London based soulful songstress Billie Black, shares and shines with an aptly lush video for ‘The Last Time’, the lead track from her new smoothly alluring 3-track EP.
So…How are you Billie? What’s on your mind right now?
Hello! I’m well thanks, super busy but happy. I always feel my best when I have lots going on. It’s really nice having some new music out, it’s been a while and it feels good.
From “Vogue’s woman of the moment”, at just 19, to ‘The Last Time’ EP…how do you view the music industry now?
I’ve been quite separate from the industry for a while, three years to be exact. It’s been nice to take some time out and gain a perspective on what I want from music and what I want to say as an artist.
The industry can feel all consuming at times. For me it’s been important to be doing something else alongside music – for me that was starting a course studying social anthropology at SOAS (School of Oriental and African studies). My course has taught me a lot about myself and the world around me, it’s also reignited my passion for music and song writing, I’m massively inspired by the things I am learning and keen to focus purely on music again when my course finishes in May.
Can you describe the sound of ‘The Last Time’ EP in few words?
Cinematic, bold, romantic, honest.
What has been the hardest part of being in the music industry for you?
Trying to remain true to myself and authentic in my music making. I think in general I put too much pressure on myself, I am a bit of a perfectionist, coming to terms with the fact that perfection doesn’t really exist in an industry that encourages perfect is difficult.
Who has helped you the most get to where you are today?
My boyfriend, who is the most patient, kind and loving person I have ever met.
What kind of music do you listen to?
I listen to a wide range of music. I love old soul and disco. At the moment I’m listening to a lot of Jazz.
I’ve always loved jazz – i studied jazz at the guildhall school of music and drama before embarking on my own singer songwriter stuff and i continue to gig doing jazz roughly twice a week.
How was the experience with Warner Chappell writer Paul Statham (co-writer of Dido’s breakthrough hits ‘Here With Me’ and ‘No Angel’)?
He is a pleasure to work with. we clicked straight away. Its hard to find producers who share your musical tastes and are also nice to be around. I am really grateful for the musical relationship we have built and I’m excited to continue working with him in the future.
What are your fondest musical memories in your house?
Big family parties with my uncle playing a mixture of African music, disco and reggae, everyone dancing and happy.
What’s coming up next for you?
I am going to continue doing music forever ofcourse, it’s my passion and I absolutely love it. I’m so thankful for everyone who has supported me with my music and I really wanna keep on making music that people feel they can relate to. Once I release the rest of the EP (mid nov) I am going to arrange a gig where I play all my new stuff.
By Frank Bell ©FM