Berlin based singer and rap princess, LAYLA talks us through the influences and inspiration behind her sultry sound, as well as the whirlwind impact the pandemic has had on her music career.
How have you found creating during the pandemic as an independent artist?
It’s honestly so weird for me to even consider that since my career practically started with corona, so I can’t even really tell a difference of what it would have been without it. What I can say is, doing music for a career is definite a difference to what it was before. It’s definitely exciting to have people react to your work and give you feedback on what you’re creating but it’s also more pressure. I think this pandemic is a burden for all of us and since it kind of stops you from having a lot of experiences, which you would normally have, I think it definitely kills some inspiration. On the flip side you have much more time for creating stuff. It’s really what you make of it.
How does your heritage influence your visual language?
I am half Gambian (Dad) and half German (Mom). Growing up in Germany as a black girl I didn’t really have a lot of idols that I could identify with to look up to, so I am really happy to be representing black women in my visual and videos. Black skin, afro-hairstyles or even African currency, I try to represent as much as I can and I feel like that’s also part of my calling and my responsibility as a Black artist, considering the platform that I have. I’m very grateful for this opportunity.
You have such a distinct style, how would you sum it up in 3 words?
Raw. Unpredictable. Lovely
Frank ocean. I would die to make music with him, if we’re speaking globally. In Germany, I have a few dope people on my list. Some of them I already made music with, so I won’t say too much. But honestly, there are so many artists out there that I would love to work with, especially with me being so open to different genres, it’s hard to pin point one.
What can we expect next from Laylaboe?
Surprises. I wouldn’t recommend expecting anything from me, because I might change my mind tomorrow and disappoint your expectations (lmao). You can always expect me to bring you quality music, fun and good intentions, other than that I don’t like to live up to peoples expectations.
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