South London-based writer, musician, visual artist and Sawa Manga member And Is Phi shares a stripped back acoustic demo that matches her soft soulful vocals with warm guitar licks.
“Well, here’s a freestyle with Alex Adetiba on guitar and me on a modest D5 dynamic mic made over the summer. I went on to explore in post production and asked homie Isobella Burnham to add her bass, which just grounded it in so much warmth. For me it opens interesting questions about allowing your musicality to play vs crafting each movement of a journey, and where you can learn or capture interesting things through improv that may eventually become refined – but still you can’t always reach that place strictly through discipline or focus. That is interesting to me. I love these unpolished musical moments, that’s ’demo love’ – being present with the process allowing inspiration from surprise. It’s twilight, that haunting in-between place. While a track like this is fluid because it’s improvised, and so contrary to more familiar song structure, it holds space for that real time rise of emotion and just ‘letting yourself’. Sometimes you have to sacrifice perfection for passion, and character.
For what it’s worth I feel there are many more ways to enjoy and value music beyond what streaming services and mainstream radio make room for and attune our ears to. Thank you STW for the invitation to share as expanding conversations around the value in-and-of music is very welcome, especially at these times. (demo) Love and yours for True, And Is Phi”
And Is Phi is one of the minds behind Scrapbook Mixtape, a community hub formed during lockdown for multi-disciplinary creative sharing, workshopping, artist development, and experimentation. Their first mixtape and zine is out now, featuring music from Queen Cleopatra, Moreiya and Naima Adams.
This year we’ve chosen to split profits from the release between two charities, both of whom are doing important work within their respective fields.
The first charity is London-based organisation You Make It, a creative programme that offers young women access to tools, networks and experiences — group learning, 1-1 mentoring, work experience, start-up support and 1-1 pastoral support — giving them the confidence to transform their lives through personal empowerment.
The second is Nigeria-based initiative Project Protect, a subdivision of Burna Boy’s charitable NGO The Reach, launched to help provide financial, medical and legal resources for EndSars protestors during and after the protests.
Check the below playlist for all tracks in our Calendar.
Artwork across the series by Mark Grieg.