Opening for Maroon 5 and featuring on Spotify playlists like New Music Friday, Hype New Music and Global Viral Top 50 are just some of the achievements of 22-year-old Moroccan singer Ghita. Since graduating from Berkeley College of Music, where she studied songwriting and performance, Ghita has released three singles, with her first 2016 single ‘HateULoveU’ having amassed over 1 million Spotify plays. We caught up with her to talk about the success of her most recent single ‘Mindfvck’, tattoos, favourite places and living in LA…
WTYB: Your song Mindfvck has been gaining so much popularity, where do you get the inspiration for your songs?
Ghita: Every song I’ve written come from my personal experiences so its very autobiographical. I have a hard time writing from people’s experiences.
WTYB: For those who haven’t heard you yet, how would you explain yourself or your sound in five words?
G: Minimal, future pop, honest, groovy and sensual.
WTYB: You’ve lived in Morocco, Spain, Switzerland and America. Do you think this has influenced your sound?
G: Yeah, I got influenced by deep house when I was living in Morocco and Spain. And, then I started listening more to jazz and rap when I moved to the US and went to Berklee College of Music. I grew up listening to pop radio so my sound is still pop with a mix of all those influences.
WTYB: What is your favourite place that you’ve ever visited?
G: I think it was Thailand! So peaceful there.
WTYB: There’s a pretty big music scene in LA at the moment. What’s it like living there?
G: It’s interesting because you can have amazing days and get to work with amazing people but also lots of down moments because the competition is huge. LA is really full of surprises in a good and bad way. You have to make sure that your morale is strong if you want to live there.
WTYB: If you could pick anywhere in the world to perform where would you choose?
G: Oh God. Hard question. I don’t think there is a place where I wanna perform more than an other. I really just want to be able to connect with people. Having my own headline show back home would be a dream but I’m also very excited to start performing in the US and around Europe.
WTYB: And who would you have join you to perform on stage?
G: I think its more who I would want to join, (laughs). I’m still too small to have openers. I would want to open for Zayn [Malik] or Maroon 5 on their world tour.
WTYB: You’ve already opened for Maroon 5, what was that like?
G: It was an absolute blast. I just want it to happen every night.
WTYB: You have some tattoos, would you consider getting any more?
G: Yes only two but planing to get more! I have a palm tree because I grew up around them so it’s a little reminder of home. And, I have a Libra sign on my right wrist and this one is for my grandma.
WTYB: You’re very stylish, who/what are your fashion inspirations?
G: I used to model when I was younger and I still love everything related to that world. I spend hours on Youtube watching fashion shows and making mood boards to try to figure out my style. I’m still a bit all over the place because I love a lot of different looks and I kinda don’t want to stick to one. I love playing with colours and textures.
WTYB: What is one song you wish you had written?
G: ‘Figures’ by Jesse Reyez.
WTYB: Finally, what can we expect from you in 2018?
G: Some performances and more music!