Category Archives: Emerging Artist

AND WE’RE BACK. That’s Right, Dear Readers – it’s Winters End!

Our Winter’s nap ran long this year at Drunken Mermaid, and we have a lot of catching up to do. Features to run. The reveal of our new YouTube brand channel. A status on our Drunken Mermaid IPA, still hiding away in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Our new features on models and indie film makers. But there is no better way to declare Winter’s end than to feature Winters End, the awesome brother- sister duo out of Sydney, Australia (Have you noticed that Sydney is like our favorite place for indie talent, outside of Sweden?)

We recently caught up with frontwoman Marissa Pinto from to talk about the band’s new single Mayfair, due for release in August.

drunkenmermaid.com: So our readers can get more of an idea about you, tell us about Winters End – where did your name come from?

Marissa: We’re Marissa and Christopher Pinto, brother and sister indie electronic band Winters End from Sydney, Australia. Our band name was chosen as I’m born in Winter and Christopher is born in Spring. Commonly mistaken for “Winter’s End,” our lack of apostrophe in our name is due to the band name being a collective term, as in ‘All winters end eventually’. Being from Australia, and avid board-riders, we’re used to hot weather, and so we really feel the lack of warmth in the cooler months of the year.

drunkenmermaid.com: You released Walls back in July 2014. The single had a big effect on your career and saw you play not one but two international music festival stages. Tell us about your time in Canada and Los Angeles. 

Marissa: Walls did quite well and received quite a bit of global exposure through the positive reviews it received from online blogs, as well as radio play in the US, Canada, UK, The Netherlands, and Australia. This success resulted in us being invited to play at two music festivals: Indie Week Canada in Toronto, where we were lucky enough to play 5 showcases, and Youbloom Music Festival in Los Angeles. We had an amazing time at both festivals, and we look forward to returning to North America.

drunkenmermaid.com: That’s quite an adventure – most indie bands never get invited to one international festival, let alone two.

Marissa: We were quite taken aback, especially as we were the only Australian band at both festivals so it was quite incredible to be included and asked over. With more bands remaining independent in the current music industry climate, I think this is something that we will see happen more and more with time.

drunkenmermaid.com: Who are your major influences? What do you take away from them?

Marissa: Christopher and I both have varied tastes in music, ranging from trance music to psychedelia. Weirdly enough, Christopher and I were both inspired separately, and at different times, by the same song: Midnight Juggernauts’s Road To Recovery, to form a band, and so we did.

drunkenmermaid.com: We caught your Balcony TV performance of Waking Dream. It must have been amazing performing at such an iconic location. Can you tell us about it?

Marissa: It was amazing, and such a fun experience. Balcony TV is a wonderful platform for new and established artists to perform through, and really helps with global exposure due to its international spread. We were humbled to be included with such notable artists who have performed before us, some of whom we really look up to.

Without further ado, here’s Waking Dream:

drunkenmermaid.com: We heard in the Balcony TV shoot that you are releasing your new single, Mayfair, later this year. What can listeners expect from the track?

Marissa: Yes, we will be recording our next single Mayfair in July with producer Lachlan Mitchell (The Jezabels, The Whitlams, Phil Collins) at Jungle Studios in Sydney. The track is in its pre-production stages currently. Not to give too much away, Mayfair is a big sounding track. We’re looking forward to its release.

drunkenmermaid.com: What is your favourite original track to date?

Marissa: Mayfair is my favourite track. I like its anthemic and epic sound.  Christopher’s favourite track is a newer one of ours called Passenger, which is a tribute to the inner children in all of us.

drunkenmermaid.com: What would you like your fans to know about you?

Marissa: It’s always the same answer: Just how important our fans and audience are to us. They are the reason that we have succeeded as we have, and the reason we continue to do what we do. I guess of interest is that we both have professions outside of music. I am a midwife and Christopher is a high school teacher.

drunkenmermaid.com: Cheers then – that means you do three things that matter! 

