Nottingham soul artist Ady Suleiman has recently toured with Michael Kiwanuka, Professor Green and Laura Mvula. He also wowed the crowd in a recent gig at Nottingham contemporary. He spoke to IMPACT and told us to “make me sound cool as fuck”. Here goes…
Describe Ady Suleiman for us.
Soulful, a little bit cheeky and a lot of fun.
Which of your songs is your favourite?
It’s difficult, because I like them all for different reasons. I think that in terms of performing live, I really like ‘Serious’. I quite like the way that ‘Longing For Your Love’ is written, because it’s slightly different to what I normally do.
You’ve been billed as a male Amy Winehouse. Do you agree with that?
I think that she’s a massive inspiration in terms of what she’s done, but I think we’re definitely different in what we’re doing. I’m definitely influenced by her, so I can only take it as a compliment, but I think she’d be pissed off with it.
What’s your favourite Nottingham venue?
I really enjoyed playing at the Contemporary recently with George the Poet & Harleighblu because it’s a nice space to play in. Jam Café seems like a cool place to chill and, in terms of eating, I’m all over Yo! Sushi.
What’s been the highlight of your career so far?
I think that getting played on Radio 1 and 1Xtra by Dean Jackson is definitely a highlight.
What gigs have you got lined up in Nottingham?
I’m playing at Dot to Dot, which is the big one. If people haven’t heard me before, they should come down for some good tunes and a bit of a laugh.
Photo by Ady Suleiman