What inspired you to first start making music? And how did you come to be in your current incarnation? Or if you prefer, a brief bio about you.
My mum took me to see Jay-Z when I was 10 and that was my first live concert, that’s when I fell in love with music and knew I wanted to be on stage. I started having guitar lessons, teaching myself to sing and writing lyrics, and I was about 14 when I started performing my own songs at open mics with my guitar. I stopped pursuing it as much in my late teens but I always sang, wrote songs and played gigs here and there. It’s only over the last couple years that I’ve been working with producers developing my sound and building up the confidence to get back into it again.
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
My new single Cheap Dreams is one of many songs I wrote during lockdown. It’s about the toxicity that stems from unrealistic expectations, and the bittersweetness of seeing the world through rose-coloured glassed, which inspired my concept for the music video.
I had loads of spare time so I decided I wanted to transform my flat to create my own visuals for it. It took me and my partner (@theblackworks) a couple of weeks to set up all the rooms and film, then our laptop stopped working so we weren’t able to finish editing it until months later. So it’s taken forever to release but it’s our first music video and we’re really proud of it.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
Erykah Badu musically, I like that her voice is sweet and soulful but she’s not afraid to be weird or different with her lyricism and portray deeper messages. Other artists that influence my sound are ABRA and IAMDDB.
Non-musically I’d say my mum is my biggest influence, she’s always pushed me to pursue music despite people expecting me to take an academic route. She hasn’t had it easy so I’ve always wanted to give her something to be proud of.
In what way does your sound differ from the rest genre-related artists/bands and why should we listen to your music? In other words, how would you describe your sound?
I would say my music is a deeper, darker realm of RnB, both musically and lyrically. Although you wouldn’t expect that from hearing my vocals. There’s deeper meanings behind my lyrics and visuals, and I feel like my sound and visuals combined create something completely unique and immersive.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
Baduizm – Erykah Badu
Channel Orange – Frank Ocean
Midnight Marauders – A Tribe Called Quest
I’m quite weird because I rarely watch films or read books, but if I had to choose something to watch it would be Black Mirror, even though it’s a series…
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
Performing live – you can’t really beat the feeling of performing live or watching live music. There’s so much process involved in making music that it’s easy to forget that sharing those moments with people live is what it’s all about.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
I have 4 cats and 3 of them feature in my music video…
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
Cheap Dreams – when I first sent it back to my producer he said he’s never heard anything like it, and I don’t think I’ve really heard anything like it either. I find it really hard to compare to other artists or tracks but I think that’s a good thing.
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
More tunes and definitely more visuals, which I’m really excited about!
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
Who is the team behind IMONI?
I’m self-managed and release everything independently, with the help of:
@theblackworks – my partner who helps me with everything visual (photos, artwork, graphics, videos)
@lyp_offical who produces, mixes and masters my tracks.
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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