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Laura Mvula

‘Skepta, Michael Kiwanuka… there’s a revolution going on here!’ says Laura Mvula as she joins the two of them in picking up an Ivor Novello Award...

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 24 May 2017
  • min read
‘Skepta, Michael Kiwanuka… there’s a revolution going on here!’ Laura Mvula says while backstage at the Ivor Novello Awards.

She’s just won the coveted Album of the Year Award for her ‘tricky’ second record The Dreaming Room, while Skepta look two gongs on the day and Kiwanuka one.

Laura’s chatting about the weirdness of being up against other brilliant songwriters in her category (Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, and Kiwanuka) and how ‘beating’ them to the trophy feels a bit odd.

She’s also reflecting on her four years in the business - ‘the music industry is changing rapidly, so it’s good times for everyone, man,’ she enthuses.

It’s been an eventful year for the Birmingham-born artist and composer. Ahead of the release of her second album she spoke candidly about her struggles with anxiety and heartbreak.

She was also dropped by her label and snubbed by The BRITs in February. But it’s not been all difficult: she made the Mercury shortlist, received multiple MOBO nominations and scooped two nominations at The Ivors.

Prince, Elton John and Nile Rodgers have all been vocal about her numerous talents, while her collab with the latter, Overcome, earned her one of The Ivors nods.

We caught up with her before and after last week’s ceremony for a candid chat about writing her difficult second record, her creative impetus and working with Nile…