DE’BORAH: ‘I HAVE A VULNERABILITY ABOUT ME’

Following the release of her impressive EPs ‘A Thousand Tongues’ and ‘Waiting Games’, enthralling London-based “songwriter who sings” De’Borah, returns with a new EP titled ‘Chambers On A Sleeve’.

‘Chambers On A Sleeve’, is a collection of memorable gems about heartache, alienation and burning love….°I have a vulnerability about me,” she says, “and I really believe that not only does vulnerability connect with people but it’s quite empowering. That’s what runs through my music.”

Can you talk about your brand new ‘Chambers On A Sleeve’ EP?

If I was to put an ultrasound to my heart as singer/songwriter I think this EP is what you’ll hear. The title is a play on the phrase ‘heart on a sleeve’ – the heart has four chambers and this EP has four tracks that I feel metaphorically represent quite emotional and raw parts of my life so far. It’s the first EP that I’ve officially produced, alongside artist/producer Jesse Hackett, so as an artist it was really exciting to paint more colours with my music sonically.

Can you reveal us, 5 things we should really know about you?

Although I enjoy singing and performing I’ve always seen my self as more of songwriter than anything else.

I love tennis…I could watch and play tennis all day everyday.

As a child I initially thought about being a rapper too – I just loved poetry and music so much.

I’m a big Downton Abbey fan.

I’m an avid Peppermint Tea drinker.

What is your reaction to comments about your music from people like Chris Difford’s “delicate and perfect writer”, and BBC Radio London’s Gary Crowley’s “a wonderful purity to her voice and songs.”

It’s great to have this kind of support, especially when you’ve been working at a craft for so long its encouraging when it’s recognised.De'Borah2 Tell us more about your “front room tour” in January.

Fans can get in touch with me in January, then invite their friends and family over and I’ll perform a gig in their front room. After a small break from gigging I’m really looking forward to performing this new EP and lots more new material with fans and new audiences again.

What is your first memory of wanting to be a singer-songwriter?

I just remember looking in mirror after writing my first song at age 11, and thinking to myself ‘I could actually do this for the rest of my life…’ It just felt right.

What has been the hardest part of being in the music industry for you?

The journey of becoming an artist as opposed to simply a singer/songwriter is quite a difficult one. You want to be recognised for your craft, but in the industry today, that’s not always the case.

What are your dreams and goals?

I’d love to perform around the world and have the opportunity to write songs for other artists too. My main goal is to inspire people, young and old, in whatever positive way I can.

Who are your musical and non-musical influences?

There are so many but I’d say my main musical influences are Joni Mitchell, Lauryn Hill, Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys. A non-musical influence is my mum – she’s an amazing lady!

What’s coming next for you?

Next year I’ll be recording my debut album. As a songwriter with so many songs to share an album has always felt like a dream and I can’t wait to get started on it.

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By Fabrizio Belluschi @FAMEMAGAZINE.co.uk