talks defying perfection and keeping it real

Chances are that you haven’t yet heard the name ABISHA but that’s soon set to change. The artist’s introspective R&B is quickly gathering momentum, starting with her cool, slow-burner debut track ‘All That’. Pouring herself into her work and writing from personal experience ABISHA has been in the studio with acclaimed producer Mike Chapman who has worked with Blondie and recently FKA Twigs, so whatever comes next, ABISHA is in good company.

What is your earliest musical memory

Either my mum singing to me or singing ‘It’s Time To Say Goodnight’ in my first ever ballet recital. When I was about three I used to have a whole box of music instruments so I used to make a racket with that too…

Which albums inspired you growing up and why?

Anything poppy. I loved Shania Twain and would always be singing along to her in the car! Definitely the Spice Girls’ ‘Spice’ - I somehow knew all the words to every song despite it being released when I was two. ‘Black Eyed Peas’ was the first album I went out and bought with my pocket money. I was a big Britney fan too. Then when I was a bit older and had a CD player in my room I would blast out Rihanna’s ‘Loud’ and Jessie J’s debut album... I knew every word to both.

What does your single ‘All That’ say about you as an artist and what can fans expect next?

‘All That’ reveals the truth and the raw honesty in my music and my lyrics. It basically just says that I’m human and have the same difficult experiences as everyone else. It also says that everyone makes mistakes; nobody’s perfect. It helps me remind myself of that because I put a lot of pressure on myself to try and be perfect, I think most people do. Next you can expect another chapter from my life in the form of a song. Everything is very honest and very personal.

Who do you currently look up to in music?

I don’t really have an artist specifically that I look up to. It can change every day. I really respect artists that don’t blend into the crowd. There’s not a huge amount of music that stands out at the moment so when I hear an artist doing that I’m instantly a fan. I also really like artists that keep it real and wear their hearts on their sleeve in their music.

playlist ABISHA's heroes

How important do you think style is to a musician, and what do you feel yours says about you?

I think that style is really important, it’s another major way for a musician to express themselves. That doesn’t have to mean keeping up with the latest trends though. I appreciate when an artist is just themselves and is comfortable to go on stage in jeans and a t-shirt because that’s the real them, or on the other hand if they want to wear something crazy because that’s how they feel. My style says a lot of different things, it’s very eclectic. And it also changes all the time, I like to be a bit different, I hate having clothes that anyone else has, I’ve hated that since I was a child.

Sometimes I just like to be comfy but it’s still got to be cool!

Which three albums would you take to a desert island?

This is a really hard question!! I’ll start with Sinead Harnett’s ‘Chapter One’, because honestly there’s at least one song I skip on every album, but not this. Everything about it is pure bliss. Then Rihanna’s ‘Talk that Talk’ – it’s my all time favourite ‘sing along in the car album’, and lastly, Lauryn Hill’s ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’.