INTERVIEW: Summer Banton

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

Hey, thank you for having me! I’ve been really good. 

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “What’s The Move”?

So “What’s The Move” is a feel good tune and a R&B/ Dancehall fusion, which are two of my favourite genres. I wanted to make something exciting with a bit of a summer vibe because who doesn’t love the summertime! 

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

There wasn’t a particular event as such but I wanted to capture the excitement that comes with catching feelings at the beginning of a relationship. 

How was the recording and writing process?

So I wrote the song back in October. Most of my songs start with me just vibing on the piano and singing some random melodies. I came up with the chorus pretty quickly and took the idea to the studio a couple of days later to finish it all off. 

What was it like to work with Livingstone Brown and how did that relationship develop?

I’ve known Livingstone since I was about 6 or 7, we actually met through my uncle reggae artist Maxi Priest as Livingstone has worked with him for years. We work really well together and it’s always super chill in the studio but always very exciting too! 

How much did he get to influence the song?

Well his production is amazing. He really encourages me to develop my own ideas and trusts a lot in my own musicality and then he comes along and adds his extra flavour! Usually I’ll go to the studio with the main concept or vibe and then he adds his extra magic.

What role does South-east London play in your music?

South-east London is like a melting pot of so many different musical genres and styles. The music scene in south encourages me to try so many of the different genres from R&B to Afro-swing to Rap following some of the amazing other artists to come from the area such as Stormzy all the way to Ella Mai. Also it pushes me to be more open and honest in my writing. 

How has Amy Winehouse and Alicia Keys influenced your writing?

Amy was so brutally honest and real which is something I really try to emulate through my own music. Her album Frank is one of my favourite albums of all time and is just the epitome of amazing songwriting. Alicia Keys is a huge influence on my writing and musicality which encouraged me to learn piano when I was 14. 

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

It definitely does! I am so so SO excited about my new material. I have worked so hard since last year to make music that I truly love and believe in. I’m constantly having new ideas so its a really exciting process.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Hopefully within the next few months!! 

What else is happening next in Summer Banton’s world?

Well I’ve suddenly become a baking enthusiast due to lockdown so I’m constantly searching for new recipes! Also I’ve been on a YouTube binge recently watching loads of videos of some of my favourite artists performing live, I MISS LIVE MUSIC! 

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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