Having recently come out as bi-sexual, R’n’B artist, Taliwhoah, used her latest single, ‘Love Cycle’, to reference her struggles since revealing her sexual orientation to her family and friends. We caught up with the singer-songwriter to find out a little more about her via some quick-fire questions; from Brazil, to Stevie Wonder, to Karl Largerfeld, to tacos…

The daughter of Boney M’s Toyin Adekale, Taliwhoah has enjoyed a life surrounded by musicians. From an early age she fell in love with the process of songwriting and quickly developed a love for all genres, reflected in last year’s wonderfully eclectic EP. But this year, soul replaces the new wave RnB of before. Drawing comparisons with Solange and SZA, on her last release Taliwhoah takes inspiration from her British roots with a nod to queen of English soul, Sade. And much like Sade’s music, the resulting new sound is at once unassuming and deceptively progressive.

If the EP cemented Talitha’s reputation as a bright new talent, ‘Love Cycle’ foretells a future as the newest star in global R&B. And with a new album planned for early next year via Rostrum Records expect this to be just the start of this dusty, soul-infused RnB journey.

Having recently come out as bi-sexual, Taliwhoah uses ‘Love Cycle’ to reference her struggles since revealing her sexual orientation to her family and friends, and the problems it has caused her since.

“Love cycle is a story so many have experienced! The triumph of a “forbidden” love going against all odds to make it happen! I wanted to tell a story that I could relate too myself and so many of my close friends have experienced also.”

Three words to describe my music…
R&B inspired, Genre-bending 🙂

Last photo on your phone…
A screen shot of Karl Largerfeld, who has sadly passed away! His 90’s Chanel collection inspires a lot of my looks today.

Favourite instagram account…
My fav insta account would have to be @filipcustic1 some incredible visual art on there!! He’s an amazing artist.

The best venue I’ve played…
Would have to be Heaven opening for Sinead Harnett! No one had a clue who I was but was so receptive. All 1,500 people there, it was love for sure!

Earliest song you remember…
Tevin Campbell – Can we talk! Could sing that song but could barely speak properly at that age haha.

The worst job I’ve ever had…
Working at forever 21 before it was XXI loool

Favourite food on tour…
I’ve yet to go on tour but I can already see the taco addiction following me wherever I go!

My Favourite word…
“Literally” I literally say it all the time loool

Things that cheer me up…
Hugs from my mum and a good meal!

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…
Definitely Brazil! I would love to perform in Rio in some sort of cool outdoor location one day!

I think you should listen to…
Tiana major 9, Alacai Harley, Jaz Karis, Shaes Universe and James Blake!

If I could see anyone play live it would be…
Definitely need to see Stevie Wonder live ASAP!

‘Love Cycle’ is out now.