Q&A With Producer & Songwriter Sugar Jesus (Andrei Basirov)
Sugar Jesus (Andrei Basirov) is a record producer, songwriter and composer born in London, UK. Production, Songwriting and Remix credits include: One Direction, Little Mix, Mario, Ella Henderson, Zucchero, Alex Gaudino, James Arthur, Louisa Johnson, Union J, Rui Da Silva, Andrea Faustini, JLS, Pixie Lott, The Overtones, Callum Scott, Saint Etienne, Susan Boyle, Shane Ward, Baptiste Giabiconi, Duane Harden, Lulleaux, Joe Killington. TV Credits: Love Island (theme tune), America’s Got Talent, Britain’s Got Talent, X Factor, The Martin Lewis Money Show (theme tune), AGT The Champions, BGT The Champions, One Night with My Ex (theme tune), Change Your Tune (theme tune), The Alphabet Game, Abba Xmas Party, Blankety Blank
1. Tell us about your background. Have you always been interested in music?
Sugar Jesus: "I learned the piano growing up and soon developed a love for songwriting and electronic music."
2. How would you describe your music or producing style?
Sugar Jesus: "I make dance music that hits you in the feels."
3. What project or song do you feel most proud of?
4. Which artist(s) would you love to collaborate with someday?
Sugar Jesus: "I've been fortunate to collaborate with many incredible artists already. Would love to get in the studio with Azealia Banks one day, think we could make something wild."
5. How do you think AI music tools will change the music industry?
Sugar Jesus: "I think they already have."
6. What inspires you and your music and work? Where do you find creative inspiration?
Sugar Jesus: "From everywhere really, I love going to live music and listening to movie soundtracks."
7. What advice would you give to aspiring musicians who want to break into the industry?
Sugar Jesus: "Work hard, keep at it and be prepared when opportunities do present themselves."
8. Who are your creative influences? Who inspires your work?
Sugar Jesus: "Too many to list, growing up I was a huge Underworld fan."
9. What do you hope to be doing in your music career in the next 5 or 10 years?
Sugar Jesus: "Hopefully releasing lots of music, working on new exciting collaborations and playing out from time to time."
10. What is something surprising about yourself that people may not know? Any secret talents?
Sugar Jesus: "I'm a big Chelsea FC fan."
11. What would you say is your biggest strength?
Sugar Jesus: "Collaboration."
12. How did the pandemic affect your music career?
Sugar Jesus: "I was lucky to stay relatively busy working remotely in the studio. Happy to be back to in-person studio sessions now where possible."
13. What advice would you give to your younger self?
Sugar Jesus: "Listen to more music, read more books."
14. Do you have any current or upcoming projects you'd like to share?
Sugar Jesus: "I have a new single 'All or Nothing' out on Hot Vibes on 6th October with Sammy & Lesen and Alex Jacquin."
Where can we find your music/projects?
Where can people connect with you on social media?