You can watch the video for Walls on our Facebook page and follow them on the Winters End web page, Facebook, Twitter, and Soundcloud.

Can’t wait for Mayfair to drop. Stay tuned – got a winter’s worth of awesome stuff to post and it’s coming steady on staring this week!

Of Ghosts, Gothicana, and…The Agency

Drunken Mermaid loves storytellers, especially when they spin tales of the Wolfman, an assassin, a private having an affair with his captain’s wife, a demon that steals brides-to-be in the night, a detective hunting a serial killer…und so weiter….

Describing their unique mix of folk, rock and blues as Gothicana (best original genre term since KW Jeter coined “Cyberpunk”, btw), The Agency has just released its second album, Of Ghosts. The Agency is: Steven K Driver – Vocals/Guitar, Garry Cosgrove – Drums, Steve Beyer – Guitar, Andy Ludbrook – Bass, Kerry Ramsay – Vocals, and Scott Wall – Piano.

Drunken Mermaid spoke with Steven Driver last month, just before their Halloween show at the Washington Arts Centre and immediately following their album release.

drunkenmermaid.com: Tell us about yourselves. How did The Agency form?

Steven: We’ve all know each other for a while now and various combinations of us have played in bands together off and on for about 15 years (we started young). The Agency… really came about when I was talking to Garry about writing some stuff and he challenged me to do it myself. I wrote a load of songs and took them to Steve Beyer (guitar) to record them at our rehearsal room Tonfabriek. I suppose at that point I’d been writing for myself more than with a band in mind but Andy (Ludbrook – bass) got involved and we co-opted Scott Wall (piano) and various other friends and recorded the first album For the Brave and Troubled. That’s kind of a raw record and it’s kind of a souvenir of us finding our feet a little bit. When it came to thinking about the second album Of Ghosts, it was clear that we were a band now and my initial writing was different to the first album because writing songs with a singer/songwriter and band ideas in mind is different. It becomes a lot more about leaving space. The first album was released in 2012 and I think that’s really how long this incarnation of the band has been together if there was some planning and writing from 2011.

drunkenmermaid.com: What is your favorite original song or album to date? Why?

Steven: We tend to go with whatever is latest. It’s easiest to be passionate about our latest material. For us the first album For the Brave and Troubled was really about finding our sounds and it’s quite a raw record. Our second album and just released Of Ghosts is different because whilst the first album was just me writing songs the second was me writing songs with a band in mind and then we fine-tuned them together. The reviews for both albums have been positive but more people seem to be picking up Of Ghosts and probably the material with songs like She is more accessible. The songs are stylistically different and people have been picking up on and favouring different songs, which is pleasing and kind of what we were hoping for.

drunkenmermaid.com: Who are your major influences? What do you take from them? What do you add or do differently?

Steven: Our influences vary massively between the various members of the band. There have been lots of comparisons with and mentions of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds but to be honest we’ve delved into their back catalogue since reading the comparisons rather than before. When we go round the band for influences Andy usually goes with the Beatles, Steve with the Velvet Underground and Garry with Mogwai. We also listen to bands like the National and the Felice Brothers. Our hope is that because our influences are so varied the sound we create is unique if it also has some people feeling nostalgic. Reviewers have heard all kinds of things and drawn favourable comparisons. Largely due to the vocals on our music we tend to be compared with bands fronted by a baritone.

You decide – here’s She:

drunkenmermaid.com: What song do you wish you’d written? How would it sound as performed by you?

Steven: There are so many but largely played by us they would be slower and darker. The only cover we’ve talked about doing is Ghostbusters. We’ve done covers in the past and Garry is in a wedding covers band as well, so we tend to stick to original material ourselves.

drunkenmermaid.com: Are you signed to a label?

Steven: We have our own label: Solarbear Records. It’s great to have such tight control over our music and marketing. However, we’re very much open to working with labels that can help improve our distribution and profile.

drunkenmermaid.com: What would you like your fans/ audience to know about you?

