THE superb Cha:dy…
has been chatting about her latest single, Like a Boi, and how an unusual source of inspiration led to its creation. I ask her where she heads next in terms of material and whether she might tour; the artists and albums she is influenced by – she highlights an artist to look out for.
Cha:dy reveals why she moved from Paris to London; what she wants to achieve before the end of the year; how she chills away from music; the advice she would provide artists coming through – she ends the interview by selecting a great track.
Hi, Cha:dy. How are you? How has your week been?
Hello! I'm very well, thank you. I just came back from Budapest and I was lucky to be able to attend Sziget Festival, which was amazing.
For those new to your music; can you introduce yourself, please?
My name is Cha:dy. I was born in France, near Paris. I am an artist, I make music; sing and write. My style is a mix of Alt-R&B, Urban Jazz and Caribbean flavours.
Like a Boi is your new single. Can you describe when the inspiration struck?
It came from this guy I was seeing - who was kind of insecure about our relationship. He once said to me that I was behaving ‘like a boy’ - probably referencing the fact that I am very social, outgoing and confident and, for some reason, that particular phrase really bothered me and stuck in my head! It was as if he was implying that confidence was reserved only for men and he made it a gender thing...
So, I wrote a song about it!
Like a Boi looks at the patriarchy and how women can be strong and inspirational. Do you think more men, in fact, should be putting the same message out into the world?!
Oh yes, absolutely. I love hearing my male friends saying out loud that they're feminists. It's always great when men spread the word about equality, privilege and feminism. It definitely helps the movement. Men are our allies in that fight.
What comes next in terms of material? Are you looking ahead at an E.P. right now?
I'm definitely looking to release a second E.P. soon but, for the moment, I want to focus on singles.
PHOTO CREDIT: @everythingart1998
You started in Paris but moved to London. What was the reason behind the move? How does the music of both cities compare/differ?
I've been to London a few times - when I was still living in Paris - and always loved how the city was always busy and, culturally, very rich and very youth-orientated. London is the music capital of Europe so it made sense to me to come and develop here.
Can you reveal which artists played a role in your early life? How did you get into the industry?
Artists like Amy Winehouse, Lauryn Hill; Beth Ditto and P!nk were huge inspirations in my life. I've always been amazed by their vocals, their songwriting and stage presence. Moving to London and focusing on music definitely helped get a foot in the door. In the music industry, you really need to hustle, put yourself out there; release music and you get a chance to have a little place in this crazy industry.
What do you hope to achieve by the end of 2018?
I’d really like to go on tour and actually meet people. Today, we focus a lot on our presence on social media platforms and, yes, it’s a great way to share music and connect with the audience. But, I want to go out and meet them, talk to them about my journey; my songs, add a couple of bad jokes; laugh and cry with them and really connect. That's why I love doing live gigs.
Have you got a favourite memory from your time in music – the one that sticks in the mind?
When you're performing live and people know the lyrics and start singing your songs is such a great feeling! One of my favourite gigs was when my band and I headlined a very small festival in Milton Keynes called Rixonbury. We started our set and there were only ten people by the stage and, after a few songs, you could see all the people leaving the other tents to join our stage - and we had an absolute blast.
Which three albums mean the most to you would you say (and why)?
Back to Black by Amy Winehouse
For the jazzy melodies and the heartbreaking lyrics…it’s just a beautiful album.
Comedown Machine by The Strokes
It was the soundtrack to my late teenage years and soothed a few heartbreaks back then!
Telluric by Matt Corby
I mean; this album just speaks to my soul. The production, the songwriting; incredible vocals. Great for a rainy day - or just any day, really!
Can we see you on tour soon? What dates are coming up?
I don't have dates just yet but I’ll be sure to let you know!
What advice would you give to new artists coming through?
To get out there and release that song that they've been working on for ages. As artists, we are such perfectionists and we never think a project is finished or ready but, more often than not, it is ready...so go share that great song!
IN THIS PHOTO: Ciscero
Are there any new artists you recommend we check out?
Ciscero. He is killing it right now. He's been featured alongside great artists like GoldLink but, boy, it's his time to shine.
Do you get much time to chill away from music? How do you unwind?
I've started to exercise four times a week and it changed my life - making me more positive and productive; just happier in general. It has really helped me get through quite low times too. I highly recommend it. It's good for the body and the mind.
Finally, and for being a good sport; you can choose a song and I’ll play it here (not any of your music - I will do that).
Stay by Ciscero (ft. Devin Tracy). It's my tune on-repeat right now.