Sunshine of your love
New live music night Lemon Jam are bringing over funk/soul chill out merchants Fatima and the Eglo Band for their April 25 date. We caught up with Fatima to talk boat parties, djembes and dancing on busses…
• Welcome to the city – you’re playing on the world’s tallest hotel, by a pool in the April sunshine. Sounds like a good gig to us! What have been some of the more interesting locations you’ve played before?
- Yes, yes! I can’t wait to come to Dubai, it all sounds very dreamy. See you in the sun! One time I sang on top of a big bus on a cold evening somewhere in Poland. The bus wasn’t very steady so every time I jumped around and danced the bus shook which was quite scary. One of my favourite things is playing on boats. Although the boat parties I’ve experienced have been pretty mental, there’s still a calmness to it because of the waves and the sunset. Best of both worlds.
- I sing and I do it with passion.
• Describe what you do, and how you do it?
• Who influenced you to start making music and take the journey you’re on?
- Music has always been around me. My mom was always playing good records in the house, she also had a shop where she sold djembes amongst other things so there was always rhythm around! I was also a certified video fiend so staring at MTV Amour, The Lick, and other music shows at night was standard and definitely had its impact on me. Singing in choirs, different bands and writing always kept me inspired too. Legendary voices of people like Sade, Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, a lot of Hip Hop, harmonies in old Swedish tunes and music from west Africa - it’s all been a great influence on my life. - It’s all a feeling. I wanna have a good chemistry with whoever I work with to be able to create something special. You gotta feel comfortable to be open and do your thing. It all starts with the beat and then I go from there. One favourite session was with Scoop Deville. That man got the bounce!! And when we took a lil’ break we saw hummingbirds in the garden and it all felt like a dream. I always have fun with Flako too, we work kinda fast together. He’s a real perfectionist and I’ve said it before but he always provides with that special cedron tea from Chile. I love tea, I’m addicted.
- It’s gonna be hot and have a lot of energy in it. We’re goin’ in! I call on all dancers and party people in Dubai to pop by and get down with us!
• You’ve worked with a lot of very cool producers, including Floating Points and Dam Funk – any favourites to work with, how do you like to work in the studio?
• And what should we expect from your show in Dubai?
Lemon Jam feat. Fatima & The Eglo Band, Saturday April 25, JW Marriot Marquise, 2pm onwards, free entry.