In the run up to Live at Leeds, we’re talking to some of the best new acts at the festival, as well as getting them to make an eight track playlist for you. This week, its Puma Blue, the soulful South East London singer who’s about to be massive.

What was your musical experience like growing up?

I got really lucky, both my parents were musicians so they realised I was into music & helped me find a way to express that. Mum was a flautist and Dad played everything, mostly jazz & trombone. I played drums from the age of 7 & was in a band through school until I taught myself guitar & started writing my own shit when I was about 13.


What are you favourite memories of performing live?

Had a mosh pit recently at an art collective exhibition gig/party type vibe thing. The Nick Hakim support recently was sick cos the people were so up for it and Nick was super sweet.
I think whenever we or I have played Steez in South East London, those have been special.


Your music is quite soulful but do you have any influences we might not first expect?

Sure, I listen to everything, it’s all good. Metal sometimes, like Reuben, Deftones, Sepultura, Dillinger kinda shit. But I dunno if that’s an influence on my music. Punk definitely, like the Contortions. I guess, classical music you wouldn’t expect? Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky.



Do you have any pre or post gig rituals?

Not really, nothin religious. Beer & a blem I guess.


Who are your favourite artists playing at Live at Leeds this year?

Our angel Nilüfer Yanya obviously. Our boys Otzeki put on a sexy show as well.


What can we expect from you next?

Releasing the EP in May & then just gonna keep doing my thing baby.