Andreya Triana has come a long way since the release of her debut album Lost Where I Belong, which came out in 2010. She's since performed with the likes of Flying Lotus, Mr. Scruff and Bonobo and every moment of career has led up to the creation of her second album, which has taken some time to craft.

Feeling euphoric and slightly jaded after her performance on Jools Holland and prior to an early trip to France, I sat down and chatted with Andreya Triana about her love of fashion, the latest album Giants and growth.

How are you doing?
Really good thank you, a bit tired after last night's Jools Holland adventures but other than that, really good.

That sounds awesome, how did you find it?
It was amazing, a dream come true. Nerve wracking but just so good.

That's great to hear. I also hear you're off to France tomorrow as well?
I am, we're leaving at the crack of dawn, getting on the Eurostar. Good old Eurostar, but it should be fun.

How's the prep going for the release of your album next week?
It's going great, it's kind of all steaming ahead now. Shot a video last week for one of the singles, so yeah it's busy and I'm feeling good about it. I'm so happy that it's finally coming out, it's been a long time coming.

So how long had you actually been working on the album?
I guess it was when I stopped touring and started working on the Bonobo stuff, so I think that was about three years ago and I just kept writing until I was happy. It took a little while but I'm glad it's finally here.

How much does this album differ from your previous releases?
I think it really sounds different. When I was writing the album, I wrote seventy plus songs, so I was really just trying to push myself in terms of my songwriting abilities and my vocals. I feel like I've pushed myself harder than I have before and you come up with different stuff that way.

So you spoke about writing seventy odd songs, is that something that comes quite natural to you?
I guess so yeah, I mean the initial spark and inspiration for songs come all the time. I find that the hard bit is finishing it and making it something solid, as well as making it powerful. So that's the hard work of it but you've got to keep chipping away at it.

How much do you think you've grown as an artist?
I feel like it's a difficult thing to measure but I've never really felt satisfied so I'm always trying to push myself and learn. I feel like I've moved forward but I don't know how far yet so I just want to keep doing that.

At what point in your life did you decide music was your calling?
I've always been into it, always but it's just the thing that I've always loved the most is that it used to make feel good and it was fun. I got to a point where I thought why not make it my career as I like it so much and see where it can take me.

What were you listening to at home growing up?
All kinds of stuff, I'm pretty obsessed with American R&B and old school soul, you know like Stevie Wonder, Roberta Flack and all that sort of stuff. So I guess those type of things were very influential for me very early on.

Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I always that inspiration is from life and everything within it. Inspiration is from everywhere and I reckon all you have to do is sit in a cafe or a bus in London and you'll hear so many types of conversations or see so many types of people so it'll just come to you.

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Describe your creative process, does it differ from time to time?
I always keep a notebook with me and jot stuff down or anything I think is good for a title. Generally, I'll start off with the chords, piano or guitar, the melody will come from there and when you get the rough melody and everything else will come out. So that's how it starts for me really, it's all about the chords and melodies.

That's cool. So what's been the best moment so far in your career?
It definitely has to be last night with Jools Holland. That's been something I've wanted to do for years, it was a very big aspiration of mine and it hasn't quite sunk in yet.

Where do you see yourself going next and what kind of live shows would you like to do now?
I guess I really just want my live shows to grow as much as possible and for the music to reach as many as it possibly can. I'd love to be touring across different venues all over the world. That'd be my dream.

Where would be the one place you'd love to play in the world?
Anywhere in the world?

Yeah absolutely anywhere, could be totally random.
Maybe Wembley Stadium.

That's a good one actually. So how do you unwind from the daily grind?
I'm really into fashion and making things, at a very amateur level. I'm really interested in African fabrics, I love sewing and I make bags. I'm into fitness as well, love going to the gym. It's a very important part of my life as well. Going to the cinema. I love reading. Cooking as well.

About the fashion, how long have you been into that?
It's only been a couple of years really, I worked with an amazing stylist and she really helped me hone in what it was that was right for me and what worked for my body shape. I really love her and I'm a very traditional person, colour is very important to me, and patterns as well, they have to be eye catching. It all goes hand in hand with music, it's all a part of the inspiration.

Is that something you'd like to keep as a hobby or would you like to pursue it further?
I think at the moment it's just a hobby you know, there's no pressure or expectation. At one point it would be amazing to do a little clothing line or something like that but that's maybe something for the future.

How would you want people to feel when they listen to your music?
Ultimately, I just want to uplift people. That what's the music that I listen to does to me. You can't compare the two, but albums like Miseducation of Lauryn Hill had such an impact on my life, career and how I see music. If I could be like a hundredth of that then maybe inspire or help somebody, that's the stuff that's important to me.

What advice would you give to someone who is making that plunge into music?
The only thing I'd say is just be as open as possible and just go for it. Don't make music to fit into any box and just make sure it feels good and right.


Andreya Triana's new album, Giants, is out now.

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