We sent interview forms out to our artists, and we’ll be sharing their stories here on the blog. Next up:
How did you get into poetry/ spoken word?
Long story short – I was not a good rapper but really liked writing
Who are your influences/ idols?
I take a lot of my influences from the early Grime scene and Neo-Soul music. But am in love with poets like Shange and Walker and Angelou.
What’s the one thing you’d like people to know about your work?
That it is honest and all I can do is speak my truth
What advice would you give to someone starting out in spoken word/ performance poetry?
Go to as many nights as you possibly can. And then keep going and going. Yes you will be exhausted but you’re working on your performance as well as keeping your name in people’s mouths.
Who are you looking forward to seeing/ what are you looking forward to doing at the Festival?
Stormzy and the unfairground
Have you been to Glastonbury Festival before?
What words would you use to describe your work/ your act?
poetry, performance poetry, spoken word, live literature, random words in a random order, no idea
What do you like best about doing whatever you call whatever it is that you do on stages?
Connecting with people and having interactions with other humans, that might be feeling the same or give them a different perspective
Anything else you’d like to tell us?
MUM, I AM PERFORMING AT GLASTONBURY!
You can see Desree at 13:05-13:30 Friday; 16:05-16:30 Saturday at the Glastonbury Poetry&Words stage. Read our previous article about her here.