Arin Ray on Tour


Recently I had the chance to sit down with Cincinnati, Ohio, singer and songwriter Arin Ray. Arin Ray was a contestant on The X Factor USA in 2012, and has since gone on to continue to make music. He has also been a part of making hits for Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, John Legend, Young Thug, Jeremih, Juice WRLD and many more. He comes from a musical family; with his aunt singing background for Marvin Gaye, his Dad playing drums for New Edition and Bell Biv DeVoe and his mum singing in the choir and also auditioning for The X Factor USA. Arin recently was in London to support Dreamville’s Ari Lennox, on her European ‘Shea Butter Baby’ tour. I got to know a little bit more about Arin Ray as we talked about:

  • Good food in London and being particular about what he eats.
  • His family and writing ‘Sleep (ZZZ)’ with his mum.
  • Arin’s first time in London and his favourite places in Europe.
  • His song ‘Change’ featuring Kehlani.
  • Touring with Ari Lennox.
  • Being handsome and humble.
  • His latest EP Phases II
  • Music and much more.

Continue reading to find out all you need to know about Arin Ray.

 Full Arin Ray Interview

What’s going on? It’s your girl Chyna Johnson. And I am joined with the very handsome, talented, super stylish…. Arin Ray! Hello!

How  you doing?

I’m doing good. How are you doing?

I’m great!

How are you enjoying your time in London, right now?

It’s amazing! I love London man. Like I haven’t really got to see the city too much obviously, but what I have seen is beautiful. What I have eaten…. great!

The food is good,  right?

Yes.

But when people come from America, they say the food is not good.

They hating on the food.

Yes!

What?! It is so good. Well, I just had Burger and Lobster. That was fire!

That place is so good.

That was fire so. I can’t complain.

And it’s Christmas.

Yea Christmas time.

And I don’t know about in America, but do you guys have Mince Pies?

Yes. But I don’t eat those things.

Oh Ok. I brought a box but I won’t offer you one. It’s ok. That’s fine.

Maybe like give them to Allen …. or something like that. Me, I am just a really picky eater.

I hate fussy eaters.

I am terrible. Like you would hate me.

Are you one of those people that don’t like onions? 

It’s in everything though.

But it’s like look….. like, onions are gross.

They ‘re not. They are in everything, and they are blended up and you don’t even know.

Trust me. If I don’t taste it – I am cool. But if I tastes a chunk of raw onion……  and it has to be cook if I eat it ever. I just can’t. The texture, the taste, the smell. Ewww I just am not with it. I don’t like mayonnaise. I don’t like none of that. I am good.

Uhhh.

I am a terrible eater.

I could never cook for you.

I am simple. But I can cook good so…..

You are not simple. Fussy eaters when they say they are simple. They are not. There are all these rules and regulations. 

In a sense yes. You are right. I am a simple eater. Let’s say that.

I am not going to lie, all this food talk is making me hungry and I feel like I am going to reach for a mince pie, but I am not going to do it.

I am hungry…. As ever right now.

That’s all I have got for you (mince pies). So unfortunately.

But anyway you are here in London with Ari Lennox on her European leg of her tour. How is that going?

Shea Butter Baby tour, has been  amazing! We have been to so many countries, and cities and stuff. I have never been to Europe before, I have been to one town. I went to Stockholm for a writing camp.

So is this your first time in London?

Yes. 

Really?!

Never been here. It is beautiful.

So of all the cities you are going to on this European leg, which city is your favourite? *Whispers London*

Mmmmm I am liking London. London is top 3.

Like, Love

I had a great time in Stockholm. I love Sweden and I don’t know why. But I love London. London has been great, you guys are obviously very beautiful.

Thank you.

I love the fashion here, but Paris is the most beautiful place I have been to. The scene weren’t too great… but I love the way it looks. I had a great time sightseeing, and seeing everything and being  under the Eiffel Tower for the first time.

Did you take the picture where you pretended it was like in your hand (The Eiffel Tower)?

No, I didn’t get that one….. But you know the Loo… what do you call it?

The Lo?

The Louvre. The big triangle thing that they keep the Mona Lisa in.

Ok, Yes!

I tried that and I did the little thing with that. I just got cool dope pics (pictures). So that was cool.

Did you go to the lock bridge?

No, I didn’t go to any bridges. I just went to some restaurant after I did the site seeing and saw cool statues of people….. and poets and all that. It was just beautiful. It’s a beautiful place.

