BURR #13: Gemini Aaliyah


Welcome to BURR. Brickcellphone’s Underground Rap Radar.

In this series, Brighton hip-hop DJ, Matt ‘Brickcellphone’ Leppier, is chatting to some of the underground rap talent on his radar. It’s as simple as that. Follow him @brickcellphone and listen to him spin some of these artists on Offie Mag Radio. You can also read Brickcellphone’s interviews with Lava La Rue, Virgil Hawkins and v7backin2007, in the latest issue of Offie Mag.


Gemini Aaliyah interview

Gemini Aaliyah, the 22-year-old singer and producer from the cold North…, the 22-year-old singer and producer from the cold North…

The Leeds artist is currently making self-defined ‘sad trap’ and the Yorkshire talent currently covers all stages of her creative process from songwriting, singing, producing, styling, set design and graphic design. Her music consists of heartbroken vocals, raw alternative guitar riffs and heavy trap beats.

The lyrics in Gemini’s music contains references to innate experiences such as pain, love and hate, as well as referring to the driven mindset that allows her to channel these emotions into a combination of music and visual art. All in all, a talented northern lass and definitely one to watch.

Gemini, we’ve been following you for a while here at Offie Mag, we love your genre-bending sound. You are 100% self-made, what is your favourite part of the music making/design process? Where do you think you prosper?

The way I write music is to get in the studio and just record, writing and arranging comes after, so for me my favourite part is when the music is playing and I’m just letting my head float off into another zone. Singing is deffo the part that comes the most naturally to me, it’s something I’ve done for as long as I can remember and when you put all the other stuff like styling and set design aside it’s the thing that stays with me.

Is there a good support system in Leeds for the music you’re making?

 It depends what angle you look at it, growing up there was always opportunities to perform and youth music clubs to join. But really I think Leeds could do with an online and physical platform that supports more alternative creatives, but so far the online support I’ve had from different parts of UK and the world has been a viiibe.

What genres do would you say you draw the majority of your inspiration from? Who or what inspires you the most?

Alternative rock, indie rock are genres I’ve loved since I was a kid really. When it’s dark and misty outside and I’ve got candles or neon lights in the studio, it’s literally my favourite vibe and is probs the most important for making some shit happen.

What are you working on at the moment? Can we expect a project any time soon?

Working on a few new songs, experimenting with visual stuff and looking for people to build creative relationships with.

Got projects and a video series and all sorts in the pipeline but my main project is building some more good vibes with people like you guys at Offie Mag, and to develop my sound and vision to a next level.

If I gave you a fiver, what off-licence products would you buy?

Haha I love this question, I take my sweet treats seriously. I’d grab some Maryland cookies, 2 cans of coke, and some of them big strawberry sweets. 


Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Thanks for the interview, big up Off Licence Magazine & Brickcellphone for coming with them real, real underground British vibes.


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