Ones To Watch┃ Words by Amy Woodroffe ┃ 01.05.2020
A/B gifts us a soulful voice to a sweet melody and summer vibe in his new track ‘Remotion’, which by the way we have listened to all day long! Imagine being on a beach beside the sunset, chilling or cruising down the road on a hot afternoon and you’ll get the feeling of this track. We’re keeping an eye on A/B, expecting exciting things from the future and some more of those passionate tones.
IZLAND interviews a/b on INSPIRATIONS SUCH AS YEBBA AND BLVK CVSTLE, AND THE struggles of 2020.
When did you start making music?
My mum has always said I could sing before I could talk but in terms of writing, I’ve been attempting to write songs since I was around 8 years old. I formed a band with my childhood friend and we used to sing our songs into a tape recorder… one of which we sent off in the hope that we’d represent the UK in the Eurovision Kids Contest (we never heard back…).
In terms of actually making music though, I started experimenting properly in 2017 and the first proper song I wrote was called ‘it’s not me, it’s you’. I had no idea if it was any good or not so I uploaded to SoundCloud and my personal Facebook page to see what people thought… It turns out some people were into it and it’s actually what led me to my current management!
Who are you listening to at the moment?
I’ve always been a bit all over the place musically… I can literally go from Metallica to Britney Spears in one sitting. At the moment, I’m loving YEBBA (her voice is not even human!), Thundercat’s new album, BLVK CVSTLE, Dua Lipa, Shuggie Otis, JoJo, Susumu Yokota, Harry Styles….. the list goes on!
There is a lot going on in the world right now, what is your next step from here?
Ha, a lot is an understatement! 2020’s been a wild ride so far, eh? At this current moment, I’m taking time to get to know myself musically. I’ve been challenging myself to write a song daily which is actually been a huge learning process for me. 10 terrible attempts eventually lead to at least 1 good one, it’s worth it! Further down the line though, I have a lot of music ready to go and some of that will be coming out later this year which I’m suuuuper excited about. Stay tuned!
What makes you make music?
Singing and writing have always been my favourite forms of expression. Like so many other artists and musicians, they’re my own personal form of therapy and help me to lighten the load off my brain / further understand myself.
What are you most proud of so far in your journey?
This is literally going to sound like something straight from a Disney Channel Original Movie script but I’m proud of myself for not giving up. There’s been plenty of times I’ve nearly thrown in the towel but then I remember my undaunted younger self would literally kill me for not pursuing what I’ve wanted to do my entire life!
I’m also super proud of the first track I put out late last year, ‘remotion’ (stream it now for clear skin!).