Wrap Up And Watch Out: Ky Oshi
The name Ky Oshi may leave a few heads scratching for the moment but, mark our words, this soulful songstress is bound to get noticed in the next couple few months. The Camden native has already lit up YouTube with her cover of Amy Winehouse's 'Love Is A Losing Game', as well as original material like the relationship tear-jerker, 'Rain'. The Wrap Up's Errol Anderson caught up Ky Oshi to find out more about her and the music...
The Wrap Up: For those who don't know yet, who is Ky Oshi?
Ky Oshi: Ky Oshi is an honest and emotional singer. I take music probably a little too seriously, actually. I put my heart and soul into it and I think that's the main thing that people recognise about me as an artist.
TWU: How did you first get into music?
Ky Oshi: Music has always been around me. My dad being in a funk band probably played a big part in my passion for music. I first realised that music was what I was good at when I was 13. There was a singing competition going on at my school (Haverstock) and I remember hearing some girls rehearsing and I thought, 'That song's pretty easy.' I started singing it quietly to myself and was like, 'Hey! I can kinda sing.' I showed my dad, after practicing religiously, and he sent me to a vocal coach and that's where the journey began.
TWU: Who are your main musical influences?
Ky Oshi: I'd have to say my dad, boy does he sing with soul! I always aspired to sound like him. Prince influences me and I honestly think he is the best artist alive; you get more than what you expect with every single one of his songs. H-Town and Immature made cry music, the best slow-jams ever! Amy Winehouse and Adele have influenced me a lot in the last few years, I think the emotion and soul in their voices is touching. For me, they are some of the few real musicians whose music will live on for years to come. R.I.P Amy Winehouse.
TWU: What message would you say most of your songs put across?
Ky Oshi: Maybe that I'm always sad (laughs). Just kidding! I think the message in all of my songs is being free to express yourself and not being afraid to show your emotions – it’s all part of being human. I think most of us have been conditioned to hide our true feelings because, in the society that we live in, emotions mean weakness. I hope my music can somehow change that.
TWU: What surprising artists/bands could we find on Ky Oshi's iPod?
Ky Oshi: Tyler, the Creator – he's flipping radical. Robert Pattinson (yes the dude from Twilight, he can sing damn it), Maverick Sabre, Wretch 32, Ed Sheeran, Bon Iver, Knytronium, Courtney Bennett, Adele, Kings Of Leon, Marcus Miller, Dappy and Drake. The list is endless! I feel sorry for my iPod, it's overloaded.
TWU: The UK scene has moved on in leaps and bounds in the last few years. What do you have to say about the UK movement?
Ky Oshi: I think it's fabulous! People have always put the UK music scene second to the US and it's about time that we got some credit. There is some real amazing talent coming up from the underground, and I'm so glad to be a part of it.
TWU: What are you planning for the year ahead?
Ky Oshi: I'm planning on being heard. I'm going to be gigging a lot, making music videos and an EP. I'm going to be in your faces, man. You can expect some marvellous collaborations as well.
Stay up to date with Ky Oshi on Twitter - www.twitter.com/KyOshiOnline
Words: Errol Anderson (@Elzan1)
Online editing: Joseph 'JP' Patterson (@Jpizzledizzle)