Catch up with kEMI SULOLA
Kemi Sulola is the rnb songstress with a voice and songwriting abilities reminiscent of the 90's. With a soulful voice and jazzy undertones its by no surprise that she has received co-signs by the likes of legends such as Janet Jackson. We caught up with her to see how she is doing.
How are you doing during this period?
Its been a weird time for me. Last year I was in hospital for a few months and I couldn’t go outside or do the things I wanted to do, so this period is ever so slightly reminiscent of that. On the other hand, as I feel I already experienced the worse of such restrictions, I am better able to cope this time. This time has also been revealing for me, I’ve received a lot of support from my friends and family but most recently I had one of the greatest artists of our time and one of my favourite artists Janet Jackson repost me singing her song on her page! She told me to “Keep singing” - that blew my mind and gave me another focus! That was a big sign for me to keep doing what l’m doing, use this time to be better!
What are you doing to stay sane and keep creative?
Focusing on my art and my passions, which have been overwhelming me recently. I attribute that passion to everything I went through before, to the point where I don’t want to waste any time not doing the things I love. I have been doing some morning fitness routines with friends too, doing my own Instagram live shows and just interacting with the people around me through technology. Also taking a break from the news every now and then is very healthy! The sensationalization of everything can be too much. Also as a creative, I think I subconsciously live for these strange times, when life does the unexpected... that up and down of life keeps me sane because its real. Nothing can be perfect forever.. but it can always restore.
Have you learnt anything new about yourself in this period?
I have learned that I have grown from the insecure young lady I once was. I feel I’m coming into my own at this time! It’s a buzzing feeling and I want to share that energy. This period has allowed me more time to reflect and see what this life really means to me and what I want to bring to it. I learned that love is truly the most important thing you can have in this world. Sorry to get deep, but its true. Mothers Day, my family couldn’t all meet due to social distancing, but we were able to speak online in a joint Skype call, I then realised, that having that LOVE during this time is the most important thing. That is something I discovered for myself last year when I went through what I did, but now its clearer to me more than ever.
It’s a hard time for a lot of people, any advice to people who are finding it difficult?
Use this time to connect with yourself, to connect with God, if you believe in that higher being. Learn about you! What you are good at, what you enjoy, what you can improve on. It can be as simple as having a long bath on an evening and tidying up something you have been meaning to do. Just enjoying the simple things of life. Whilst we can self develop, some people are getting sick and losing loved ones and that is the main reason why we are having to stay in doors. So there will be some pains, emotions will be high, but its about how you deal with these moments. Who you are in the chaos and how you let it effect your peace. Also what can you do for others during this time? It is important to be of service for others were possible.
How do you think the government is handling the crisis?
To be honest, I feel the government could have and should have handled things more seriously earlier on, especially after seeing what had happened in China and Italy. I feel they should really have enforced lock down earlier. Having said that, this only reinforces that really and truly we are all human and when it comes to things like this, we don’t really know what to do, the guys at the top as much as we think they do, don’t have all the answers. But what we can and should do is respect those who are in these authoritative positions (as long as its for the betterment of the people) and continue to work together. That means no stupid stock pilling, supporting our NHS and key-workers, helping vulnerable groups, washing your hands, remaining socially distant and staying ya behind at home!!
This is a perfect time for people who haven’t heard of you to go and listen to your catalogue, where would u suggest they start?
From the start. My first project was released some years back now, an 8 track EP just with some songs of my youth! It was based around a crush I used to have on a guy who used to get on the same bus as me, till this day that big head will never know! The project talks about our insecurities (Inside), love and its true meaning (Take You There), not judging people and understanding each other (You Dont Know) and also importantly about our dreams and aspirations (In My Dreams - and also with that watch the animated music video that takes you through the complexities of our dreams and reality.) From there you can listen to my other songs, Expression Is Free, hiphop mixtape, Nothing Compares, Raindrops and other collaborations! At www.kemisulola.com
What’s your first thing your going to do when this is all over?
I’m not going to lie, I want a burger from McDonalds. One McChicken sandwich with BBQ sauce and fries. Then a glass of water to wash it out. Don’t judge me! I’m looking forward to getting back out there again. Before all this I caught the open mic bug, so just going to get back to that really, singing, jamming and performing. Also finishing of and completing my project Room 3! I feel after this time, people are going to relate to it more than before, as it speaks about my time in hospital and what I learned from that. Im looking forward to sharing some new music very soon!