Essex-based artist Naomi Banks just dropped her new EP Meeting Again, and it’s brimming with variety of soul, R&B, pop and even interspersed with some soothing jazz. Working with the likes of Laura Mvula and Lianne La Havas, Banks’ impressive live reputation has continued to soldify her as an artist worth investing your time in. We spoke to Naomi Banks ahead of her EP release to talk all things relocation, live shows and releasing a large body of work.
Hey Naomi, heard you’ve recently moved to our ends of the country! How is Essex treating you?
Hello! I am absolutely loving being an Essex Gal now thank you! I live by the beach and really enjoy having so much space. Also I have access to the wonderful Essex Recording Studios whenever I like so it’s been wonderful creating here.
Your soulful blend of pop is so damn good. What’s your secret to producing the most irresistible sounds?
Awww thank you so much that’s lovely. I think a factor of smooth vibes for me is not showing off too much. I try to keep ideas less complex and not do things just because I can which I have found a challenge coming from a Jazz background. I like to focus a track on one or two sounds or ideas and build everything around that.
Your debut EP “Meeting Again” is out now, how does it feel that it’s finally out in the world?
It’s always exciting to have music out in the world, but I feel like by the time something is released I’m onto my next project and completely focused on that.
Have you found it more stressful releasing a full body of work in comparison to singles?
Well I find everything stressful other than napping. Generally though, no I don’t. It’s fun coming up with a theme, a continuing story whether that be musical or lyrical and getting an artist to draw covers for the songs. All an enjoyable (though expensive) process!
You’ve shared stages with some very impressive people including Celeste and Rache Chinouriri. Who’s been your favourite so far?
I really liked singing behind ELO at Children in Need. We did Mr Blue Sky which is a TUNE and it was so fun being part of something like that.
We saw that you’re performing at The Grace, London in October. How does it feel to be able to perform live again?
Ohhh I’m so nervous already. I’m trying a new set up, like a one man band type thing. It’s going to be the first time I won’t be relying on a band so I am already feeling the pressure! I am also very excited though, I love trying out new music at gigs and I’ve missed that a lot.
What’s the thing you were looking forward to doing the most after the bizarre year we’ve just been through?
I am going to go somewhere I can quad bike and scuba dive as soon as things are normal! I can’t wait to be swimming in a warm sea.
If there was only one album you could listen to for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
That would have to be Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of The Moon. I wouldn’t say the songs alone are my favourite, but as an album I think it’s just fantastic.
And finally, cocktail or mocktail?
COCKTAIL ARE YOU CRAZY. Mojito please.
Thanks so much for talking to us!
Thank you so much for having me, really appreciate your time 💜
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