoji to use, I wasn’t expecting that.

I love the palm tree. I love the palm tree and I like the errrm the face that’s like agghh. *Laughs*

*Laughs* I reckon I can’t relate to the palm tree cause look. you know you are over here in london, you can’t see it but the window is right there grey clouds. so unfortnately.

The rain drop and the chicken.

You opened up for the one and only Lauryn Hill

Yea, that was crazy

Oh My Oh My Gosh. What was it like sharing the same stage as her?

F’in crazy. Insane!

Yea. We will just beep that out

oh sorry.

No your fine.

It was unreal. It was an honour. I mean the night before the show we got a call.

No way? The night before?

I had known a week before that she was picking or her agent was picking between a few different options. or R’n’B artist that were already in the area. We had just done a festival in Northern California and so we got that call. It was actually crazy. We had just got off stage, like tripping and got a phone call saying we were gonna open for Lauryn soo… it was just like. The emotions at that point were just like.

That is mad…. How do you prepare for that?

You don’t have that much time, when it’s the night before, but we had a set already, as we planned to do other shows around that time. So we just do what we do.

Did you get to speak to her and get any advice from her?

I did. And that was pretty magical, because you hear so many things about celebrities and I’m a big believer in you can’t take somebody’s word for somebody  else until you meet the person. So getting to meet Ms Lauryn Hill -was like such a pleasant surprise and such an….amazing experience because you know we all look up to her so much and she had nothing but positive nice things to say and gave me a big hug and we took pictures. She said “You know- we gotta do this again” and like yo That was really cool. So thank you to whoever made that happen. Thank you Ms Lauryn.

How did you keep your cool around her. Cause I’m not even gonna lie I feel like I would be fan girling out. 

Nah we, *Laughs* were tripping. We had to like make a whole plan, cause we knew she had a meet and greet. But we knew if we could stand in front of her looking sad for long enough, she would notice us and feel guilty and come over and talk. So you know we had to talk to her team and finesse our way in and then  finally get the picture and all that.

That is incredible! Oh My Goodness

It was pretty crazy.

Who else like with Lauryn Hill have you been in ore of meeting?

Oh, I opened for the legendary Craig David that was like my first

Craig David, and you called him a legend. I respect that you respect the London culture like this.

Yea! You got to.

That’s my cousin Craig.

*Laughs*

No he is ligit like everyone’s cousin over here

He is a beast. I love his music. and he is also like same thing. Meeting him was like wow. Like once again another example of like somebody who. Not that I ever heard anything but just like you never know what to expect when you meet somebody of that stator and that level. He was humble and kind and respected everyone on my team. You know nothing but respect for you Craig. 

Oh, I just love that you love a bit of craig David. What is one of your favourite tunes from him?

This hit *Hmmms Craig David 7 days Song*

Monday, took her for a drink

Yea, is that 7 days

I’m not gonna sing it but Love a bit of Craig. Now what can we expect from you in 2019. The rest of 2019

We got a bunch of shows. Not sure how fast this is coming out, But on Saturday we have Smokin’ Grooves in Long beach- Erykah Badu and Usher Headlining that.

Oh my god

Crazy! And then we have a few festivals in America and then High Tide part two.

So wait, can we go back to Eyrkah Badu and Usher. You going to be at a festival with them.

They are headlining. It’s a super R’n’B festival, Erykah Badu, Usher, Ari Lennox, you know. Who else is performing there Tom? *Asks friend in the room*

  *Friend in room answers * I’m gonna telll you right now

*Sighs* that sounds amazing

Its honestly just a Stack line up. 

When is this

*Friend in room replies *Usher, Daniel Caesar, Kali Uchis, T-Pain, The Dream, Teddy 

*Sings* Turn out the lights. NOOOO!

Yeeeeaaa!

When is this

Saturday in Long Beach

I feel like London we kinda Lacking. We are coming

You got that festival that like Love

Lovebox?

That’s out here that similar R’n’B thing similar.

That’s more R’n’B than Lovebox. I’m not gonna lie

Well this one is pretty insane like this is like that line up is.

It sounds insane

Its an honour to be part of that line up

Have you met Erykah Badu before,

Nah

What you gonna do when you meet her? Apparently you don’t look into her eyes, cause you will like fall in love. Yea, cause she is that awesome.

Yea you just like yea. You gotta like look at the floor

A 100%

I don’t know, I like if I get a chance to meet her that would be cool but you know how it is at those festivals. she probably busy. And I am like an earlier set time so I like be in the crowd.

But that’s good though.

Don’t be in the crowd, mingle.

I wanna hear that you don’t get good sound backstage.

No, I Know, In the crowd is so much better. Where it needs to be.

