It would be easy to get the wrong impression of Yazmin Lacey. For instance, her arrival on most people’s radar, as a result of her involvement with Gilles Peterson’s UK Bubblers project, might, for some, have marked her out as a champion of the Hoxton beardy-stroking craft beer crew. Moreover, her own distinctive sound, mostly a very cool blend of Badu-ish soul, neo-soul and jazz, tends to place her on the edgier side of current UK-based black music. In reality, though, Yazmin is incredibly feet-on-the-ground about her achievements thus far. Instead of quoting a list of influences to fit the aforesaid image, she professes to have grown up on mainstream American vocal groups like SWV and Brownstone, and maintains that British acts such as Beverley Knight, Mica Paris, Sade and Omar meant most to her whenever she dreamed of following in anyone’s footsteps. Not that she did much of that, as it goes: Yazmin also insists that she never seriously considered music as a career until relatively recently, preferring to follow up on her Drama & Education Studies degree at Leicester University with charity-based youth work and something resembling real life.
“It’s not that I don’t love music – I do – but there are lots of things that inspired me before I got to that… ”
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