Hailing from East London and currently studying at the infamous Brit School in Croydon, Aziya Aldridge-Moore dropped four magical songs into the SALUTE competition this year, which made us really happy!
- SALUTE: Did you grow up in London Aziya?
Yeah I did, my earlier years were in Islington London, then moved to East London in Hackney. I’m definitely a Hackney girl at heart, there’s so much great music and creatives around to vibe off and get inspiration from and just the sights in Hackney are super trendy which is really cool to be around.
- SALUTE: What kind of music did you grow up with at home?
So much it’s unreal! My mum is an amazing singer who grew up on like hip hop, r&b, soul, grunge and indie music from Prince to Public Enemy and J Dilla to Nirvana and Soundgarden, to the Smiths, which she always played in the house as well as my dad who used to be a drum and bass DJ is also into a lot of good music too. Being surrounded by music is what inspired me to start developing my own sound and start to produce and write my music!
- SALUTE: When did you get started making music and singing?
I’ve always been singing from a very young age. It’s something I’ve always loved, cause my house is such a creative environment it’s something that’s always been encouraged. My mum saw I enjoyed music from an early age and helped me take up singing, guitar and piano lessons. In secondary school, I began to write about my life experiences and seek my own musical influences. That’s when it all clicked and I started to then strengthen my playing ability on guitar and piano to really start writing lyrics and create melodies and come up with songs, which people liked.
My first song was probably when I was like 8 I remember the concept was about a person I described through the image of a stereo, To this day I still love writing ambiguous lyrics as I feel they can be interpreted however by the listener. I love writing melodies and coming up with beats for each of my tracks! I love having the control and ability to do whatever I want to a track and the lyrics I write only help to characterise the song more.
Producing music is something I’ve only taken up recently as I find it so liberating to have the freedom to be able to create my own music and not be restricted when you’re in a session or want to make a track at home.
- SALUTE: Do you go out much in London to music events or do you dig for music online?
It’s a mixture of both! I’ve got so many music magazines on my phone that I religiously read as well as going to Brit your always hunting for new music to show your mates, the older I get the easier it gets to find really sick events where other new talent is playing. Luckily living in Hackney there’s always something going on, there’s a really big music scene so I love going out and getting inspired.
- SALUTE: What gear do you use for production and recording?
I have a basic home studio setup, usually use Logic but I’m currently learning Protools at the moment and I’ve finally got a proper mic in my home so I’ve really been trying use the best of it! So keep an eye out for more music!
- SALUTE: How’s it been working on your music and studying music at the Brit School?
Brit has helped so much, whether that be making new contacts or helped provide the facilities to record I set out to find my sound at that school and I’m definitely closer to finding it.
- SALUTE: Is that your band in the video for The Contradiction? How did you meet and get together as a band? How long have you been together?
So they are my mates who are really cool musicians who all go to Brit with me, we haven’t been playing together very long! We’ve had like four gigs but I get them to play the music I’ve written and composed and it’s great! It’s cool having the choice to do either acoustic gigs or gigs with the whole entire line of musicians!
- SALUTE: What do you think of the SALUTE initiative and competition?
I really think it’s a great idea and good incentive for aspiring musicians to get their music out there and hear fellow musicians also on the scene at the moment, and the prize of £50,000 is amazing. It’s unbelievable how much that could help me and my career continue to develop!
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