In Conversation with
A little background:
Bristol based Rasha Shahee quoting from her myspace.com is ‘a
captivating and enigmatic performer with a gloriously historic disdain
Born in Kuwait, Rasha grew in North Wales before then travelling
on to Saudi Arabia and Iraq before eventually settling in Bristol.
Early on, also according to her myspace.com she formed the
all – girl progressive rock band Mooz and since then has lent
her talent and inspiration to projects including ‘Morning Star,
Invisible Pair of Hands, The Jukes, Patrick Duff (ex Strangelove)
and Gerard Langley from The Blue Aeroplanes.
Currently she advises besides her solo work, she is involved in
Three other bands in the Bristol area: Male and the Liftmen and
The Hard Returns.
Certainly from a Setting Sun perspective, it is hard to describe
What Rasha sounds like but she lists a few people she likes
As (which I think are some of the elements found in her music)
Bjork, PJ Harvey, The Gossip, Scout Niblett, John Parish,
Sonic Youth, Radiohead, The Fall, Juana Molina, Tortoise,
Bela Emerson, Gillian Welch, Peaches, Amon Tobin, Blondie’
To name but a few come close I feel.
With such a wide range of musical influences which I
think shows in her music, it was only natural Setting Sun
approached her for a interview, which Rasha of course
followed in response to.
Apologises to Rasha for the delay in posting this interview.
For more information on Rasha – please visit her myspace.com
Page which is http://www.rasha.co.uk/
Hi there how are things and what is happening at
My friend just sent me a text asking the same thing! Well
thinks are good I would say. Got me an amazing band to
play my music and so gonna start gigging with them soon
(if any promoters outside Bristol reading this, go on, offer
us a gig!). Am also in the middle of recording my
with Stew Jackson of Robot Club in Bristol, and that is going
all dandy. Its all going a bit on the slow side though what
with having to do a day job to pay the rent but hey... No
Next, can you tell us a little bit about the
history of your music what started you off etc?
Ashton Court Festival. I can't remember how many years
ago now, but when it was free, came and fell in love with
Bristol because of it. Moved down from Bangor n. Wales
and met the moonflowers (legendary Bristol band) started
working for their record label and went on tour with them
selling their merchandise and they then taught me guitar
and percussion in the back of the bus. Then I started
supporting them and that is how it all started.
Music wise what are your influences and what
Music are you listening to at the moment?
Music I am listening to at the moment
Down the tiny steps
I like things that are a little left or even pretty far
left of centre. Don't really have any solid influences,
bjork and pj Harvey are an inspiration and the
Bristol live music scene is another great inspiration
Next, do you play concerts? If so, how do
they compare to your studio recordings or if not
do you have any idea how you would approach
I do play concerts and they do differ from studio
recordings. In a studio recording you can add sounds
that you don't necessarily have to be replicated in a
gig. Its an aural experience while I think a live gig is
more of an energy experience, along side the music
of course. I like to reinterpret my songs according to
where I play and whom I am playing with. Different
instruments play different melodies and parts.
Probably my favourite song of yours is
Œbreathe¹ can you tell us a little bit more
about this song?
I was just reading an interview that you did with
another artist who also did a song called breathe
and my answer is quite similar to hers... I guess the
word breathe is associated with a slight panic, that's the
only time you have to remind yourself to do it. And
when you do, everything is ok again.
What¹s next for you? Do you have any
Recordings planned etc?
I do. I mentioned above that I am
recording a second album. am working on
the design for the album with super talented
photographer/digital artist Andrew Chapman.
Making a video with talented video artist
Yoshino Shigihara I am also writing new songs.
And I am organizing a tour. Do you know of any
venues or promoters that may like our music?
I normally ask people next where they are
from but I know you are from Bristol and I know
a little bit about the music scene over there, so I won¹t
ask what is the local scene is like over there so instead
I¹ll ask you have you seen any good concerts recently
Saw an amazing gig last Thursday in a tucked
away pub 2 minutes away from me, wild jazz
it was. Mike Willox and Keys, Guy Calhoun
on Bass, Des Rogers on Drums, Craig Crofton on
Sax and Y2K on Alto Sax. Seriously good! They gave us
some homemade chicken curry as well, and all for £3.
Other great concerts.... The Blessing, The Jukes,
The Dearlings, Lena Rez,Angel Tech,
Mr Hopkinsons Computer, Emily Breeze, Phantom Limb,
Portishead, Loney Dear .. All real good. Oh, and
the Hickley Veltones, really great.
What would be your dream job if you were
not a musician?
Always wanted to know what it was like to be
an actress. Pretending to live different peoples
lives and going to so many different locations and
experiencing so many different feelings
I always wanted to be an artist, using paints and
making sculptures. Never did it when I was a kid.
I guess it would still have to be in the creative
What would you like to be doing when you
Run a music studio in the mountains
Overlooking the red sea.
Lastly, what will you be doing when you are 60?
I might just do it :-)