There’s something at once nostalgic and fresh about Crystal Murray’s sound, culminating in a certain timeless quality to her music. As she gears up to release her debut EP next month, we caught up with the Parisian artist to talk Serpentwithfeet, Prince and her dream gig.

A prolific and inspirational talent, Murray formed part of all-female collective Gucci Gang in her early teens, and launched online platform Safe Place, offering a voice to people who have suffered sexual abuse and harassment, alongside making sublime and resplendent music. On ‘Princess’, the first track released from her upcoming EP, Murray’s soulful, honeyed vocals glide atop shimmering piano melodies and infinitely danceable, jazz-infused beats. The sonic equivalent of bathing in glorious sunshine, ‘Princess’ is a vivacious, harmonious track and testament to Murray’s ambition and talent.

Ahead of her debut EP coming out on April 15th, get to know Crystal Murray In Short…

Three words to describe my music…

I think I’d say young, experimenting and feelings. I can’t really describe my sound yet, I will soon. Right now I’m just writing, and doing what feels right with my present energy.

Last photo on your phone…

It’s a picture of my little studio set up that I did in my room with my block notes, my piano, and a ray of sun.

Favourite instagram account…

>@laureanne.tchen

I love her cats characters. I’m a bit obsessed.

The best venue I’ve played…

An old theatre in Groninghen. It was my first time playing with my band and the venue was so beautiful, and felt so unreal.

Earliest song you remember…

I remember the melody of Quisàz, Quisàz, Quisàz by Nat King Cole, and I can see my parents dancing on Gipsy women of Joe Bataan 

The worst job I’ve ever had…

All my modeling jobs when I was 13 and not getting payed for them 🙂 

Favourite food on tour…

Im a burger lover, so probably a burger after the gig and a pho before singing. 

My Favourite word…

Melancholy 

Things that cheer me up…

Red wine, Cheetos, burgers, writing, crying, kissing…

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…

On a boat while other boats can hear me.

I think you should listen to…

Serpentwithfeet I see his music as modern gospel and it’s incredible.
And if you want to dance, listen to bamao yendé and Le Diouck

If I could see anyone play live it would be…

Prince, I’d love to see him perform for our earth one last time.

‘Princess’ is out now.