Di Fatima ne abbiamo scritto poche settimane fa. Il suo più recente singolo “Circle” e la sua collaborazione con fLako ci hanno affascinato, come sempre capita quando si tratta di musica targata Eglo. Il fatto poi che in arrivo ci sia un intero album firmato dalla stessa Fatima non fa che renderci ancora più entusiasti, e curiosi… Contattarla per farci raccontare cosa bolle in pentola è un attimo. Ecco a voi il resoconto:
Since we don´t know much about Fatima as a person I would like you to tell our readers something about your musical background and your formative years in Sweden?
I grew up in Södra Station, Stockholm, with my family. My mom always played a lot of music in the house, she had a shop called “Boutique Afrique” where she sold instruments/clothes/jewellery plus she was involved with a lot of music events so I always had the music around me. I was a kid when MTV, Z TV etc. had alot of good shows so I became a video junkie, sat up day and night watching all the latest videos… I started singing in the School choir, went on with music college, sang in different bands, meanwhile writing my own tunes.
If you should make a list of the records that made you chose a career as a singer which ones would you pick out?
A few albums that influenced me alot when I grew up: Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill, Michael Jackson – Dangerous, Missy Elliott – Supa Dupa Fly, D’angelo – Voodoo, Erykah Badu – Mamas Gun.
How did you get in touch with Eglo Records and start working with them?
I met Alexander Nut and Flo Po in clubs around London. We all used to go to Plastic People a lot, Deviation etc. Alex saw me singing at clubs here and there, dropped me his mix CD and invited me to sing on his radio show on Rinse. We ended up becoming friends and when the guys had started Eglo they asked if i’d like to release something with them. That’s the beginning of things…
Your artistic CV is stunning for the level of the collaborations and the quality of the output. How´s working with people like Dam Funk or the SA-RA Collective?
Thank you! I’ve been blessed to work with alot of dope musicians and producers. Dam Funk is such a humble and generous person and obviously super funky. I actually recorded “Warm Eyes” in my old flat in London but I’ve sung with him a few times in clubs round UK and that’s always real fun! I´m excited bout “7 Days of Funk”!
I love Sa – Ra since the first time I heard them. I worked with Shafiq Husayn who has inspired me so much, introducing me to interesting music and ideas. I love singin and writing with him. His next album is amazing, keep your ears open!
I´m also curious about how the Eglo´s production team and Floating Points in particular work on their music. Do you reharse like a proper band or bounce back and forth musical ideas around the Web like many musical projects nowadays?
For the shows I rehearse with The Eglo Band. Most of the tunes I made with Floating Points has been in his studio. He might have some ideas on his computer or he plays me something on his keys that I freestyle some ideas to, and then start writing the song. We do send things over the net but when it comes to recording I mostly go to his studio cause we in the same city and he got a good spot…
Recently you worked with fLako on the just released “Black Dough”. For some was a sort of surprise match. How was working with him?
It’s fun working with Flako. He’s a real good person and got a lot of delicious verbena -from his grandparents house in Chile- that I love to sip!
He’s got a sharp ear, is very particular about sounds. It’s fun jammin with him.
What´s your plans for the rest of 2013 and the 2014? Some are eagerly looking forward a Fatima´s album…
I’m just wrapping up this album right now, it´s on its way so hold tight! Besides that I’m doing shows with The Eglo Band, trynna stay inspired and travel the planet as much as possible. Peace and love to everyone that’s staying in tune with my sounds and Eglo Recs.