Do you know what is beautiful? Your face.

Thank you so much. You got me blushing. Come on man.

Obviously, I seen you on Instagram. And I was telling people, ” Yea, I am interviewing this guy and he is awesome”.  And they are like, “Oh my God! I really like his music. And I am like “he is great. He is handsome”. And then they are like, “but like is he handsome in person”. And I am like, “I don’t know”. Your face is amazing. How do you cope walking round with such a beautiful face.

I blame my mother….. and my father.

Is she gorgeous?

Ah Yea. For sure, my mother is the reason for everything.

Ok, so you look just like mumsy (Mum)?

Yea, kind of. Actually, I just found out that I do. When she was a little younger…. I kind of look like her when I was younger. I kind of look more like my dad though… But team mom all day.

So both parents are just elite and beautiful?

Nah, my mom is gorgeous. My dad is cool. But I got my mom’s like prettiness. I got my mom’s like…. you know what I mean. My dad he is just a handsome guy. But my mom! I got my like pretty features I guess, from her. She is definitely….

I am glad that you know. You know some people I will be like, “you are really good looking” and they will be like, “huh. No”. But you know, which is good. But in a humble way.

But no, no look… I had to get into this- you know what I mean. I had to grow into this. I wasn’t always. Trust me, I feel like I can do way better.

What looks wise? What?

I’m going to get shredded and everything.

I am not going to lie guys, off camera I saw his erm…. chest. In a photo. Not in person. Nothing  went down like that. But you look shredded already. You look fine.

I am trying trust me. I need a bigger chest. I need the whole eight pack game going…

Are you trying to get the muscles- where they come from like the neck to the shoulders?

No, I am not trying to look like a wrestler. But you know what I mean… I am trying to get real lean, real nice, real cut. So if I could do an action movies, I could do an action movie. Or if they need me to do a romantic thing. Or if they need me to do like some modelling. I can get crazy with that.

It definitely works with the whole R’n’B singer thing. Because as a female….. and men, when you are listening to an R’n’B singer you know you feel it in your emotions. And when they look good as well it just works hand in hand.

It Helps. It Helps.

That brings us on to your EP Phases two. A V-iiii-be!

Thank you.

Five tracks. Amazing! From the beginning, it is just like….It is a body of work that is seamless from beginning to end. Do you know what I mean?

Thank you. I would hope. I hope

No it is good. When did you create it?

Like…. in between ‘Sleep (ZZZ)’…. The first record is like two and a half years old. ‘Sleep’ (ZZZ). I wrote with my mum.

You was sleeping on sleep?

No, I wasn’t sleeping on it actually. It was like a year and a half. I just…. No…. I had that one when I had ‘Platinum 5’. It was just timing honestly, getting the falls right and I wanted the intro, the outro where is switches up. I just did that. So it was just like timing. Timing is everything.  ‘A Seat’ came early top of this year and ‘Change’ came at the top of the year. 

With Kehlani

And ‘Don’t Chase’ I’ve had…. top of the year.

‘Change’ is dope!  When I was listening to it. I was like who is the sample?

112…. Bad Boy remix. Well actually it is not really a sample…. it is a reinterpretation. For business… I needed that. But there is a sample from the… you know the drum beat that’s a Fugees . *Sings ‘Strumming my pain with his fingers….One time!*

I need to hear it again. Because I am listening to it and you know when you are like I know. I know… which is a good thing, cause you really made your own spin on it.  Which is awesome. 

Are you and Kehlani  like mad cool?

She is cool! We are Straight. Yea. Yes.

Who else would you like to work with?

Pharrell. I think me and him are like the unknown, dynamic duo of music right now. Come on Pharrell, pull up dog!

Do you know what? I don’t know if we could handle it. Should I tell you know why?

Why?

Cause you are talented, he is talented

He is incredible.

You are good looking. So is he. Could you imagine the video…. He would be like *does dances moves*

Yea he is cold.

And you would be like *Does dance moves*

I don’t know how…. I think it would be too much sauce for the world.

Nah, It’s never too much sauce. Well sometimes it’s too much sauce… but only in pasta. It’s literally only pasta.

When it’s on Pasta. You say Paastaa. I say Pasta. A lot of sauce is a necessary isn’t it.

