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Ady Suleiman Live at Hoxton Bar and Kitchen

Ady Suleiman Live at Hoxton Bar and Kitchen

By: Emily Brooking

Soulful, upbeat, refreshing – these are just a few of the ways to describe the mercurial music talent that is Ady Suleiman. Having just released his second EP entitled What’s The Score following his debut This is My EP, Ady is building up a strong musical catalogue, and, based on his gigs, a strong fan base too, showing that for this down-to-earth, young musician the only way is up.

Soulful, upbeat, refreshing – these are just a few of the ways to describe the mercurial music talent that is Ady Suleiman. Having just released his second EP entitled What’s The Score following his debut This is My EP, Ady is building up a strong musical catalogue, and, based on his gigs, a strong fan base too, showing that for this down-to-earth, young musician the only way is up.

Leading on from his single ‘State of Mind’, What’s The Score consists of three full-length tracks, an interlude and an outro. With his signature blend of soul, pop, R&B and reggae tones working harmoniously together, this EP is another stunning collection with rich vocals and the incredible narrative that is consistent to Ady’s music.

As genuine in person as his music portrays, Ady is a singer-songwriter with more than a voice of gold to offer. Instantly charming before we even began the interview, he had a presence that made me feel like we’d known each other for years. 

D: Congrats on your new EP What’s The Score. It’s amazing, as was to be expected. How does this EP compare to your first, This is My EP?    

Ady: There are no drastic differences, but I think purely on song choice, there is less of a reggae element in this latest EP. Also, I like to think my writing is more lyrically mature, especially on ‘Drink Too Much’. Musically, What's the Score - EP is honing in closer to my sound, but I'm proud of both projects and think they are both true to myself. 
 

D: Starting out did you have a clear idea in your head of what you wanted to create, or which genre?

Ady: I guess so, but at the same time, not really. I'm not consciously aware of making a certain genre of music, but inevitably I am going to be inspired and influenced by music I listen to because that’s all I know. I knew it would have traces of certain genres, and flavours reminiscent of certain artists, but I never had a conscious plan.
 

D: Who are your biggest musical inspirations?

Ady: When I was younger I used to just listen to what was on Top of the Pops, but then I was introduced to Jimi Hendrix and he opened this entire world of music. I went back and listened to all those different eras of music, so he was like the person who started it all off. But I think Amy Winehouse is a massive inspiration as she was creating music inspired by these eras and soul, and she had been extremely successful so that is very inspiring to see.  

D: There is something inherently timeless about your music; why do you think that is?

Ady: For me, essentially, live music is timeless. It’s not like ‘oh that sound is so this era’, that’s fucking live, that’s real, that’s a guitar, guitar is timeless, bass is timeless, drums are timeless so that’s how in my head I think music is timeless, because I think if it’s rooted in live music then the sound is right. That’s just my opinion.
 

D: Back to the EP. The video for the lead track, What’s the Score, was shot in Barcelona, and it looked like good fun. How long did it take to film?

Ady: It was wicked fun actually; we were there for 3 days over the weekend. It was just a small group of us, with some good friends of mine really that happen to be ridiculously talented, so it was a proper natural, really easy video to shoot. I did one or two things to cameras but for a lot of the shooting it was just, ‘Oh lets go to the beach’. I wanted to create a music/holiday video, something where people can feel like they were coming on holiday with us, like fucking hell I wish I was there. That’s the vibe I wanted to get. 
 

D: The second track on the EP, and my favourite, Ain’t the Beep, has some fantastically raw lyrics. You seem to have an innate talent at turning life experiences into narratives, something many people find a therapeutic outlet; is this what it is for you?

Ady: Yes and no. Some people need to do it but I think for me, I only do it because I like making music, and if I didn’t have music I probably wouldn’t. For me it is not lyrics I get my release from it’s singing. I don’t have to write something to get something off my mind, because I will just sing without any words and that will be my emotion. But at the same time I enjoy writing a song; when I match up the emotion and the lyrics together that’s really satisfying. Not necessarily therapeutic, but it’s like a pat on the back if I get the vibe and the feeling of the song across and the lyrics match that.

 

D: At the moment you’re in the middle of your tour, what can you divulge about your plans for the future? 

Ady: I think after this tour I will be finished gigging for the year, which is a shame, but I’ve got to crack on and finish my album. If I can find the time, I would love to take a flight somewhere in Europe to concentrate on writing. I'm too easily distracted in the UK. There’s always something going on. 

 

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