“I Felt Like She Was Screaming at Me”: Musician Dave Okumu on Grace Jones
This text is taken from the Autumn/Winter 2022 problem of AnOther Journal:
“Grace Jones was the primary artist that I linked with. My older sisters have been enormous followers – I keep in mind seeing a duplicate of her album Slave to the Rhythm in the home as a baby. I discovered that iconic cowl paintings by Jean-Paul Goude, the place her screaming face has been elongated, so terrifyingly stunning though I used to be solely seven on the time. I felt like she was screaming at me, however not in a means that was aggressive. It felt extra like a pure expression of vitality and enthusiasm. The message was easy – simply be your self. Earlier than I had even heard the music, there was one thing about seeing somebody with my complexion being so clearly and unapologetically themselves. It struck a chord proper on the core of my being. The facility of her expression gave me the licence to be myself. Then I heard the music itself and it actually didn’t sound like the rest – it spoke to me in an excellent deeper means and set me on a trajectory. Grace has been very near my coronary heart and my musical creativity ever since.”
Identified for fronting the digital trio the Invisible – whose sound the band describes as “experimental, genre-spanning spacepop” – the Vienna-born, Kenyan guitarist and producer Dave Okumu was raised on Nineteen Eighties pop, funk and soul. His decades-long profession has included performances and recordings with the likes of Amy Winehouse, Tony Allen, Adele and Jessie Ware – that final collaboration incomes him his second Mercury Prize nomination in 2012, following The Invisible’s personal nomination three years earlier. At his studio in London Fields, Okumu continues to compose and produce music for a few of the greatest names within the trade, together with that first inspiration, Ms Jones.
Make-up: Rachael Thomas. Photographic assistant: Wynston Shannon. Styling assistant: Mary Hovhannisyan
This story options within the Autumn/Winter 2022 problem of AnOther Journal, which is on sale internationally now. Purchase a duplicate right here.