Alicai Harley has a personality as colourful as her dress sense. Bright and full of life, the Jamaican-born artist helps to fly the dancehall flag on British shores but despite her Thornton Heath upbringing, Alicai hasn’t forgotten her Jamaican culture. She doesn’t shy away from it either.
Appearing humble and friendly for her GRM debut interview, Alicai talked about her plans for 2021, her acting aspirations, building her relationship with her fans and more.
Just days after the 21st of June was cancelled as England’s official “Freedom Day”, Alicai talked about her lockdown experience and offered some introspection.
“It’s been a rollercoaster. It’s made me appreciate life a lot more and the people around me – my friends and my family. I guess that’s the plus side out of it. It’s definitely having a hard effect on us all, our mental health, stuff like that.”
With concerts cancelled and festivals postponed, there was little to do outside but Alicai reflected on how she has been spending her time.
“Trying to focus on bettering oneself, focusing on myself. I’ve always been the kind of person that’s always looking out for everybody else. My brain is always running on my problems and other people’s as well. For me, this time around, I’ve been really trying to focus on me. Focusing on me is so hard, it’s not as easy as people think it is.
“Being someone that is an empath, it’s hard to focus on yourself. It’s been challenging but at the same time, it’s rewarding and it will be rewarding in the end, that’s how I’ve been getting through lockdown.”
Alicai has been making music too and she says that going through the process as an individual has allowed her growth.
“I’ve had my own studio set up. I’m not great at recording my own vocals and making them sound cute but you know what? From where I was at the beginning of last year when Covid really hit to where I am now in terms of my recording myself at home, it’s a big growth.