Kayleigh Noble is an artist on the rise. After a series of collaborations with Irish producer 1000 Beats, the Dublin born, London based singer is finding strength and empowerment in her own individuality and solo work.
Heavily influenced by the wavy flavour of R&B and the allure of contemporary pop, Kayleigh has just released Ride on my Own; a soundtrack that many will be able to relate to, and a story that represents a girl that has found strength following a traumatic and suppressive relationship.
It’s 4pm when we sit down with Kayleigh via phone call to chat about what informs her as an artist, early memories in Dublin, her move to London and working with Bobby Basil on the visuals for her new single.
When did you start making music? I think I came across a photo of you on your Instagram at a very young age with a microphone in your hand, have you always been singing?
Oh yeah, definitely. I think there is a photo of me on my Instagram holding a Bratz play thing, like a little karaoke machine. There’s a video of me on there at about six or seven freestyling my own little songs and stuff. I was a bit of a weird child, but I guess it worked out okay.
Where your family very encouraging then in taking the artist route?
Definitely. My parents weren’t too into music themselves or anything, but they were very encouraging. My Granda would have been into music a little more, but that was it.
What are your earliest memories of music in Dublin, where you a part of the scene there? What was it that inspired the move to London?
Nowadays there is definitely a scene for it in Dublin, but as for me being involved in it… I don’t really know. I’ve found my feet more in London. It’s a little more open and accepting and then are more opportunities here, I guess.
When I finished school and college and stuff… Well, I didn’t really finish school (laughs), but I finished college. I moved over here [London] to go to university. I guess I just felt there was more to learn here. I’ve met some really great people here, I’ve learned a lot about myself and music, and even more about the industry that you don’t get taught in school.
That’s the thing about the industry, isn’t it? You can do music courses and that, but I don’t think there’s anything that prepares you for what the industry is really like.
I swear, there should be like an emotional preparation course as well. Everything is so up and down.
Who or what influences you as an artist?
I know a lot of people probably mention her, but Amy Winehouse is definitely a big influence. I like Kali Uchis as well, and Tash Sultana. I try to influence their stuff into my music, but I don’t know if it really comes through. Tash would be a big one for sure, she’s such an amazing artist.
How has the pandemic impacted you creatively and mentally?
It’s certainly had an impact on everything. There were so many gigs that I had lined up, especially in London, and I feel like here that’s how you get to know people and get your name out there, but now that that’s all online now it’s not as easy. I guess I’m just going to have to push through. I just keep writing music to keep myself on track.
What inspired your latest track Ride on my Own? I particularly enjoyed the visuals; it feels like a real illustration of the ritualistic progression of getting ready to going out, did you have much input in the creative direction of this?
I wrote the song right after a break-up, so it was about regaining your life after being so codependent. It’s just about being out on your own again and doing things by yourself. Isaac (Bobby Basil) and I work quite closely on the visuals together. He directed it, he’s great at that stuff.
What have you got on the horizon?
I have more music ready to release, it’s all ready to go. I’m just waiting to see what happens after Ride on my Own. My last few tracks have been collaborations, but everything I have planned at the moment is all on me, so that’s going to be a new experience for me.