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THE THERAPY OF MUSIC WITH XOE-B


Being a dancer from the age of four, she understands the importance of emotion through art and how impactful a piece of music can be to generate an emotional response from her audience. Xoe-B has always had a burning passion for the arts and creativity and that passion is also seen in her daily life whether that is family or other hobbies. She has always been competitive, not necessarily against other people (besides her brother) but with herself; she always wants to better herself and her art.


Following a hip injury through dance in which she had to learn to walk again, she finally listened to her heart and turned to music as her primary creative outlet. Vocals called out to her the most followed by acoustic guitar, in which she religiously practised every day in her bedroom for hours on end, much to the dismay of the rest of the household!


Diving into anything new can be overwhelming and make people feel a lack of confidence; this is why she has chosen to adopt a stage name. It helps her visualise the type of person she wants to be; confident, passionate and happy. By doing this over the past six years, following heartbreak, betrayal, love and loss, she has finally reached the vision of who she wants to be. She is now on the path of bettering this new person every day through education and self-reflection. There are still some inner demons she has yet to conquer, however, Xoe-B is at the start of a new chapter; one where she is happy, free of past burdens, confident in herself and what she believes in.


Her new single ‘Life In Colour’ is a reflection of her newfound liberation and finally being able to see herself in a positive light. Reflecting on this Xoe-B states

“Finally reaching a sense of emotional freedom, I can safely say it hasn’t been an easy ride; full of love and loss, heartbreak and betrayal both in romantic relationships as well as family. Reflecting on my inner turmoil, I’m proud of what I have accomplished in my personal and professional development. I now feel empowered, confident and strong whereas previously I felt restricted through the mental barriers I created for myself due to the trauma I faced; I wasn’t letting myself move on. “Life in Colour” is the perfect showcase of where I was to where I am now; it’s a true celebration of self-acceptance, liberation and levelling up in every aspect of life.”


Life in Colour is available to stream NOW on all major music platforms!


Thank you for taking this interview! How has the New Year been for you so far as an artist?


Thanks for having me! SO far so good! Lots of different projects on the go so busy busy busy!


Can you tell us how you've transformed from the beginning to now as an artist?

That’s a good question…at the start, I didn’t even know what direction I wanted to go sonically, and I still don’t! But I know now that I don’t want to be caged into one sound, one genre, one writing style. I’ve also grown up a lot since I started releasing music at 18 year old, more life experience, more wisdom (if you can call it that haha!) and I’ve learnt that it’s impossible to please everyone, so why try? As Long as I’m 100% happy with what I’m doing with my life then I know I’m doing the right thing. If ONE person’s life is influenced by my music/business then I’ve done my job.

How did you come up with your latest project?


So my current project is writing songs in styles that I listened to growing up and writing in styles that I’m influenced by; I’ve done my disco banger with ‘Life In Colour’ , Neo-soul / R&B vibe with ‘Two’s a Crowd’ and I’ve got 3 more on the way with a 90s club classic track, blues and raw songwriter so keep your eyes peeled!! I wanted to do this because it allows me to explore writing in other styles, connect with emotions I wouldn’t typically talk about and by doing this, I’m learning all sorts about songwriting and all these different skills are all pieces of the puzzle that will form my future dreams and aspirations.


Where are you from originally?


I was born in Southampton, UK but only lived there for 1 year


Where do you live now?

I’ve lived in Worthing, UK since I was 1 so I count this as my home town, also lived in the same house too which is awesome!

Do you think where you live impacts how your music is made?


Yes and no - studio spaces wherever you go cost a lot of money so I’m fortunate that when my brother moved out, my parents have allowed me to turn his old room into my own studio - whenever I may be in the future, I will always have my own creative space, I practically live in the studio, I’d be so lost without it!! Covid has actually really helped with making music, it’s made virtual writing sessions, production and recording so much easier! I can now do it all from the comfort of my studio and work with anyone in the world at any time! So much easier than traveling all the time, much more productive too! Having said this, it’s important to have in person sessions to avoid feeling lonely and keep up with interpersonal skills haha


What was the inspiration to make music your career?


I’ve worked what would be considered “normal” jobs and turns out I don’t do well with being told what to do haha and it made me so miserable. Very early on in life I knew I wanted to be in a creative industry, I started dance lessons when I was 3 or 4 and wanted to do that professionally until I got a horrible injury and realised that dance maybe isn’t the best idea. That’s when I found music.

How do you want to shape your career?


Having a portfolio career is important to me, so having multiple income streams and being able to have lots of different projects as there’s so much that influences me. My ultimate goal is to run songwriting retreats in a remote place somewhere but gotta do the groundwork and get industry experience first, which is what I’m doing now.


Do you work on a tight timeline always or do you go with the flow when it comes to your music?

I got with the flow until I get obsessed with an idea then it’s well planned out


How did your latest title of your music come to be?


Two’s a Crowd was inspired by an interview with Alicia Keys when talking about Covid and I really liked the way it sounded so brought this to the session with Melissa Bel and we worked with it


Is it hard to let go of the music when it is done?


No, not at all. For me songwriting is like therapy, once I’ve said what I need to say and processed what I needed to then I’m happy.

Do you feel an emotional attachment with your music?

Absolutely, the whole point of music, in my opinion, is to trigger an emotional response whether that be me or have it resonating with someone else.


How would you describe your music in one word to someone who hasn't listened to it yet?


Eclectic.


Where do they go to listen NOW?

Head over to SPOTIFY or Apple Music and search XOE-B.


What has been the best fan reaction to your music?


I was recently playing a gig at a club in Brighton and as we were loading in, someone said “oh my god it’s Xoe-B, I’ve seen all you uni course work, your song Walking Against Waves is such a tune and I love your cat” was so random we both laughed so hard


Is there anything exciting coming up for you?


Funny you ask…I’ve recently joined a girl band! Never thought this would be something I’d do but it’s a great opportunity to have some female empowerment in my life as well as writing with new people and gigging in new places so looking forward to that, rehearsals start soon! We’re called Love Bite so go check us out!


Are you performing the song anywhere LIVE?


I’m always gigging so check out the tour page on my website www.xoebmusic.com


Give us all your socials and links so fans can link up with you! Thank you for this interview!

Follow me everywhere @xoebmusic


Thanks again for having me!!


Here’s my Linktree with all my socials links - https://linktr.ee/xoebmusic