Everything you need to know about Abi Ocia

We get to know Abi Ocia in her own words.

1 month agoText by


  • SHARE

Abi Ocia is one hell of a talent. Only two songs into her career she’s already amassed over a million listeners and pricked the ears of the press across the UK. It’s not hard to see why either. Take her latest single ‘Konfyt’ a tender, delicately arranged track that defies genre or description. Elements of Spanish guitar mingle with RnB percussion and woozy, off-kilter synths, Abi’s voice rising from the heavenly gloom.

Following the success of  NAO et al. last year, we’re expecting Abi Ocia to be hot on their heels in 2017. With that in mind, we got her to tell us the essentials before she blows up. Listen to ‘Konfyt below and get to know Abi after the jump.

History is a subject very close to my heart
“I spent three years studying History at university and have always been fascinated by Genocide and the Holocaust. A highlight of my week as a child was sitting down with my dad on a Friday night, watching a history documentary and eating takeaway”.

I started working with producer Draper from a Auschwitz trip
“In 2012 I won an essay competition to visit the camp along side the Holocaust Educational Trust. While I was there I met a boy called Merric who mentioned he enjoyed writing music. We exchanged details, and a few months later he messaged me saying he had sent on my information to his older brother who happened to be interning with Draper’s management. Low and behold a few years later we would write my debut single ‘Running’ together”.

Church worship music influenced me
I started singing in church from about 8 years old. There is nothing more striking then hearing and seeing a group of individuals sing from a place of honest intimacy. God remains to be the reason why I do what I do”.

The artwork for “Konfyt” is a photo taken by my dad.
“There is something very endearing about capturing the gaze of a child looking at their parent – a sense of power and vulnerability rolled into one moment”.

‘Konfyt’ is Afrikaans for ‘jam’
“The track was named after a clay pot of ‘Konfyt’ that sits in the studio”.

I am trained in boxing
“While at university I joined the boxing squad and have continued on with the sport. There is no greater feeling then going a few rounds after a stressful day. I also had the privilege of teaching an all female class for a year, so I fully endorse the sport”.

My gym artist to listen to is Meek Mill
“Listening to Meek Mill in the gym is a major key. My brother and I train every week and he is one of the best personal trainers I know – he is the only person to have me deadlifting 110kg”.

My surname is French
“My family surname is French and originates from Brittany. The surname is popular among Huguenots, a name given in the 16th century to the Protestants in France, who fled during dechristianization of the region”.

I have an obsession with cheese
“I think buying 50% less fat cheese should be a crime punishable by life imprisonment. Cheese should not be enjoyed in half measures”.

To me the motherland is…
“St.Vincent and the Grenadines is the motherland, where the people are beautiful and the sun always shines”.

Follow Abi Ocia on Twitter and Instagram
Follow Mike Vinti on Twitter

  • SHARE

Trend Report: 10 essential looks for AW17

What you’ll be wearing once the hot weather’s gone

More

Sian Anderson is laying the foundations for the next generation of grime

Floor SIXX is half record label half social enterprise

More

alma-chasing-highs-press-shot

ALMA on overcoming anxiety, twinspiration and chasing highs in Las Vegas

Finland’s punk pop powerhouse, ALMA didn’t win the Finnish Idol series but she’s doing it her own way and it’s working out just fine

More

DJ Premier

30 of years of Work:
DJ Premier on rap and the art of making records

A conversation about rap, past and present with DJ Premier

More

notion-75-future-sounds-big-tobz

Future Sounds: Meet the new king of the London Underground – Big Tobz

Big Tobz has taken over London’s underground scene and soon he’ll takeover the charts

More

notion-75-future-sounds-cadet

Future Sounds: Cadet is South London’s genre-defying storyteller

Cadet is blurring the boundaries between grime and UK rap

More