Meet Abi Ocia. This English vocalist made her debut in 2016 as a feature on the song Home and has been gradually building a name for herself ever since. Her music has been called a “mini-masterpiece”, “smooth” and she’s even been crowned as West London’s “new soul-filled R&B princess” by sources such as Wonderland Magazine.
I got the chance to speak with her about her musical influences, what drove her into singing, and much more.
Q: For the readers who may not know who you are, would you like to introduce yourself?
A: Of course – I’m Abi Ocia, and in case you are unsure of how to pronounce the last name it’s ‘oh-see-ah.’
Q: How did you become interested in music? When did you realize you wanted to do it professionally?
A: Church was a big musical influence growing up. I was fascinated by the worship music I grew up singing, and still sing today. There is such a unique soul and atmosphere that worshiping creates, and I was drawn to explore this in my own way. I don’t think there was a point in which I realised I wanted to do music professionally, I just followed my intrigue.
Q: When you decided to become a musician did you have the support of your family and/or friends?
A: 100% – I am blessed with a very supportive circle of family and close friends.
Q: Your introduction to the world was with the song “Home” which you featured on by Draper, knowing this was the first time you would be heard by the masses were you nervous about the response?
A: I think I was more excited to finally kick start my journey into music.
Q: Since its release it has accumulated over 300,000 plays and 6,000 likes on SoundCloud alone. How does it make you feel to know that this many people enjoy your sound?
A: It’s very encouraging to know that people are engaging with the music. That is something special.
Q: You followed up Home with a song of your own entitled, “Running“. What was the inspiration behind that song?
A: ‘Running’ explores an inner dialogue. It asks the question ‘what are you afraid of?’ and how far are you willing to go to rid yourself of those fears. Exploring these themes certainly helped to inspire the song through to its final form, sonically and visually.
Q: Do you write all of you music yourself? Would you ever collaborate with someone when it comes to writing?
A: Yes, I write all my own content. It really helps that I get to work with incredible producers, such as Draper and Mkulu, who really pull out the best in me. I have worked with other writers previously – creative collaboration is part of the beauty of making music.
Q: Who are some of your musical influences?
A: A very tough question indeed – I appreciate such a wide range of music that it is hard to pin down particular influences. Again, the worship music I grew up listening to and playing at Church is certainly an influence that stands out to me the most.
Q: Is there anyone you want to collaborate with in the future? (they do not have to be famous)
A: Phil Collins – he is a genius.
A: Consistency and authentic content!
Q: In an interview with Clash Magazine you mention that Konfyt symbolized “have hiding places that are ‘unfamiliar’ to those around us, where the ‘darkness’ and ‘light’ of our own selves tirelessly battle” . . . Is it important to you that your songs have meaning rather than just sounding nice to get views?
A: I think it’s important that what I do is honest. It is a waste of time trying to force content that only serves to please online algorithms and views.
Q: What kind of advice could you give someone who may want make a career out of music but is too scared of what others might think?
A: Care less and create.
Q: Since you have released three songs within the year, should we be prepared for a project in 2018?
A: There will certainly be a lot more content coming this year…
Q: Last but not least, is there anything you want to tell your supporters?
A: You make this journey much more real, and I am so thankful!