LEYMA’s songwriting is strikingly insightful and emotive, especially for such a young artist. The 19-year old rapper, musician, and producer has rapidly been gathering attention for his lo-fi grooves that blend glistening melodies and tender vocals drawing influence from indie, R&B, hip-hop and more in his distinctly DIY way. Definitely one to watch, he plays a headline show at Camden Assembly this Friday; ahead of the show get to know LEYMA In Short.

Having released his sophomore EP L O N G D A Y S toward the end of last month, LEYMA further hones his sound across the tracks offering a lingering longing for summer as he evokes warm sunshine-filled days and dusky nights. Speaking on his latest release LEYMA expresses, “L O N G D A Y S is my most honest piece of work to date. The name is conceptual; playing on both senses of the words – sunny evenings in my hometown of London around the solstice but also reflective of the tiring, emotionally draining memories I have.” And this innately meditative quality and openness are certainly tangible throughout the EP.

Get to know the rapidly rising East London artist In Short…

Three words to describe my music…

Sunday Hangover cure

Last photo on your phone…

Favourite instagram account…

 @thegoddams

The best venue I’ve played…

Probably Scala 2018, peng venue with a nice green room. It was a big step up from the venues we’d played before.

Earliest song you remember…

 Nina Simone, ‘here comes the sun’. In a booster, back seat of the car.

The worst job I’ve ever had…

 There have been a few ahaha, probably starbucks in Stratford. My manager hated me, I used to just make myself the most complicated drinks, and then hide in the staff area on the phone.

Favourite food on tour…

Anything that’s drive-thru.

My Favourite word…

 Conundrum

Things that cheer me up…

Other than music? Probably just company.  But has to be the right company.

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…

Location in the world, I wanna see so many places, New York and Tokyo probably my top two. But for venues, Brixton academy has always been the goal.

I think you should listen to… 

Hi.Lo, beautiful sounds for your ears.

If I could see anyone play live it would be…

I still ain’t seen tame impala, that would be loud. But I would of loved to’ve seen Pulp glasto 95. I must’ve watched that full gig like 6 times.

LEYMA plays Camden Assembly this Friday, tickets here.