But a collaboration with you and Erykah or You and Usher? I’m here for

I have a crazy fact to drop on you

Drop it now *Makes bomb drop sound*

In the deep, deep, vault ungrounded, underneath the back cave, like you know face recognition passcode, finger print everything. In a super locked vault there is a Leven and Usher track.

Shut the front door. Why is this not coming out?

It was just like a vibe. U know that’s like big bro? Yo, its nothing bro. It was like a little bit ago we had some sessions in the studio because he was working with Srillex and the time and I had just been introduced to Srillex so we were working on some stuff just like kinda just vibing out and went to dinner a couple of times.

Just casually went to dinner with Usher?

It sounds like I  am saying it light- But I have had time to come down. *Laughs*

*Laughs*

But it is pretty crazy but year Usher when he speaks to you in real life you are like you’re a legend. He sings when he speaks. and weaars shades all the time, and has the Wraith with all the lights. 

*Laughs* Now that is….. When did you lot record that?

Errmmm it was like 2017, 2018

I’m gonna need you to release it

We just have a few ideas

We will see maybe we will reconnect and see what happens.

You need to- At the festival on Saturday. Jus be like Usher do you remember that tune. I’m just gonna release it on Tuesday. I’m just going to drop it.

Exactly

And he will probably be like “Yeah, Yeah” *Sings Ushers Song Yeah*

*Laughs*

That was my cheesy joke for the day.

Nah you landed that though, I like that. Congrats

Thank you very much, thank you. 

Round of appaulse *Claps*

No we are gonna need to hear that. So as well as you have a secret Vault Vault locked away with Usher. Who else would you like to work with in the future?

Erm I think it would be incredible to be around Stevie Wonder. Even just like jamming to learn and absorb. He is like one of the last to like, all time legends that we still have on the planet with us so …I feel like that’s a irreplaceable moment to value and look at. You know what’s crazy I’ve sat at a table next to him once and that was almost enough, but I would really just like have him at a keybroad and be around him that would be like over the mooon! Like ultimate!

When you were at this table did you speak to him. Did you get to speak to him?

No, he was getting bothered by a bunch of people so. He was turning to chill to.

I believe in putting things out into the universe, so if you say it multiple times stick it on a mood board you will meet him.

I love it!

So anyways thank you for joining me today.

Thank you for having me.

I mean it’s a pleasure! Where can we keep up to date with everything you have got going on?

Ermm so Where can you keep up with it?

Like if we wanna stalk you. Not too much cause we know you are taken.

Everything is @ L-E-V-E-N K-A-L-I. Leven Kali.com, Merch we got the Low Tide Stuff. Can’t wait to come back here

My Lucky Day, with Lucky Daye!

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of talking to New Orleans soulful R’n’B artist Lucky Daye, who is set to perform at the 2019 BET Awards. Lucky Daye will perform a live rendition at the BET Awards, alongside the likes of; H.E.R, Cardi B, Lil Nas X, DJ Khaled, Migos, DJ Mustard, Billy Ray Cyrus, City Girls, Lizzo, Lil baby, and Kiana Lede.

Lucky Daye and I had a great Conversation about:

  • The meaning behind his songs and his name having a deeper meaning
  • Dealing with attention from fans and his rise 
  • His home town New Orleans and their Southern Hospitality
  • His live London show and musical influences
  • Music of course and much much more.

Continue reading to find out all you need to know about the delightful Lucky Daye. Whose London show was great and full of vibes, energy and left the crowd wanting more… You can also watch the full video on youtube

 Full Lucky Daye Interview

Hello Everybody! I am joined with a very special guest, and I’m going to drop a little cheesy joke….. It must be my Lucky day!

*Makes siren sound*

Because I am joint with Lucky Daye.

*Laughs* Yes, Yes, Yes. Thank you for having me.

How you doing?

Yea, I’m good. I’m good

Is this your first time in London?

This is my second time in London. But this is my first time in London with a dollar in my pocket. *Laughs*…Like… I could go to the store and be like…. I was just talking about this with somebody, and like we’re like. Yea- I go to the store and be like I could buy that.  But I’m not *Laughs*…

But last time you were here, you were probably just staying in the hotel then?

Yea

You got here. but that was it?

Yea, that was it.

*Laughing*

*Laughing*

Now your name is really interesting. Why Lucky Daye?

Erm… Well… Lucky is when preparation meet opportunity. And I want it to be every day. It took me like two weeks to figure out. I only looked up the definition of ‘luck’, because one of my family members thought it was like it sinful to call myself Lucky.

But, really? 

