Missguided Discovered caught up with singer songwriter and all round mega-babe Ohema X to talk playing Glastonbury, future projects and what she’s listening to RN.
Tell us about yourself
My name is Ohema X (pronounced O-he-ma-X) it originates from Ghana and stands for Queen. The “X” is taken from the Roman numerals number 10- which was the age I began writing music and in the year 2010 I started studying at my dream University (London College Fashion) the same year, I started assisting stylists for Harry Potter’s Emma Watson, Tom Felton and other main characters from the movie.
Where did you first realise you want to make music?
From a young age, I listened to different types of artists and bands, mainly because of my family- both my brothers play the drums, one is also a singer-songwriter!
Also, being a 90’s baby when the Spice Girls first came out they really stood for individually, creativity and were so diverse! I loved their catchy songs, stand out fashion sense and each member was so different from one another but I could still relate to each one.
How would you describe your sound?
Best gig you’ve ever played?
I performed my next single “Sober” featuring Big Narstie at Glastonbury and Wireless festival this year! Definitely the highlight of my career so far a dream come true!!! It’s always an honour to share the stage with Narstie, someone I’ve grown up listening too!
If you could collaborate with anyone who would it be and why?
Coldplay to me are one of the best musicians in the world! They’re amazing live, amazing songwriters their sound is timeless and will definitely live on.
Music should always help change the world, they’re an inspiration and I believe my music can do the same in someone else’s life! Collaborating with them writing a song or performing live would be incredible.
Who did you listen to growing up?
The Spice Girls, Destiny’s Child/Beyoncé, Coldplay, So Solid Crew, Craig David, Oasis, The Fugees, Missy Elliott, The Beatles, Busta Rhymes, TLC, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson the list goes on.
Who’s your biggest musical inspiration?
Coldplay and Beyoncé
What’s your guilty pleasure track?
Remember that song by the group, Aqua – Barbie Girl lol it was the first ever album that my parents bought me.
What’s the last album you listened to all the way through?
Ed Sheeran- Divide.
What’s been your career highlight/proudest moment?
Writing my debut single Freedom and having Big Narstie feature on the track. I wanted to begin my musical career with an anthem for the world! No matter what you believe in or what you look like. It’s a song for humanity. Also, performing at Glastonbury, Wireless and Fabric (same show as Charlie Sloth and Stefflon Don)
Who is the coolest person you’ve worked with so far?
Big Narstie, he’s just genuine, so humble, funny and smart! He gives the best advice and we always create amazing songs together. That’s my big bro!
Who are you listening to at the moment?
Ray Blk, Too Rare Too Die, Stefflon Don, Logic… there’s too many to list but lots of super talented artists/ bands out here for sure.
What advice do you have for aspiring artists trying to break into the industry?
Get clued up! Make sure you know the business side to the music industry, copyright your music! Write, write, write and keep writing songs and remember to enjoy the journey, it’s not a race against anyone else. Focus on your own journey, it’s going to be tiring and it will be filled with ups and downs but never give up on finding your purpose in life.
You can only listen to one album for the rest of your life, what is it?
So Solid Crew- They don’t know
Where can we see you perform next?
Right now I’m recording my 2nd EP and getting ready to shoot my next single “Sober” with Big Narstie.
What’s on the agenda for the rest of 2017?
Second EP coming out and simply Ohema X Takeover.
Wanna know more about Ohema X? Follow her on Instagram and check out her Spotify
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