It’s not. You see  with me I need the sauce. But like I feel…I think you are born with it honestly. You got to have the sauce but I don’t know. *Shrugs shoulders*

I like your analogy. I got it. So, if I was to go to Ari Lennox’s show with you there as well, what should I expect?

I am going to try to entertain you. I am going to try and make you smile. I am going to probably sing to you. I am going to try and butter you up …and make you nice if you got a cool  date, or you by yourself. I don’t know I am just trying to put on a show. That is my biggest thing to make people smile… and move and have a good time. That is like literally it. If I see you smile and you are not worried about the next person beside you. That’s my biggest pet peeve too…. like if you want to dance. Dance! Have a good time and dance. So my biggest thing is just putting on a show and particularly for this tour making sure that Ari (Lennox) and anybody else is juiced up, so they can have the best show that they can possibly have.

Do you lot (Ari Lennox) get along backstage? You and Ari?

What? She is like the coolest person that I have met.

She seems so cool.

She is like so sincere. She is so soft spoken. She is cool. She is funny. You know what I am saying, and she is obviously like amazingly talented.

So talented.

She is like incredible and I found a love for her album even more now and I am an even bigger fan just doing this …. Just doing the tour and seeing how prepared she is and doing the same thing every day, as far as getting ready for the show. So it is just an amazing time obviously.

When are you going to headline your own one (show) over here?

I got to get a little bit bigger for that. But soon.

You are literally there.

Hopefully next year. I am close but I got a long way to go. But it is cool and I am ready for that journey wherever that takes me. But if I do what I am supposed to do, I can do it next year for sure. I can do some nice little crowds out here.

Do you know what the energy is right. You’re awesome. The thing is I wasn’t expecting you to have such a dope personality.

What?!

Yea, I know. You are really cool.

I just be chilling.

Yea. I feel relaxed. I am hungry. I have been dreaming about the mince pies that are just there.

Me too. Well I might have a try.

You made me forget about it for the last ten minutes.

I just be trying to chill. You know what I mean.  Like all the little extra stuff is cool, but you know at the end of the day if you can’t hold a conversation. If you can’t just be a regular person what’s the point. If you just  can’t enjoy times like this then what is the point. So, I am just blessed to be here. And this wasn’t promised. So I am just going to enjoy this and be happy.

Exactly. Well I wish you all the success in the world. And just before I let you go because you need to eat. Do you know what I mean. So before you go, where can we stalk you and keep up to date with everything you have got going on?

Twitte.  Instagram.

Where are you most active?

I am most active on Instagram and that’s @ArinRayCamp . You can follow me there. Then I have got…you know iTunes and all platforms and stuff. So you can check out my music and stuff. It is all there. Whatever app it’s all there.

And ‘Phases II’ is phenomenal you should all check it out. Because it is awesome.

And it is only like fifteen minutes.

I know! I listened to it like four times on the first go.

See that’s what I need.

Yea it was lovely. Thank you for joining me.

Thank you.

Ama Who? Ama Lou… That’s who

This week I sat down with singer Ama Lou. Where I found out what she is all about, where her name came from and her new EP entitled ‘Ama Who?’. We also had an interesting chat about:

  • What it was like growing up in Hackney
  • New EP ‘Ama Who?’
  • Going from song writing to singing
  • Having a studio in her house and her creative process
  • Loving to run and her special running technique
  • Her shopping tips and tricks
  • The power of manifestation and believing in yourself
  • Music and much much more.

Continue reading to find out all you need to know about Ama Lou.

 Full Ama Lou Interview

Hello everybody! What’s going on? It is your girl Chyna Johnson right here, on Westside Radio and I am joined with an incredible artist. She is so cool. Her name is Ama Lou. Hello!

Hi

How are you?

I am great!

Is that your real name?

Erm, partly. Yea.

Is it Ama Louise?

And then something else.

Ok

Yea.

We will just keep it as Ama Lou. It sounds… Hella cool.

Yea. We don’t need stay too serious.

Now listen you are effortlessly talented.

Thank you!

You see how much effort I put into staying effortlessly?

Love it!

The irony in that. It’s like in the nicest way possible. It’s like you don’t even try. You are just natural. Your whole vibe your music everything.

I am supposed to reply to that.

I don’t even know what you are going to say, but it’s just like…. When did you start getting into music?

