Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide to start the band / become a soloist?
I started out working in theatre. I was working over in the South Of France, performing at my evening music cabaret: the crowd gave me a standing ovation. I remember getting shivers all over, I felt expressed and fully at home in my body in that moment. That evening I had conversations with audience members enthusiastically expressing that I should pursue a music career. Then it hit me- I wanted to be on the stage singing my own music. When I returned to the UK I starting gigging and writing my own material and I never looked back. I think I always wanted to be a musician: that’s what I would have told you as a child- dancing and working in theatre were an important part of my journey and I found my way back home.
Introduce us all to you and your musical history?
I am a solo artist who has the pleasure of working with some amazing session musicians and producers. I’d like to give a special shout out to Lewis Spindler who plays guitar/ Bass and for me and to Chris Mulligan who produced the Let It Go EP: I am so grateful to have genuine and talented people in my team.
I have always sung, my Grandad and I would always have music blasting out: I have a soft spot for the 60’s & 70’s era, the nostalgia takes me to a happy place. I decided to Pursue a music career 7 years ago- I started out doing covers around the working mens circuits whilst learning to write and record my own stuff. I didn’t know anyone in music and had to really start from the ground up. I found my feet 2 years ago when I started releasing under my alias Premaura. It’s been a fun journey so far, I have received support from BBC Introducing, Amazing Radio, ITV to name a few. I have enjoyed playing a multitude of live shows: my EP listening party recently sold out, I have played Live At Leeds, Sofar Sound shows and have been lucky enough to support the likes of Soul II Soul, Pongo, Tinchy Stryder & Basement Jaxx. A year ago I was also appointed as Bradfords Music Instigator which I am really proud of: I support local artists and work to improve things in the scene alongside our Music Steering Group: it is great to be able to work full-time in music out there performing and behind the scenes.
If you could choose, would you prefer to time travel to the past or go forward in time? And why?
I would like to travel into the future by a few thousand years to the golden age. Where we’ll hopefully be more evolved and conscious- living in unity- fulfilling and embodying our full potential as multidimensional sentient beings. Considering, we choose the higher timeline, heal and learn our lessons as a collective- otherwise there may not be a future. Deep eh- yeh thats a snippet from inside my head!
What support is out there for new artists in Bradford ?
Bradford Producing Hub offer mentoring and support to local artists. Launchpad have support available for artist all across Yorkshire: Come Play With Me also have some great opportunities too. For the the younger artists we have Allstar entertainment and Studio 12 just a stones throw away in Leeds. We have a supportive open mic scene in Bradford, held at bars such as Peacocks, Sally Browns and the Boar & Fable- and there are online networks where you can stay in the loop with things such as ‘Bradford Music Scene’ and ‘Bradford Music Network’. Vital Culture and Bradford Buskival put on events that champion local talent.
Bradford is in the running to become UK City of Culture 2025 and there is a real focus and buzz around arts and culture at the moment which is great to see, as I feel that we often get overlooked as a city.
Who is inspiring you at the minute on the Bradford unsigned scene?
This has to be Musumba- She is ambitious, talented, authentic, multifaceted and really has something to say- which is important to me. Everything about her is real and I think thats why people are connecting with her as an artist. You should check out her music.
If you could play any music festival which would it be?
Best gig you’ve been to that you weren’t playing?
Lana Del Ray at Lollapalooza in Paris. I cried a bit! I love listening to live music outdoors in a huge buzzing crowd!
What advice would you give someone going into the music industry?
Take care of your wellbeing over everything- you want to create and give from a full cup. Have fun when creating and try different things- not everything you create will end up being released and that’s ok- you’ll learn and meet people from that journey. Stay true to yourself: Discover who you are as an artist, what lights you up and run with that because it will be authentic and right people will connect with that. Share your gifts and network- put yourself out there and be kind to people.
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
Golden Hour. It’s such a fun and uplifting song with a summery feel to it- we all really get into a joyful space on stage and that creates an infectious energy!
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single/album?
To be willing to let some ideas go when it’s not quite working and I’ve been stuck in a rut with- then when I surrender and relax I end up receiving sudden inspiration which leads to a finished product which is even better. I’ve learned to be flexible in the writing process, how to collaborate effectively, and to take on constructive criticism- it helps me to improve as an artist. Another thing I’ve learned is that I am much more creative when I’m relaxed. Therefore I take care to de-stress after busy periods so that I don’t get stuck in my head, analysing everything: good ideas aren’t cultivated in that space.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
My plans are to connect with more audiences and create bonds all around the UK, play live as much as possible to write some great new music- and make it my best to date! I am ready be out there sharing and doing what I love the most.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
I will be supporting Arrested Development when they come to the UK: at The Underground, Bradford on the 17th April.
You can follow me across social platforms at @iampremaura where I love to share my music and voice authentically in the hope that others may get something from tat, maybe something they can relate to or a nugget of inspiration.
When I’m singing to people I go into this space of pure presence and joy, it really lights me up: It seems that people feel something from witnessing that and I’d love to share that with you. Our community is an inclusive, safe space- come and say hello 🙂