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Posted on February 01 2015 at 1:34:24 0 comments

Indica and Stuart

Indica Campbell, daughter of UB40’s Ali, is launching her own musical career.

The daughter of a Midland music legend is proving she has plenty of her own talent as she prepares to launch her first EP in collaboration with a Cofton Hackett musician.

Singer-songwriter Indica Campbell may have inherited her musical gifts from her father and grandfather – UB40’s Ali Campbell and folk musician Ian Campbell – but she is determined to make her own way in the industry.

“I have plenty of support from my family, but singing and writing were something I got into all by myself – I’ve always wanted to be independent,” says the 21-year-old, whose early years were spent in Barnt Green.

She still visits the village to see friends and family, and although she was only six when she left, she has great memories of the family home on Twatling Road:

“It was the best house ever! I want to buy it back one day, but my sister says she’s going to do that too, so it depends who makes enough money first!”

Just over a year ago, Indica teamed up with Stuart Toogood, a guitarist from Cofton Hackett, and started work on a series of songs.

“I met Stuart through the Prince’s Trust, when he was running a programme that helped young people find employment,” recalls Indica (pictured above with Stuart).

“We got chatting one day and realised that we were both into music, although I hadn’t really thought about it as a career at that stage.”

“I didn’t know about the UB40 link at first,” adds Stuart. “I saw some YouTube clips of Indica and her friends singing, and when I realised what a fantastic voice she has, I suggested that we work together.

“I took her to meet a producer I know and it all went from there.”

Working with pianist and songwriter Ben Wilson, plus a few other musicians on percussion and bass, they recorded some cover versions and plenty of original material, sharing the composing duties between them.

“The combination seems to work really well, and having enough songs to launch an EP is pretty good for one year’s work,” comments Stuart, whose guitar-playing skills are also in demand for weddings and other events.

The EP, due to be launched this month, contains only original music, which its authors describe as mainly acoustic with a touch of blues and jazz.

“It’s probably not what the average person would expect,” says Indica,. “People always ask if I’ll be doing reggae.”

Although she plays down the links to her famous family, she says her father has listened to and likes her music and is very proud of her: “He shows me off to his friends, playing the embarrassing dad. . .”

Her other siblings are not involved in music themselves, although her sister helped out with a video shoot while her brother, a graphic designer, will be lending a hand with the artwork for the EP, as he does for UB40.

Indica, who is an accomplished painter as well as a musician – she attended the renowned Escuela de Arte San Telmo in Malaga – says her own musical style is pretty eclectic, covering everything from acoustic to screamo.

She cites Lily Allen, Ellie Goulding and Jack Johnson as some of her favourite artists.

“I like all types of music, but I particularly like the laid-back acoustic sound. I suppose my music is a fusion of everything I like – I just try to write simple songs that I hope others will like too.”

People certainly seem to like her voice and her style – Indica’s cover of Hurt (originally by Nine Inch Nails and covered by Johnny Cash) has had more than 11,000 views on YouTube and 4,000 on Soundcloud since it was posted in mid-December, which bodes well for the EP’s release (and for the group’s hopes of securing established management).

Indica, who works at a music venue in Kings Heath when she’s not composing or performing, had already lined up several gigs in Birmingham as The Village went to press – including The Acoustics Sessions at The Jam House (a monthly showcase of new talent) and supporting up-and-coming artist Shannon Saunders at The Institute.

She is also going to be supporting UB40 at the NIA Birmingham on April 17, and London Brixton Academy the following night.

“There’s starting to be a bit of a buzz, but it’s a hard industry to crack,” says Stuart.

“I’m just enjoying it all so much that I’m not too stressed about my career; I just love making music,” adds Indica.

She’s resolutely not interested in seeking instant fame via the X-Factor route: “No way – they would try to change me, or they’d have me on stage singing Red Red Wine!”

You can listen to Indica on her website, which also has links to her Facebook page, Soundcloud and YouTube clips. See: http://www.indicacampbell.co.uk


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