Kadija Kamara

Interview: Kadija Kamara

Kadija Kamara is a singer, songwriter and producer based in London who has featured on a variety of club tracks as well as working on her own brand of what she calls Alternative Soul, recently releasing her debut EP Changes, which I reviewed here. I caught up with Kadija for a chat about the reactions to her EP, her production process and studio setup and the piece of gear she couldn’t live without…

Oh Drat: It’s been a month since Changes came out – what’s been the best thing that’s come out of getting the EP actually out there?

Kadija Kamara: It’s just the relief at first, there was a lot of apprehension and stuff, last year I was supposed to drop an EP and that never happened, so when it dropped I was really relieved! I’ve had a lot of positive feedback too, a lot of people have said that it sounds quite fresh, which is good, because I feel like a lot of music that’s on the radio at the moment sounds kinda the same – when a song starts it’s difficult to know whether it’s going to be a singer on the track or a rapper or just a dance track… but I’ve had people hit me up to say it sounds fresh, and they’d love me to perform and so on, so it’s had a positive knock on effect.

I feel like a lot of music that’s on the radio at the moment sounds kinda the same

OD: Excellent. It’s interesting that you spoke about the sameyness of a lot of music, because you can definitely hear a variety of influences in your music, and then you have this ‘alternative soul’ moniker. Is that just about the way that you’ve taken influences from various types of sources?

KK: Yes, very much so, I’d say. Going through listings on iTunes or whatever you see Alternative Pop, Alternative Rock, and I noticed there wasn’t an Alternative Soul and I just thought why, because there are so many different types of soul. I love soul but I didn’t want to just put myself in one category, so I thought Alternative Soul best describes my music  – and a lot of people say to me ‘so what’s alternative soul, then?’ because nothing’s been categorised as it before. I listen to Jazz, Rock, I like my pop,  country, folk, and I love it. The way I see it, great music is great music, and there’s something that draws me to all those styles. Just being thrown in as ‘soul’ kinda limits your target audience, and I don’t want to be limited. And so… alternative soul!

OD: Now in your introductory video you were down at a record fair… does getting your fingers dusty looking through vinyls give you inspiration?

KK: Vinyl? Oh, definitely. I’ve got loads of vinyl at home, and lots I’ve inherited from my parents as well, and… well vinyl represents vintage as well, and vintage represents quality. I want people to think quality when they hear my music and I would love to have my own vinyl, but vinyl is SO expensive! I think it’s making a comeback, I’ve had a few people at shows ask me if my EP is coming out on vinyl – it doesn’t sell as deeply as CD and MP3 though, so I think if I do I’d probably do a limited edition.

Pages: 1 2 3

Kadija Kamara - Changes

Kadija Kamara – Changes

Changes, the first solo EP from Kadija Kamara, is a delightful four song offering with a very organic sound and a style that indicates influences from generations of soul music.

a style that indicates influences from generations of soul music

From Talking to Myself’s steady four on the floor snare pattern harking back to 60s Motown to Deeper Than This’s guitar led suggestions of India Arie, Kadija Kamara demonstrates a strong writing talent.

The breadth of emotion on this debut EP is impressive, and is a guaranteed like for soul fans – available from iTunes and various other outlets detailed on Kadija’s site.

Talking 2 Myself by Kadija Kamara

Oh Drat February Podcast

Oh Drat Podcast February 2011

It’s that time again – the Oh Drat Podcast’s February edition is here, with another eclectic selection for your enjoyment. Don’t forget you can subscribe to the podcast and get any you may have missed directly in iTunes, and please use the comments section to voice your opinion!

1. Do Re Mi ft Leone Evans – Rossington Code
2. Debilos ft Anqui – Turn My Clock (Check One remix)
3. Purity Ring – Ungirthed
4. Rewd Adams – I Know
5. Amalia – All the Funk I Need
6. Kadija Kamara – I’m Endeavoured
7. Jaque Polynice – Obama O’s (Mike Slott remix)
8. Sleepover – Fucking Evil
9. Porches – December’s Sweating

Subscribe in iTunes

Oh Drat Podcast February 2011 by Oh Drat

Hello. Add your message here.