Soul Bab

True Seven is our interview feature that provides a platform for you to tell us your music stories and become a vital part of the narrative of our Midlands Musique range of t-shirts.

We will be interviewing a wide cross section of True Reverie customers who inspire us, from musicians to promoters, record shop owners, gig goers and everything in between. Together we will shine a light on what makes music culture in the Midlands so great!

In this edition we chat with local paramedic Ayesha Bal, when she’s not busy driving ambulances and keeping the public safe she is also a massive music and gig fan. Ayesha is also a big part of the True Reverie story, regularly modelling and lending her support to our brand.

1. What’s the best thing about being from the Midlands?

I know there has been a negative image surrounding the Midlands (mainly Wolverhampton once being vote one of the worst places to live!). I feel there is an abundance of some of the most friendliest and down to earth people you could ever meet – plus you are not a long distance from travelling anywhere else! The Midlands is a varied place which is influenced by various cultures and a multitude of creatives – I would be biased though as I was born and continue to live here!

2. What is your earliest music related memory?

I remember listening to tunes as a youngster from my big sisters bedroom with my brother, she was into R&B at the time.

3. What was the first piece of music you bought & where from?

I think it was something from Mariah Carey on tape from Ourprice!

4. What was the first gig you went to and where was it?

I feel I may be wrong, but it was potentially Finch or Hell is for Heroes maybe, at the Civic Hall – we used to go to loads of random gigs when we were younger, but I think they were probably two of the biggest bands I had seen early on.

5. Which is your favourite Midlands venue (past or present) and why?

Unfortunately the doors closed on this venue some years ago, but it will always be the Little Civic! We used to go on Fridays/Saturdays, gigs for fiver! First time I saw Arctic Monkeys after Reading Festival was there and I met Billy Talent there too! I remember when you knew members of a band and could go ‘back stage’ and drink a can of red stripe, feeling VIP. It was a great little venue with soooo many memories!

6. If you could pick 3 artists from any era to headline your dream festival who would you pick?

This is a tough one as my music taste can really vary depending on my mood, so my favourites switch around a lot! But today, if I had to pick three:

Mariachi El Bronx/The Bronx (totally a two for 1 right?!), Reel Big Fish and Arctic Monkeys.

7. Music and fashion are almost inseparable, what would you wear if you headlined Glastonbury?

I would not tag myself as a fashionista or down with fashion so would need to seek some advise really! But obviously wellies, probably some like denim shorts and obviously some cool t-shirt of some sort, I may do something wild with my hair, let my actual curl take over and have a fro or some mad head gear! – definitely would require a stylist!

Thanks for your time Ayesha.

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Midlands Musique

Soul Bab T-Shirt – Cherry Red

£25.00 £20.00

Midlands Musique

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The Soul Bab t-shirt is part of our Midlands Musique range, inspired by the legendary Catacombs nightclub and its influence on the UK Soul scene.

Music is about bringing people together. With this limited edition series of clothing and art we will be celebrating the amazing music genres and scenes which we’ve grown up with and been influenced by in the West Midlands.

Hand screen printed with water based ink in the West Midlands. All our garments are PETA Certified 100% Vegan.

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