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IN CONVERSATION: SYRON

We talk Aaliyah, The Queen and all things ‘crazy’ with South London’s Syron.

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It’s safe to say we’ve been a fairly big fan of Syron ever since we saw the cropped-haired, bomber jacket wearing tomboy bounce onto the scene in 2011.

Debut offerings such as ‘Here’ and ‘Breaking’, force-fed every tastemaker on the internet to hail the songstress as the next hyped One-to-watch, and if new single ‘Talkin’ Crazy’ is anything to go by then 2015 might finally be her year.

We threw an abundance of questions to Syron, as well as nabbing some exclusive images courtesy of Photographer Christopher McCrory. Enjoy.

It seems like a fair amount of time has passed since you released tracks such as ‘Here’ and ‘Breaking’ – what have you been up too during the brief hiatus?

Since then I have done features with, Redlight and Mista Silva, released two songs ‘Three dreams’ and ‘Colour Me In’ on a label called Stranger which I had my own imprint label on called ‘Mania’, I’ve recently signed to a new label Fame Music, as well as that I was in L.A for three months writing and in Sweden and Amsterdam at writing camps too.

You seem fairly chameleon like – was it a conscious effort to amend or re-work you aesthetic and image? It seems less ‘tough’ and slightly more effeminate.

For me really I don’t feel that different, I’ll always keep the big gold hoops and super long acrylic nails, but I have been growing my hair, it’s nowhere near as long as I want it yet though. I wanna be like Rapunzel with it down past my waist!

Tell us more about your recent single ‘Talkin’ Crazy’.

So ‘Talkin Crazy’ was produced by Majestic. He had an outline of the production, and as soon as I heard it I knew I wanted to write to it for me. The song is about being in a relationship and things going wrong but the other person blaming everything on me. The chorus is pretty sarcastic.

The industry is awash with female talent at the moment – how do you plan on making an impact and bringing something fresh to the table.

There are a lot of great females out there. For me as I keep making music and videos, I want it to be pure pop. I write all my music so I want it all to have emotion and story. I dance too at live shows and would like to do some proper 90’s dance breaks in a video at some point too. I’m just planning on being myself and working hard.

If you could have written any song by another artist, which would you claim as your own?

If I could of written any song ever, Chaka Khan’s ‘I’m Every Woman’ I think. I do an acoustic version of this in my live sets. I also love ‘Blue’ by Joni Mitchell – the lyrics are so beautiful.

If you had to collaborate with any other artists – alive or dead, who would be your ideal partner?

There are a lot of people I’d like to collaborate with who are alive – like Diplo and I’d love to write with Sia, I think both those collaborations would work well! I’m a fan of everything Sia writes, and likewise Diplo too. It would have been amazing to do a duet with Aaliyah,.

What were the last 3 tracks that you listened too?

Justin Bieber – What Do You Mean

Brandy – Afrodisiac

Janet Jackson – All Night

How do you think social media impacts on a creative artists longevity in the current UK music climate? It is a help or a hindrance?

Personally, being honest I am not the hugest fan of social media. I find it slightly awkward. My Snapchats are usually videos of me not talking, just pouting and my twitter is usually pictures from poetry books, or me moaning about the weather or being hungry. But I do think the more you use them the more you get into them, and I do think they are really beneficial now, as it gives fans a insight in the more personal side of the artist.

What is your favourite social media platform, and why?

My favourite is tumblr, and Instagram. I prefer ones that area mainly visuals rather than text.

If you could have one celebrity banished from social media forever, who would you cull?

I heard a while ago the Queen got twitter, that’s pretty weird. Maybe she shouldn’t!

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LFW is upon us – who are your favourite designers / labels, and will you be at any shows?

I love Versace and Dior. At the moment I really like Hood by Air and Duskline too.

What else can we expect from you for the remainder of the year?

So for the rest of the year… I’m going to Berlin in a couple of weeks to write, it’s my first time going there, so that’s exciting. I’ll be working with a producer I love there. I have a lot I want to write about at the moment. I’m going back to L.A in November to write too. And I’m gonna be starting getting everything ready for my next release.

Words: Shane Hawkins

Images: Christopher McCrory

IN CONVERSATION: SYRON

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