GET TO KNOW: Ezrae
After spending the last few months building and developing her sound, Birmingham-based newcomer Ezrae has now delivered her stunning debut single 'My Oh My'.
Channelling a bold and soaring pop-rock aesthetic from start to finish, 'My Oh My' makes for a wonderful introduction to her glittering sound. Inspired heavily by The 1975, this initial offering spells a huge amount of promise for the emerging songstress.
So with the new single out and about, we sat down with her to find out more about her background and inspirations over the years.
What was the first instrument you learned to play?
I started getting piano lessons when I was 6 years old. I always had one in my house that i’d play with before and even taught myself how to play Twinkle Twinkle by ear when I was 4 or 5.
What was the first album you remember owning?
I LOVED The Best Damn Thing by Avril Lavigne. My mom and dad bought me her album for Christmas when I was young and that’s the first CD I ever played on my Hello Kitty radio too. I used to sing Sk8er Boi on an old Play Station karaoke game too. I was obsessed.
Did you ever form a band when you were younger and if so, what did they sound like?
No i never formed a band but i wish i did :( there weren’t enough people interested in music at my school and i was the only one who took it for GCSE so i didn’t even have a band for my ensemble performance.
What is a song you wish you had written yourself?
Happy Birthday so i could trademark it and earn loads of royalties everyday :)
Jokes aside i wish i wrote Woman by Diana Gordon. It’s a real feminist anthem with insane lyricism and great melodies.
What has been the most thrilling moment about creating your own music?
Seeing it go from a small idea in my bedroom to recording it in a studio is the best part. usually my lyrics come either straight away or i have to redraft a million times. For My Oh My i had a different song drafted about some guy who was way to proud about his car, but the morning i was getting ready before leaving to go to the Song Lab in Birmingham i was singing a new hook ‘ain’t it funny how you’re acting like you give a fuck’ and with just over an hour before i had to leave i wrote the entirety of My Oh My. That was pretty thrilling too.
And what about the most frustrating part?
Trying to think of a word to use instead of fuck because i knew my nan wouldn’t be happy when i played it to her. Nothing else fit right so i stuck with the f word and my nan actually liked it!!!
Which artist would you most love to share a stage with?
Yungblud. I love his energy, his style, his music and his enthusiasm for topics such as female empowerment. I saw him first at Leeds fest 2018 playing in a tent and then within a year he was on the main stage. Seen him 3 or 4 times since then and it feels like i watched him become big and i’m very proud of him.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
Hopefully on the second or third album. Having a headline arena tour would be pretty nice. I have high hopes.
Ezrae's debut single 'My Oh My' is available to stream now. Check it out in the player below.