Shamir Bai­ley on some of the singers who have in­flu­enced him

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - COVER STORY -

“I lis­tened to a lot of peo­ple like Nina

Si­mone( right) and other an­drog­y­nous voices to make me feel like I’m notalone. She hada very dis­tinc­tive voice, which I’m sure she got a lot of flak for. But she knew how to use her voice, even­though it was un­usual.

“My favourite singer ever is Ari Up from The Slits, her­voice is amaz­ing.

“I cov­ered Lindi Ortega’s Lived and Died Alone be­cause I re­ally liked her ap­proach to the song and about not want­ing to be alone. It’s like a per­fect song for me.”

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