Well…. I wanted to be a song writer first. I started writing songs when I was eleven actually. And ermmm… and I just fell into it. It’s just something that I really loved…. that I had a massive urge to do. And I think that anything that you do in your life, that anyone does in their life. It doesn’t matter what it is, doesn’t matter what the world thinks. Just if you have that real deep urge to do it every single day and that you are going to give it one million percent that’s what you should be doing. It could be accountancy, it could be doing eyebrows, it could be…. music it could be being on stage. It could be anything.

I definitely think that music was your calling…. and when I listen to your music and see your music videos. I am just like does she try. Like, Gosh! She is so awesome! Now I am from south London. No, now I know that face. Because after that song ‘Northside’ I am  now going to relocation.

*Laughs* What? 

It’s a vibe! I want to say that, “the Northside has got my back too”.

*Laughs* 

I am not joking. I was like this is siiiiiick! and there is nothing in south London that represents that. Awesome! How did your ends influence your music?

Erm.. Just…. I think. I don’t know about it influenced my music. But it definitely shaped me as a person to create that music….. if that makes any sense.. So, I went to like…. a school and I was on…. you know and man was likkle bit on roads from when she was young and ting.

Who you?

Just likkle bit

Really?

Like not real! You know like street… run around.

You were street wise?

Yea. Not really just on the road being a silly person. I don’t know what I was saying before that.

*Laughs*

And just like having friends from everywhere. Just experiencing especially cause I am from Hackney right!  Anyone …. Whatever I have just said. If you are from Hackney as well, you will understand I don’t even have to more explain.

I don’t get it. South London you see. It’s a different kind of … it’s a world.

You experience so much. In such a small area. And you know from like Stoke Fest you got cancelled because the railing came down on the park. There was to many people in there. To Hackney Carnival to just going to Riddle road to school and then all…. But then it is super middle class and all this. You just experience a whole plethora of different situations and also Hackney is the greenest borough! Mad parks.

*Laughs*

We were just rolling around on grass from day. I am basically going to the point that all of this influenced me as a human.

The thing is you seem. I don’t know like… how can I say it? You seem like high fashion, meets street-wear, meets everything, meets just everything mixed in one. Like we can put  you anywhere and you will just fit in.

That’s why Jay-Z likes me

Just anywhere. We can pick you up and put you there and it just works. Do you know what I mean?

Yea.

So I definitely feel like, your area, as you described it.

I feel like this interview….. You are just giving me loads of complements.

No, it’s because you are lit! Like the thing is I don’t give complements. I am that type of person Like I have family members that will be like” Chyna! do you think I’ve lost weight?”. Like, I would have told you, if you had lost weight. Ok! You still look round. Have a nice day.

Oh My Gosh! *Chuckles* Stand up! You should do stand up.

So the fact that I am saying that you are awesome. Do you know what right? Someone said to me, “Chyna, you are funny”. And I don’t try to be funny I just talk and people laugh.

But you don’t need to try, because you are funny.

Thanks.

If you are not funny, you try to be funny. But if you are already funny ,you don’t.

It’s because of my parents. I have  just been raised by two jokers. Oh Gosh. Now you are 21?

Umm Hmm.

You are so young. And you have achieved quite a lot.

You think?

Errm I’m sorry! Songs on the ‘Creed’ (Creed 2) soundtrack. Yes! Like it’s a big deal. You have achieved a lot. Drake loves you. Do you know what I mean? Who did you go on tour with recently?

Jorja.

What was that? Jorja Smith? Hello! That is a lot. Twenty One

Yea.

There is people still making music in their bedrooms, you know. What has been your greatest achievements so far?

You know, I actually got asked this the other day and I think the person that asked me was quite disappointed with my answers. But it is… that I… now have the whereabouts to have a studio in my house. 

That’s sick!

Cause that means I can just get up, have a shower, do exercise and then get to work in my house.

Why exercise? I mean why not just get up in your PJs and then go over there.

That as well at like whatever time in the morning. But I do like running so…

Do you?

Yea.

Hmmmm What about the knees?

You have to have a special technique.

Do you know what? I started running last year. Because I was training for a half Marathon. 

Wow!

Injured my ankle. Didn’t end up doing it. And I was like thank God. I was dreading it.

Nooo. Noooo.

Nearer the time, I was like I have only run 5k, I don’t know how I am going to do this.

3 miles. Yea.

And now my knee has been hurting me ever since and it’s been a year. So what is you special technique?

