IAMDDB IT'S MERMAID SEASON

The Other Half talked to IAMDDB, the musician who's smooth tones and impeccable beats are over taking Manchester. 

What are the largest obstacles you've faced as a woman in music?
Rappers lol joke. As of yet I don't think I've experienced many difficulties, however I'm aware that certain people move in certain ways and it may not always be the right way. But even so we keep it moving.

Tell us about your recent work with Lenzman?
He hit me up randomly with a track, I'm sure my brother Tyler Daley put me forward as an upcoming MCR Artist. As soon as he sent the beat, I had a draft sent back to him ASAP and we kind of just didn't stop building ever since. I'm really humbled that somebody like him was interested in me to begin with. Big up Lenzman, more wins.

What other women do you think are smashing it right now?
Layfullstop and Shoa are doing BITS for MCR since day 1. Out of Manny though, I really admire Nadia Rose, Lil Simz and Lianne la Havas (all from LDN).

Who was your biggest influence growing up?
BOB MARLEY OBVIOUSLY. He was the main form of inspiration, alongside Jimmy Dludlu and Boy G Mendes, check them out, riddims too strong too vibeful.

When did you first know you wanted to make music?
I always knew. My dad is a musician, was and still is in a successful Urban Afro Jazz African band called 'Afra Sound Stars'. He smashed it in his days. But when I chose Performing Arts in High School, I kind of figured it was what I wanted to do professionally.

What's the music scene like in Manchester at the moment?
Everybody is working, everybody is moving. It's inspiring.

Describe your sound in 3 words?
Wavey, soothing and freeing

What are your plans for 2017?
NO GAMES 2017. SMASH YOUR LIFE 2017. EXCEED YOUR GOALS 2017. And of course, keep the vibes flowing.

The Other Half is all about exposing life for people who do not fit into the ‘white middle-class straight male’ bracket. Although this is a huge question, what do you think is the most notable thing that needs to change right now?
In order to have different results, the first thing that needs to change is the mindset. We cannot move forward if we keep looking back, we cannot reach our highest level of consciousness if all we do is dwell on things which do not improve our life. It's within the mental. If everyone could do that individually then maybe we could all come together as one and make visible change.

2016 was pretty shit, but what was your best bit?
LEANED OUT and the release of my project WAEVEYBBY VOL 1.

Music is obviously in your blood, why do you think that is?
I am music. I am one with the beat, I am one with the wave.

What do you think needs to happen for women, and women of colour specifically, to get an equal footing within the international music scene?
I think corporations need to stop only believing in artists that they mold, but instead believe in artists who are TRUE to who THEY are, not who they're supposed to be. Also, supporting art that actually makes sense, and not being afraid of supporting something URBAN and UNIQUE.