Nina Simone said, 'how can you be an artist and not reflect the times?' To me, that implies one has to be engaging with their place in the world and be able to identify what is truly distinct about it in order to make their work resonate at a unique frequency that ripples out far enough to touch others. For my artistic journey, the light bulb switched on when I reconnected with my womanhood at the age of 35, one that I felt I had lost at only eight years old.
I would say that if you look behind the music itself, it's a bold reminder of how much the industry is still changing, a celebration of artists who are doing it their way and a sign that new approaches and public-private partnerships are being welcomed as one way of sustaining the impact and distinctive edge of music made in the UK.