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Interview: Ophelia

Ophelia

South-East-London based Ophelia has had a good year having already performed several times at the Camden Roundhouse but her new single, Don’t Start (This is What I think of You), a collaboration with music producer Brijs looks set to take her year to another level.

In the run up to her new release we caught up with Ophelia to ask her about the story behind Don’t Start and how she feels about her most successful year to date:

M: How would you describe the song?

Ophelia said: “It’s so hard to describe your own music but for me I would call it crancing music, because it makes you want to cry and dance at the exact same time.”

M: So how did you come up with Don’t Start?

O: “Well with song writing it’s not a concious decision, it just happens. Brijs sent me the beat for the song, I sat on the sofa and it was the quickest song I have ever written. The lyrics are very personal and it was quite cathartic writing the song and sharing the story.

“Brijs heard my other song on Radio 10 and thought, right, this is the girl I want to do the singing.”

M: Don’t Start is quite a personal song isn’t it?

O: “It’s a funny one and I have no written such a personal song before and it was tricky talking about what I want to say about it. I would rather people take what they think about it that what I say. People suffer and if more people talked about it, it would not happen. It’s the shame about it.

“There’s something quite uplifting and empowering about it and we can feel quite empowered by a quite difficult situation.”

M: This isn’t your first release is it?

O: “In February I released a mix-tape and my first song received Radio One airplay as well and this is pretty much what I dreamed of when I was 16 and to have people interested in me and my music is really, really special.”

“It does feel weird but I have surprised myself. At school I was embarrassed out of the choir and I thought I was just no good. It took a while to notice that music was my true calling”.

M: How did you feel when you heard Don’t Start on the radio?

O: “When the song had its début play on Radio 10 I was actually on holiday with my friend and her family. They stopped during dinner and after the song was played they clapped, it was really, really magical.”

“My music video is the scene in Hamlet where Ophelia drowns herself in the lake and I had to swim in a freezing cold river but we had to reshoot it so I had to go back, freezing my ass off. I hope the freezing and suffering was worth it.”

M: How did the name Ophelia come about?

O: “The artists Tommy Evans had a song called Ophelia, it was a hip hop song I fell in love with. It’s also a Shakespeare character and I like to be poetic.”

For more information about Ophelia visit http://www.ophelia-music.com/. Don’t Start (This is What I think of You) is released next month.

You can check out Ophelia’s last song Hit the Brakes on YouTube:

What do you think of Ophelia? Have your heard her mix-tape? Comment below.

Image: Courtesy of Ophelia

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About Matt Jackson

Journalist and football fan. Once described as "politically correct to almost a fault" and "the worst kind of socialist". Always writing, inconsistently blogging.

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