Roisin El Cherif

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Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with Roisin El Cherif find out more about her...

Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I'm from Galway but based in Dublin. My mother is Irish, Dad is Palestinian. We lived abroad for most of my growing up years. I've always loved music and singing. Spice Girls was the first musical influence at 8! Wrote my first song at 20, at my mother's request. Didn't do much about it till years later, but was always writing lyrics or poems.

Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Tracy Chapman, Destiny's Child, Fever Ray, Fleetwood Mac, Fairouz, Florence and The Machine, the list could go on!
I listen to anything really. Recently, I'm a bit obsessed with Ben Howard and Tall Heights.

How would you describe your sound?
Oh no I don't even know! Lyric heavy dark pop beats.

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What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
Half A Life is the first single off the EP. It's about losing yourself and finding yourself in a relationship.

What’s your local music scene like?
Dublin is a busy music hub. There is always something going on and it's small enough to make friends in.

What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
My first ever EP of 5 songs is to come out in June. Eek! Very excited. It's been a long time in the making. Hoping to tour after that.

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Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Kyla La Grange. I love her songs and how she transitioned from Folk to Electronic music.

Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
There have been a few! They all involve being late and just about making the gig! I can't say much more without sounding like a disaster!

What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
I love words, honesty and finding meaning in most things. Portraying that in songs and connecting with people makes this musical journey so rewarding.

You can find out more about Roisin via Facebook, Instagram, Spotify, Twitter or YouTube.