Verge Meets: Mabel

 The Coca-Cola SHRED Party rewarded students at the University of Portsmouth for finishing their exams with an end of term celebration featuring Jax Jones, RAYE, Ramz, Big Shaq, and Mabel. The party encouraged students to recycle more by collection revision notes and plastic bottles to create notebooks for future students joining the university in the fall. The party was part of Coca-Cola’s ongoing sustainability initiative with 242kg of recycled paper from revision notes and 17,600kg plastic bottles collected on the night, which will create 6,000 notebooks for future students. Verge got to speak with the artist Mable about her involvement with the event, and her journey as an artist.

How did you get involved with the Coca Cola event?
I’m passionate about the environment, I’m a vegan and the sentiment of the event spoke to me! Getting people involved my age is important!

Coming from such a musical background, did you always want to sing?
I always had a lot to express, an energetic child! My parents encouraged me to play instruments and I’ve been writing since I was 5. I feel lucky to be part of the survivor age. I loved Destiny’s Child and the message of doing whatever I want to do is crucial. There’s a long way to go in terms of equality and I make music for everyone but try to encourage other young woman to be the best version of themselves!

What three tips would you give other young woman wanting to make it in the industry?
1. Know yourself
2. Experiment
3. Trust your gut

What’s your highlight so far?
Difficult one, but I think working with Notes was amazing! It felt like more than one track. It was reminiscent of Jlo and Ja Rule, Ashanti, etc.

Who would be your dream collaboration, dead or alive?
I’d collaborate with Aaliyah, that would be my dream.

What have you learned about the industry?
So many things! I think to make my own decisions. I had people tell me to not release Finders Keepers, and it felt right, it was it for me. I was saying this is who I am now, it’s what I want to say so I went with my gut! I had it on me, and if it had gone wrong it would have been my mistake. But when you make a decision that goes well it’s the best feeling in the world.

What’s the most ridiculous rumour you’ve heard about yourself?
That me and Rob Pattinson were a couple, and I’d had one conversation with the dude! I was like people are mental it’s so crazy! We had spoken for like 30 seconds.

Plans for the future?
Working on my debut album, the concept is there, and it’s really exciting tying it all together. More shows, festivals and more shows again! It’s a busy year!

Favorite Coca Cola variant?
I’m a Coke Zero Sugar girl all the way!!