Today we're going to introduce you to Espa - an artist that make epic pop songs, with straight talking lyrics, and... well, bloody catchy melodies.
Fresh off the release of her latest single 141, Espa sat down with us to chat everything from her soulful influences, to these "song weapons" that she's waiting to unleash on us all. Check it out below...
Hey Espa, thanks for taking the time to talk to us here at Popshade - can we start by telling our readers a bit about who you are and what you do?
My name is Espa, I'm a 23 year old musical artist from london. I have an overly active imagination and an unhealthy obsession with crystals.
You’ve released some killer singles already - 141 is the latest. How did that come about?
141 was first conceived 1.5 years ago, and it sounded very different to the track you hear today. Apart from the chorus, almost everything has changed! It was written with three of my close mates, Todd Oliver, John Calvert and my no one collaborator, Tim ‘The Dealer’ Deal. It’s a true story about a broken relationship, a unheard goodbye with the slightly comedic ‘modern-day’ element of the withheld number phone call at its centre. Semi-stalkerish but I am committed to honest lyrics (!!!).
It’s quite hard to pin you down to one particular genre, so, we’re quite interested to know - who are your biggest musical influences?
I have the most weird and wonderful influences… some of which i’m featuring a wall of fame style tattoo piece i’m currently working on, shhhh! Madonna, Prince, Bowie, Bjork, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Sinatra, Erykah Badu, Kendrick Lamar, Nirvana, Lady Gaga, Janet Jackson, Amy Winehouse, Nas… the list goes on and on and gets weirder and weirder.
And, linking to that - what’s your earliest musical memory? Any point in your life where you remember it “clicking”, whether that’s wanting to make music, or just how much you enjoy it?
I come from a family of three generations of musicians, it all started with my grandfather who used to play for the likes of Shirley Bassey, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra etc… I remember getting on stage with him at a very young age and singing ‘Fly Me to the Moon’. I probably sounded horrific but I remember that was the moment I knew I had to pursue this. I had caught the bug!
What gives you the bigger buzz - crafting songs in the studio, or playing live?
Live. it’s the only reason why I ever go to the studio, so that I can get on stage and actually translate these songs to audiences. Live shows are where the magic happens between the artist and the listeners, it’s where I feel most at home and of the highest service to others.
141 has already had an awesome reception - but what is next for Espa?
I’m going to be dropping an extra-spesh video for 141 in the near future, and i’ll be playing at some festivals this summer (super excited for that… did i mention that I love playing live?! hehe!). I’ve got a handful of ‘song weapons’ up my sleeve (aka. big tracks) that i’m planning to unleash over the next twelve months in preparation for a full length LP release next year.
We are a pop site, so we have to ask - who is your favourite popstar of all time?
Prince. No explanation necessary.
And who else should we keep an eye out for UK wise? Which artists are you really feeling at the minute?
Chiara Hunter is a fire cracker pop-star about to blow. That chic has pipes, looks, moves and most importantly BIG songs. Watch out for her.
And finally, where can peeps see more of ya?
twitter: @espa. Insta: @espa___. Facebook.com/espamusic. Snapchat: espamusic
We'd like to thank Espa for taking the time to answer these questions!
There you have it - as we're sure you'll agree, 141 is a banger, plain and simple. We cannot wait to see this new video. And we reckon it's only a matter of time before she blows up BIG TIME.
Follow her on those links above. Cop the single. And make sure ya keep an eye out for an Espa live show. If it's anything like the way she described it, we're sure it'll be pretty special.