One of the most unique artists to come out of the UK, Ozonna simply surpasses imitation. KickKickSnare.com described the 19-year old’s voice as “fragile, yet captivating,” and LiveJam TV confessed that his “smooth, silky voice had no flaw” as they watched a live performance. The singer-songwriter recently moved to NYC, and is perfectly poised to enrapture this side of the pond. His single, “Me & You On Top,” is in rotation in six U.S. markets, has been featured on over 300 blogs, and has received nearly 1 million hits across YouTube channels. His first show in New York was hosted by Atlantic Records executive Rahim Wright, and Oz has met with Atlantic, Epic, and other major labels. Looking forward to seeing much more from this talented and unique artist!
BROWNIE: I love that you are not just a singer, but actually write your own songs and have written songs for other artists. What is that creative process like?
OZONNA: It depends. Sometimes I’ll be in the studio and then a beat comes on and it inspires some lyrics. Or sometimes I’ll already have the lyrics written out and have a concept in mind before I go into the studio, and I can start building from there. Through that we can work on the production. It’s quite random, quite different, [depending] on how I feel on that day and how things are going.
You wrote your first song at age 11 and began performing and auditioning at a young age. What artists inspired you when you were growing up?
I wasn’t allowed to watch a lot of music channels on TV because my parents thought it was a little bit corrupt. I used to watch a lot of kid shows and movies. I wanted to be an actor to begin with, but I thought it was a bit unrealistic because [as an actor] your fate is in someone else’s hands. I believed that I would be an entertainer, and so I went with music. I started to sing and started writing music and demoing stuff. Then I moved to London and went full force... just threw myself in it.
Let’s talk about your single “Me and You On Top.” Your fans love it; it has received national airplay and a great response. What is it about that record, in your opinion, that has drawn people to it?
I think it’s just inspired, I guess. The song is about going up and working hard. I feel like it’s a message people want to hear. The artists that I’m inspired by, like Marina and the Diamonds, are more [like] storytellers. That’s the kind of artist that I am, and that’s what I want people to take away from my music. When I’m writing, I try to convey some kind of a message or something I feel strongly about or am inspired by. I think that’s what connects it.
When can we expect your EP?
I think by the ending of this year or early next year. I’m really excited about it. I’ve been working really hard, and a lot of the songs I feel like are a definite progression from what I’m doing now to something a lot better. It’s going to be the beginning of something special.