Steven: That it is all a little more tongue in cheek than people might think at first. We’re actually quite jolly and approachable fellows.

drunkenmermaid.com: Tell us about your live gigs.

Steven: We can only go off what other people say but we have some loyal followers that are extremely enthusiastic about our live performances. One thing that has been repeated is that people talk about the power of the band. Others talk about the sense of space in our music. There’s a fair bit of ‘banter’ when we play live so that we can show the more tongue in cheek side. Some people claim to follow us to hear Andy’s stories in between songs which I would wager are rather tale tales about his time in prisons and such in Mexico.

drunkenmermaid.com: What does the future hold – is there a particular direction you’d like to take your music?

Steven: At the moment we’re still promoting Of Ghosts and playing gigs to support the release. However, we’ve actually got much of album three written. So, we’re going to take some time out soon to rehearse and record that. Our sound matured between album one and two. That will probably carry on to album three, too. Our sound tends to be quite varied but with a very definite thread and something very recognizable in the way the way the guitars are played and the vocals. So far the new material is, if anything, even more varied.

Sounds like our sort thing. You can keep up with The Agency at Solarbear Records and follow them on Facebook.

Sun Falling over Sydney: Meet Elstow

Drunken Mermaid caught up with Sydney’s finest, Elstow, immediately out front of their November 7 Oxford Art Factory gig. Elstow is Jared Shaw, Chel Browne, Toby Shaw, Brian Page and Rebecca Chandler.

drunkenmermaid.com: How did Elstow come about?

JARED: Chel and I started playing old folk songs together as a duo in 2012, like Judy Collins covers and Peter, Paul and Mary stuff. We were also writing songs at that point and were lucky enough to play a couple of sets at Peats Ridge Music Festival just outside of Sydney, which was a huge deal for us. We asked my brother Toby and friend Brian to join us for that, and then in the following year asked another friend Bec to play with us as well. That expanding was a pretty natural process – what happened when we all started playing together just felt bigger and better than what we’d been doing on our own.

drunkenmermaid.com: How did you come up with the name Elstow?

JARED: Elstow is actually the name of the building Chel and I live in. It’s a big old beautiful Victorian-era home that’s been sliced up into apartments. We just liked the sound of it I guess, and it’s where it all started so it seemed appropriate.

drunkenmermaid.com: You’ve recently released your debut EP As the Sun Falls, how did you go about recording it? Who produced it?

JARED: We were recorded by our good friend Benjamin Wickstein, who Toby and Bec play with in the band Aether Beach. We co-produced it with him and recorded different parts in different places. Most of it, though, was recorded in his dungeon… a dark and dingy little basement in Enmore [Sydney].

 drunkenmermaid.com: How do you and Chel go about writing songs together? Is there a process?

JARED: I’m not sure we really have a definite process at this point. Our EP is made up of a few songs we wrote together as a duo, and then a couple that were written independent of each other. And then when we jammed on them as a band they started to evolve again. This is my favourite part of the progression. Its always exciting to see how it will end up when we come together and put our minds to it.

drunkenmermaid.com: What’s your favourite song off your debut EP “As the Sun Falls?”

JARED: Well I think Elderflower Bloom is definitely my favourite. Chel wrote it a long time ago – it was one of the earliest songs we used to play as a duet. It evolved when we started playing as a band and recorded it for the EP. The day we got together and played it like that for the first time was pretty special. I think that was the moment I realized we had something good going on.

drunkenmermaid.com: Who are your main influences?

JARED: Our song-writing influences range from the sixties folk of Jimmy Spheeris and Simon & Garfunkel to the West Coast psychedelic sounds of Jefferson Airplane and the Peanunt Butter Conspiracy. There’s also a definite 90s neo-psychedelic flavour as well. Bands like Brian Jonestown Massacre and Mazzy Star definitely had a huge effect on our sound around the time we recorded the EP. And there’s no doubt Radiohead have had a huge affect on all of us as well. I know I’ve recently fallen in love with their earlier albums all over again.

drunkenmermaid.com: What do you think Elstow is doing that sets you apart?

