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INTERVIEW: Azu Yeché

Hi Azu, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hello there, I’m really good thanks.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Sunrise”?

Sunrise is a song that brings together a lot of the different sides of what I do – it’s got the African side in the hi life guitars and the drum pattern, it’s got the pop in the structure and melody and soul in the vocal.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Yes, It was inspired by a couple who went through a lot in the space of one year and stood by each other. They found such strength in each other – it was very inspiring because London/life can be quite lonely and to have someone to hold on to is a special and great thing.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

There is a possible video on the horizon but we’ve got quite a few things in the pipeline before that so let’s see how things go.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing , like with all my songs, involved me picking up my guitar in the middle of the night and writing what was on my mind. I wrote Sunrise quite quickly and then took it to Fred Cox.

Fred Cox produced the song and we recorded it in his studio. I like my music to have an organic, live sound and that’s what I think I achieved. My friend David came in to join us on backing vocals and it was just a really fun, relaxed and creative experience.

What was it like to work with Fred Cox and how did that relationship develop?

I love working with Fred. We are quite similar in our approach to music. He is very instinctive and very talented. I am not one to do 10 lead vocal tracks , I don’t really like to over-produce or over perfect anything – I like to go in there, express how I feel in that moment, hopefully capture something and move on. My favourite part of music is performing live – that instant energy so Fred adapts to that and we work quite quickly

I met Fred a couple of years ago after I heard a song he produced. I thought it would be a good match and it has turned out to be.

How much did he get to influence the song?

I generally have a clear idea of what I want before I go to the studio. I write the songs myself and usually have a drum pattern and guitar line. Fred follows from there and produces it brilliantly. His influence is more on the production than the actual song and what a producer he is! I told him about the African Hi life guitars I love so much and he got it spot on. We definitely have a great working relationship.

What role does London play in your music?

I live in London and it affects the music for sure. Things like the season, landscape, other musicians, performing live all add to it for sure.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along? Yes, that’s coming along nicely. I am back in the studio in a couple of weeks.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

No. However, I could always do a Beyonce/ Arctic Monkeys and drop it unannounced.

There are lots of songs, it’s just about timing.

What aspects of the social and political climate will you be diving into this new material?

The social and political climate is definitely a part of my music in one way or another. I’ve got songs that deal with what’s going on. From knife attacks to immigration to our obsession with our phones etc. I’d like to think I do it in a non-preachy way though.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes, there are a couple of shows and performances that I can’t reveal yet but I’ll be performing live for sure.

What else is happening next in Azu Yeche’s world?

Maybe a headline show, more videos, more music.

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