Shelana Azora Drops The Visuals For New Single "Take Me"
‘Take Me’ is now available to stream on all digital platforms. Watch the music video (directed Lauren McCollin) below:
From singing, to writing and producing, Shelana does it all. We caught up with the talented Shelana Azora and she spoke on her musical influences, the inspiration behind ‘Take Me’ and what we can expect from her in the future.
When did you first get into music?
It’s crazy, because the moments I remember discovering music are so clear in my memory. I first discovered that I could sing when I heard Alicia Key’s ‘If I Ain’t Got You’ on the radio and I started singing along. I was around 8 years old, and from then on I just fell in love with music and my obsession with Alicia began. Then when I was around 10 I wrote my first song, which was actually a rap inspired by Eminem. I started writing more and more songs and raps, not knowing it would turn into my biggest passion.
Where are you from?
I was born in Dominica, a small island in the Caribbean, but grew up in East London.
What has influenced you and your music?
Growing up, I listened to a lot of Reggae, Lover’s Rock and Soca at home. Sanchez and Beres Hammond was always playing in my house and every year my uncle would send me a Soca Mixtape on a CD. My first album I ever owned was ‘Destiny Fulfilled’, and honestly, I just fell in love with R&B and used to sing and dance to Destiny’s Child in the playground.
What was the inspiration behind “Take Me”?
Are we really trying to go there? Haha. I feel like at some point, every girl I know has had a ‘Take Me’ moment! Especially where you feel like you’re the one that’s putting in more effort in a situationship. It’s lowkey from personal experiences of feeling a bit undervalued, but really and truly, a good excuse to create a lighthearted bouncy anthem that every girl could scream ‘don’t ever take me for granted!’.
When did you get into filmmaking?
I started making films after I did Media Studies at school. I literally sat in class and thought , ‘wow, people really get paid to do this’. Then I bought a camera when I went to uni and started making my own stuff with my friends. I’ve always been a natural storyteller, so for me, film is another medium for me to tell my stories and talk about the things that matter to me. I’m more or less self taught when it comes to videography, directing and editing and honestly, getting together with other creative friends is the way I started. Now it’s great because I get to produce, direct and edit my own music videos.
Who are your biggest musical inspirations?
Alicia Keys, Lauryn Hill and Otis Redding will always be my favourites. J Cole however, might just come out on top as the artist that inspires me the most. Definitely the G.O.A.T in my eyes.
What can we expect from you in the future?
This summer I’ll be releasing my debut EP called ‘Epiphany’, which I honestly can’t wait for. The EP is all about my journey to self-love, confidence, healing from past relationships and finding myself. It’s definitely a good introduction to my writing style and storytelling. I’ve been developing my sound a lot over the past few months though, so I’ll be dropping some new singles with a different flavour after the EP. All I’m saying is expect some smooth R&B with a Caribbean vibe this summer ‘19!
Check out Shelana’s debut single ‘Senses’ below: