We briefly sat down to talk to singer-songwriter, performer and Genre bending artist, Ms Mohammed.
Talking about the release of her latest E.P., she spoke to us about her origins, where she draws inspiration from and what she aims to do with her interesting fused music.
Q: So, Thank you for sitting down with us. Firstly can you tell us, where was your start? Where did you come from?
A: I grew up in Trinidad surrounded by soca, reggae, chutney, pop chart radio, gospel music via my Christian parents, steel pan from the pan yard a few hundred feet from my house. Music was constant in many forms, but it wasn’t until my parents split up and my Dad went to NY that I discovered the guitar music that would go on to inﬂuence my sound to this day.
Q: How do you perceive labels? How do you want people to see you?
A: The world we do live in is the one that has labelled me, feminist, queer, female, feminine, South Asian, immigrant, controversial last name, provocative. I’m just trying to live authentically.
Q: Have you encountered any one who disagrees with you and is unfair to you, due to your views?
A: To be honest I don’t think they’ve discovered I exist yet! But I am bracing for it; it comes with the territory when just being who you are out loud upsets the status quo.
Q: Your creative process! What does it include, how do you write your songs? Where do you draw influence from?
A: I tend to go to my well-worn, but much loved, Pearl export drum kit ﬁrst. Most of the songs are born out of rhythms created on kick, snare, hi hat. I ﬁnd a groove I dig and run with that. Then I write guitar parts, bass line, vocal melody and lyrics tend to be last. I’m a huge control freak with strong ideas about what each element should sound like, so I record demos using Logic X and take that
to the studio to my engineer so he knows what I’m after sound wise for the ﬁnal product
Q: And finally, what is the ultimate goal? Where do you want your music to go?
A: I’m bored of its current state to be frank. There’s too much mind-blowing talent and music on this planet for us to be presented with anything this dull, safe and beige 24/7.
With her E.P. ‘Alibi’ recently being released, she is ready to take on the world.