Dublin R&B artist Erica Cody is a leading figure in the Irish music scene, garnering national airplay and gracing the cover of top publications such as Sunday Independent’s Life Magazine.
Cody’s brand of classic 90s vibes have seen support from Ones To Watch (US) and Notion Magazine, with the Times (UK) naming her one of Ireland’s most promising artists in their coveted ‘30 under 30’ ranking.
Erica was an integral part of Irish Women In Harmony, a collaborative release of The Cranberries’ ‘Dreams’ orchestrated by GRAMMY nominated artist RuthAnne Cunningham. It saw 40 of Ireland’s leading female artists join forces to support Safe Ireland in an effort to end domestic abuse and coercive control in Ireland.
The singer is also a prominent campaigner, championing Irish female talent and issues around racism and equality in Ireland.
Erica has just released her second EP ‘Love & Light’.
How did you first get involved in music?
Music has always been a huge part of my life from such an early age. My parents are both big music lovers so it naturally just had an impact on me and my sound from a very young and impressionable age.
Did your gender ever affect your thoughts on pursuing a career in music?
I’m a go-getter by nature so I rarely (if ever) let my gender or race define the path I’m heading. Of course I had moments where I knew it would probably be tougher as a woman and as a young black woman to break into a male dominated industry. But it never stopped me from wanting to do it and be the best I can be. If anything it showed me that there’s room for everyone.
Is there an assumed view of what your role is in music or what it ‘should’ be like?
I’ve always been very sure of the fact that I always wanted to stay true to my R&B sound and diluting that has never really been an option in terms of people pleasing. I love trying new sound etc so Its something that will always be on my own terms.
Have you seen attitudes toward gender in the music industry change over the years?
Yep, its 2021! People have to evolve with the times, especially in a forever evolving industry. Its getting better but like anything there’s always room for improvement.
What advice would you give to those who want to start out in music?
Always be truly and unapologetically yourself. Be your own biggest fan, take all those no’s as motivation. Don’t compare, comparison is the thief of joy. Everyone’s journey is unique and happens at different stages, so don’t be too hard on yourself!
Which organisations and supports do you lean on for advice and inspiration?
My family, friends, manager Lia Lieghio, Irish Women In Harmony.
Who inspires you, and why?
All the strong women in my life. They’ve had all sorts of set backs and have always come back 10x stronger. The epitome of strength.
What do you look forward to accomplishing this year?
Growing both mentally and professionally, but most importantly being happy and developing my sound even further. I’d love to reach some career highs, but i know that will happen with the right timing!
Where can people find out more about you?
This series features interviews with people working across different genres and sectors of the industry to assess how they feel about gender diversity and balance in music.