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Orion Asalie

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I’m orion asalie and I’m a musician from South West London. I create acoustic music, mainly on the ukulele, and it explores what it’s like being young and queer in London, one of the greatest, most vibrant cities in the world. My greatest inspirations are from a wide range of musicians, from BROCKHAMPTON to dodie.

A lot of my music stems from my ongoing battle with mental health problems, so a lot of the lyrics are very sad- the title track from my first EP, kaleidoscopic, discusses a polarised mind and sometimes violent thoughts. For me, this is what music is about: allowing an output that’s therapeutic. It’s amazing and really heartwarming to see people listening to, relating to, and loving my music, because it acts as a hallmark to show that you’re never truly alone.

Music has definitely also been a constant in my life, as I was raised listening to a hybrid of pop, reggae, and soul music from the likes of Joss Stone and Mary J Blige to name but a few. It’s been so permanent that I don’t remember a time where I didn’t love it- my whole life has had some sort of soundtrack playing in the background, and some of the earliest pictures I have of me are me, sitting in front of a keyboard or singing and dancing to whatever was on. Most of my Christmas and birthday presents when I was a child were CDs or music related gifts because I would always, always be singing. And I distinctly remember being the only child on the dancefloor when I was on holiday.!I’ve had the luck to hone my skills, too- I had 4 years of singing lessons in school, and I’ve been playing the ukulele for about 3.

More recently I’ve been listening to some electropop- especially Oh Wonder, who I’ve fallen in love with. It’s a style of music that I’m trying to create and it’s so fun to do, particularly because I’m incorporating the ukulele in there too. There’s definitely new music on the way but given that I’m in the middle of my A-levels, it’s all under wraps until it’s been perfected.

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