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Raye is having one hell of a 12 months. She’s collaborated with Drake, Stormzy and Khalid, and now the singer-songwriter has teamed up with Beyonce for the brand new Lion King soundtrack. And, did we point out she’s solely 21?
When Raye’s not killing it on stage, she’s working tirelessly to reveal and eradicate sexism within the music business. “It’s constant and it’s countless,” she says. “We’re in very male heavy environments – the artist is usually the one feminine within the room – and the road is crossed quite a bit. It’s not okay and we have to discuss it.”
Right here, Raye opens as much as GLAMOUR in regards to the pressures girls face within the music business, why we have to stick collectively and make noise, and what it was wish to collaborate with Queen B.
I’ve learnt to be actually constant in not taking no for a solution
Persons are fast to imagine they know your music and your skills and it’s simple to be undermined. Proper now, feminine artists are exceeding all expectations. We’re inspiring one another and dealing actually exhausting to implement change. Once I was beginning on the market was once a lot competitors however we’ve lastly realised there’s room for everybody. I’ve made so many lovely feminine friendships inside this business. This job has taken me to the bottom of lows and it’s these feminine artists which have picked me up.
Girls nonetheless face numerous challenges within the music business right this moment
We’re on the right track however there’s nonetheless an extended strategy to go. As a feminine artist, there’s numerous strain and stress to look good on a regular basis and conduct your self in a sure method. If a person is set, robust and never afraid to put down the legislation and demand what they need, they’re a boss, and but when girl does it, they’re known as a bitch. We have to work out these tips. How are you going to be well mannered and type however nonetheless be fierce and rise up for your self?
The sexism is constant and countless…I’ve had males put their palms on my legs
Completely. It’s constant and it’s countless. It may be something from a small remark the place male producers forestall you from having an opinion – I acquired into manufacturing as a result of I used to be sick and bored with folks making me take a backseat – or extra excessive types the place males might be totally inappropriate. I’ve had males put their palms on my legs. Final week, I used to be speaking with a strong man about my music and he mentioned if he made it occur, he would need to take me on a date. It’s simply not on.
If we don’t discuss it, nothing will change
Prior to now, girls endured sexism and didn’t say something about it. I skilled some terrible issues once I was youthful and I didn’t discuss it as a result of I believed it was one thing I ought to put up with as an artist however I didn’t realise how a lot it was affecting me as an individual. Now if anybody makes an inappropriate remark, I’ll flag it no matter who the individual is. We’re in very male heavy environments – the artist is usually the one feminine within the room – and the road is crossed quite a bit. It’s not okay and we have to discuss it.
Girls want to stay collectively and make noise
I’ve written a whole bunch of songs in regards to the feminine expertise as a result of I really feel strongly that we have to stick collectively and make noise. I’m loud, boisterous and never afraid to confront somebody however there are numerous girls who might be too afraid to stay up for themselves. I don’t need to give males any excuses so I discuss it quite a bit by my lyrics. It’s robust to navigate however I’ve acquired my head on my shoulders.
You do not want to rely on a person and his energy to be completely happy and profitable
That it’s okay to talk up when somebody is treating you badly or being inappropriate. Don’t be afraid to say goodbye to these folks or conditions. You do not want to rely on a person and his energy to be completely happy and profitable.
It was a bucket record second collaborating with Beyonce
It was unbelievable, a real bucket record second. She’s a type of artists who I’ve grown up idolising. I used to hearken to her on YouTube and really feel like a queen. I by no means would have imagined at 21 I’d had a Beyonce music beneath my belt.
I’ve learnt a lot from collaborating with unbelievable artists
The craziest factor I’ve learnt is how human everyone seems to be. I’ve been actually having fun with attending to know folks on a human degree as a result of that’s once I’m probably the most profitable author and collaborator. The artists who’re the most important names are sometimes probably the most all the way down to earth.
The most effective piece of recommendation I used to be given was from Rita Ora
You gather recommendation as you go alongside. With Rita Ora, it was her unbelievable work ethic. She doesn’t cease. That drive actually impressed me. It’s additionally her empowering perspective. Like me, she actually shouts for ladies and goes above and past to help fellow feminine artists. She makes everybody really feel particular.