This article first appeared in the December 2019 issue of Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine. Read the e-edition here.
At only 17 years old, pop dynamo Aza Nabuko has been drawing comparisons to the likes of Billie Eilish and Lorde since the July release of her eponymous EP.
But as she enters her final year of high school, the Revelstoke local is only beginning to figure out who she is and what her future in music might look like.
The EP is a collection of six songs that Aza had been writing since she was 14. She describes it as a portfolio of what she’s done so far, a mix of older and newer writing. The songs are lyrically complex and Aza’s vocals at once raw and mature.
In a way, the EP is a segue for Aza as she prepares to jump into the adult world and pursue her music full-time when she moves to Vancouver next fall. And with a debut album and a spot in the top 100 of the CBC Searchlight competition under her belt, she’s well on her way towards a successful career.
But Aza seems unconcerned with the traditional measurements of success. She wants to create a legacy by addressing the issues she sees as most pressing in the world today through her songs. She plans to veer away from the trend-heavy pop scene and explore the world of alternative rock while writing about issues that many her age are concerned about, particularly mental health and the climate crisis.
It’s easy to imagine Aza Nabuko achieving great success, even though she’d be perfectly happy to have just a few people remember her.
“I don’t care if it’s one person from a bar or 600,000 people,” she says. “I just want to create an impact in some way or another.”
The EP is available to buy on azanabuko.com and to stream on Spotify and Apple Music.