1) What can we expect musically from your new EP Intérimes?
A sound that is more R&B/Soul than what I’ve done before. Songs about love and heartache. Grooves that can make you feel like bouncing your head. Bass lines for days. Hopefully melodies that you want to sing along to. And always, a very honest message. No one has influenced me or told me what to do. This music is all truly the work of the artist and her chosen collaborators with no business involved in the process.
2) You’ve given us a taste of what to expect from your new EP with the songs you’ve released in the build up, so which track out of “Middle”, “Twilight” and “After Midnight” was the most fun to write?
We had some serious loughs writing After Midnight. I wrote it with Morgan Wiley and Jonathan Singletary. We even had a whole not so PC alternative title!
3) The EP translated to English is “in the meantime”, what’s the meaning behind the EP?
Intérimes is actually a made up word. I came up with it with my brother . It is a combination of the Latin “interim” and the French word for rhymes which is “rimes”. It means in the meantime because all of the songs take place at a different time of the day, but it also means “in between the rimes”.
4) What is the lyric you're most proud to of written?
“I’m suspended in the air waiting for someone who cares”
5) What’s it like releasing an EP during the COVID 19 lockdown and when is the release date so everyone can get a copy?
The EP came out on July 10th. It’s actually made me feel very lucky… Besides the unfathomable thought of not being able to perform and tour, it’s still very comforting to know that people might have time to listen to music more than usual. It’s encouraged me to keep going and given me a new perspective on why I make music. It gave me this laser focus and clarity.
6) Since leaving your post as lead singer of nu-disco outfit Escort, you’ve quickly proven yourself to be one of the hardest working women in music, but what is the hardest part of being part of the music industry and have you any advice for any artists who are just starting out?
I think the difficult part is knowing that our careers are not only determined by the quality of our work. Being in such a metric system, it is so challenging to beat the odds and get people to listen with their ears before looking at the numbers. It just takes a lot of time, and I’ve been doing this for a very long time. I’m not looking at a finish line and am truly enjoying the process. My life is now in the present and I’m very happy with my evolution. My advice would be to just make music that is true to you and not compromise. Make something that YOU are proud of and the rest will follow. Just be patient and keep working.
7) It’s been a turbulent few weeks for America and the wider the world, you’ve thrown yourself fully into the Black Lives Matters campaign. In your view how can the music industry play it’s part in the Black Lives Matter campaign and make the industry a more diverse and equal environment?
We need to have Black people in executive positions. We need Black women executives. We need Black men and women CEOs of major labels. We need Black men and women A&Rs. Of course Black people are a minority percentage wise and that is a fact, however we need to make sure to take in consideration the fact that most pop music derives from musical genres that were invented by Black people and make sure that is represented within the decision making realm.We need to not marvel at White artists for sounding black. I’ve always felt like Black artists need to do so much more in order to impress. We need to make sure to give equal opportunities to Black artists.
8) People may know you as the bassist in Cee-Lo Green’s band, What was it like being part of the band?
It was a dream come true. I used to listen to CeeLo as a teenager. t feels like a special gig because CeeLo gives us so much space to shine. He never wants us to behave like a “backup band”. He wants us to be in front, big and to entertain. I also learned a lot from the other women in the band. They are all fierce and so knowledgeable.
9) Who are the artists who inspired you to become an artist and write your own music?Growing up in was Mariah Carey. I’m still so baffled that most people don’t know she writes all her songs… She was the first example of a female leader with an incredible voice who wrote her own music. Minnie Riperton is another one. Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone… My Favorited artist of all times will always be Prince. Outkast, Erykah Badu and D’Angelo were modern times visionaries who helped shape my vision and taste.
10) What’s next for you and your musical career ?
Figuring out how to navigate this no-live-show-world! Hopefully that ends soon. In the meantime, I am developing my fan base and working on the next record!