So people when they start running. Especially cause it’s  all mental. But people when they start running they have this thing. You know like at school right? You are told to pick up your knees and run.

I didn’t really like P.E. so…..

Right, but so that’s the technique that everybody is like… right I am going to run now so let me make my strides nice degrees and let me pick up my knees. But the thing is when you do that…. especially when you are running long distance (and I run long distance) is that you jolt your heel down on the floor and so you cause like a massive impact on your knees. So you will get like that knee ache and then injure the tendons around it. When really you are supposed to be kicking backwards, like small steps.

Like a gallop?

Like a …. like a weird … penguin [Demonstrated technique]

I wish this was videoed. *laughs*

I know, I know *laughs*. I wish this was videoed as well. You kind of have to kick backwards. Like lean forwards and push all your weight backwards. Like run Backwards. Does that make any sense?

Oh ok. I mean you just said run backwards. But I feel like I kind of get it.

Yea, so you should  have all you weight forward then you are pushing

So you are constantly kicking off something.

Yea, so you are constantly kicking off, rather than pulling. Cause when you  lift your knees you are pulling forward when you should be kicking back.

Right, to any of my listeners out there that is the tip.

I am really sorry.

No, it’s good. Because I was telling all my listener that I was training for a half marathon, then I  had to come on air and say that’s not happening. Because I injured myself.

Oh no.

But you know there we go. Now you see your latest EP. I heard it.

The whole thing?

Ahh. It’s a vibe!

Did you listen to it in order?

Yes, cause I don’t like listening to things out of order. It annoys me, because I feel like the artist might have done this on purpose.

Ok. Yea. Yea.

 And it really jars me when I do  listen to it in order and it’s like wow, they didn’t put any effort in. They just threw anything together. But is a viiibe!

You like it.

 It’s coming out soon. Winter time. We’re ready. Got my furs waiting …you know?

Yea. *Laughs*

Now from it, it’s like…. chilling with friends and someone has just gone, “hey, listen to this song” and you play it and there is a little bit of chatting through it as well like…. Hey. 

Yea.

I love it!

Thank you.

 It set the tone of what it is like  to be in the studio with you.

Ahhh yes! That’s what I wanted. That is exactly what I wanted.

But now that you are right in front of my face, what is it like being in the studio with you?

Well I don’t know if may people would know, because I am like just usually just there being engineer by ourselves.

Cause you do everything, a lot yourself. Don’t you?

Yea. I like my own company a lot.

I love mine. yea. I think it is good to like your own company. Can you sit in a restaurant by yourself? 

Yea 100 percent. I do that all the time.

It’s the best right? And shopping?

Never with anyone else.

Hate shopping with people. It’s jarring.

I cannot do it with other people. When people just look at every isle. I look … I can literally stand in the  middle of the shop or a market or whatever and I can just pick out what I need. I can see it its like laser eyes…. whereas people need to go through everything and I am like….

I do like to go through everything though.

But see that is why you do it by yourself though. So you don’t inconvenience other people.

*Laughs* It’s true. 

See. Considerate you are.

When you shop. Do you stop for food? I don’t stop for food and it jars me when someone goes I am hungry and it is like aggrhh…. We are on a mission.

You should have eaten before. 

There we go.

Or you save it until you stomach feels like it is imploding on itself.

Nah, fight through.

You eat after. Exactly you fight through it until that happens and you go home and you eat.

So back to being in the studio with you. So you are usually by yourself

Ummm Hmm

So what else do you do

I like to cook in the middle of it. 

Really!

Yea. So I will have like a break and then cook. I don’t necessarily eat it. I just like to cook.

I love cooking.

Is that weird?

No, I enjoy cooking. My friends are like you are weird you are cooking all the time.

I just love it.

But I eat. Hence why I need to lose the belly.

Stop! 

No, I do. It is getting out of hand. I need to…. Nothing fits.

No, honestly stop.

No, all I do is wear these trousers and another pair and that is it. It is getting out of hand.

Stop, you are gorgeous!

No, I put on jeans the other day and it looks like I am crying. But my eyes are getting watery. *Laughs*

*Laughs*I know, I was about to say she is tapping her eye… mad! Like….

