Essa Weira

  • Essa Weira
  • 2020-04-08

London-based Essa Weira tries to recreate the city within his songs, using samples he’s recorded all over town. We caught up with him to chat latest release, ‘Ciniascope’.

Personal, clear production and nice synths.

First up, tell us about yourself - what got you into music?
I got started with music from a young age. Listening to Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin at 9 got me into guitar. At about 14, I stumbled upon Logic Pro 9 on a hand-me-down laptop. With that I started making silly beats and songs and clearly not much has changed since then…

Were there any particular bands or artists you took inspiration from?
After my Hendrix phase, I dug deep and found other music that really inspired me. Electronic artists like James Blake, Aphex Twin and Burial have especially had a massive affect on my production.

How would you describe your musical style?
I usually say electronica, but if I were to be more specific, a mixture of downtempo and experimental.

If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would it be?
Björk.

Tell us about your new single ‘Ciniascope’. What’s does the title mean?
‘Ciniascope’ is a lively instrumental track. The samples I used are quite personal so it’s a fairly heartfelt song (though it may not sound it). It’s also more experimental than my other tunes, like at 2:02, you get quite a drastic change of vibe. The title is a mix of ‘cinema’ and ‘cityscape’ – two things I enjoy a lot.

When did you write it and where did you record it?
I wrote it about a month ago, over four days and not much sleep. I recorded most of the samples around London and also used some that a friend recorded herself.

How does ‘Ciniascope’ represent your style?
Personal, clear production and nice synths.

What are your hopes for ‘Ciniascope’?
I just hope people can get something special from the song. It’s always the biggest compliment when a person feels connected to your music.

How’s 2020 looking in what’s becoming a crazy year?
All good! Amidst this quarantine mayhem I’ve had some time to get started on a few new tracks. More importantly I’m just hoping everyone will be safe!

Finally, if you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice, when would it be and what would you say?
In the words of Shia LaBeouf and Nike: JUST DO IT.

Listen to ‘Ciniascope’ on Spotify below. For news, go to Essa Weira’s Facebook page.

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