The Music Connection Interview with Aruba Red
Hi all and thank you for taking the time to read the latest edition of The Music Connection’.
For this edition, I interviewed the Crouch End based singer and songwriter Aruba Red, who releases her new EP “Shadow Work” on 6th March 2020.
How did you first get into the music industry?
My father was a musician and my mother was his manager for over 30 years, so I was born into both sides of it. I played cello in my local youth orchestra, was writing lyrics and songs from a young age and I also helped my mum out in the home office.
What do you think are your biggest achievements within the music industry so far?
When my early career started moving, things were happening very organically, I was getting radio play and supported some amazing artists around the UK on tour including Maverick Sabre, Ms Dynamite and Natty. I also played some great festivals, but I was in an abusive relationship with my ex-husband who became my manager and was coerced to stop making music. I took four years out from making music, lost my father and became a mother. My biggest achievement has been coming back to music and pouring my experiences into my art.
What projects are you up to at the moment?
My new EP Shadow Work is being released on 6th March which I’m so excited about. It’s a very intimate collection of songs documenting my journey, almost like stepping stones to freedom.
Where can people check out your current projects? Any forthcoming gigs?
My debut headline show is coming up on Wednesday 11th March at St. Pancras Old Church. I will be performing songs from the Holy Waters EP and my new EP Shadow Work, all with my incredible full band and special guests. You can also find me on all the socials. I’ve just put out a live video of my song Blue filmed at the Vortex Jazz Club, featuring Renell Shaw on piano.
What one piece of advice would you give to someone trying to make it within the music industry?
Think about what “making it” means for you, it can really help to define your goals and then work backwards with realistic steps, timelines and dedication.
What do you like getting up to on your days off from music?
I love going to Ally Pally farmers market on Sundays with my son, hanging out with family and watching nature documentaries.
What are your links with Crouch End?
I have lived in Crouch End since I was 18, it was one of my Dad’s favourite parts of London and when I came down here to study Philosophy and Ethics at university on Holloway Road, he recommended I find somewhere to live round here and I’ve been here ever since.
Final words to the people of North London?
I would love to see you at the show on 11th March! I warmly invite you to an evening of soulful exploration and euphoria, I hope you feel inspired to join me on this journey of healing and transformation. And please check out my new EP Shadow Work and share with all your friends! Big love to you all.