I am tapping my eye right now. It is just getting watery. I tried to put on jeans the other day and the button popped and I was like I can’t. And I was on face-time to this guy and I was like trying to put on these tracksuit bottoms, and he was like, “Let it go” and I was like” please. shut up!!”. Erm sorry I  went off and spoke about myself for a second. My mum is going to hear this and say, “all you do is talk about yourself”. I am like “mum shut up, I felt the vibe. It was a conversation”.

Yea, we can have a conversation.

So you go in the studio.

Yea, go on.

And you go like yea I am making this… Opp, I am feeling hungry. Cook, don’t eat it. Go back in and that’s it.

Yea, that’s it. Or I’ll…. No, I do everything…. cause I like to work in the day. But I do know people like to work at night.

Oh, Are you a day person?

Yea, and I am like a morning day person. The engineer goes home by maximum ten or eight thirty and starts the next day.

Do you know who you need to get in the studio with?

Who?

Kano…. 100%. This is brewing…. Is this brewing already?

No…

You love Kano?

I mean he is a lege (legend) innit.

Listen, I interviewed him and I was like, “what’s it like being in the studio with you?” And he was like, “well, I have a cuppa tea”. Like he is a herbal tea type of guy, daytime.

Yea, that’s me.

So if feel like you two can get together in the day and make magic.

Yea, do you know why the studio is a real good place to work. Like, I take it really seriously.

I mean other artist have a like more of a party vibe.

Yea and that is how some people are most efficient, so no hate on that side. But I am really just like a….treat it like a job.

Speaking of Kano I would really like you to collaborate with him. Who else would you like to collaborate with? I mean you didn’t actually say you wanted to work with Kano.

You put that on me.

I did

Yea

And I want to see it happen.

Ok!

 Go?

I think, I also want to work with your mum, cause she sounds pretty fun.

Oh my Gosh! My.. mum. Her voice is like…Hi. If I called her right now. She would be like, ” what are you calling me for?….”

Oh My… We should call your mum!

No.

We should call your mum. No let’s do it.

But she is really rude. She will be like, ” You know I’m working”. Oh no. I can’t call her. There is no reception up here. Look.

Oh no.

No reception.

Well. Hey, we had the intention of calling you mum so….

I have called parents on the air, on radio before. 

I love that.

Yea. My dad was like, “Hi, darling …..etc etc” and then I remember one time I was trying to call my dad constantly on air and I was like he is not picking up everyone…. soon… and then my mum texted in an said “your dad is a waste man”. And I was like brilliant. 

*Laughs*

Yea…..She is just so…. You know what it is my dad is funny like Jim Carey. Slip on a banana peel. like haha.

Ok. Slap stick.

My mum is very Rick Gervais.

Like slap stick. and then erm dry.

Yes, my mum is so dry….like a Jacobs cream cracker.

Wow.

With no water.

Wow!

Or butter. Just that. And you have to eat like three of them in a row within  a minute. That is how dry she is.

And you are also dehydrated. So you know. Coz no one drinks.

Right you are like I said already you are lit, hella cool. I like  your vibe. I started talking about myself this is not professional. But I feel like I am in a conversation with a friend.

I am not judging you so…

I feel like you secretly are. No I am joking. You don’t seem judgey at all.

No. I won’t judge.

You seem really cool to hang out with. Would you like to do for fun?

Thanks. Erm… I like to go to erm… like … Home-wear places.

Have you just moved into your own place or something?

Yea. I have.

Same. Home-wear brings you enjoy right?

But I like to organise. The other day I was really stressed out and I couldn’t…. There was no creative outlet to get the stress out. So I just go upstairs and like start organising my mum’s closet.

Organisation, is amazing. Do you watch YouTube videos of like people organising stuff.

I did use to and now I like do it myself.

Ok.

I live out the dream of organisation.

Because you are there now and you have got it.

I love it! I love putting everything in like matching jars. I love …..erm…cleaning.

Are you like you don’t like the packaging in the rice? You pour it into like ….

Recycle….Always …… Or like I go to one of those free. …No… Zero waste shops.

Yes. Well done. I need to go to one of them shops.

With like the bags so you are not actually using plastic……Or I like  to go to farmers market.

Oh My Gosh you are like really cool.

I just love all of that.

You are like grown cool.

I just like doing homie things. I like doing reclusive things. I like making a nest. I am a nester.

Yea. The thing is you music is a vibe!

It’s a Vibe

Do you know what I mean it is something you would want to hear? You know there is some music that you want to hear cursing around  in your car. Your music is, I am just going to go inside and shut the door……and if you smoke you smoke. That is your thing. If you drink, have a drink. Do you know what I mean? The Northside!

