Being a female in such a male-dominated scene is challenging as it is, but one MC is breaking down the barriers surrounding women in the music industry right now and she goes by the name of Laughta.
Managed by CTRL's Nadia (who also manages Lethal Bizzle), Laughta has been able to spread her wings and focus fully on the music and perfecting her sound. Also, having such a professional and confident demeanour on and off the mic, the Londoner is able to express her views with ease through her bars and also with pioneers in the scene.
Laughta’s work-rate is formidable and should be admired by her peers. She shelled down her first ever headline show at the end of June... Did I mention it was sold out too?
Bringing out grime MC’s Manga and Double S for the live PA of ‘Flex’, and also adding dancehall vibes to the bill with Lisa Mercedez also gracing the stage, Laughta gave the fans a night to remember with live barring, including those from her recent project ‘LOL’. We caught up with her following a busy week for one of the most exciting up and comers in the game.
First of all, thanks for taking the time to talk with us... Now you’ve recovered from your show, how do you think it went and what was the overall vibe of the crowd like?
My show was a real blast, I don’t think I will ever recover! I’m just highly grateful that I had a sold out first headline show with an unforgettable crowd and my Djs (Dj Olus & J Fresh) were amazing too at getting the audience hype. The crowd were full of energy and I could literally feel their excitement from the stage during my performance, to the point were a fan who came all the way from Manchester randomly walked on stage to hug me, which I loved! I was so touched after my show!
We heard fans were reciting your bars and even repping your merchandise in the crowd, as an artist how good does that feel while you’re up there spitting?
Honestly at an early stage of my career to have heard them reciting my lyrics it was like a dream come true. I got bursts of adrenaline rushes and it made me go even harder for them. One of my main supporters came all the way from Coventry to watch the show and he wore a ‘Pree My Ting’ t shirt which he won as a prize after competing in the #preemytingchallange which happened naturally and went viral with added support from Run The Mic.
We’ve seen you collaborate with solo male artists such as Gen, Face, Manga and Double S, how well do you think those tracks have helped springboard you to where you are now?
I am absolutely grateful to have had the chance to collaborate with such talented and credible artist. I think by having such great MCs on my tracks it really helps elevate the songs in general, and it shines light on my ability to spit along side them.
What solo artist do you want to collaborate with in the future?
I would love to do a grime banger with Stormzy and would love to get in studio with Not3s and make a club banger too.
What are your thoughts on female artists in the grime scene, do you think they deserve more of the limelight?
I think females are slowly making a presence now but of course, they deserve more limelight as the reality is male artists get more light shon on them. If all platforms collaboratively started to push more females consistently and equally then there wouldn’t be such a divide and it would become a norm for females to be doing their thing.
We’ve seen Girls of Grime doing their thing, how big do you think it is when females come together in such a male-dominated scene?
I think it creates a powerful force that is undeniable and voices are heard in numbers. So coming together helps make a change, hopefully to the point were not only girls are coming together but where we see more males and females uniting and collaborating too, and females ultimately being able to stand their own ground alone.
How did you first come about making music?
Music was a hobby growing up on a council estate, I use to watch the boys on the estate spit bars and a few of us girls would drop bars too which was normal.
Finally, we respect how much you’re helping fly the flag for the grime scene, but with the rap and afrobeat scene’s also popping right now, do you see yourself experimenting with those different sounds, or is it strictly grime for you?
I am certainly not strict to only making grime music, although it’s what I passionately love, I also have a strong passion for music in general like afrobeats and hip hop. My next single ‘Dat Way’ is produced by Players Only and its a hip hop banger. I am always working with so many different producers and have been creating loads of bangers. As long as I hear a hit beat I can bring that Laughta vibe to it. My upcoming mixtape ‘Who’s Laughing Now’ is going to show case all of this, so get ready!
A big thank you to Laughta and also Nicola from Lucid Online for helping make this interview happen. Make sure you check out Laughta's highly rated LOL EP and also her latest video for 'Flex' featuring Manga and Double S below.