Petty, right? Yea, I know. But I looked it up and I was like isn’t nothing wrong with that. So…. I’m ’bout to make a stand. I’m like I don’t know why they make me do this….  * Laughs*Like imma make a stand. I’m a be Lucky every day. And then I read Marvin Gaye; his name use to be no ‘e’ and then he added an ‘e’ so like I’m a start mine with an ‘e’. 

Ok, ok!

ummm hmmm

Now speaking of Marvin Gaye, you see when you sing you got this like old soul passion.

I like to think I channel  the greats.

So, who did you grow up listening to, cause I feel like I can hear it in your music?

errrr….. I eventually listened to like Tyrese. And  well I  never name women, but there it’s a lot of women that have influenced my voice.

Like who?

Like Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. People like that.

Yea!? Can you hit them high notes though? Like Mariah?

Yea, I just got my whistle voice.

Ooooh, *Claps- applauds* Congratulations!

Thank you!

I’ve been working on mine for a very long time.

Oh, Really? Let me hear you?

*Attempts to sing*No. Oh, It’s just not there. It is usually there but I’m just stage fright. 

Oh nah, nah nah.

 I mean you know- there is a professional in front of me.

*Laughs*

I’ll send you a voice recording then you’ll get it. If it sounds like Mariah it’s not her, it’s me!

Oh, Yea *Chuckles*

Did you also listen to 90’s R’n’B?

Yea, I listened to Tyrese and Kelly price.

The Iseley Brothers and that?

I listened to them like later

But you do know that song ‘Mr Big Song’, right?

The ‘Mr Big Song’? How does that go? Use your whistle voice on that one. 

*Sings Isley Brother song*

You can’t sing that! *Laughs*

What about? Oh yea. What about Busted? Is that? oh

You can’t sing that either. Cancelled!

Moving on to the next question. Moving on swiftly. Your tune Karma taken from your latest project, talk to me about that one?

That song…. Tune-How y’all say it. That is called Karma and it’s talking about a friend that I had…. that I wanted to just stay friends with so bad- because she was so sad all the time. But then she liked me in a like romantic way and I knew at the end of the day I just wanted to help her not be sad. Because for me my care comes before my physical needs.

That’s nice. so…You’re not an F boy?

Oh, Nah nah. Never that.

That’s lovely. Continue ….*Laughs*

That’s a disaster story right there. But nah she  alway came around telling me stories and stuff. And like I’m empathic. I wanted to like build her confidence and that. She liked me but I couldn’t like her because that wasn’t the way. But, it got to a point where it was like…alright- you cute, you nice, you know what I’m saying?

Did you let her grow on you?

I let her grow on me

Ahhh, thats dangerous you know.

It’s bad, but I let her grow on me and right when I let her grow… she did something bad to herself and it broke my heart and then she left us. I was like- wow why would you do something like that? So the song comes from- she won’t stop running round you and right when I wanted to love her she do something like that.

But  does that then make you think you’ve got a kind of maybe, when something is presented to you, take it straight away or like… do you know what I mean?

But I didn’t like her (in a romatic way). but when I started liking her and I just like prep her up. She went to like a deeper depression, because when I wasn’t around it was worse.

Yea. Did you become her happiness?

yea

It is a lot of responsibility when you become somebody’s happiness

  I know now. Yep, I know now

I never knew that listening to the song. It sounds like

It’s a happy song?

Yea, so it doesn’t sound like. It’s like- how can I say it? It doesn’t sound like Destiny’s Child- Bug-a-Boo. 

*Bursts out Laughing*

But it’s like the 2019 male version of Bug-a-Boo.  

It gave you that feeling?

Yea *Sings  You make me wanna* through my Karma… Remix!

Ahhhh… *Sings Karma 

That’s interesting how you are able to go so deep on a tune, but still keep it up beat

yea  because, I wanna be ok to dance. I wanna be ok to know that. What is crazy is her mom tried to blame it on me. She killed me. I was broken down. I didn’t even have a Christmas. I was like wow. that crazy.

Was this recently?

Yea- it was erm  2016.

How are you know Lucky? 

Yea, I’m alright. She chose.

Aww this is so sad. I feel for you. I’m going to need tissue

I know, this is why I don’t talk about my songs. Now you gonna be thinking about it in a sad way? You suppose to be dancing!

What we will do is everybody listening  out there. I mean I like it, it’s chilled,  it’s a vibe. What we gonna do is when we are out with friends (summer is here),  we are gonna have a good time with it. It is when we have gone home and we are by ourselves we can take it in.

Think about it. And have a box of tissues?

Yea. Now your London show is tomorrow? I’m going!!! *Cheers* I’m super excited.

I’m gonna be looking for you.

I’ll be at the front. So when you point at me Imma scream, ‘He was pointing at me’?

Yup. Imma be like- you damn right.

Thank you

*Laughs*

What kind of energy you gonna bring to the stage?