JARED: I think if Elstow has anything unique to offer it might be an accessibility. I’d like to think that we’ve got a little something for everyone, be it the softer acoustic sounds or the more driven and dynamic stuff. We have a good blend I think. Not that we’re the only ones blending those styles, of course, but I think we’re starting to feel our own sound is coming about.

drunkenmermaid.com: What’s one of your favourite songs or albums and why?

JARED: One of our favourite songs, which we’ve been covering live for a while now, is Jefferson Airplane’s White Rabbit. It’s got such a great groove to it and amazing lyrical content, not to mention an interesting chord progression. That’s probably one of my favourite aspects of psychedelic music, how the use of unusual chord progressions can create such an eerie or strange mood, like Syd Barrett’s songs.

drunkenmermaid.com: Where to next? What does the future have in store for Elstow?

JARED: We have quite a few new songs written and we’re really keen to start recording our next single in the coming weeks. If all goes well we want to have it out by the end of the year. And with a video!

drunkenmermaid.com: Where can we see you play live in the near future?

JARED: We’re playing the A&R Department’s 50th Music Makers Club on the 7th November at Oxford Art Factory. The line up includes some great acts like Harts, King Colour and Battleships. Will be huge!

No doubt – you can follow (and like) Elstow on facebook.

Something to Rave about: Lifecycle

Drunken Mermaid was introduced to Lifecycle – one of the most unique bands we’ve ever covered – by Andrea at Blue Soap Music. They need to be heard to be explained, so we’re going to cut to the chase without trying to evoke images of multi-level dance clubs in Piccadilly on a Saturday night where the water is shut off and you’ve just…

drunkenmermaid.com: You started off as an electronic act – how did this end up developing into a live band?

Lifecycle: Yeah, in the ‘noughties’ we released quite a few dance 12”s, experimental breakbeat records on some interesting labels – Electrofly was one, and LondonBreakz released our dirtier stuff. It was an exciting time for electronic music – 90s rave had mutated into all these crazy little scenes … and breakbeats have a timeless, crunchy quality that is quite addictive. The three of us all have our roots in rave culture, but there’s something you get with a full band jamming that’s really different from a laptop or DJ set. Fusing that stuff together is a challenge …

drunkenmermaid.com: Who influenced the current Lifecycle sound and inspired you to play live dance music?

Lifecycle: Our sound is quite a mongrel … we’re hoping to weave enough influences together that it’s impossible to tell what came from where. There were moments back in time – when rock was truly psychedelic, breakbeats were gnarly, before jungle got bombastic, before electronica became safe – that really got us excited. Lots of live dance bands leave a strange aftertaste in the ears, I guess it’s the ones we see on the festival circuit who aren’t doing much that isn’t predetermined / pre-recorded, which make us want to get up and do something more risky …

drunkenmermaid.com: What song do you wish you’d written? How would it sound as performed by you?

Lifecycle: Cover versions are delicate beasts. We take ourselves far too seriously so an ironic version of some rancid eighties pop wouldn’t feel right … we’d probably end up butchering a classic, trying and failing to improve on a classic melody with our egos in tatters. They say The Beatles maybe ‘invented’ breakbeat with Tomorrow Never Knows – maybe we could do an extended stoner rock version of that? I have a happy hardcore Hey Jude kicking around somewhere which is ace …

drunkenmermaid.com: What direction is the Lifecycle sound going to take next?

Lifecycle: We holed up for a few weeks this summer in a remote corner of Spain (with no internet) and finished a big batch of new tunes, which are set to form the core of our second album. Lino Cosmos has our rock influence quite upfront, whereas this new stuff is a little deeper. There are still big grooves and subbass throbbing away down at the depths, but the guitars are more ambient playing tuned feedback and less chugging riffs. Things are getting darker and a little hypnotic …

drunkenmermaid.com: What are your best and worst experiences to date?

