Introducing... Zemmy

Hailing from London, Zemmy Momoh isn't just yet another singer-songwriter. She's got a real talent and we have our fingers crossed that we'll be seeing a lot more of her very soon.

What's your earliest musical memory?
Waiting for my parents to leave the house then sneaking into their bedroom with my sister, putting on Lionel Richie or Gloria Estefan and going mental. We did this a lot. I think we were about five and three, respectively.

If you could hold a recording session with any five artists, who would you choose?
Pharrell Williams, Mark Ronson, Caleb Followill, Aretha Franklin and Beyonce. People who've made me think "You're far too talented for your own good. I'm jealous."

You want to describe your music to a stranger on the street, who do you compare yourself to?
I'd tell them I sound somewhere broadly between Maroon 5, KT Tunstall and Sia and then wonder if I actually do sound like that.

You are going to live on a desert island for a year, which three albums do you take with you?
Must confess that I'm not so much of an album buyer; I tend to pick my fave tracks from a record and buy those. But I'd take Kings of Leon 'Because of the Times', N.E.R.D's 'In Search of...' (a record I actually have in its entirety) and Michael Jackson's 'Greatest Hits'. Though I'd probably just try and sneak my iPod through - it's only little.

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If we were to look at your MP3 player, what is the most embarrassing track or album that we'd find?
You'd find a few Backstreet Boys tracks. Though I carry them round with pride. The Backstreet Boys were an integral part of my childhood... and they have some jams!

What sets you apart from the rest?
This is a toughy... I think my voice is unique - well I've been told that anyway. I grew up listening to a lot of pop and r'n'b, but during school I sang a lot of classical music. This I think gave me an interesting vocal technique, as my voice is almost the typical pop/r'n'b voice but then I flip into my head ('choir' type) voice a lot when I sing. I also think that combination gave me an interesting take on melodies and I would hope that this is where my uniqueness predominantly lies.

What is next for Zemmy?
More and more gigging, all over the UK and hopefully an EP release in the near future.We want to solidify our reputation as a great live act. The main aim for the start of next year is to get some really good support slots so we can keep building our fan base. It's actually our one year anniversary as a band in a few days but, typical boys, I bet they won't remember.

Lead photograph credit: Alexander Brown Photography

Check out Zemmy performing 'Limbo' below...

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