INTERVIEW: ON LOVING YUNA
Words by Pariss Sloan
I first came across Yuna last year (Yes, I know I'm late to the party!) with the release of her 3rd Studio Album, 'Chapters'. Her honest and delicate approach to love, heartbreak and life, touched me in a way that many haven't.
Standout tracks include 'Crush' featuring Usher, 'Mannequin', 'Best of Me' and 'Used to Love You'. I mean, narrowing them down was a struggle... I listened to this album back-to-back for longer than I'd usually admit!
She both empowers and brings peace to her audiences, something I witnessed firsthand at her soldout gig in KOKO, Camden on Tuesday 16 May 2017.
The Malaysian singer-songwriter is breathtaking in more ways than one, and the true success of her work was illustrated in the diversity of her audience. It was incredible to see a vibrant crowd of varied faith and background, lose their minds the moment Yuna stepped onto the stage.
Each lyric resonated in a way I can't quite describe, and each note perfectly delivered.
WHAT DOES THE CREATIVE PROCESS LOOK LIKE FOR YOU RIGHT NOW?
It’s amazing! I love to be creative all the time, I’m currently recording my 4th album, and it's exciting.. I’m working with more producers and it’s sounding really good. I'm excited to share it with the fans.
HOW MUCH OF YOURSELF CAN WE FIND IN YOUR SONGS?
A lot, as I won’t write anything that I can’t connect to. Every song has a little message that I want to send out to the universe. It has to be personal. I have to write something that I know.
HOW DO YOU FIND PRESENTING YOUR SOUND TO SUCH A DIVERSE AUDIENCE?
It's so awesome. I've been to quite a few shows and but I've never really seen such diversity as when I'm performing. It's very cool and it really inspires me to make more music.
WHAT HAS BEEN A HIGHLIGHT SO FAR?
That's got to be meeting Quincy Jones and asking him important questions about music… and playing the piano with him!
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT IN THE NEXT 12 MONTHS?
Hopefully a new album, and another worldwide tour!
ARE THERE ANY OTHER CREATIVE ITCHES YOU'D LIKE TO SCRATCH?
I do want to try something new. Maybe acting!
WHERE DO YOU LOOK FOR FASHION INFLUENCES?
I love Elie Saab. I feel like I want to live in his clothes my whole life!
WHO ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED?
I'd like to be known or remembered just as myself. I’m the girl who just did her thing and embraced every opportunity by just being herself!
If you haven't heard it yet, spend some time with 'Chapters' via Spotify now.
Yuna will be in the UK again this Summer for both Wireless and Glastonbury Festivals.