Interview: All About She
Exciting new outfit All About She compromise of the production skills of Jon Clare and James Tadgell, with the melodic vocal offerings of the previously solo Vanya Taylor. Having written 'Intro' for Tinie Tempah's debut album and provided the official remix for Jessie J's 'It's My Party', it's likely you would have heard their music way before Mistajam, Zane Lowe and Toddla T lent their support to the electro-soul infused 'Higher'. The Wrap Up's James Walsh caught up with them to learn about their origins, the not-so-obvious name and their rise to signing with Atlantic Records.
TWU: Hi guys! First off, how did you all meet?
James: Me and Jon were living in the same area in High Wycombe and got into producing together, learning and progressing alongside each other. We were doing all the Under-18 gigs when we were much younger and promoting the events. We then did a session with Vanya who was a solo artist originally. I think we did about three production sessions together and we quickly realized she was the missing piece.
TWU: Is that where the name All About She comes from?
James: [Laughs] it was more because we were writing a lot of songs about girls to be honest. It’s quite a unique name and she was doing backing vocals for Jessie J, but she kindly sacrificed her name for the group.
TWU: And how long have you been together as a threesome?
Jon: It must be four years now.
TWU: Would you say your influences musically are similar or different?
Vanya: Similar in a lot of ways; we all like Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Jodeci, Mary J. Blige, and lots of R&B. But we were into the house and garage scene growing up too.
James: Me and Jon used to play a lot of R&B and hip-hop when we DJ’ed. We had a slot on a pirate radio show on a Sunday where we had to pay £7.50 each to play on it! [Laughs]
TWU: Your published through EMI, on the Disturbing London management roster and recently signed to Atlantic. How has each stage in your progression materialized?
Jon: Through hard work, lots of time in the studio together, being persistent and believing we had something to offer. Just staying strong and knowing that this is what we wanted to do was very important.
James: We met Tinie Tempah on MSN and MySpace and he used to come see us to record outside of London. When we were looking to take it to the next level and make a career out of it we were looking for management and sent some tracks to Dumi (Tinie's manager). He loved them and it’s been going strong ever since.
TWU: Your new single ‘Higher’ has been a big success, racking up thousands of plays on YouTube and Soundcloud while also being Radio 1 B List and 1Xtra A List. How’s it been to see such a positive reaction?
James: It’s been really great. We went with that track because of the way everyone around us reacted to it. It’s shown to be the right choice, with people that matter supporting it and letting the public hear it.
TWU: As well as Tinie, you've worked with many artists in the UK urban music scene, like Dizzee Rascal, Jessie J, Etta Bond and Roses Gabor to name just a few. What's been your proudest moment to date?
Vanya: All of them collectively are proud moments, as they've helped us get a step closer to where we want to be.
Words: James Walsh (@JW_DittoMusic)
Online Edit: @MazHalima