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Q&A: Kaisha

Malaysian-born, Brighton-based songwriter Kaisha writes songs that make you feel something. Emerging from the UK soul scene, her blend of neo-soul and pop makes for an alluring concoction of sound. We caught up with Kaisha ahead of her new single release “Predicament” to chat all things music and Brighton.

Hey Kaisha, how has the start of the year been for you so far?

Doing good thanks! The start of the year has been a little slow for me, mainly cos I haven’t put much music out. And this lockdown has been a little more gruelling than usual- safe to say i’m glad sunny skies are starting to show.

You’ve just released your new single “Predicament” and it’s about reaching out to loved ones who are suffering in silence. Can you tell us more about what made you write the track?

2020 was a tough time for everyone, and it still isn’t great right now. I think that was what spurred me to write about Predicament. I wanted it to be a reminder to the ones struggling, that they could and should reach out. And to the ones who aren’t but sensed that someone they loved/knew was feeling blue, that they need to check in with them. Sometimes it’s hard to place that responsibility on the person struggling to take the first step, sometimes we need to be there first to catch em when they fall.

It’s a lush single with R&B undertones, what inspires you the most when you’re writing?

Thank you! So I usually like taking a moment just before writing to listen to some music. Mainly R&B neo-soul stuff – just to get my head in the game before I start. When I settle into that mindset that’s usually when I feel most comfortable banging out melody after melody.

What’s your favourite part of releasing new music?

Definitely the feeling of achievement afterwards. Also hearing what people think of it. As much as everyone likes to be humble, it is extremely validating when someone likes your music. We haven’t been able to gig for a while, so I think releasing music is currently the only way to feel gratification for what we’re doing.

What’s been the most memorable moment of your music career so far?

My track Ready Set Go was played on BBC Radio 1 last December. Big shout out to Phil Taggart for that. Most memorable moment to date as it was my first proper radio play- and hopefully again!

You’re based in Brighton. What’s your favourite thing about living there?

I quite like how small it is, like I can get from point A to point B within half an hour of walking. The beach is also a plus- I don’t go nearly as enough as I should, but it’s nice to know it’s there! It’s especially lush in the summer, like last year- with all the travelling restrictions, going to the beach really felt like a holiday for me and my mates.

What’s your plans for the rest of the year?

I have my 2nd EP in the works, hoping to get a couple features in there. It’s looking like it’ll be out just by the end of summer. And I think more collaborations too- been working with some dope producers!

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