Sasha Keable’s soulful vocals could have come straight outta the sunny stoops of Brooklyn. Her seductive lilts and r’n’b hooks are reminiscent of all the classics – Kelis, Mary J – and her innovative take on the genre transcends her mere twenty years. Truth is, this South Londoner is about to explode. Inbetween gigging with Disclosure, hitting the studio with Dev Hynes and signing a five-album deal with Disturbing London/Polydor, Ms Keable found some time to talk vinyl and her affinity for tartan skirts. Plus we premiere her newest music video, Nice Side, below.
How would you describe your sound?
My sound is mainly a mix between Soul, R’n’B, Hip Hop and my new stuff is quite heavily influenced by 80’s Dance and Soul music.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given and who gave it to you?
I’m the worst with remembering people’s advice, but I’m lucky to have my family, friends and a great management team (Disturbing London) who care about me a lot, so I get good advice every day.
Tell us what’s in your wardrobe and describe your style.
I wear a lot of dark colours and I’m quite boyish with my style but right now I’m loving cute tartan skirts. I have a great navy blue cashmere jumper I bought from Topshop that I’ve been wearing with everything! Also I just stocked up on winter wear in opening ceremony and Paul Smith last week so I’m excited to wear all that stuff.
What’s the most flamboyant piece of clothing you own?
I got this amazing baby pink oriental silk coat from a charity shop a few months ago, it’s so ridiculous but it’s beautiful! I’m waiting for the right occasion to wear it.
Do you dress differently on stage? If so how does your onstage style differ to the everyday?
I definitely spend a lot more time planning my outfits for my performances, I wear colour on stage which I don’t day to day and I dress a lot more flamboyantly on stage, i feel you have to if you want to be seen.
What does 2014 have in store for Sasha?
It’s going to be a busy year for me, I’ll be releasing another EP around March, doing a lot of live shows of my own and writing and releasing my first album, it’s a really exciting time.
Tell us about the first single you bought and when you bought it. What do you think that says about you?
The first thing I remember buying is my first vinyl. It was Basement Jaxx – Romeo. My stepdad got me into DJing, he bought me these decs when I was 9 and I went crazy, constantly buying records when I could and learning to mix. My stepdad got me into dance music, so I don’t think it says that much about me but the same day I bought Justin Timberlake – Like I Love You on vinyl, I think that pretty much depicts a 9 year old girl in 2003.
If you could record a track with one person dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Probably Frank Sinatra, I would record a really great duet with him, maybe something Christmassy, I think that would be amazing.
What’s been the highlight of your career thus far and why?
There’s been so many highlights in 2013! Being a part of the whole Disclosure project and travelling to New York to work with Dev Hynes were amazing but I think the biggest highlight was releasing my debut EP ‘Black Book’. Knowing people have my music on their phones and hearing my tracks on the radio is pretty crazy.
Tell us about the best gig you’ve ever played and what made it amazing…
The best gig I ever played was at Notting Hill Carnival this year with Disclosure, the vibe was CRAZY! Everyone was dancing and going mad, the energy was electric. Also sharing a stage with Damian Marley was an incredible feeling.