Lifecycle: We had the pleasure earlier this year of going out on tour supporting the godfather of psychedelia Arthur Brown, which was certainly a high point of our lives to date. High being the operative word. He was one of the first guys to replace his drummer with a drum machine back in the early 70s – so no stranger to fusing technology into his rock. Our sound went surprisingly well with his! A low point was probably the first show on that same tour, when the valves in our guitar amp blew during soundcheck. Sourcing a set of EL84s in the middle of Kendal was a challenge …

drunkenmermaid.com: Tell us a little about your label Ricochet Records – and who is putting out your album Lino Cosmos?

Lifecycle: We set up Ricochet back in 2007, as the labels we were working with no longer wanted to put out anything on vinyl, because everyone was losing so much money! After putting out half a dozen 12”s ourselves, we also had to bite the bullet and have been a digital label ever since … still with a quality over quantity policy. We’re pushing some fresh new artists: a guy Kawatin out in Japan, Berlin techno wizard Michael Lovatt, and minimal geniuses Multiple Mono in New York, all doing great work right now. Ricochet has built its own style over the years, so we’ve taken the band instead to Supersymmetry to release the Lino Cosmos LP. It’s very much an independent affair … we do have a booking agent and some contacts helping us spread the word, but we’re focused on keeping creative control, doing our thing and trying to avoid getting homogenised in the electronica meat-mincer …

drunkenmermaid.com: What would you like your listeners to know about you?

Lifecycle: Hopefully listening to us perform will give people an idea who we are and what we’re about. We don’t airbrush things in the studio, and only release videos of us playing live – no music promos or mimed performances. What you see is what you get, warts n’all …

drunkenmermaid.com: Tell us about your live gigs. What is it like to see you perform in the flesh?

Lifecycle: Despite the heavy electronic influences, we really are a live band. Really. Proper live. Studio recordings are one thing, but if people like what they hear they should really come check us bashing it out on stage. We pass our instruments through a laptop and I have a custom controller on my guitar strap to modulate psychedelics into the sound … it’s all done live, jammed and fresh each time … kinda hard to describe. Come see us on tour this winter and we will let the music do the talking …

That’s a deal. You can get more Lifecycle on twitter and facebook, and check out their video for The Big Picture on our facebook page.

Redanda gives you Reverse Tranny Club

Redanda comes to you from Hamilton, Ontario – same great country as house favorites Brother Octopus. They’ve recently released Reverse Tranny Club…give it a listen on Bandcamp.

drunkenmermaid.com: Tell us about yourselves – how did Redanda happen?

Corey: We formed by the fated occurrence of three lads from three different cities attending the same high school. Oh, and one had a younger brother. The rest is history. The name I suppose comes from the lack ability to think of anything clever, only gibberish came out. This band consists of a drummer (Curt), and bassist (Connor), two guitarists (Chris and myself, Corey). I also sing.

drunkenmermaid.com: What is your favorite original song or album to date? Why?

Corey: Of ours? Currently an unreleased one called Full Flux, because it was created spontaneously one morning jam session, when I in particular was very hungover and didn’t feel like playing guitar so I attempted to sing delta blues/muddy waters type vibe over the other threes gnarley riffage. The result is our latest closing song for our live gigs. There’s a wicked drum beat, powerful guitar, and stellar bass. I added harmonica to complete the blues effect. Nothing about the song is blues, though come to think of it…Come check it out.

drunkenmermaid.com: Who are your major influences? What do you take from them? What do you add or do differently?

Corey: Various musical artists, poets, singers, philosophers, activities. I think one can either be literally inspired by something and attempt to use it, modify it, or represent it. Or you can be inspired in a way you do not consciously realize, but it happens. I guess I like the combo.

drunkenmermaid.com: What song do you wish you’d written? How would it sound as performed by you?

Corey: The oldest song in the world. We would convert it into rock & roll, for sure.

drunkenmermaid.com: What does the future hold – is there a particular direction you’d like to take your music?

