This week, our interview comes from the very talented Azu Yeché. He’s a London based singer-song writer with a bright future ahead of him, creating distinctive and polished folk-eque, pop inspired tracks.
Tell us about yourself and how you got into music?
I’m Azu - a singer and songwriter based in London. Music has always been a part of my life - I can’t remember a time when singing wasn’t part of my life.
Your new single Sunrise is out today, tell us about the inspiration behind it.
Sunrise was inspired by a couple who stayed together after a horrible year. It was an attitude of ‘The whole world could crumble right now, as long as you’re next to me, it’s not so bad’ . In a broader sense it’s about holding on to something or someone that keeps you sane.
How would you describe your musical sound/genre?
I would say that I make soulful pop/folk with slight African influences. Some songs are more folky, some more soulful but in a broad sense, that’s essentially with I do.
Who would you say are your musical influences?
What are you currently listening to?
Sign O The Times by Prince and there’s this new girl called Hamzaa - there’s something quite direct about the way she sings.
You’ve had some great support for your previous single FarmHouse from places like BBC Introducing to name a few, what has having all that attention been like?
Great thanks. It’s nice to see people respond positively to something really personal to you. This is a little song I wrote in my bedroom and Tom Robinson from BBC 6Music is calling it ‘the perfect pop single’ - it’s a little mad.
Of course there is still a way to go, but I do appreciate the support at this stage.
What’s been your music career highlight so far?
Either playing The Union Chapel or singing live with Gabrielle on tour.
You’re playing gigs at every opportunity! Would you say that this has really helped you develop as a musician and live performer?
Absolutely. Performing live has really shaped me as a singer and performer. It is my favourite part of music - that instant energy and connection between you and the audience. I love to tell a story with my singing and I think I do that best when I sing live. I’m also very instinctive live so anything can happen vocally which I love - I just go with it.
In order to command an audience and connect with people, you sometimes need practice.
What’s on cards next music wise, an EP perhaps?
There is definitely a body of work coming. It’s really now about timing but something should be released this year for sure.
Where can people follow your progress?
On my social media channels
Sunrise by Azu Yeché is OUT NOW. Azu Yeché is performing at SOUS LE RADAR PRESENTS on Monday 4th March - FREE Tickets HERE