This Is Our Culture: Rukhsana Merrise

George Griffiths /
Apr 18, 2018 / Music

Rukhsana Merrise has a lot to say

You can hear as much in her newest single, ‘Die In Vain,’ a collaboration with Kojey Radical.

Born and raised in West London, Rukhsana’s music is a veritable musical melting pot from both her home town and influences across the pond, like Kanye West, John Mayer and Haim.

Ahead of what looks to be a big year for Rukhsana, she’s just announced her first headline show, details of which can be found below.

But for now, this is Rukhsana Merrise. This is her culture.

‘Die in Vain’

It’s a confessional song that refers to a time and place where I probably wasn’t in the best place. I was drinking too much and was taking life for granted! I consider it to probably be my most honest song that I’ve written to date!

First album

NIRVANA – NEVERMIND for £3!
I got it from a Cancer Research in Hammersmith and had no clue who Nirvana was! The artwork intrigued me!

Inspiration

I would say my Grandmother. She is an OG! She’s incredibly strong and is so loving! I’m a firm believer of getting to know where you come from and her story and life is so fascinating to me! She makes me wanna be a better person everyday and I want to be just like her!

Home

Landaaaaaan… surrounded by great family and friends! I love London! Not even because I come from there. People have this perception that Londoners are rude and standoffish… I think the opposite!<Everyone’s really open and down to earth!
(Feet on the ground kinda gal)

Tour Essentials

Digestives… literally that’s all I need!
The rest of the gang laugh at me because of it but it defo comes in handy when their hungry on long drives!

First memory

My dad teaching me how to ride a bike!
I was 4 and I remember having the braces removed! We headed to Ravenscourt Park and it was a sunny day and packed with other families. I fell off my bike in-front of a crowd of people and I remember getting up and crying my eyes out (it was the shame not the pain)! My dad didn’t react, he actually ignored me! I got back on my bike and continued to ride! That was probably my first life lesson aswell – Keep Going!!!

Dream collaboration

KANYE WEST! The man is a genius and is so talented! I have so much respect for his art! He’s forever pushing the boundaries!

Future

I do hope to be able to continue to release music and share my story with the world and touch people. I just wanna start a big conversation with the world.

Rukhsana plays London’s Omeara on July 18th.

Watch the video for ‘Die In Vain’ with Kojey Radical below.

Words by George Griffiths

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