Corey: We have certain ideas about direction, mainly in the recording area. Our music itself generally takes on a life of its own. We try not to attempt to create a song that sounds too much like something. That being said, we are listening to more music, taking it in, adding it to our mix, and our latest direction which I would venture to describe as a combination between dream pop, garage, and delta blues, is very exciting. That’s subject to change…

drunkenmermaid.com: What are your best and worst experiences to date?

Being born.

drunkenmermaid.com: What would you like your fans/audience to know about you?

Tales and myths.

drunkenmermaid.com: Tell us about your live gigs. What is it like to see you perform in the flesh?

As of late we’ve been cooking up a fire at shows, our latest endeavors are exciting us and we’ve melded together as a live act quite nicely. There’s laughter, some sweat, some jokes, rock & roll that’s not loose, but not too tight either. Just the way we like it.

drunkenmermaid.com: Where can we see you in the near future? 

Hamilton/Toronto most likely. We’re working up some November gigging, so follow our Bandcamp/facebook

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Ashea knows what you’re thinking, and then some….

Last week we brought you Basheba, and we are on a roll thanks to our friends at Space Promotions – this week we have the stunningly beautiful Ashea whose debut single is one big infectious tease of the kind we can’t get enough of…this is Watcha Thinkin’

drunkenmermaid.com: Tell us a little about yourself – how did you get into performing?

Ashea: I´m a solo artist so I have the fortune of being able to write and produce my own material, which is great as I love being creative and spilling my thoughts and feelings out into the tracks. I´ve been surrounded by music all my life, my family are very showbiz, there´s always music, singing and dancing happening every day of the week, so it wasn’t really a conscious decision for me, I just couldn’t imagine doing anything else in life. After graduating from Theatre School and working for Disney, I decided to take some time out to focus on my songwriting, and I taught myself to produce watching YouTube videos (which was a grueling process but well worth it).

drunkenmermaid.com: What is your favorite original song to date? Why?

Ashea: I´m passionate about all of my tracks, for me that’s really important. When I write I need to be excited about what I´m doing or it just doesn´t happen. Saying that, my 3rd single is quite different from the previous stuff that I´ve written and we´ve come up with an awesome idea for the music video, so I´m really looking forward to showing you all.

drunkenmermaid.com: Who are your major influences? What do you take from them?

Ashea: Gwen Stefani, Nelly Furtado, Kerri Hilson and Jamelia are my biggest influences, I don’t tend to consciously reference them in my tracks, I think its more a question of loving their music/style so much that it just comes out in my writing and the way I sing/dance. In terms of producers, my biggest are Jay-Z / Stargate and Will. I. Am, they are what I call commercial geniuses.

drunkenmermaid.com: What song do you wish you’d written? How would it sound as performed by you?

Ashea: ´ I Will Never Let You Down´ by Calvin Harris, Feat. Rita Ora, I love singing along to it, and it works perfectly with my voice – As for how its sounds- I’m thinking of doing an acoustic cover so watch this space…..

drunkenmermaid.com: What does the future hold – is there a particular direction you’d like to take your music?

Ashea: I love writing Pop music, so I am staying true to myself and my audience by starting as I mean to go on. Obviously, experience plays a big role in what you choose to write about, so hopefully the journey will only get crazier…..

drunkenmermaid.com: What are your best and worst experiences to date?

Ashea: My worst experience was probably doing a 12 hour shoot in a Warehouse, mid winter with no heating and being very scantily clad. Somehow I got through it and managed to give it all I had, but I tell you, it was tough, but I did have a really kind kid running up to me with my coat in between takes…

Best experience yet has got to be filming my latest music video, We spent a good 3 weeks planning it, meetings with the director, finding the perfect location, rehearsing the dance routine, there was such a great feeling of team spirit, and when the day arrived I was buzzing!

drunkenmermaid.com: What would you like your fans/audience to know about you?

Ashea: I am an artist that is very involved with everything to do with my music. Production, image, video etc….It’s vital to me that you guys get to hear and see everything just as I envisioned it, so I go the extra mile to make sure.

drunkenmermaid.com: Tell us about your live gigs. What is it like to see you perform in the flesh?

