We were introduced to the sounds of London-based Bo Rocha back in February thanks to her debut track 'Tangerine Flake', which was followed up in April in the form of the deservedly hyped 'Angel Eyes'.

We clocked that there was something interesting happening here so we jumped at the opportunity to meet her for a photo shoot, as well as present our set of getting-to-know-you questions to the writer/singer/producer, gathering her thoughts on an early influence of jazz, blood orange San Pellegrino, and deciding to move to Berlin on her own at age 14.

How did you get started?
My parents are musical and there was always music playing one way or another in our house. It was the only constant really. My dad has an insane jazz collection so there was a lot of jazz. Herbie Hancock, Art Tatum, Billie Holiday etc. I started playing the piano at 4, a little later the violin and then studied voice for a while at school. I couldn't get over my stage fright though so left music for a while and wrote poetry and short stories instead. It wasn't until a few summers ago that I fused them and began writing music. It was the first few relatively free months I'd had in a long time. I picked up Logic and that was it really. I've always wanted to produce my own beats and sounds but never thought it was a possibility.

Where do you find inspiration?
I kinda just write until I get that instinctive buzz off it. That's inspiring. All you can do is respond to yourself and your responses in turn. Everything else moves too fast. I do have my favourite writers and little obsessions though. I'm currently fangirling over Erica Jong.

What risk would you take if you knew you could not fail?
Fly a plane. I'm really scared of flying, more and more.

Bo Rocha

What is your happiest childhood memory? What makes it so special?
All the long summers. It sounds mad but when I was six we lived in the middle of a forest for a few years and it was magical. My memories of that whole time are bathed in this beautiful rose tint. It was very Romantic. Either that or moving to Berlin on my own when I was 14, I loved that so much. I learned so much from the city.

When was the last time you tried something new?
Ah man. The other day in the studio I sampled (sorry) the blood orange san pellegrino after years on a straight lemon vibe. Taste sensation. I really don't know what I've being doing all my life.

Whose life do you believe you've had the biggest impact on?
My cat probably. She was a rescue cat and I'm pretty sure something terrible happened to her as a kitten. She can't meow.

Bo Rocha

What are you currently working on?
Some new music, some old loves.

What's the most challenging thing you've ever created?
So many things. I have a feeling the most challenging are still to come though.

What is something you believe that almost nobody agrees with you on?
Sharks are cute.

What's the next big step you feel you need to take?
Taking the live show out. I'm excited for that. And getting on a plane...

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