Delilah On Upbringing: ‘Music Was My Family’S Relgion’
Delilah recently spoke about her journey in the music industry following the tremendous success she has received over her debut LP ‘From The Roots Up’. She said her upbringing was heavily influenced by music, with her mother being involved in the MOBO awards and her father being a DJ and record label owner…
The 21-year-old revealed that when she told her mother about receiving a well-deserved record deal, she didn’t get the reaction she expected. She told The National: “When I told my mum I was going to sign a major label deal, she was like… really?
"She said, do it independently, do it yourself. My mum has always supported me, but she and my dad come from the underground music scene. In the 1990s, live music and major labels weren't exactly as one."
She continued to explain how much music meant to her: "Music was my family's religion. Sunday meant record shops, not church. They were intellectual musical appreciators. None of them could play an instrument, but they'd sit in the living room until 4am debating songs - then go out and DJ."
The London based singer also went on to reveal that her godfather would take her to garage raves at a very young age, which meant her influences became more diverse than ever: "I went to garage raves like Twice As Nice and I'd dance and dance and dance… but my mother was like, ‘get home!’ Just because I was allowed there at five didn't mean I was allowed there at 15."
Words: Maz Khan (@MazHalima)