Ashea: We are now making preparations for a tour in the UK, so watch this space for more info…..2nd single is set to drop very soon…… #cantwait

Neither can we…watch this space indeed…and follow Ashea on Twitter and Facebook in the meantime. #asheaisawesome

Bad Friends, Good Enemies – the brilliant debut of Basheba

At the end of this month, amazing newcomer Basheba releases her debut EP, Bad Friends, Good Enemies. You may or may not be familiar with her, but one thing is certain – you will be hearing a lot of Basheba in the not too distant future. The North West Londoner blends R&B, blues, and gospel to deliver spectacular vocals and a dark intensity that is laced with hope. We caught up with her out front of the release thanks to Kate Whitmarsh of Space Promotions. This is Dirty Love (Your Love):

drunkenmermaid.com: How did you choose your name?

Basheba: It comes from my favourite place to visit in Barbados, Bathsheba. The scenery and views are amazing. It’s somewhere I could never get bored of. So when thinking of a name I decided I wanted a name that meant something to me. It came to me one day and I thought maybe, and that I’d live with it for a while. Then the next day I was on the train to the studio and a woman was carrying a bag with a map of Barbados on it, in bold writing it highlighted Bathsheba. That sealed it for me; I felt it was a sign. When I got to the studio I asked my producer Dean Barratt what he thought and he agreed. I later decided to take out the ‘TH’ to make it easier for people to remember and spell.

drunkenmermaid.com: What is your favorite original song or album to date? Why?

Basheba: My favourite song to date is the lead track from my upcoming EP. The track is called ‘Hold on’. I wrote it at a time when I felt lost. It’s a song about young people in the UK and how they are abandoned by society. It’s quite deep, if I were to explain the full concept I would need a couple more pages.

drunkenmermaid.com: Who are your major influences? What do you take from them? What do you add or do differently?

Basheba: I am influenced by many different artists and genres. I grew up listening to Marvin Gaye, Rolling Stones, Nina Simone amongst others. I have never tried to replicate what another artist does. I’ve always tried to use my own experiences and emotions to write and create my music.

drunkenmermaid.com: What song do you wish you’d written? How would it sound as performed by you?

Basheba: I wish I wrote the whole of Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s going on’ Album. I honestly wouldn’t change a thing. It’s timeless.

drunkenmermaid.com: What does the future hold – is there a particular direction you’d like to take your music?

Basheba: The future is looking very exciting. I’m releasing my debut EP ‘Bad friends, good enemies’ on the 26th of October. I am also working on my debut album. I love doing live shows so next year I am on a mission to get some festivals.

drunkenmermaid.com: What are your best and worst experiences to date?

Basheba: My best experience would have to be the filming of Dirty Love (Your Love). It was such a fun weekend. And worst. Honestly I don’t think I have had a “worst” experience. This past year is easily a contender for the best year of my life.

drunkenmermaid.com: Are you signed to a label? Are you looking for a label?

Basheba: I’m not signed; I do have my own label that I am building at the moment. Being signed by a major is obviously the dream for most artists. But I am enjoying just grafting at the moment. I hope a deal will come when the time is right.

drunkenmermaid.com: What would you like your fans/audience to know about you?

Basheba: I’d like them to know that I’m not as solemn and miserable as I may portray! I’d like to think I’m quite a happy person.

drunkenmermaid.com: Tell us about your live gigs. What is it like to see you perform in the flesh?

Basheba: Being on stage is actually where I am most comfortable. I love putting on a show. My band are awesome, alone they are worth seeing live.

drunkenmermaid.com: Where can we see you in the near future?

Basheba: I am playing at Westfield in Shepherds Bush for Juicy Couture on the 18th of October.

This sounds like a particularly good night to be in Shepherds Bush. Juicy Couture is already on to the next big thing. You can check out the video for No More on our facebook page and get more Basheba on YouTube and facebook.