Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with unsigned London singer Yasmin Leigh to find out more…
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I was born and raised in London, my mum is Turkish and my dad is American. Their families both moved to the UK when they were young. And I guess it was my parents fault that I love music, it has always been a part of my life. My house is constantly filled with music, often something different playing in every room, my Nan’s house was the same.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Growing up it was Britney Spears, My Chemical Romance, video game music like The Sims 1 soundtracks, they’re incredible, and loads of Motown because my parents listened to that constantly! There’s so many influences. A really eclectic mix. My influences are still just as varied but if I were to give you one artist, it would be Lana Del Rey. I idolise her.
How would you describe your sound?
Creepy, dreamy pop. Some people have called it dystopian pop, which I love. It continues to evolve all the time. My unreleased sound is beginning to head in a more cinematic direction. Something I’ve wanted for a long time.
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
My latest release is called ‘Believing is Seeing’. There is a quote on the back of one of my favourite books about one of my favourite humans, Guillermo Del Toro, where he says “You have to believe the magic to see it”. The same sentiment is used in ‘The Orphanage’, one of the best horror movies I’ve seen. Del Toro was part of making that movie. The old witch in it says “Seeing is not believing. Believe and you will see”. It’s an idea that has stayed with me since. I turned it into a love song about a sorceress brewing a love potion, just asking a boy to believe in her.
What’s your local music scene like?
I’m very lucky that the South London music scene is full of talent and movement. There’s constant live music, open mics, young people throwing their own events. There are collectives everywhere. My favourite thing about London is the overlapping of the arts you see everywhere. Different creative disciplines are always collaborating and I find that the most exciting part of it all.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
I have my biggest gig yet at the O2 Islington Academy on August 31st this year. After that, there’s a single on it’s way, and then a conceptual EP that I have just finished writing. And music videos! I’ve also got a couple more things planned but I’m gonna keep them as surprises.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Grimes. Tyler, The Creator. Joji. Ashnikko. NCT127. Clairo. Kero Kero Bonito. SwuM. Teo. I would say Lana Del Rey but I think I’d pass out before we could actually get anywhere.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
That this is only just the start.