*Laughs*

I am going to have to relocate. It’s not even a joke.

*Laughs*

No, I have to. It’s lit and do you know what? I played it to my friend and she was like, “I was expecting her to rap”. The video, cause you kind of come up to the camera like Ha  ha. Ready to spit something…. a hot sixteen.

Yea, it is….but you know everyone that heard that song, the first time they heard it they  were like it is like……you kind of disguise rapping, in your own way cause you are actually spitting bars. And I thought ….Ohhh…. Maybe I am.

You are.

I did intend….. It’s just ….you know. How it came out really.

And you look so cool in the video. Like you just rocked up to set and you was like HA! Press record. Bam! Do you know what I mean? It’s mad.

Quick little outfit change.

*Laughs* Right 2020 is just round the corner.

Aahhh Yea.

2020 looks good.

It looks good.

And if you are like into energy and like positive energy.

But does it feel  good?

It does. It looks and feels good. 2020.

I was seeing if you was…… really in tune with the vibes.

Yea, a hundred percent. Do you know what I mean? I am one of those I saw eleven eleven!!!…… Kind of gassed people. So 2020 a feel like it’s the year of manifestation.

Yea, I mean…. every second, every day is manifestation.

Of course. Of course.

Attach that tattoo on your chest. Tattoo it cause you can have anything that you want.

You can. Thank you. I know, that’s how I believe.

You guys can have anything that you want, so…..

Yes, listeners. I tell people this all the time.

Yea

It’s just anything you want, anything you say…. you can. You know. Anyway 2020 is round the corner. What’s in store for you?

Tour! 

Nice

Big, likkle tour.

Sick!

Big bill boy! No, I am doing a big tour at the top of the year that I will announce soon.

Ok, What is your tour going to be like?

You know what? I am just like now…. really getting into it. I needed to get this project out and then really going to dig my claws into everything about it.

I feel like you are going to give me Jhené Aiko vibes on stage.

No. I am like… it’s like…. can I give you a little different scenario.

Go

My one is really on the stage like a rapper. I run… a lot!

Ok.

That’s why I have to run long distance. Cause I’m full up and down. I am vibe…energy like.

Damn!

Full. Not dance routines, cause I am not really good at following those. 

You just like run up and down. Like mad.

But, I am really like in it with you. Like. I am not like…

When I went to Jhené Aiko. When I went to see her she had like plants on stage and like a harp. and I was like whoa. Oh wow!

No, I am not really like a…. I am more like….

Nitty Gritty

Skate

Wow

Skates. I am more like skate vibes.

Ok. She was a skater girl, she said she you later

*Sings* She was a skater boy, she said see you later boy.

I like it. You going bring anyone out (On tour)?

You are asking me questions I don’t have answers to right now.

Sugar! Damn. I was trying to pick your brain and trying to get an exclusive. You never know.

I am an open book so I really would tell you but I don’t….

I think you should get me to open up for you….

Can you do like…. 

 I can sing

Oh you can sing..

Nah, I can’t sing at all.

Ok

I am just begging it. *Laughs* I do that to every single person that I interview. Do you need a….

What if you do like… an introducer person. Introducing.

A host?

Yea, a host.

No, your show you wouldn’t need a host. It’ll be a sick DJ to get the crowd going and ready and doing like skank faces. Like they  smelt something awful.

Yea…Awwful!

Then you walk on stage smelling fresh, cause fresh is the key.

Yes, fresh is the key

Then it will be like  awww we are cool. Do you know what I really love your vibe. I feel like I could talk to you all day.

You probably could.

I actually could it’s not even normal. Well it is cause I can chat for England. .. Well anyway this has been so AWESOME! before …because in the interview we spoke about positivity manifestation and all that malarkey. Just before you go give that……Remember I said there are still people in their bedroom writing and creating music. Sprinkle some positive words of wisdom to that person who wants to get to where you are right now.

You need to work. One- give everything you have. And that is not in comparison to how other people work. You just need to give how much you have and it will take you to the place you need to go. Need to… not necessarily what you… What you want… is not always what you need.

I like that. I am going to quote you Fantastic!… Thank you.

You know guys are amazing and you will find whatever you need to do in life.

Thanks. You’re amazing.

Thanks.

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