Interview with Yebba: Musician on Life, Dawn Album, Music and 2020 | New
Yebba has seen it all. From the moment a NYC the performance of his fascinating song “My Mind” went viral in 2016, Yebba – Abbey Smith – has been plunged into the frenzied chaos of the music industry. The amazing clarity, immense power and incredible control that Yebba has over his voice is amazing and compelling with every listen.
Lucky for her (and for us), she seemed to find her footing in the industry fairly easily and caught the attention of big names. In just five years, she partnered with a host of huge artists like Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Chance The Rapper, A Tribe Called Quest and, most importantly, Mark Ronson. This latest blockbuster has headed the production of Yebba’s upcoming debut album, DAWN, release scheduled for September. Ready to go through Yebba’s own trauma and enduring hope, DAWN will undoubtedly showcase Yebba’s vocal prowess, but also his talent for incredibly intimate and evocative storytelling.
Like DAWN approaches, MTV Australia decided to choose her brain with urgent questions and learned how Aretha Franklin, witchcraft, and tequila all take up space there.
What is the meaning of life?
Something COVID taught you
People lie for no reason.
Narcos Mexico, Imagine it’s a city, and The last dance – none of them are movies lol.
The best advice you have ever received
“Never date a musician” – someone stable.
Someone you really admire
ArÃ©tha Franklin. The best singer to do it with dignity, strength and elegance.
What do you think of your hair?
I had been bald with anxiety for a few years, but I’m back the bitches.
Describe yourself in three words
A person or thing that you think is underestimated
Do you prefer to travel 100 years in the past or in the future?
Nurture because I need my man to suck my toes. JK. Unlessâ€¦?
Daily ritual you couldn’t live without
Watermelon for breakfast.
For a few hours, I feel like a fucking philosopher wizard.
Something you are passionate about
Tequila and Tacos for my Trauma
Tell us about your music in one sentence
God cares about our imaginations.
Yebba’s debut album, DAWN, is slated for release on September 10. Listen to her single “October Sky” from the upcoming album just below.
Intro written by Jackson Langford, senior music and culture author.
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