Blacpire Meets Veda Black
Veda Black is a 23-year-old upcoming artist from South East London, she was raised by her mother who is a fashion designer from Jamaica.
In 2018 Veda Black gained a lot of attention from several stations in London after releasing two of her own singles, she was even recognised by BBC Introducing. Veda Black’s music has a very unique twist, her sound is a mixture of a lot of genres such a Soul,90’s RnB and Hip Hop. Her musical inspiration comes from artists like Pink Floyd, Donny Hathaway and Marvin Gaye.
We recently sat down with Veda Black to discuss her musical career in detail & more.
You independently released two singles last year (Thru the mirror and Sugar daddy) which gained attention from the likes of Reprezent, BBC 1xtra, and several publications how does it feel when your work gets recognised?
It is really nice to have my work recognised by other people, I have been writing these songs for years they are very personal to me but it’s nice finally to see people enjoying it and it's on platforms where it’s available for others to listen to, so it feels like a relief.
Out of all the songs you released in 2018 what has been your favourite song and why?
My favourite song I released in 2018 had to be ‘Thru the mirror’ because it is the first song I properly released and put out there. It's about a friendship break up which is kind of funny, but it was nice to put out there and it’s a good one for the summer time.
What are three songs you currently have on repeat?
Eliza her new single ‘Alone and Unafraid’, I’ve been doing a lot of throwback listening also ‘Me, Myself and I’ by Beyoncé because I fell in love with the producer who produced all these songs also I’ve been listening to some 50 Cent again.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement to date is finally putting all this stuff out, because for me I have been involved in this project from the beginning from writing the songs, to being involved in the production and playing the instruments. So being able to put my music out on a platform for other people to listen to is a big achievement for me.
What’s the meaning behind your single ‘Jim Morrison’?
The meaning behind this song is about caring or being in a relationship with someone who is a little bit reckless, or maybe likes to live a reckless indulgent lifestyle and it’s just a humorous take on that. I also wanted to look at it from the perspective of being a strong woman who had to take care of someone in that situation.
You have a unique soulful voice but if you weren’t a musician what would you be?
Thank you, if I wasn’t a musician I would still love to be involved in the music industry I think what I would have my own agency or record label but make it very diverse and exclusive so that’s a big alternative goal for me as well.
When you get a creative block what do you do to get out of it?
I get frustrated, I get very annoyed and then I try to write through it I also try to write with some of my friends and collaborate, being open to collaborating with other musicians sometimes helps me to overcome a creative block.
How did it feel when you were recognised by BBC Introducing?
It was really nice, especially as a young woman of colour it felt really nice to get recognition, yes I felt very proud of myself.
What is one word of advice you would give an upcoming artist?
I think I would say, always be yourself if there is something you feel strongly about I guess going back to that point again about being a woman or colour or even being a woman I think it’s great to always be yourself because somewhere later down the line if you don’t want to have to change yourself it’s better to come in strong from the beginning and be yourself and be unapologetic about it.
What do you aim to achieve in 2019?
So, I would love to put more of my music out, I’ve just been writing for years that there are just albums worth of songs. I would love to put out an ep, I would also defiantly like to play aboard a bit more maybe play in Germany and put out a music video.
Who are your inspirations?
So, there are people like Donny Hathaway, Marvin Gaye, Hiatus Kaiyote, Erykah Badu. I also like alternative stuff like Pink Floyd so yeah a big mix.
If you could create a band with any artists including yourself who would you pick?
This is good I like this question, I would pick D’Angelo, 90’s Mariyah because she’s fabulous and I would have some Hiatus Kaiyoteplaying with me
Where do you see your music career 12 months from now?
I would like to hope if I keep moving in this momentum and keep putting stuff out I would like to see more streaming numbers and more people knowing about the music. It would be nice to see myself with some more music out and some attention from across the globe may be in the US.
What are your plans for 2019 do you have any plans such as (going on tour, shows, projects etc.)
Yes, we are actually going to do a music video for Jim Morrison over the next month or so and my first gig of 2019 is on the 15th of Januaryat Servant Jazz Quarters, where I will be supporting James Chatburn.