Yesterday you played a concert in Paris, but let’s go back to the beginning. You were born in England in 1995 and lived without music for part of your childhood. What pushed you to make music and start writing?
I was at a party and I got really drunk. It led to an accident and I was hospitalised. That was my wake-up call. From that moment on I knew I had to do what I loved because life is too short. I was already very passionate about music, but this incident was really what pushed me to do what I love.
Who is your inspiration?
I get inspiration from different places: Amy Winehouse, Skepta, Robert Johnson, Ray Charles, Eminem, Dr. Dre, etc.
In 2017, you launched your first EP “Found What I’ve Been Looking For”. The track has now had more than three million views and seems to be a sign of great things to come. What did you feel when you saw the news?
It was a feeling I have never experienced before, it was beyond happiness. I was very proud of myself. Being able to live from my music is something I have always wanted. So obviously when it first started, I was extremely happy.
"I was at a party and I got really drunk. It led to an accident and I was hospitalised. That was my wake-up call. From that moment on I knew I had to do what I loved because life is too short"
Do you think your musical style influences how you choose your clothes?
I don’t really think about it when I’m putting on my clothes. But the way I dress most likely represents who I am as well as my music.
Does social media bring something to your work?
Yes, of course. It often helps me reflect on what I am doing and on my work.
Your album Lighting Matches will be released in July. Could you describe it in a few words?
Passionate, furry, real, true.
Your concerts are already sold out in the UK. A lot of people say you are the new Ed Sheeran or James Blunt. Do you like this comparison?
Yes, it’s cool. I hope one day to achieve what they have already accomplished. They’re really influential artists. But I also want people to love me for who I am.
Text: Noor Ould Hocine