22 year-old singer-songwriter Denai Moore is hot for all the right reasons. Born in Jamaica and raised in the Stratford area of East London, Denai has been making music since she was 8 - writing her first song at the age of 12. Originally inspired by Lauryn Hill for "her honesty", as time went on she began to experiment with her musical tastes, dipping a toe into the likes of Feist and Bon Iver - both of whom she still loves.

After securing a manager, she played some of her early music to the multi talented Ben Drew, aka Plan B, who ended up co-producing Moore's debut EP, The Lake. In the two years since, Moore released another EP, appeared on Later... With Jools Holland, performed a BBC Radio 1 Piano Session with Huw Stephens, and collaborated with SBTRKT. She also released her debut album, Elsewhere, via indie label Because Music (home to Metronomy and Little Dragon), which we throughly recommend you check out.

Opening her musical spectrum further to the likes of XL Recordings' Rodaidh McDonald and fellow 405 favourite Royce Wood Junior, Moore has crafted a delicately beautiful collection of tracks that push her talents further than they've ever been before.

How do you feel being championed by tastemakers like Huw Stephens? That's quite a big deal.

It's really crazy to have so much support, especially so early on in my career. It's really easy to lose track on what's happened over the last few years but it's really crazy and he's been a massive supporter since day one and he was one of the first people to play me on Radio 1. It was really cool. I'd never done live radio before so I was super nervous but I thought it went well.

You'd done Jools Holland before that. Were you more nervous doing that or Jools?

I don't think I've ever been more nervous for anything besides Jools. It's very strange and very surreal because you do the pre-recorded Friday show first, then they get you ready for the live show. The pre-record is fine because if someone makes a mistake, you can start again so I felt it would be ok and it would all be fine. Then there was a bit of a break and I was walking back to my dressing room and I bumped into Brandon [Flowers] from the Killers and it kind of all hit me then! The producers put me in my place where to sit at the beginning of the show, then Jools introduced me and I thought "This is live, I can't make any mistakes!" It all hit me and I got really nervous. I think it went alright; it was really crazy to receive all the comments I did. It doesn't even feel like I did it. It was really surreal.

How long have you been working on the album?

I spent most of 2014 finishing it up and it was really hectic in the final two months but worth it in the end. 'Blame' was the first song that I really got a demo of in summer 2013 so it kind of varies. I've been writing it since around September 2013 so it's been a while. It's really weird how I've seen everything grow from songs I started in my bedroom to having this finished version of everything. I really enjoyed the writing process for this actually. I think before I wasn't really open about writing with other people but I'm very excited about the people I went in with like Royce Wood Junior; I love his passion, he really created this sonic world for me to write to and I think I became a bit more open about working with other people and I think it shows on the album. Even with Rodaidh, I've never really worked with a producer like him. He really pushed me and parts of me that I didn't know I had in me. Vocally, I think it is all of me on the record.

I'd spoken to Royce before you and he mentioned working with you. What was it like working with him? I'd imagine his sound is quite different to yours?

I heard the song he did with Kwabs called 'Perfect Ruin' and I immediately said I have to work with him. We got in and it was different from anything I've ever done before with songwriters. It was a lot more chilled out and he heard a lot of things that no one else would have heard. He had a sample of someone shaking a spray can on (title track) 'Elsewhere' and just stuff that I would have never thought of. He's also just a lot of fun. I really enjoyed working with him.

What are the ideas and inspirations behind the album? Are they different from your previous EPs?

I think so. I think everything I do is a representation of whatever chapter of my life I'm going through. I think this album is definitely a representation of me turning 21, growing up and experiencing a lot of things for the first time; I think you can hear that in the record. I think it's just important for me to continue to do that and write about what I'm currently going through, as long as it's represented in my music. A lot of my life and what I go through influences my music and I think a lot of the artists that I like do this as well, even someone like Laura Marling as a songwriter you listen to her songs and you think "What the heck has she gone through?" I think you get a real sense of what they're going through and I think that's really important.

The EPs were a lot more acoustic driven. Does that continue with the album or is it more of a production affair this time around?

I think my taste has developed over the last two years since I did that first EP. A lot of these songs when I was recording them scared me and made me super nervous for people to hear because I think it is different from what I've done before. I think the whole sentiment is still there and that's what people will connect with. I'm always wanting to reinvent and push myself in the studio and try new things. I think I tried a lot of different things on this record and playing a lot more... most of the time it was just Rodaidh and I in the studio and we'd play between ourselves and if we needed a saxophone player, one would come in. My drummer came in to play some stuff but the rest was between Rodaidh and I. I think it allowed us to be a lot freer when it was just both of our minds coming together and doing something without any limits. I think that's what I'm really excited about. My love for recording and being in the studio is different from what was before.

You're also featured on SBTRKT's recent album Wonder Where We Land. How did you come to work with him?

I got an email one morning. It was so strange especially because I remember someone commented on one of my YouTube videos saying I should work with Sampha, maybe a few weeks before SBTRKT emailed me. It was really cool, I went to his flat and he played me some of the songs on the album and the track he had in mind for me. I went away, wrote a bit and we recorded it. It was really quick because it was in the final stages of his album and it was one of the last songs to go on. It's a really exciting process for me, I love doing stuff that's outside of my usual sound; he's definitely someone I respect.

There's that whole notion of singer-songwriters "using" dance tracks to get themselves into the eye of the public. What's your opinion on this? Do you think it's a good way to "break through" as a new musician?

I think its super good! I think it makes you a better songwriter as well. It's a different experience but it's a really good thing to do. I loved SBTRKT's first album. I'm really into electronic music so it's really exciting for me to come together from a different world. I previously worked with Fantastic Mr Fox as well which is cool. I think it's really good, it definitely makes you a better writer more than anything.

Now that the album is out, what else do you have planned for the rest of the year? Obviously summer is coming, and along with that, festival season...

I think I'm mostly starting to play live. It's so exciting putting together a live show and I think that's what I'm mostly exciting about especially as I get to play the new album. We've played a few songs last year in a more stripped-back version but it's going to be really fun to get new music out and to play to new audiences and different faces. I also hope I get to work with other artists to keep my writing mind busy or I'll go officially crazy if I don't!

Are there any artists you're championing this year?

I'm really into the Marika Hackman album. I think that's super good. She's a really great songwriter. I think over the last year I haven't been into folk music because it hasn't really connected with any album released in 2014 but I'm really excited for Marika. I'm also really excited for the new Kanye album, looking forward to Royce Wood Junior's album, 'Midnight' is such a great track!

What would you like your musical legacy to be?

I'd love to be remembered as someone who takes risks and constantly evolves and makes music to make a difference as opposed to making something to achieve certain things in the charts. I just want to keep pushing myself. If people remember me as someone who kept pushing themselves as a songwriter that would be amazing. I just want to keep making albums like Cat (Power) and Laura Marling. I want to keep writing and evolving.

Denai Moore's debut album, Elsewhere, is out now.