You’ve been making music for quite a while, how did you get into writing songs?
I started singing at the age of eight and over time I realised I really wanted to make music as a profession. At 14 I'd had enough of doing covers and wanted to bring in some originality, so I started writing. I’m really inspired to keep writing music, because I feel like the best way to portray yourself is in your own art.
Who’s helped shape and influence your music?
My music is quite worldwide because of my Indian heritage and the different cultures that I’ve channelled into my music. My childhood music teacher is from the Caribbean Islands and he had a big impact on me, as a lot of my songs are centred around Afro music. I want to give a feel of my roots and origins when I write songs, so I don’t tend to put myself into one genre. I think spreading across a few makes my music more unique.
Can you tell us a bit about your track I Have Got You Now and the message behind it?
At first listen I Have Got You Now sounds like it’s about a girl, but it's not. It's actually about boys’ mental health and the friends around you. I've had a lot of experiences where I've acknowledged that my friends haven't felt 100%.
When you’re at school, you’re not always going to feel great and it’s important we show our support. IHGYN is about being around our friends and supporting them, because it’s not always easy to talk when we feel like that. I wanted to spread that message and just say - look, nobody is ever alone, there’s always someone out there for you.