The rising R&B sensation talks Erykah Badu, her new EP, and all the releases she has planned for next year.
Making her return with sultry R&B rhythms is rising songwriter August Wahh. Listen for similar vibes to Tom Misch and Charlotte Day Wilson, Wahh takes us on jazz infused journey with her EP “VIVID”. Rich with attitude, Wahh’s new EP explores elements of house and hip hop, blending them together for a romantic feel-good mood.
Speaking on the release, the singer said, “The creative process was sitting down with myself every day and writing until something came out. An idea would develop and I’d tune into it, I’d listen to my thoughts and emotions, and try to convey these into lyrics and a melody. Eventually, the idea forms into completion, into a song. Then the process of picking the tracks and piecing them into a cohesive release is another set of painting a story, a trilogy in this case.”
Setting herself on a new path with this EP, the singer explores bitter realisations and sets herself on a path of the self. Becoming a force in the music scene, we caught up with Waah taking the new EP, musical inspirations and supporting industry legends Erykah Badu and Daniel Cesar.
Check out the interview below…
Heya August! How’s lockdown been, what’s one thing you’ve learned?
Lockdown’s been mehh. But one good thing that came out of it is that boredom makes me do a lot of wonderful things.
You grew up in General Santos, how did growing up there impact your sound?
Growing up, there wasn’t much live music going on in my town. And just like everyone else around me, I grew up watching MTV and I really loved R&B and Neo-Soul. I craved for that, I craved to watch that live. In a way I had my little world, trying to write R&B songs, and when I found out that there was a Music Production course in Manila, I really wanted to go for that – and so I did, and the rest is history.
Congratulations on the release of your new EP, what was the creative process like?
Thank you so much! The creative process was sitting down with myself everyday and writing until something came out. An idea would develop and I’d tune into it, I’d listen to my thoughts and emotions, and try to convey these into lyrics and a melody. Eventually, the idea forms into completion, into a song. Then the process of picking the tracks and piecing them into a cohesive release is another set of painting a story, a trilogy in this case.
The EP takes us on the journey of the self and realisations, what was the inspiration behind this decision?
The EP was inspired by the lockdown and the shifts that occurred due to the pandemic. The intention behind the EP was to express myself given that the situation was pretty overwhelming – where life as we know it just came to a halt, and most of us had to learn to navigate a “new normal.” It helped that I’m a naturally introspective person, and I wanted to use the time to reassess my life and ask the hard questions. I guess I just wanted to share that to the world. I didn’t set out to relate to anything or anyone, I just needed to create something that reflected what I was going through at the time.
What’s your favourite song on the EP and why?
I love all of the songs there, but I feel like the one that describes everything, the vibe of the EP, is definitely Eyes. That’s the culmination of everything that I was experiencing when I was writing this EP.
You’ve supported legend Erykah Badu and Daniel Cesar, what was it like working with industry icons and legends?
Yeah I opened for them and both shows were special and super epic for me – I loved every minute of it, and I was just so grateful that I was chosen to open for these incredible incredible musicians.
Who would you say inspired you take music seriously?
Everyone that knew me when I was starting out in music inspired me. Because they saw something in me and believed in that, and I’m forever grateful for that. My friends, my family, random people that I was able to have deep conversations with, all of them inspired me. But to be honest, even if no one believed in me, i’d still pursue music 100% because I just don’t think I could live without it.
What do you want your fans to take away from your music?
I want my fans to be inspired by my music – whether they’re artists, doctors, lawyers, teachers – I somehow want to inspire something in them to pursue their passions, where whatever their career choice, it becomes an art form for them too. It becomes something where they can express their truths.
How would you describe your sound?
This is always a very difficult question when someone asks this, because I feel like I’m constantly changing and growing, and expanding my sound. So… yeah
What’s next for you? What are looking forward to next year?
Definitely a lot more releases, I’ve been sitting on a lot of material. Definitely, a lot more music coming your way, some music videos – and hopefully when things get better, I get to go around the world and tour.