British born Nigerian ECKOES is both a sharp-sighted futurist and a nostalgic sentimentalist. In her music and her listening habits (she’s an avowed fan of both James Blake and Lionel Richie) she straddles the line between cutting edge textures and soulful pop hooks. A prolific songwriter outside of her solo project, she’s penned tracks for Tara Sutaria (The Disney Channel) and co-written and performed on releases with Danny Darko, Alex Banks, Space Jump Salute and Le Visiteur. Her debut single ‘Valentine’ garnered support from the MOBO Awards, AFROPUNK and Fame Magazine, shooting up the digital Hype Machine charts, and she even played to Kevin Spacey at the 24 Hour Play after party along the way. As a writer and singer ECKOES constantly tests the water, fusing styles she likes with effortless grace. By turns alternative R&B, swelling soul, urban electronica, and ambient, ECKOES’ project finds itself in the hinterlands of pop. Like FKA Twigs, ECKOES isn’t beholden to reliving the past by simply repackaging it. Atop her distinctive sound are her vocals, unique, inimitable, but with a sharp ear for classic hooks. Inside those vocals she pours her feelings and her experiences. ECKOES is one of the most intriguing and emotive new outpourings to emerge from the London circuit. At the helm of her project she stands, a six foot weaver of hypnotic sounds ever refining her craft. On the one hand familiar, relatable, on the other, a statuesque artist with an aura that’s all her own.
Meet – Eckoes
For those unfamiliar with your music, can you can you give us a little of your back history?
I’m a Londoner, went to uni up in Nottingham, got a real job, quit that, and have been making music ever since.
Who would you list as your musical influence?
Singular?? Micheal Jackson for his fearlessness and trailblazing. Missy Elliot for the beats.
What’s the coolest thing that’s happened to you since you started up?
I played a private gig for Kevin Spacey, which was pretty insane, and I opened for Sister Sledge a few months later
What are your hopes and dreams as a musician for the next few years?
To make music that I’m proud of, that connects with people. Then to go and perform it for those people.
What are some of your favorite albums from the past few years?
STORMZY ‘Gangs Signs and Prayer’ HAS to get a mention here. Not only is it just beautiful, but it’s a movement.
It’s so so powerful- in what and who it stands for, in what it’s saying to the industry and as a testament to what pure hard work & talent can do in the face of blatant resistance.
Do you see any real use for social media, or is it all just a pain in the ass to keep with?
Haha, social media is a blessing that we turn into a curse. Yeah it takes time, but it would take me a while to go sing my songs door to door hoping people like them. I can share and discover more music now, than ever before. That’s pretty cool.
Do you pay attention to reviews or comments from people about your music or do you just turn that noise off?
Depends, there are some people & publications I really respect and I’m curious what they think of my music. Curious, not defined by. I can’t release music into the public sphere and tell people not to have an opinion – that’s their prerogative. I just dont have to care – and that’s mine!
😎 If you could tour anywhere in the world, where would you want to go?
South America FOR SURE. I love everything latino and the after parties would be insane.
9) Can music save the mortal soul or is just a good backbeat to your life?
Music is your mortal soul, and you must do everything in your power to keep your song alive.
10) Any last thoughts for your fans?
‘Human’ is out today, and the day I wrote it, I told a friend that I’ve either written one of the best songs of my life, or 3 and a half minutes of complete randomness. And I’m cool with that! There’s nothing more freeing than deciding to just be yourself, and then to enjoy discovering who that crazy person i