Hey Little Simz. So, where are you now?
I'm in LA, it’s like a second home to me. I'm just working on new stuff, doing meetings, and doing my rounds. But also just living my best life. I just finished a South American tour with Gorillaz, so I'm taking some time to just unwind a bit.
Are you able to talk about the new record?
Well… What do you wanna know?
Is there a theme or concept?
I wouldn't say it's as conceptual as my last album, but it’s much more personal. Not that my last record wasn't personal, but it was to do with my work life and career. Whereas this dives into my personal life. I've touched on that here and there in other songs, but I think this record captures it more and gives people an insight.
What made you want to go there?
I think through just understanding growth and understanding that in order to grow I need to be uncomfortable. It's the evolution of me. I think artists can get complacent sometimes in thriving at something and then just sticking at that. They don't mind not progressing. That's fine if that works for them, but I'm not that person. I always want to be able to grow in all aspects of the word, in music, in me as a person. So I guess this was what I had to do in order to grow. I needed to tap into this personal element of myself.
How do you decide how personal to go with the lyrics?
I'm working with people that allow you to be as vulnerable as possible and allow you to make mistakes. Because it is uncomfortable and it will be even more so when I've put it out there for everyone to hear. There is a choice in how personal I wanna get and how much I wanna let people in. But overall it's for me man – making this record felt like an emotional cleanse.