Sophie speaks to Laughta about her new EP, BRB.
Laughta is a multi-talented musician, producer & presenter. Born in Nigeria and of Lebanese descent, Laughta’s multi-cultural background paints her unique style, however it’s her wordplay and flow levels that’s got the scene pushing for her. The rising Grime star has released her new 6 track EP, BRB which she recorded, mixed and mastered herself. With over 45,000 monthly listeners on Spotify, Laughta can only keep rising.
“As a woman in music I’m not afraid of any barriers and will do whatever I need to keep succeeding. I am used to facing challenges my whole life but I’ve always overcome them. My drive and passion for music can't be erased, and I am happy working 10 times harder. ”
Covid-19 and lockdowns have affected musicians very differently, but you’ve used the time to learn how to mix, master and produce your own music. Kudos to you, that is honestly incredible! What was the journey like learning these new skills?
Initially it was terrifying as I honestly didn’t think I would be able to do it, but my journey into music engineering and music production has been so empowering and inspiring. I just set my mind on it, stayed committed, focused and used the tools available to me to get to where I am today and I now mix, master & produce for myself and other artists too.
You released your EP on the 30th July, what has the reaction been like so far?
The reaction has been phenomenal, I have had great support and feedback.
“We need to see more women headlining festivals, being booked for shows/festivals, getting support on streaming & radio etc.’
How did you get into Grime?
I discovered it growing up on my estate and it was normal for us to just mc when we were together, boys and girls had bars, it was just a hobby initially. But I just kept at it and then started recording music and eventually started releasing music.
Grime is often seen as a mens club, how is it being a woman in Grime?
I feel the music industry in general is male dominated which makes it harder for women in music to progress. Society is also patriarchal which plays into the barriers women in music face. But as a woman in music I’m not afraid of any barriers and will do whatever I need to keep succeeding. I am used to facing challenges my whole life but I’ve always overcome them. My drive and passion for music can't be erased, and I am happy working 10 times harder.
However, saying that, things are slowly starting to change, but the change is still small. We need to see more women headlining festivals, being booked for shows/festivals, getting support on streaming & radio etc.
How have you as an artist evolved from your other releases such as Pree My Ting?
I have grown so much. Pree My Ting was such an exciting project and I am grateful to have worked with Jammer on it. Since then I have continued to master my craft and release more projects that delve even deeper into me as a person. I’ve been more open with my emotions and experiences on projects like my mixtape Mood Swings & my new EP BRB. I guess as a person I evolve from my natural growth and experience & that is what is reflected in my music.
You’re also a member of the Women in CTRL community, and are managed by Nadia herself. How have Women in CTRL helped you?
Women in CTRL has been so supportive especially during lockdown. The community Nadia created has been excellent for networking and building great business relationships. I have met great artists and managers and have gone to some great studio sessions as a result. I also ran some sessions myself on Zoom to help people with trying to stay positive during lockdown. I am actually working on some really exciting things with Women in CTRL which we will be revealing soon!
“As a person I evolve from my natural growth and experience & that is what is reflected in my music.”
What artists are you digging at the moment?
I am loving Br3nya, Cilla Rae, Ten Dixon, Shaybo, Central Cee & more.
What can we expect from you next?
I am working on more music, I will be announcing shows soon & also producing music for others.
Listen to BRB on Bandcamp here: