Get To Know: Suzi Wu

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The aesthetic of the whole EP is a very honest one, the vibe evoking the day-to-day of “rebellious artistic youth” growing up in North London. Deriving from that, there’s an unmistakable roughness to it all, being stuck in the in-between, and the subsequent spoken word, singing and instrumentation is more than just the sum of its influences – it provides a unique sound through which Suzi can escape.

Check out her video for ‘Taken Care Of’ and get to know Suzi Wu in our interview BELOW…

Suzi Wu‘s sound is difficult to define, and that’s a fact which she embraces.

Suzi describes it as “electronic grunge”, yet she draws from inspirations as far reaching as psych-rock, all the way to hip-hop. Listening to her EP, Teenage Witch takes these inspirations and pools them together to form a really unique sound that can’t be caged. Her delivery has the appealing drawl of King Krule, her lyricism the punk abruptness of Patti Smith, yet drones them with a trance-like quality that impressively somehow simultaneously blends with, and sits on top of, her grungey and driving melodies à la The Jesus and Mary Chain.

The third track, embedded into the four track EP, is a cover of Tom Waits’ ‘Jockey Full of Bourbon’ – but you wouldn’t realise it. She completely makes it her own and it fits perfectly within the rest of the EP – which is testament to how well she’s found her aesthetic voice. The rest of the song writing comes from a narrative place both submerged in her world and poetically reflecting upon it – “Yesterday I developed a terrible smoker’s cough // I don’t think I’ll ever sing the same again” she speaks between the verse and chorus. She’s presenting a sound that’s very new, yet still manages to feel familiar.







The aesthetic of the whole EP is a very honest one, the vibe evoking the day-to-day of “rebellious artistic youth” growing up in North London. Deriving from that, there’s an unmistakable roughness to it all, being stuck in the in-between, and the subsequent spoken word, singing and instrumentation is more than just the sum of its influences – it provides a unique sound through which Suzi can escape.

Check out her video for ‘Taken Care Of’ and get to know Suzi Wu in our interview BELOW…

View the lyrics

She asked me who’s taking care of me
I said I take care of me
Yeah I’m taken care of
But I don’t take it lightly

I got a pharaoh’s tongue
Use it on the mummified young
Use it to admit I’m not strong
In a place where I feel invincible

Got some brand new shoes
I’ve got nothing left to lose
Baby don’t you know I just cruise
In a place where I feel invincible

Mama Papa love me
I think so anyway
Mama Papa love me
At least that’s what they say
Mama Papa love me
I am a beautiful disgrace
Mama Papa love me
I am so beautiful

I got a pharaoh’s tongue
Use it on the mummified young
Use it to admit I’m not strong
In a place where I feel invincible

Got some brand new shoes
I’ve got nothing left to lose
Baby don’t you know I just cruise
In a place where I feel invincible

Mama Papa love me
I think so anyway
Mama Papa love me
At least that’s what they say
Mama Papa love me
I am a beautiful disgrace
Mama Papa love me
I am so beautiful

What have you done
We’re all just young
We can’t be perfect

What have you done
We’re all just young
We can’t be perfect

Mama Papa love me
I think so anyway
Mama Papa love me
At least that’s what they say
Mama Papa love me
I am a beautiful disgrace
Mama Papa love me
I am so beautiful

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1) For those who don’t know about you and your music, tell us a little bit about who you are and where you’re from…

“My name is Suzi and I’m a songwriter/musician/vampire who only goes out at night. I live in North London with my mother and sister.”

2) Describe your sound in three words…

“Lonely, drunk and wailing.”

3) Who inspired you to start a career in music?

“Nobody. Music just always was. Like a rhythmic fact coming from the kitchen or something…”

4) Who are your biggest musical influences?

“Patti Smith, Tribe called quest and Princess Nokia.”









5) Tell us about the writing and recording process for your new single/album…

“The one coming up has been born from a lot of traveling. Find it easy to write with a little white noise so trains and planes are where the lyrics and melody start. Then I bring it to my studio or to a session with a producer and I see what happens.”

6) What can we expect from your live shows?

“Energy, everything, anything.”

7) What has been your biggest career highlight so far?

“Probably playing South by Southwest, or when I heard myself on the radio for the first time. Baby Wu would have loved that.”

8) Have you met anyone and been totally starstruck?

“Nardwuar the music journalist from Canada. I saw him on the street in Texas and internally lost my shit. He is the most real music fan working in music so meeting him was an honour.”

9) What’s on your playlists that people wouldn’t expect?

“I can’t think of anything but I will recommend ‘All you do is dial’ by Heatwave if you’re looking for a summer tune.”

10) When can we see you live?

“I’m playing Latitude festival in July!”

Words by Alex Beach

Source:: MTV — News