INTERVIEW: Future soul queen Harleighblu
Harleighblu will perform in Leicester, on Tuesday 22 May, 8pm, at 2Funky Music Café. The singer combines a classic yet truly distinctive soulful voice with a love of bass and eclectic future beats.
Her appearance is part of Festival2Funky. Now in its fifth year, this will be an awesome celebration of Black music and arts, running from 21-27 May 2018.
We caught up with Harleighblu ahead of the festival to find out what this year has in store for her…
You’ve been involved in music from a young age, what inspired you to pursue it as a career?
I’ve been writing since I was pretty young. Pursuing it was just kinda natural… it’s what I love so, I think you should always pursue what you love in life.
How would you describe your sound to people who may not have heard your music before?
Future soul… a mixture of neo-soul, hip hop, jazz, rnb and electronic music.
You grew up in Nottingham, do you have any favourite hang-outs or places of interest?
Favourite hang out spots will be in my hometown of Nottingham… Jam Cafe, which is always popping with great music and great vibes. The Bodega Social has been somewhere I’ve played consistently since I was a teenager… new emerging artists coming out of there courtesy of DHP. Always a wicked night out.
There are some great musical talent heiling from the Midlands, how does it feel to be amongst them?
I’ve always been so proud of Nottingham – we have such an amazing music scene with so many artists doing well on a global level. From Jake Bugg, Sleaford Mods to Natalie Duncan and Liam Bailey. Completely different genres of music, yet everyone is so ridiculously talented in their own right. I’m very proud to be a part of this music scene.
You’re part of the line-up for Leicester’s Festival2Funky, What can people expect from the show?
I’m dropping a brand new EP next month so you can expect new music in my set! Gotta test it out before release date to see if it’s poppin 😉 – video dropping very soon!
I hear you have a new album in the pipeline, can you tell us anything about it?
My new album was recorded at Red Bull Studios in Berlin with an incredible producer called Bluestaeb. I’m super excited for people to hear it. It’s the most honest I’ve ever been on a record… and it’s something I’m incredibly proud of but first things first – The EP!
What else has 2018 got in store for you?
PRS have awarded me with Momentum funding for my new record. Which is an incredible honour and such an amazing achievement to get as an artist. So I’ll be releasing that, the new EP and touring, touring, touring!
Dare to diva presents… nubian soul queens
Tuesday 22 May 2018, 8pm-11pm
2Funky Music Café, New Park St, Leicester, LE3 5NH
For updates on acts and gig times, visit: www.2funkymusiccafe.co.uk
FREE entry with Festival2Funky wristband.
Festival wristbands (£10) for access to the full 7 days, are available on the door and via www.2funkytickets.co.uk. Selected individual events are £5 entry (subject to capacity), and our graffiti workshops & industry panel debate are free.