We first featured Purple Ferdinand, back when she was still going by her government name Vanessa, way back in 2012 with a run down of 12 artists to watch that year. While she continued to slowly build her profile online, with a lot of live sessions and video content, the ukelele-playing songstress took a couple of years out to grow before finally releasing her debut Dragonfly EP earlier this week.
We caught up with her from LA, where she is currently working on new material with a variety of producers – including Illangelo (exectutive producer of The Weeknd’s mixtape trilogy) – to talk about her hiatus, the ukelele, visual art and her newly released Dragonfly EP…
We’ve been fans of your music for a while now, but this is your first official release. How does it feel to finally have an EP out?
It’s quite a relief actually, I haven’t been waiting too long to get this one out actually, but it just feels great to have something – the first thing.
For all this time it’s just been uploads on Youtube and live sessions, why did you choose to keep your music on those formats?
Well in the beginning when I first started putting stuff up, it was just coming from myself, there was no plan, I wasn’t trying to make music to put out, it was just there. And then when I met my manager at the time we had put up the first video I made, for Beautiful Anomaly, still I was on a bit of hold. We were still figuring it out because I personally had never planned to do all of this.