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EXCLUSIVE Interview: Zuzu

Liverpool's Zuzu is a singer-songwriter who really pours her heart and soul into her music. I had a chat with her about writing very personal songs and who she's listening to at the moment.

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How are you?
I'm good, I'm good. 

Was there a specific moment in your life that made you want to be a musician?
Not particularly. I mean there was a point in my life when I thought, 'Ooh, I want to do that' and that was when I saw my first ever gig which was Blink 182 at the MEN Arena. And I remember thinking then, 'Woah, I wanna be playing guitar on stage' but, to be honest, for as long as I can remember, I've always just been writing songs and wanting to sing. There wasn't really a specific moment in my life that made me want to pick up a guitar or play music.

What is your new single 'Skin and Bone' about?
It's about domestic abuse. It's about what that's like from a kid's point of view. That's what the songs about. It's about being scared and experiencing horrible stuff when you're a kid. And not being able to deal with it. You imagine things around you and that's what the song is about. The trauma. 

What was it like making the music video for 'Skin and Bone'?
It was cool. We were in this super 70s house in London somewhere. It was such a crazy gaff but it was good. I worked with a lady called Alexandra Green and she's amazing. She helped me get in the head space of being vulnerable and stuff. If was quite difficult when obviously you've got a lot of people watching you and filming you, so it's difficult to get into that head space but it was much easier with her around to help me. 

What was it like making your latest EP 'How It Feels'?
It was good. It's been [recorded] in a lot of places. I kind of made the EP all over the place but it was really nice to be able to put those songs on a vinyl and make it a body of work, and put them in an order and out them out together so it was cool. Making the EP, it took a while cos at the time when I was recording some of those songs, I didn't always have the intention of it going on an EP. When I was recording it, I wasn't really thinking about how it was going to go out. I was just recording them. And yeah, that was cool. It was a different experience with every song. It felt good to put them altogether and that was fun.

What's your favourite track from the EP?
Probably 'Skin and Bone' because it's my most vulnerable song and I was the most scared to put it out. I was the most scared I've ever been about putting a song out but I got so much back in return. So many people messaged me, telling me of similar experience they've had and it made me feel less alone. 

Who are your musical influences?
They range so much. I love guitar bands. I've always been obsessed with The Libertines, but I'm also really inspired by pop artists like Taylor Swift, Lizzo, Cardi B but I'm also into Motown too. I kind of like to think I'm somewhere in between all three of those.

Which bands and artists are you listening to at the moment?
Ooh good question, who have I been listening to? I'll just check my Spotify so I can tell you honestly. Recently, I've been listening to Elli Ingram. She's great, she's amazing. She's got this really soulful voice and her music's really fun. I'm obsessed with that at the moment. I have been listening back to a lot of old Supremes records as well, just because it's been sunny and the right atmosphere for me. I've been listening to the new Lady Gaga record. That's amazing. I'm still obsessed with the Dua Lipa record. That's amazing. Lizzo. Still obsessed with Lizzo. So yeah, loads of stuff.

What inspires your songwriting?
Just everyday stuff. The people around me. The relationships I have in my life: my parents, my boyfriend, my cat, my cousin. I write songs about the dramas in my life but also the dramas in theirs. You know, the people that you love the most, whatever happens to them kind of happens to you because you are so fully involved with their lives. 

What's next for you?
I am recording a lot of music. I'm going to put out a lot of new music. 

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