- 27 Feb 18
With acclaimed appearances at EuroSonic Festival and South By Southwest to her name – as well as a string of powerful hit singles – Caribbean teenager Au/Ra is on the cusp of major success.
Aged just 15, she seems poised to take off in a manner reminiscent of Lorde. Born into a musical family, and with a rich cultural/linguistic background, Au/Ra’s debut songs ‘Concrete Jungle’ and ‘Kicks’ tackled everything from social ills to self-worth in soberingly straightforward fashion.
“I started thinking seriously about music when I was 10,” she explains. “I was always playing music, but I had terrible stage fright growing up, so that was something I needed to get over. I joined a choir in school and got more confident in what I was doing, and just decided that I’d love to do it for a living one day.
“They’re all like my family and they helped me so much,” enthuses Au/Ra. “When it comes down to it, I just want to make music people can relate to when they’re having a hard time. Because I’ve definitely been there. Even with my latest single, ‘Panic Room’, I wrote it about someone running from a disaster, like literally running away from a crisis. Thinking to yourself, what’s going to happen? What if a monster suddenly jumps out and attacks you? And then ultimately finding out you’re just running from yourself, your own anxiety and fears.”