Getting To Know... OneDa

With the likes of BBC Introducing and Radio 1xtra praising her work over the last few months, Manchester-based rapper OneDa is back once again with her blistering new track 'Yo Yo'.

Channelling the same energetic flow as acts like Sampa The Great and Little Simz, 'Yo Yo' sees her return in stellar form. With pounding production, killer hooks, and her own vibrant style layered throughout, it feels like she is well on her way to becoming one of this year's hotly-tipped new names.

So with the new single available now, we sat down with her to find out more about her origins and what has inspired her most over the years.


What was the first instrument you fell in love with?

The first instrument i fell in love with was the trumpet, I played the trumpet from the age of 6-11yrs and also learnt to read sheet music during this time.

What kind of music did you love when you were younger?

Mainly soul, rap and RnB and gospel.

What was the first album you remember owning?

Eve - First Lady.

What is the one song you wished you could have written yourself?

There are too many to think of right now!

Do you have any habits or rituals you go through when trying to write new music?

Yes I like to zone out, meditate, nice lighting etc.

Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?

Tems is sick.

If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?

Lauryn Hill because she is a Queen/Legend.

What do you find is the most rewarding part about being a musician?

Being able to share my thoughts with the world.

And what is the most frustrating part?

Being compared to others and being put in a box.

And what is the best piece of advice you have received as a musician?

Believe in yourself, you hold the power, you always have.


OneDa's new single 'Yo Yo' is available to stream now. Check it out in the player below.