Who are you what do you do?
My name is Cherry Suico and i'm a singer/songwriter currently working with my band called The Crazy 88s.
How did you get here?
I started singing as a child. Wasn't really the performing arts school kid but my mum encouraged me to pursue music outside school. I sang in a local children's choir for a while and i think that's where i got the passion for singing and music.
And what's happening for you at the moment?
Basically, i'm writing for my album, recording when possible, rehearsing for shows and doing my utmost best to get as many gigs as possbile. My ambition is to get signed, be a recording artist so i can do music full time.
And what do you sound like?
Gosh, that's a hard question. I find it hard to define, as it's a mix of everyone's influences but i'd say ultimately it's soulful, with hints of funk, rock and blues. That's us....Cherry Suico & The Crazy88s.
Whereabouts in London are you based and what's ace about it?
I'm based in East London, as is Chas (guitar) and Alex (keys). Tim (bass) is in North and David (drums) is a Saaaf-East boy. I love East London because it is extensively multi-cultural and diverse. You find so many different communities and cultures in East so you're never short of influences and inspiration. I'm not really picky as to where i like to hang out but most of my close mates are in South East so if im not in East, i'm Saaaf of the river!
Why should we listen to you instead of every other new act out there?
Because we're fresh n new! Indie bands crop up a dime a dozen and i think it's a good thing to offer something different and to put different out there. We're not looking to be the next big thing we just want to bring our sound to whoever wants to listen.
What's your favourite London venue?
The best venue i've played at has got to be The Fly (New Oxford St) and Bar Music Hall, Old Street.
Can you think of an unusual London location that should open itself up for gigs?
Ohhh, wicked question. I'd love to perform at the Queen's House in Greenwich which is part of the National Maritime Museum. It's pure decadence inside and out.
What's your favourite song so far this year?
Oooh, at the moment i'm loving Black & Gold by Sam Sparro.
What else are you listening to?
Unklejam are a band that i adore. Roisin Murphy is an artist that inspires me and I'm a huge Gnarls Barkley fan.
Where can we see you playing next? What are you like live?
I'm playing on the 11th at SEB Collective at MyPlace Hotel and Lick It! @ CandyBar on 13 April. I give everything i possibly got when it comes to perfoming live but all in all, our live show is good clean fun.
What's your London secret?
The Japan Centre in Piccadilly.