It takes just a few seconds of listening to Adia Victoria’s music to instantly know this is the real deal. A connection to many lifetimes of music seeps through every moment of this folky, deep south-infused Americana. You might hear a bit of early White Stripes in there, maybe a little bit of Coco Rosie too, but mostly you’ll probably just be transfixed by Adia’s vocal, all raw, ragged and lacerating. Ahead of her first ever London show at Servant Jazz Quarters on Thursday we caught up with Adia to find out more about the person behind this extraordinary music, and discovered the Olsen twins, strip clubs and a waft of former presidents, naturally. If you weren’t lucky enough to get tickets for this week’s gig, be sure not to miss the show at Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen on October 24th.

If I had to describe my music in 3 words, I’d use…
No thank you J

My favourite film ever is…
A little princess. The 1995 version.

The most famous person I’ve met is…
I once sniffed President George W Bush in passing.

The best venue I’ve played so far is…

Sitting on the banks of the Collias River in the South of France.

The song I hate the most is…
Adia Victoria can see the charm in almost any song.

The ​worst ​job I’ve ever had is…
I once spent a summer working in the kitchen of a strip club.

If I was in a tribute band it would be a….
Please, sir, you offend me.

My ​favourite word is….
In which language? I know so many.

If I had a super power I’d want it to be….

I’d have all the powers and no one would know.

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…
I’d like to perform for the Olsen Twins one day. Wherever they are.

I think you should listen to…
Kyshona Armstrong, Rashad ThaPoet

If I could see anyone play live it would be…

Miles Davis, pre​-​fusion.

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