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PAUSE Her Q&A: Fousheé

PAUSE Her Q&A: Fousheé

There’s no way you have been on TikTok the last few months and haven’t heard Fousheé’s dreamy vocals on Sleepy Hallow’s viral track ‘Deep End (Freestyle)’. She revealed herself as the vocalist on the song via a viral video on TikTok and then made the right decision to release her own version titled ‘Deep End’, last July. Fousheé continues to wow us with her latest singles ‘single af‘ and ‘sing about love‘, the former is 70s groove inspired track with a strong female empowerment message and the latter is a chilled, guitar heavy song that makes us want to lounge in a park on a sunny day. The singer-songwriter is a master of genres — no two songs sound the same. She’s not only skilled at genre-bending, she’s also a multi-instrumentalist.

Born and raised in New Jersey, Fousheé grew up in a music loving environment. Her mother, who hails from Jamaica, got her start in music as the drummer for a female reggae band named PEP. Fousheé has been performing since the age of six and always knew she would pursue a career in music. After living in NYC, the singer has now relocated to LA to connect with the dope artists that live out there. The City of Angels has definitely had a positive effect on the singer, you can hear it in the music. Now we’re itching for a full project to rock to.

Tomi: Your song ‘Deep End’ took off on TikTok last year. How do you feel about the success of the song?

Fousheé: In the beginning it was overwhelming but I’m settling in now. I’m happy that it was so well received.

Photography: Matthew Cowen

T: The music video for ‘Deep End’ is inspired by Blaxploitation films from the 1970’s. What do you love about this genre of film and what’s your favourite one?

F: I love how blaxploitation films combine black culture with martial arts. I’m a big fan of Kung Fu movies and women like Pam Grier who was a blueprint for Black female action movie protagonists today, not to mention a fashion icon.

T: You play multiple instruments. Is there a particular instrument that you feel the most connection with?

F: I feel the most connected to the guitar. I think the tone is so beautiful. It feels so bad ass wearing one.

T: Your latest single ‘single af’ is probably relatable to a lot of people right now. Do you have any tips on how to date in the middle of global pandemic?

F: I mean now is a great time to take advantage of online dating and chill, and at home date nights. You can try a recipe you never tried before and binge watch short films. That’s the type of time I’m on, pandemic or not. Online dating not so much.

T: You’re originally from New York and you recently moved to LA. How has LA changed you as a person or an artist, if at all?

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F: LA has definitely had an effect on me. It made me want to dream more, stare at the moon on the beach and be in nature. The culture and food was a culture shock for me when I first got here. I missed the convenience of NY deli’s and good Caribbean food. I think musically LA made the work flow easier. Mostly because of the artists I know that live here, so there’s more of a tight knit community of recording artists.

Photography: Zach Sulak

T: When you’re not writing songs and making music, how do you channel your creativity?

F: I love finding things. I like watching old interviews, finding new rare music or movies; new stimuli, new inspiration.

T: Obviously your fans are looking forward to new music. What part of putting together a new song do you love the most?

F: My favourite part is actually laying down the harmony and background vocal. It’s like adding the whipped cream and cherry after you just put your blood sweat into writing the song. It ties the whole song together.

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