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 Yasmin Kiddle to find out more…
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I am half English, half Greek Cypriot and grew up around North London. Music was big in my family, my dad always had a guitar knocking around and we had a piano. From a young age I was really into anything music related. It didn’t take me long to start writing and singing, I would then make my parents or whoever was around watch me “put on a performance”. Since then I’ve never stopped and have gone on to writing, recording and producing my own music.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
I was exposed to a lot of different styles as a kid, so my influences really were an unlikely mix. My mum was into Soul and Motown whereas my dad was more into indie/60s classic Rock. I would also often be drawn into what my older brother and sister were listening to (Grime, UK Garage and RnB). Artists that really stuck out to me were The Kinks, Marvin Gaye and India Arie. I still listen to a big mixture but I would say I’m really influenced by Frank Ocean, his music inspires me to be really creative. I’m also influenced by strong female artists like NAO and Amy Winehouse, I feel they have given me confidence in being an all around artist rather than just a “singer” as well as their music being timeless.
How would you describe your sound?
I always find it very difficult to categorise my music, I like to experiment with different styles, especially when producing. I tend to use a mixture of both live instruments and programmed sounds (sometimes either or). I would say you can hear a lot of Soul, RnB and electronic influences in my work however I really just like to create without boundaries.
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
My latest single is called “Turn Me Out” and is featured on an EP that I will be releasing this month. I wrote, recorded and produced the song in my bedroom after returning home from an amazing trip to Devon, where I worked on some of my music with Steve Cradock (Ocean Colour Scene). I was feeling really inspired and stayed up all night working on it.
What’s your local music scene like?
As a child I spent a lot of time around Camden Town as my mum’s side of the family live there. Naturally as I got older I gravitated towards the music scene there, as it is a pretty special one. I played my first gig in the Dublin Castle aged 16 and I will continue to perform around Camden Town always.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
I have my EP coming out this month and I’m really excited to share it with people. I collaborated a lot with Steve on the tracks and enjoyed the whole process. We ended up mixing and mastering the tracks in Paul Weller’s Black Barn Studios, which was an absolute dream. I will be gigging as much as possible and will be playing The Water Rats on the 30th of August. Steve and I are continuously working together and have an album in mind but I am going to take my time with it and enjoy performing.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
The ultimate collaboration for me would be with Frank Ocean (trust me I’m trying to manifest this into a reality). But I have recently come across so many talented unsigned artists that I am hoping to work with in the next year.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
I recently turned up to an open mic night and the microphone had been stolen… I ended up singing without one and it turned out to be one of my favourite performances.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
I guess I would want people to know that I really put a lot of heart into my music and the whole process of writing, recording and then performing it is something really special to me. It can be a crucial outlet in my life and is very personal so when people relate or enjoy it, it can be very emotional (in a good way).