Oh, big energy!

Ok

I got my band. I flew my band out.

Yaahhh!

I aint gonna do that for nothing.

I love a band!

Oh yeah? We bout to tear that stage up. It’s gonna be a sweaty floor, when I get off stage.

Oh, I don’t like sweaty

 when I get off. You gonna be on the floor.

I don’t like on the floor either. Maybe I should wear jeans, i was gonna wear a nice little dress and heels.

You should wear a raincoat.

*Laughs* and an umbrella. How does it make you feel to have so many fans around the world?

Well – Somebody just bombarded me for an autograph outside. So, that was nice

Was, it weird. Is it weird when people do that?

I was like damn how you supposed to be like a star? Are you meant to sign it? Are you meant to be like, nah so they can want it next time. I don’t know. But I just want to be nice to everybody. For some reason. so, I just signed it- then I was like let me take a picture. cause I appreciate them. I didn’t make the songs for people to like do that, I didn’t make the songs for people to go crazy over me. or noting. Cause I go crazy over them. I got crazy over people, and I realised that.

That’s nice. Really?

Yes! 

So, they are like Lucky Daye and you’re like… So like, can we get a picture? And you are like, can I get a picture?

Oh My God! Yea. *Laughs*. Literally, I do.

No way? That is so awesome. That’s nice. Don’t ever lose that. Some people over the time get a bit tired of it.

Nah, I do. Don’t (ever lose it)?Nah, I am not gonna be uptight. I’m from New Orleans man! Southern Hospitality. You know we know how to do all that. We keep it real country.

I like that. I’ve never been to New Orleans.

You know we have great food?

I’ve been to Atlanta, is that close?

No-Kinda.

OK. I’ll make sure next time I go over. I’ll go there.

Atlanta is nice. Atlanta taught me how to make commercial music. And it taught me like how to hustle. In the street…. like how to make money and stuff like that. So…

Did you live in Atlanta?

Yea, I stayed out there for like 3 years, 4 years. and I was just trying to like survive. And make money.

Were you there whilst doing music?

Yep, that’s why I went. Like, trying to make music,  because I didn’t know nothing about music.

I’ve notice in America, people either go to like LA (Los Angeles) or Atlanta.

It use to be like New York, Right? Somebody told me that New York use to be like popping for that.

But isn’t that more like just for Rap?

New York?

Yea?

ummm, maybe.

I don’t know- im making up. Just like I dont know

You might be right.

LA was more for  acting. New York was more rapping and Atlanta was more like…..

Everything black

Who would you like to work with in the UK?

Who would I like to work with in the UK? Errr…. Is Sampha still working? He is cool!

Do you know who you will sound good with? Nao

I hope she come to my show

If she does come to your show. I will be screaming for you and her.

*Laughs* Ok, that will sound good. That will be fire

Yea, she is sick. You got to reach out

That would be crazy I was listening to her song ‘Another lifetime’ today. It is one of my workout songs.

Oh, you’ve got Nao on your workout playlist?

I workout to Soul R’n’B. Y’all can workout to Trap all day. I don’t care. I’m working out to slow stuff.

I heard someone else say that. Like they run to slow jams.

Yeaaah

That will put me in my feeling. I’ll probably run to like my ex’s house

I work out to like James Blake.

But like Jodeci Feenin’. I’ll be like running to my ex. I went for a run but I ended up at your house like, I don’t know how I did this?

*Laughs*

Ok, we are gonna wrap this up. But before you go. To prepare for you show Tomorrow. Where can be keep up with everything you have going out?

You can keep up instagram @IAMLUCKYDAYE 

Daye with and ‘e’. 

and YouTube Lucky Daye I put some live videos on my YouTube.

Are you dropping a video for Karma?

Imma drop a video for every song.

Do you know why? because I fully know what Karma is about now? Before I was like Bug-a-Boo. But if you tell that story in a music video. It would be like a mini movie

Oh my God, you said the magic words. I think you woke up a chil’. Mini Movies. Yea.

I’m telling you, and obviously if you are looking for a lead?

*Laughs* Yeaaah. A lead in it. We’ve got a lead.

Yea, I can be the girl moving in slow motion. Loook….

Oh, that’s the Spike Lee Joint.

*Acting out scene* That’s me crying cause you don’t like me. Look see

oh, no. I don’t want you to cry.

I think I did quite good- innit?

Oh you got the 411 with it.

Yea

That’s nice. I digg

Thank you for joining me today.

Thank you for having me.

Enjoy the rest of your time in london

I will

And i’ll see you tomorrow at your show

Make sure you tell me, where to turn up at?

No, I will

Do you want me to tell you

Ok

On air or of air?

No this is off now. Done