Meet Yvon, a full time model who is beginning to make massive moves in the music industry, claiming ‘Modelling is my job but music is my passion that I would love to push further.’ After recently releasing her first official single ‘Call On Me’, it is clear that Yvon has a bright future as a musician - her dream since she was around seven years old. The song encapsulates her soulful vibe and shows the great potential that she possesses with its catchy chorus and vulnerable lyrics. Speaking to Yvon it became clear that she wanted to be able to connect with her listeners by expressing herself using raw, emotional lyrics.
Q: So where are you from?
A: Originally from Nigeria but raised in London, I’ve moved around a lot but grew up in Croydon.
Do you enjoy living in London or are you planning to move?
To be honest I couldn’t imagine not living in London, it would be way too quiet for me.
Yeah, I completely understand that. So what made you want to make music?
When I was younger I was looking for ways to express myself and music helped me with that. Just in general I am not someone who speaks about how I feel, if I’m emotional or down. Music gives me a way to convey my emotions, it’s an outlet that is a form of therapy basically.
At what age did writing become a passion then?
I started writing when I was very young. I was around seven when I began writing poetry and from there my love for music just grew.
What genre would you class your music as?
Initially I was very free in terms of picking a genre. It depends on how I’m feeling and how I want to express myself. But if I had to pick I would say its a soulful, R&B kind of vibe. A real vulnerable kind of vibe.
Yeah, I can definitely hear that from your single. So who are your biggest musical inspirations?
Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu. I like really soulful, jazzy kind of artists.
And if you could make a song with two people, dead or alive, who would they be?
Oh two people? I wouldn’t want to put it down to just two. I would definitely want to perform with Lauryn Hill and my brother. He used to make music as well but he passed away, so that would be a dream of mine.
Oh, I’m sorry to hear that. What an inspirational choice though.
It’s fine — but yeah, it would definitely have to be those two.
Are you listening to any UK artists at the moment?
Not really, I do enjoy listening to NAO though. I really love her.
Are you into politics by any chance? What do you think of the current state of the country with regards to Brexit etc.?
It is a mess right now. This whole thing was a very bad idea.
And what do you think the solution is?
Well, we need to admit that it was the worst decision in the first place. The government need to listen to the people. Look at the popularity of the protest, it shows that we don’t want this. We have to realise that voting out was not the best decision.
That is very true. Just a random question, if you could change one thing about the world what would it be?
Hmm, probably to remove all the negativity that is around at the moment.
And what can your fans expect from you in the upcoming months?
There is a lot in motion right now… I can’t say too much but yeah, it is all to come and as long as people keep watching then they will see.
Photography: Niklas Haze Interview: Ethan Odle