Thursday, 16 June 2011

Interview with Ayah Marar

Can you describe your sound?

I came from the underground side of things so that will always be a big part of my sound. Big bass and synth sounds, generally quite dark but with big poppy choruses. I only sing what I know about, I'd say it's overground underground! Pop for the night.

How has your music evolved through the years?

I've become a lot more open to the notion that even the people I most admire take others into account when song-writing, it's like therapy you can share. I've also learned that there is a formula to good song-writing, and I've been learning to find a way to use my love of music and a stronger intuition when it comes to the way I write.

Who are your biggest musical influences?

I love Robyn, Erykah Badu, Gil Scott Heron, Biggie, a lot of early New Jack Swing, hip-hop and soul, but reggae comes top of my list if I had to choose a genre. Choosing a favourite artist would be like choosing a favourite of your own children to me.

If you could collaborate with anyone who would it be?

I'd love to work with Prince. What a dream come true that would be!

What are your career highlights so far?

It's hard to see things as highlights yet as I've really just started my personal journey, but touring the world with Calvin Harris and playing Glastonbury with Jack Penate are up there so far.

What makes London such a great place for music?

Diversity, fearlessness, gloomy days that are perfect for song-writing and real passion for what people love to do.

What are you listening to at the moment?

I've just bought Tyler The Creator's 'Goblin' and the new Young The Giant album. More out of interest or a performance that's impressed me than anything else. I like to know what's going on around me. Also loving C.W. Stoneking

Can you describe your fashion style?

Jersey and leggings are my friends. Otherwise, I love tailoring. Crisp lines, chiffon shirts, well made suit jackets. I'm old school when it comes to elegance and presentation, with a measure of bling and bright colours thrown in.

What are your three favourite items in your wardrobe?

I recently bought a thick denim shirt from Urban Outfitters which I've been living in, a gorgeous black rubber and gold Adidas watch and a face pendant necklace from Yunus & Eliza.

What is on your shopping wish list this summer?

The new Bebe glitter wedges, a bottle of Chanel no.22 and I love the bespoke lingerie at Sugarlesque.

Where are your favourite places to shop in London?

I refuse to believe any London girl can live without Topshop, otherwise American Apparel for the mix and match basics, and bits I've already got in my own wardrobe whether it's jewellery or accessories to make the looks my own.

What does the rest of 2011 have in store for you?

Lots of shows, the release of my first single 'Follow You' on Ministry of Sound later this summer, and world domination of course...

Ayah Marar's single off her debut album 'The Real' is out on Ministry of Sound at the end of July.

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