DJ Em Speaks with Yolanda Brown & gives away tickets to her concert

14th November 2010

DJ Em:
We had you live in the studios earlier this year, sometime in January, where we gave some of the listeners some sort of introduction to Yolanda Brown, for those who didn’t know about you already. What have you been up to since then?

Yolanda:
Since January it’s been a very creative time, I’ve been locked away writing for the new album, playing around and also getting ready for this concert on November 19th which I’m really excited about.

DJ Em:
The year’s almost over, from the endorsements, to the newspaper features, the touring, you have your concert coming up, what’s been your best bit of 2010?

Yolanda:
Definitely, the endorsements, Yamaha, surprisingly around my birthday time. It’s been nice to have this time to write and to express myself; last year was so busy with the touring, with the Temptations and Errol Brown, it was really really busy, so it’s nice to actually take some time and really get back down to almost the nitty gritty of what it all is you know, making music, which has been great and then obviously towards the end of the year, I always love my own concerts. It might sound selfish but being able to be on the stage for two hours and communicate with the audience really, there’s nothing better than that you know, so that’s really exciting also.

DJ Em:
What should people expect from your concert this Friday? If you could tell us without giving away any huge surprises.

Yolanda:
Well I think the one good thing about being an artist is the whole journey of maturing as well and now, having a lot more of my own material with my full live band and the wonderful vocalist as well which I didn’t get to bring up to you, so hopefully you can come down and see them with me and I think as well, for me, this concert is definitely a beginning of something for me. I’ve just been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of East London. Sometimes you just think that creating music and playing concerts is all there is but my dream was always education and it was very important to me and so getting back to communicating with universities and all the rest of it. I think for me when I play music, you get all of those emotions coming through, so it’s kind of a new Yolanda, if you like, so there will definitely be a lot more fresh emotions on stage.

DJ Em:
How would you rate the state of urban music now in the UK, firstly for Jazz, which is your genre and then urban music as a whole?

Yolanda:
I think it’s fantastic, these past few years has been a really big turning point in UK music. When we used to think of pop music and r&b, we always used to look over the pond, to the US and now, when you say UK or you say pop or you say urban music, you’re thinking of Tinchy Stryder and Tinie Tempah and Ndubz. I think that is a very big thing in our UK music industry at the moment and then also, with Jazz and the whole Indie movement as well, I think the whole idea of having live instruments in music, live instruments on stage and in production, is very important and it just opens the door for a lot more people to collaborate together and almost for more genres to get through. Now you’re hearing so many genres just in one concert. You might go to a Tinie Tempah concert and you hear a bit of jungle, you hear a bit of indie, a bit of urban, there’s everything there. It really is an exciting time and it’s a pleasure to be a part of it.

DJ Em:
Who are you listening to right now? So say I get invited to your dinner party, or get a lift in your car, what cds would you be playing or what tracks would be on your ipod?

Yolanda Brown:
It will have to be on shuffle, it’s such an eclectic mix, I have to say actually, it’s hard, because I love to listen to current and things of the past and I’ve been listening to, I don’t know why, but, a lot of Chaka Khan at the moment, which is very strange and I have a Chaka Khan live album which usually is a winner, when I’m entertaining for dinner parties but then along with the current stuff, I love Ellie Goulding, I’ve been listening to a lot of her music. There’s so much out there at the moment, its almost, you’re spoilt for choice. My ITunes is going a bit wild.

DJ Em:
Finally, we put it out there that we were having an interview with you on the show and asked listeners to email their questions for you and we’ve selected a few from those emails. One of them being how good a cook are you, and if you had to make dinner for two, what would you cook?

Yolanda Brown:
Obviously I wouldn’t blow my own trumpet, but I would like to think I’m a good cook as I haven’t made anybody sick! But I do a very good chicken dish, using honey djon and some other ingredients which I will not tell you! Along with my special rice and salad, turns out to be a very nice dish when people come round.

DJ Em:
Absolutely wonderful. Next question what plans do you have for your music for 2011?

Yolanda Brown:
2011 is going to be a big year for me, as I will be releasing my debut album, I’ve released EP’s and songs along the way, but the final debut album has always been something I’ve wanted to get out there, for me its going to be a lot of promotion and touring with that, its going to be a different side to Yolanda you’ll totally see. More strings to my bow!

DJ Em:
Ok the last question, touring the world, different locations, whats been your favourite place to play?

Yolanda Brown:
Its hard to say, because the reception is always so great especially abroad. Even when I went to play in Russia, I thought it would be a hard gig but everyone was so absorbed and liked my Raggae and Jazz interpretations. Also playing in Jamaica on the beach, with jerk chicken on the fire. Also playing in Nigeria alongside some of the afrostars, I really coudn’t say. Its everywhere and anywhere with me.

DJ Em:
Thank you so much, we are giving away free tickets for your show (November 19th 2010) and I hope that you have a great show, and also a good time because its also about you enjoying what you do.

Yolanda Brown:
Exactly! Thank you, and I hope to be seeing you guys soon!