Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Senti, I’m from south London and I have a passion for music I love to sing and write songs. The reason behind my love for music is that its my form of escapism in life that takes me away from all my past sorrows and pains that sadly come along in life. 4 years ago I was diagnosed with an illness and music was always a way for me to express myself when I couldn’t walk or get up out of bed.. at least I had my voice and I could sing. I also have a love for animals as I rescue and adopt cats and dogs. Sometimes I actually prefer animals more than humans as they give you unconditional love and hope to one day open my own animal rescue sanctuary.
You started writing your own songs in your bedroom at the age of 16. Was it at that point when you knew you were going to make a career in music?
To be honest, at 16 I didn’t know I wanted a career in music as I had quite a few different hobbies and passions but sadly I had a very abusive marriage and this ignited the fire for me to focus on music. All the things I went through with my ex I would write them down and turn those experiences into songs that gave me the strength to overcome and in doing so I felt lighter after expressing how I felt through my music. I wrote my first single ‘Not With Me’ based on my experience and got my sweet revenge in the end. You can watch the full music video on my YouTube channel and if you listen to the lyrics closely you will understand and get a glimpse of what I went through. This song actually connected with a lot of women and I was overwhelmed with the feedback and comments I was getting of people raising awareness for girl power and domestic abuse.
How did growing up in London influence you as an artist?
I am very proud to be a south London girl. London for me is considered a melting pot for aspiring music artists and creativity and has produced some of the best talents in music. I have worked with a number of producers in the recording studio who have worked with the likes of Ed Sheeran and Amy Winehouse which is just an incredible experience for me. I think growing up in London gave me thick skin which allowed me to bypass the naysayers and negativity from people who don’t want to watch you succeed in the industry. However, I have always taken an independent ‘do it for myself’ approach which has also given me the ability to write and make music how I want without being limited and restricted by outside influence.
How would you describe your musical style?
I would say I am quite a versatile singer that can sing in different ways and I am able to mould my style based on the energy I am feeling at the time. So far I have released music within the pop/dance/house genre but I also will be releasing new music which is different from my current releases. I love old school R&B vibes and songs where I can really show off my vocal abilities. I am definitely not one to stick to a single style or genre so watch this space!
Your debut single, ‘Not With Me’ received nearly 2 million views on Youtube. Did you ever expect that kind of amazing response with your first single out in the wild?
I was honestly so shocked and over the moon to see how well my debut single performed, I think the emotions I embedded into the song lyrics and the music video really connected well with my fans and listeners and I got a lot of positive feedback from not only in the UK but in the USA, Spain, and Australia. Every time I make music I don’t really do it for the views but for my passion for songwriting and music in general. But to answer your questions I was so happy and felt like I was also helping people who experienced the same things I did in overcoming their past experiences and to continue to strive in life and be happy again.
What can you tell us about your latest single, ‘Virgin Mojito’?
Virgin Mojito was a song I wrote in Tenerife while on holiday with my family and I actually wrote the song about my husband. I had never had a Virgin Mojito drink before and I loved it so much it actually motivated me to write the song as I compared the drink to my husband. Within 20 mins I had the song written and I was so excited to fly back to London so I could get in the studio and record it. It just felt right and came naturally to me which is where I feel I write my best music.
What’s next for your career? Might we see an EP or full-length album in the near
Yes of course! Music is my life and keeps me on a positive mindset from day to day. I am planning to release 3 more songs this year, I am also collaborating with another new artist from Canada for a special project I am working on.. and then I plan to start working on my album near to the end of 2020 which is very exciting for me. I also hope to travel the world and play live tours and gigs all fingers and toes crossed!!
What advice would you have for aspiring music artists?
My advice for any aspiring music artist or entrepreneur is to never give up and to continue to chase your dreams in life. Giving up is the easy way out and I was always taught growing up that I could do anything if I put my mind to it. Sometimes you have to be mentally strong in order to not give up. Where there is a will there is a way… as they say!
What’s your life like outside of music?
My life outside of music primarily involves my family and looking after my animals. In fact, I think I am a very boring person now compared to my younger days haha.. but I like to enjoy good food and good company. I have a small circle and I just love being surrounded by my pets, especially at the weekends where it just Netflix and cuddles!
Let the readers know where to find you online.
You can connect with me on Social Media @WHOISSENTI or visit my website IAMSENTI.com to hear all my latest music for free!