Take a wild ride through the WWW with the poetic performer...
London born and raised, Meron Addis has kept her Ethiopian heritage close, absorbing a diversity of influences: “My family mainly listened to soul oldies, and Ethiopian music so that was always around me, and then I had own love for pop and R&B from the 90s and early 00s. That era will always have a place in my heart.” Making waves after her debut mixtape Kintsukuroi last year, Meron’s new singles ‘Like I Need’ and ‘Same Way’ show just how multifaceted the rising star is – raw, relatable and ethereal.
Putting her all into the creations, Meron explains that her music is her emotional output: “I love poetry. I love putting words together in a way that just clicks, but isn’t forced… it just tells the story. I always note down my thoughts and then use it for a song later.” We meet the fresh new star to get nostalgic over the Internet and growing up online…
What would you like to see more of online? What about less of?
More empathy.. the internet can make people so desensitised and detached from behind a screen and forget it’s other human beings they’re seeing, speaking to or commenting on. Less pitting people against each other.
What or who is the best account you follow? The worst?
The best has got to be Ghion Café (my fave Ethiopian restaurant), Red Table Talk- I love their discussions, and an incredible make-up artist called Giselle- her work is just, wow. As for the worst, none because I wouldn’t be following them in the first place.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve read about yourself online?
I’m gonna say crazy in a good way, is a tweet I saw that said my song ‘Listen’ and Lauryn Hill’s ‘Ex Factor’ were 2 songs that describe how they would need a woman to feel about them, and the songs made them sad they’re single. I was thinking, waaait a minute, first of all ‘Ex Factor’ is one of my fave songs of all time! I’m gassed to be in this whole sentence.
What’s your favourite meme?
That’s hard.. there’s a perfect meme for every scenario but at the moment the Keke Palmer “I don’t know who this man is” video still gets me. Also, the Nick Young “???” face is a classic.
and here is Keke Palmer saying "sorry to this man" in meme format, you're welcome pic.twitter.com/1V6XariICP
— matt gehring (@mattryanx) September 12, 2019
What’s your earliest memory of the Internet?
Is the Internet a good or bad thing for music?
I guess there’s a good and bad to everything, but for artists, it’s a huge chance to directly share your music and connect with your listeners. It’s given so many people opportunities and changed lives, so the possibilities are endless with the internet.
How many followers represent success?
Success means something different to everyone.
Finally…what’s going on in your life?
Life has been very bittersweet lately. But with my new music, it’s definitely been the quickest I’ve ever written and then released it, so it feels quite reflective of where I’ve been at recently. I’m in a different head space to when I wrote my last project and this next era reflects that. So I’m excited to share new music and continue this journey.
Follow Meron Addis on Instagram here and press play on her new music video ‘Same Way’ below now.
21 November 2019