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Fast Five: Ruth Koleva



When did you begin making music, and did you ever ponder a different career?

I started as a child, singing along to Marvin Gaye and Nat King Cole. Professionally I started writing music when I was 13, I haven’t done anything else ever since. When I was younger I wanted to be involved in sports (having the Olympic background in my family, it came naturaly), but my passion for music was much stronger.

How would you describe your music?

Nu Soul, with elements of Jazz, Funk, Hip-Hop and Drum & Bass. I also have this little eastern European traditional vibe, but it’s just a flavor in the whole sound.

What have you been up to so far and what can we expect over the coming months?

I’ve previously released a full album (when I was 19), and an EP (last year). I’ve done a lot of touring throughout the years, and was blessed to get a lot of attention in this side of Europe. Later this year I am releasing my new album world-wide, It’s an amazing collaboration with musicians from UK, Netherlands, US and Bulgaria. I think we created something unique, and I am really looking forward to share it with the world

If you could duet with anybody who would it be and why?

There are so many people I would LOVE to collaborate with. I’d definitely love to be involved in collabs with SBTRKT, Robert Glasper, Jazzy Jeff, Q-tip, The Cinematic Orchestra, The Roots, Rudimental, 4 Hero.

What’s your desert island disc and why would you take this one album?

Brown Sugar by Dángelo. It saved my life once, I would give it a go on a desert island for sure.